Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ratings: 360 | Reviews: 214 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Realale:
4.05/5 rDev -6.9%
I ate and drank in the bar. Lovely wood bar, with a really interesting wooden backbar. A few tables scattered about the bar. Quite packed relatively early on a Satuday afternoon. By about 12:30 people were waiting for tables. Very friendly mix of locals and not, and everyone seemed to be really into beer, which was very nice.
Standard Great Lakes offerings on tap, as well as three seasonals (Pumpkin, Holiday and Barrel-Aged Blackout on my visit). I had the Barrel-aged, and an Edmund Fitzgerald. Both were served surprisingly cold, and with pretty agressive carbonation. Surprised by that. Prices for the beer were very fair.
Food prices were definitely on the premium side, while the quality lagged some good bit behind. I had the chesse and beer soup, which was the highlight. Very nice flavors, not too heavy. Very well done. My veggie pizza ($11 for about an 8 or 9 inch pie) was okay. The veggies were a bit watery, and the crust kind of lifeless.
Service was outstanding. The bartender managed keep the packed bar and dining area in beer, without anyone having to wait, and still managed to fit in a nice chat about the beer, or the history of the building and brewery with several folks seemingly simultaneously. A real professional.
Overall a somewhat mixed experience for me. This was my first visit, and the brewery makes some of my favorite beers, so perhaps I had my expectations a bit high. I'll be back for sure though.
10-29-2006 17:06:24 | More by Realale
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4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
This place is a lot of fun- Great Lakes' beers are always good, sometimes great and the food is really tasty. If you go in the summer, sitting outside is a must.
Beer I would recommend- Dortmunder, Oktoberfest when it's out, blackout stout when it's out, Edmund Fitzgerald, burning river. Hopheads, this is not really your kind of place but go ahead and try Lake Erie monster or nosferatu when in season or branch out and try some of their awesome German style beers.
In terms of food- the old world burger, chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll, or pretzel encrusted chicken with garlic mashes potatoes and pale ale mustard. Seriously the stuff with pretzels is awesome.
Service is fine- never have had bad service and have had good service most of the time. Could be more attentive but hey it's a brewpub. Definitely a place to check out if you're in Cleveland.
08-24-2014 19:38:20 | More by Hopdaemon39
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
This rating is mainly due to the great beers they make. All of them are very good and a couple are really excellent. The food was only ok i thought. The service was a little shy of ok. Not really bad but definitely not good. This would be higher if the food and service at this place were nearly as good as the beer.
08-17-2014 23:38:03 | More by dexterk1
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
96 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.