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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.91/5
Based on:
95 Beers
41,004 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 449
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States
phone: (216) 771-4404

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @glbc_cleveland

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Reviews by adamette:
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3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I was really looking forward to visiting The Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Having tasted several of their beers on tap in the Cleveland area I knew their beers to be of a high quality, though a few of them were not to my liking. Their Dortmunder Gold is one of my favorite beers.
So it was this in mind that I took my wife there on a last Friday night. The neighborhood is not the best. A lot of low income people in the surrounding area, pay parking for 5 dollars, the place has NO PARKING for the restaurant! It is nearly across the street from the West Side Market, a land mark and a destination for many in Cleveland. The building is a very old building, converted from a warehouse I believe with a lot of charm. The thing is, it is dark a dirty in there. I was dissapointed with that. The wooden tables and benches seemed dirty to me too. There is a dining area, an upstairs bar and a cavern like downstairs bar. All of this is great but again, it is dirty, damp and dark all throughout.
I was not impressed with the food. I had a pretzel chicken. We had some pretzels as appetizers with some strange dip sauce which just confused us. There were two types of mustard also given with the pretzels and each of them were better than the "special dip."
I did appreciate the sample rules. You can have any of their 10 beers for one dollar each in a ~6 oz. glass. I liked that policy. I got all 10 of them.
Maybe I had built up the Great Lakes Brewing Company up in my mind so much because their product (the beer!) is so good. But really it was less comfortable than I had hoped. Sorry.

Update 1 2 09: I had returned to GLBC with friends and due to its proximity to McNalty's Bier Markt and found that their food is excellent. Of particular note was a simply GREAT brocolli soup that I had one of those nights. I had the sausage and prierogi dish and it was excellent too. I am updgrading my food rating from 2.5 to 3.5.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has old school Cleveland written all over it. A 2 story pub with multiple bars and lots of seating. The walls are graced with beer memorabilia from the past as well as GLBC itself. A huge wall of spent bourbon barrels cut in halves for decoration give a great look up stairs. The food is exceptional with every thing being made in house. Whether it be the Edmund Fitzgerald sauce, or Ohio grown beef it was just great. I had their signature bread pudding for dessert and it was out of this world. The beer selection is mainly their 5 year rounds, 2 seasonals, and 4 pub only beers which unfortunately they were sold out of 2 of the 4 pub exclusives. I did get to try the Abbey Ave dubbel which I downed about 3. I sampled the bird dog and had an Edmund Fitzgerald with my meal. The staff were friendly and fairly knowledgeable about their ales and lagers. The fantastic brewery gives free tours all day long, and it's stationed directly across the street. The gift store sits directly inside the pub with shirts, hats, glassware, etc, and 4 coolers of glbc bottled beer to take home. This would be an awesome daily stop on your way home from a long day of work if you lived in down town cleveland. Terrific brewery and just an great place to take your family.

Photo of TX-Badger
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of zachlink720
4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jaxray8
4.94/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

all time favorite..my "go to"

Photo of meetyouoverboard
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Melocollo
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Really cool old-style pub feel to the place. Great beer but limited to just Great Lakes stuff- which is fine. 3 taps were exclusive to the place and a 4th was a limited release seasonal. The food was friggin sweet.

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Deggar
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of _morandi_
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of joer3155
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of redleg411
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Schmuckles
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of wellsnb
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of clh323
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Went here on a "cabin fever" Saturday in March when the weather had broke and everyone was out and about in the Ohio City section of Cleveland. The restaurant was too crowded to eat. We by-passed the main bar area and found the grotto bar downstairs. We were able to get a seat while ordering our second beer. This section of Cleveland is a great place to spend a couple of hours, especially the days the Westside Market is open. Along with the Great Lakes pub there are many other interesting joints around.

Photo of Coopersbeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of samparkique4
3.84/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Petevon5
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I carry the whole line of Great Lakes at my store Angelbecks in Montclair NJ. The beer is awesome across the board.

Photo of greg4579
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dcbobcat
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.5

Photo of mertzhb15
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is one of the big spots both for locals and tourists interested in beer, and rightly so. Located in the 25th street near West Side area, it's somewhat safe, and there is always plenty on tap. I never thought much of the food, but I really want beer at a great brewery, so it's acceptable.

Photo of Brandonparrent
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.