Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
97 Beers
13,751 Reviews
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 223
Visits: 472
rAvg: 4.27
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: 223 | Visits: 472
Reviews by brewdlyhooked13:
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here to watch Monday Night Football in December '07 while on business in the Cleveland area.

The entrance into the bar area is softly lit, giving off a warm comfortable atmosphere right away. I sat in the bar area; not that big, a few TVs, lots of polished red wood (cherry?). Peeking into the restaurant area, I get a glimpse of some stately-looking high back black leather booths, very classy.

I wasn't sure what to expect on a Monday Night Football night, but the place wasn't busy as they don't pander to that. A basic meal of fish & chips hits the spot, washed down with a Rock's Rye.

I order the sgnature dessert, bread pudding, and an Edmund Fitz to go with. In the meantime, I stroll down the stairwell to check the rest of the place out. Halfway down the steps is a door to the bier garden. Feels toasty and looks awfully cozy with a roaring fire in the stone hearthed fireplace. 'See a hostess about sitting in here' so says the sign on the door.

I venture to the bottom of the steps to find a little bar area with lots of concrete, wrought iron and wood. Makes me feel like I'm in a private little basement, I'd be right at home in here! Restrooms are down here, too.

Back to my table, the place in getting a bit full now, not for the game though. The bread pudding and porter arrive, along with a shot of the Rackhouse Ale. The server and I spoke about it briefly and she wanted me to taste it. The bread pudding is phenomenal by itself and with either brew. Whew, time for a water and then a serving of the Rackhouse, I can't resist. Mmmm...

My neighbor back in Cincy loves a good bourbon, I think he'll dig this. I get a growler of it to go. With the fancy growler and tip, it's close to 50 bucks. Money well spent. The neighbor and I drank over half of it the following week, its the best 'weird beer' I ever had him try, so he says.

An outstanding experience, I hope I get the chance to visit again. (1,929 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Osulou92
4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Absolutely wonderful brewpub. Quick service, amazing building, cool gift shop. My only complaint is the lack of unique in house beers. The only pub exclusive beer they had on tap was the Ales for ALS brew. Great experience other than that. (239 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Suds
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I ate here with my family when we stopped overnight in Cleveland while on a road trip. The restaurant is located on a picturesque little street, with a public pay parking lot adjacent to the brewery. Both indoor and outdoor seating, the ambiance is eclectic, with a well worn and dark interior and an outdoor area that is modern and interesting. The food is excellent, local, and creative. The beer is well made, fresh, and from a decent selection. Great service and a nice crowd. Worth a visit. (501 characters)

Photo of Winston3737
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kkdowning
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of TimH3
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Katkad
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Moondoggy68
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of RancidAggro
4.74/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Baconmaster
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Don't let the bad artwork on the bottles fool you. GLBC is a fantastic brewery and restaurant. (94 characters)

Photo of msumike89
3.66/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 420Dude
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of TequilaTom
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went on 5/16 as part of a brewery trip given to me my my wonderful wife!
Could have stayed here all day. Food was good, beer was better! Chill wave on tap there was so fresh I thought I was in heaven! Planning on going back in the fall. The tour was ok too. Nice gift shop and friendly staff. Can't wait to go again! (316 characters)

Photo of keefer241
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NooseJustice
3/5  rDev -29.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

not going to justify anything (29 characters)

Photo of Devman171
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of AJarosz14
5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of PVMT
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Benjhilmer
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Eziel
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,270 characters)

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
95 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.