Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 81
Beer Ratings: 34,806
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by brewdlyhooked13:
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-16-2008 21:26:09 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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