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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:
94 Beers
42,246 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 459
Reviews: 228
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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Ratings: 459 | Reviews: 228
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I recently made my third visit to Great Lakes. The building has all kinds of history associated with it. As you enter, you are met with a dining area to the left with the gift shop beyond that. The upstairs bars and dining area are ahead of you. I have never dined nor drank upstairs. It is very clean and well lit. I had gone to the basement bar each time.

The basement is more dimly lit. The walls are cobblestone and it is a relatively small area. The bar was full on this occasion, so my date and I grabbed a small booth.

The server did not make us wait long before she attended to us. I was immediately disappointed when I found out that they ran out of Alberta Clipper earlier that day. They were also out of Rackhouse Ale and Tripel Dog Dare. I settled for a Abbey Ave. Dubbel. As with all Great Lakes selections, it was perfect for the style.

The menu isn't extensive but they have pizza and some nice comfort dishes. I settled on a open faced pot roast sandwich which was good but not great. My date chose the chicken pot pie and raved at how good it was.

Ovreall, I have had favorable experiences here. My only disappointment is that on the last two occasions there have been one selection of beer on tap that I cannot purchase in bottles. Don't get me wrong, I love Great Lakes beers. I just want to try some other offerings. I have either had poor timing or the beers are so good that the demand exceeds the supply.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TequilaTom
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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!

Photo of NooseJustice
3/5  rDev -31.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

not going to justify anything

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 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 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 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 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 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 MANix73
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Haven't toured the brewery, but the gift shop & restaurant are great. Always busy, but go see the hostess first. You give them your number, go shop the store & they TXT you when your table is ready. You can fill growler or buy 6 packs to go. They usually have a couple beers on tap that you can only get at the brewery. A must stop for beer lovers!

Photo of HunterSBeerson
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Great brewery. Every style is done well.

Photo of AndrewRivera21
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Never disappoints!

Photo of McMatt7
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Love Great Lakes, good beer food people

Photo of UrbanCaveman
5/5  rDev +14.2%

This is a mandatory stop for me any time I am anywhere near Cleveland. Not only do they always have a fantastic lineup on tap, but the food is just as good (they have a lamb shepherd's pie made with their Edmund Fitzgerald porter - mother of god!!!), and the brewery itself is a fun tour!

Photo of Bgallup
5/5  rDev +14.2%

Great beers from top to bottom . . . of your glass.

Photo of francus
3.75/5  rDev -14.4%

Great service and great beers. And the bar has lots of atmosphere. You can spend a lot of time here relaxing. For an all around place, this is my favorite in Cleveland.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev -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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Photo of EMB1960
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place for lunch and to come and see one of the better brewers in Cleveland. Food was very good and decent portions. Beer selection is obviously Great Lakes and they had a very good selection available. Service was very quick and attentive. Good area, but limited parking.

Photo of kjb32812
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I have been to Great Lakes Brewing Co. for dinner and solely for dinner and neither disappoint. The bar is small and neighborhood like which is a plus. They also have tons of fresh Great Lakes beers on tap. The bartenders have always been very good and offer their opinion when you ask it. If not, they just pour what you ask for. On the food side, I took my FIL here for dinner along with my 2 y.o. son and we had a good meal in the restaurant part away from the bar. Can't go wrong whether dining, drinking or both. Highly recommend.

Photo of Glanzman
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My wife took me here for my birthday on January 27th, 2014 in what amounts to my first visit to a craft brewery,

The brewpub itself is quaint and cozy. Our server was very knowledgeable on not just GLBC's beers but in beer in general. He was quite friendly and we hit it off like two old friends discussing beer.

I ordered a Brewhouse Burger on a pretzel bun with fries. The burger was ok, nothing remarkable and my wife dinner (Pretzel Chicken) she liked but nothing outstanding.

But let's face it, I didn't come here to eat, I wanted to sample some beers not available in stores.

I had a Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout which was outstanding. I gave it a rating of 5 out of 5.

Also had Ohio City Farmhouse Saison which was good. And the third on I don't remember the name but was also a solid beer (I've never had a bad GLBC beer and I've had about 17 different varieties.

Overall a great place to try some new brews and munch on some food while at it.

Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Great City, friendly people, excellent beer, good food. What's not to like? The main bar is conducive to a quality drinking experience and the downstairs cellar is inviting. The outdoor patio on the street level is tree-lined & reminiscent of a European City. Go.

Photo of coldy
3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I have been to the brewpub at least a dozen times. The beers are absolutely world class, and they usually have something special avalable. The atmosphere is a nice mix of old style bar, lots of wood, and some brewing equipment to add to the ambience.

The food has always been good, especially their pretzel appetizer with dips...phenomenal! Pretty much all you need to have with your beers.

The service has always been lackluster. Many times they are out of certain items, and the servers seem unapologetic and not very eager to offer suggestions. The service is not bad, but I expect good service when spending this kind of money. The place is by no means expensive, but it sure is not cheap.

Overall, this is a must visit for any beer fan that has the opportunity. The gift shop is a nice touch as well, and they usually have great deals on beer and glassware.

Photo of SpartyJoe
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

GLBC! So happy that I live near this place. I love their beers and the pub exclusives are always top-notch. They put out some experimental beers in their pub; there are generally 2-3 available at all times. They host some cool events throughout the year - movie nights, beer releases, beer school, etc. Service is good, food is above-average.

Photo of RyanCLE
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is a Cleveland landmark. Great atmosphere, an incredible ever-changing selection of world-class beers. Great Lakes is a perfect ambassador of the Cleveland beer culture, and their world-wide praise proves it. I have been here dozens of times, and it never gets old.

Want atmosphere? This building is well over a century old and has a history in the family that runs the brewery. The tour of their brewery (around the corner) is fantastic and recommended for anyone who has the time. Highly environmentally conscious and local-focused.

Every beer-loving Clevelander is proud to have this incredible brewery in our back yard -- the eclectic Ohio City district. This is a brewery with universal respect, and for good reason. From their flagship Dortmunder Gold, to their unmatchable Burning River Pale Ale, to their practically-impossible-to-find-outside-of-Cleveland Christmas Ale, to their unique one-offs, any beer you try is a guaranteed hit.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.