Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 73
Beer Ratings: 29,962
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 207 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by malty:
4.65/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been visiting GLBC every autumn for the last three years, it's about time I give them their props. Last visited 10/29/05.
The atmosphere is damn cool. Real wood (mahogany?) original bar from 1901. The bartender let me walk behind the bar (after closing) and showed me 2 bullet holes from way back when. Tin pressed ceiling tiles, real wood paneled walls (going half-way up) with real cool old fashioned looking wallpaper to even it all out. Dark & cozy with a beautiful frontage from Market Street. I could go on and on, definitely the real McCoy of an old style, old world pub. The dining area is very much the same style as the pub of which I'm speaking. The gift shop has this very old real wood compartmental refrigerator where each 24" x 24" door showcases it's own separate beer - very nice. The poster selection was very cool, one for each beer label. Shirts, glass pitchers, glasses galore, yada, yada, yada.
Quality is top notch. Fresh, consistent and flavorful - doesn't get any better.
Selection is good. Nosferatu, Christmas Ale and Cleveland Brown Ale were the pubs showcase beers that night along with their original 6 (check their website). I was bummed they didn't have their Pumpkin Ale on tap, it had been brewed but not available for another week. We were informed they just ran out of their Rackhouse Ale (aged in bourbon barrels) - bummer.
Food is off-the-hook. A sausage sampler platter to die for. Bread pudding was the best I've ever had. Fish & Chips were stellar. Edmund Fitzgerald Chocolate Chunk ice cream paired with a fresh pint of the same, heaven. Spectacular in every sense.
Good value, but maybe I'm biased because I drive 8 hrs. round trip just to belly-up, stay in an affordable hotel and take off back to Michigan the next morning. Worth every cent.
11-05-2005 15:32:02 | More by malty
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