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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
98 Beers
45,474 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 227
Visits: 498
Avg: 4.25
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 | map
www.greatlakesbrewing.com

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Reviews: 227 | Visits: 498
Reviews by ndolover:
Photo of ndolover
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

GLBC is located dowtown across the river in a historic old brick building. They have upgraded the place to be as "green" as possible.

The beer is great! You can also get a few beers that are not available anywhere else.

I was there during St. Patty's day, so I am willing to give them another try. However, the service was below average. My server was checking her face book page will running my tab. I also noted she made 2 other mistake with other patrons. I also noted that other servers were more interested in chatting amoung themsleves then taking care of customers.

Overall, this is THE place to hit if you are a craft beer lover in dowtown Cleveland. Just be prepared for spotty service.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of zekeman17
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Myself and 2 friends made the long ride from Philly to Cleveland after I won a contest from Mad Mex for an overnight stay along with a tour and dinner from Great Lakes.
Even on a busy Saturday night, we were seated quickly and our waitress was friendly and efficient. This was not biased by any special treatment as all I had was a gift card to use for dinner. We all got samplers of beers we hadn't tried after the tour. Everybody enjoyed their meal as well. Everyone I dealt at Great Lakes with prior to our trip was also super nice and accommodating. It's a long way to go, but if I find myself with a reason to be in Cleveland agian, I wouldn't hesitate to go here again.

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Photo of Doublicious
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of RebornStussy
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of chiefbender
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Brian29
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I love the downstairs "dungeon" style set-up, lots of brick and wood. Solid beers available, but not much beyond their year round offerings, wish they had a little more. I didn't have any food so unfortunately can't rate anything there.

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Photo of erk0607
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Almost always busy, but they have a unique selection of foods on their menu and have a few brews that are only available on tap at the bars (one in the basement, main level, and top level). Staff is friendly and willing to let you try samples if you ask politely and they're not swamped. Parking can be hit or miss but it's not too bad, and is nice that it's located across from the West Side Market so you can wander around after your meal and check out all the fruit, bakery and meats (some of which is used at the GLBC restaurant).

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of orangesol
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Angerhaus
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of torwart68
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JMcBride415
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DrJGR629
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of fallis10
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of brewohio1
2.43/5  rDev -42.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

15 years ago I loved their beers but they have really gone downhill. The beers are shells of their former selves. Especially Edmund fitzgerald and Christmas ale. Not sure if they have changed recipes or brewmasters. I got the strip steak and it came with POWDERED mash potatoes. Big letdown.

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Photo of searsclone
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of schroeder1200
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Dikfour
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Vibe:My folks and I were in town for the night as we were on our way to the Football HOF induction ceremony. The place was packed on a Friday afternoon. Outdoor patio seating looked cool. Up stairs and downstairs bars looked a bit cramped. We ended up at a table downstairs as it was the only room really available. The people seemed pretty cool and there were a few other out-of-towners.

Quality: The beers were really nice. Only had a couple duds that fell flat to me. We were lucky that they still had some of the Christmas Ale left over from the Christmas in July thingy they did. The Oktoberfest, Lake Erie Monster, and the Clevelander Weisse really stood out to me, with the last two really making a strong case for my favorites.

Service: was prompt and friendly. Pretty dang extraordinary for how packed it was in there.

Selection: I was pretty psyched for all 11 different beers they had on tap. They had a beer for everybody. Some safe picks like the Dortmunder and Eliot Ness Amber and some more challenging beers like the Clevelander Weisse and the Moondog ESB.

Food was pretty kick ass. Had a perfectly cooked burger and the grilled cheese is to die for. Though, my father is doing this whole pseudo-vegetarian thing to keep his gout at bay and the beet salad didn't do it for him.

I really enjoyed myself here and love that you can get a 5 oz sampler of all 11 beers for like $16. If I hadn't just gone from a mile up in elevation to about 650 above sea level I might have gotten a little drunk even. I will definitely return next time I am in Cleveland.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
94 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.