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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 31,320
Beer Avg: 3.92

Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y

284 Ratings
Ratings: 284
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.49%
$$ - reasonable

[ 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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Photo of mikepcarney


4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Been living up in Cleveland since '09. GLBC is a staple for going downtown. The beer selection is top notch. I have rarely had a beer I did not like. The bar is often crowded to a point you might not want to go in. If you are trying to sample the beers I would go on an off day. The bar is very knowledgeable of all of the beers.

07-03-2013 00:44:56 | More by mikepcarney
Photo of witster18


4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

great lakes advantage is that they already make some of the best beer in the world... imo they're probably right there with New Glarus and Stoudts as the best three east of the mississippi river.

can't go wrong with all this great fresh beer on tap. literally the worst offering is great.

The glockenspeil defies the abv and tastes amazing, as do the other seasonals.

The food wasn't over-priced, and the chipolte hot sauce with my chicken sandwich was fantastic. All my party(21 mantrippers) loved the place.

Indoor and outdoor seating... we sat in "the cellar",.. perfect for our event.

Really felt catered to considering how busy they were at 1pm on a saturday.

The Eliot ness, Edmund Fitz, and DOrtmunder are spectacular as usual. Gift shop is loaded with tons of great stuff, and their logo work is the best I've ever seen. Unfortunately they were sold out of "Lake Erie Monster" shirts in my size. I'll order online in a couple of weeks.

06-25-2013 22:45:38 | More by witster18
Photo of BeerShoup

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Went here for the 1st time. The brewpub was everything I expected. History, old woodwork, a bit of a surprise...a great bartender that was Irish. Pretty cool. The infamous bullet hole above the bar had a story. Food was outstanding. Beer was outstanding. Nice gift shop.

Ordered the:
Wings Confit in a Soy Ginger Sauce
Short Rib Pierogies with a Beef Ragu served with Micro Greens.

Washed this down with a sampler of all 10 beers on tap. Delicious

06-22-2013 17:42:27 | More by BeerShoup
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$

Atmosphere: Awesome feel. They have quite a big outdoor patio, a nice in/outdoor part that has retractable roof, a cool wood/stone basement and then the normal bar area. music at just the right level.

Quality: as great lakes is one of my favorites breweries, all the beer they have is well made. they have a nice spread of styles and seem to be equally strong at making all sorts of styles

Service: service was good when i was there. no problems.

Selection: 10 beers on tap when I was there. I have now had 9 of those 10 and like all alot. that being said i wish they had more pub-exclusives to try out new beers and just to keep things interesting. but I could never go here and not have a good drink to get.

Food: the food was the only down side of my trip here. not the place to go eat. Out of my party of three and an appetizer we were let down by all food items ordered.

Overall: Great place to go, but i think if i go back i will eat some where else

06-16-2013 23:38:37 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of donzilake


3.65/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Great beers, good food , neat old atmosphere ( eliot ness bar in basement with bullet holes included ) service could be better. Black burgers are very good also fish bites are good to start with. Are servicer forgot half are order ( party of four people )
She tryed to make it up with a couple of free beers on the house. But who wants to sit there with half of your food order,eating while two people have to wait , for their order. Now the Beer - Dortmunder, Eliot ness, Edmund filzgerald what a way to start. Then there was there seasonals beers and Bar only tap beers , great beers , had a oak barrel blackout stout there (in house) outstanding Imperial stout . Had a growler filled up with Eliot Ness ( for a friend ). One other time we went to the tapping of the Keg there ( Christmas Ale being served for the first time of the year )
I think it was in November we had a large partry of people , around 12 beer people , who arrived early to settle in and grab a good table. The young college aged woman server was awful and rude. I hope she was just a temp. to handle the busy tapping of the Keg day they had in November. We have not seen Her,in any of are return trips to the Great Lakes Brewing Company

06-12-2013 14:11:35 | More by donzilake
Photo of tommyguz


4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$

Review from 07/21/12
(as posted from my blog)

We were fortunate enough to do a tour and eat at the brewpub.

The tour was pretty cool as they took you around the whole building. It was just like a lot of other beer tours. Good stuff.

The food at the brewpub was really awesome. They had 10 different beers to choose from with a couple that weren't offered in bottles. We sat outside and ate. It was a beautiful day, the atmosphere was fun and it was pretty crowded. We enjoy stopping here anytime we go to Cleveland.

05-08-2013 03:40:03 | More by tommyguz
Photo of dailyminefield

North Carolina

4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

The best brewpub I have ever been to, and I've been to a few dozen. The atmosphere is awesome. There is a throwback, rathskeller-type cellar adorned with a couple fermenting tanks and an old school wooden bar. The main taproom features a huge mahogany bar. There are two different dining areas on the main floor. I understand they have remodeled the upstairs into more dining space. They also feature a tree lined patio on the sidewalk. The building must be atleast 100 years old, very close to downtown Cleveland. They actually do all the brewing across the street, so it almost feels like a little beer campus. There is also a nice gift shop next to the brewpub. The food is above average for a brewery and the service was great.
I really don't know how you beat the atmosphere at Great Lakes.
Oh yeah, and the beer is world class to boot. All of their beers are solid.
If you find yourself anywhere near Cleveland, you must check it out.

05-02-2013 23:25:13 | More by dailyminefield
Photo of AlphaKingKegger


4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$

this place is cool and the people are super friendly. Haven't really tried the food here, but the beers are great. Wish I lived closer to sample some of the pub only beers. parking blows, but you're in a busy part of downtown Cleveland. Be sure to check out the basement area when you are there.

04-15-2013 05:32:00 | More by AlphaKingKegger
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

There are several areas at the brewpub location in the Ohio City section of Cleveland and I did not explore all of the areas - in includes a downstairs bar, a main dining area, and a gift shop (I stayed within the main dining area). The vibe is very much what I would expect at a brewpub including the visibility to the tanks and the heavy amounts of wood for decor. It was a Monday night, so the place was very laid back but that was exactly what my table of folks were looking for.

Beers were served at the proper temperature in mostly proper glassware, they were good pours with nice heads and served promptly.

Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing or lurking at your table - every time we needed something, we looked up and the server was there but I do not recall her ever just showing up or being pushy in any way.

There are 10 beers on tap and they represented a number of different styles (maybe the only duplicate style was there were two different porters available). Seems like they had something on the menu that would appeal to most anyone.

The food was good for pub food and I really enjoyed my selection - burger on the pretzel roll with some very good fries. Nothing super exotic in the food but solid and tasty.

The prices were reasonable and I went to Great Lakes knowing that the beers would be good quality so I was satisfied. Also, coming from the NYC area it seems like prices are always a little cheaper than at home.

03-05-2013 12:11:24 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Browns149

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This brewery makes some of the FINEST beers in the world. They have won multiple GLOBAL awards for their beers. The Christmas Ale is the best Christmas beer I have EVER had. It is a Cleveland tradition to get a 6 pack the day it is released. And now they have Christmas in July were you can go to the brewery and get Christmas Ale on tap in July.

01-12-2013 19:24:31 | More by Browns149
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