Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 73
Beer Ratings: 29,860
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 272 | Reviews: 207 | Show All Ratings:
3.85/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Finally visited GLBC! It was *packed* on the particular night of our visit, and there was an exceptional wait, but it was worth it!
The interior was reminiscent of a local joint which made it feel "homey" and the experience was everything that I had hoped for. We sampled fresh pours of Nosferatu, Dortmunder Gold, Edmund Fitz and others that escape me and had an excellent meal to boot. I've been dying to try their beers from a fresh tap, and they did not disappoint.
Service was a little slow, but given the fact that we waited almost 90 minutes to get in and the place was at (over) capacity, it was acceptable. I would prefer to visit on an off peak time/day, but I will not mark down the service as our server was 1) attentive 2) accurate and 3) efficient despite the throng of people that visited this night.
I don't know when my next trip to Cleveland will be, but I'll defiantly stop back at GLBC!
01-04-2013 21:17:04 | More by adams82
4.45/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Great Lakes Brew Pub is a nice little place with a great atmosphere The staff was knowledgeable and very helpful and attentive. The price was very reasonable All in all, I'd say that Great Lakes is certainly worth hitting. I'm certainly glad I did!
Old historic building near the Market so you could make this a half day's visit The market across the street is a great place to check out for all your fresh food needs-meat, cheeses, breads, fish and produce. For such a large, multi-level building, the bar is rather small. The beer selection is mostly what they offer in bottles with the exception of maybe one or two. Quality of the beer was actually pretty good, Served in the right glassware at the right temperature. The gift shop was nice and things were reasonably priced
12-18-2012 18:31:09 | More by LJRat
2.8/5 rDev -35%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
Visited July 2012: after 10 pm on a Saturday evening.
We were seated outside under a canopy and had a large party 12 people. The food portions were small and pricey 15$ for 2 brats and three small pirogi's.
We tried the beer sampler, which included 5 oz of each of the beers on tap (10). A very hoppy Summer selection. Would rather have a malty Winter selection so our timing was poor.
The area we sat in was near empty, and the service was moderate. Server was often hard to find for refills on soda's.
We were very excited to go here, having heard great things about the brewery. We had a good time, and enjoyed ourselves, but that was more the company we were with than the food or beer.
I can honestly say several of the beers tasted so similar as to not be able to really taste the difference, and mixing an IPA with honey, was NOT a good idea.
08-16-2012 22:00:31 | More by Brubaker
4.2/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
When I visited: May 2012.
What I had: The Wright Pils (draught), Commodore Perry IPA (draught), Holy Moses White Ale (draught), Grilled Bratwurst & Pierogies, Margherita Pub Pizza and white wine for the lady.
What I liked: Beautiful outdoor patio, delicious food, superb beer lineup that covers a wide range of styles, interesting one-offs, tried two GLB brews that I hadn’t sampled before, bartenders provided warm and timely service, cozy ambiance downstairs.
What I disliked: no guest taps or bottles, slow service on the patio, brewery attracts some "Bud Light" types due to central touristy location.
Would I go back? Yes.
Overall Rating: 84
07-22-2012 19:00:02 | More by cratez
4.73/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
GLBC is the cornerstone of Cleveland's rapidly growing beer community and one of the first places where I started getting really interested in craft beer. Great Lakes has a typical, not too fancy pub and restaurant as well as their beer cellar (during evening hours) for patrons to visit. The atmosphere is what you would expect from a larger craft brewery...decent sized main bar with a steady crowd of people from lunchtime through evening and a handsome dining room that serves guests some tasty options from their kitchen. During the warmer months in CLE, GLBC's patio attracts large crowds especially during Indians home games and during happy hour. Great Lakes beer selection is generally around 8-10 handles. These always include favorites such as Dortmunder Gold, Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry, and Edmund Fitzgerald plus there is a frequent rotation of seasonally made batches to fill in the rest of the tap selection. My recommendation for those who have had GLBC beers in bottles is to try any of the selections you have never seen before, as everything they make are pretty darn good. Service is always excellent. From the moment you arrive on the patio or the front hostess stand, service is always polite and with a smile. The bartenders pay close attention to your glass and ensure that you are always content while under their roof. Food includes standard pub fare including fish and chips, baked pretzels and a sausage and cheese platter. During the local harvest months, GLBC prides itself on using as much locally sourced ingredients as possible and even has a partnership with a nearby farm in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. If you are visiting and are planning on attending a Cleveland Indians or Cavs game, be sure to check out their Fatty Wagon which runs on straight vegetable oil. Roundtrip fare is $1 per person. Overall, Great Lakes continues to produce some of the finest beers around and is a great place to come visit.
05-31-2012 17:11:02 | More by Stinger80OH
4.03/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
02-10-2012 18:57:18 | More by buschbeer
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
I've wanted to check out GL for some time, and what better excuse then the BA Blackout release?
The bar is simply awesome. You can feel the walls speaking to you, the history seeping out of the ornate woodwork. There's even a bullet hole in the wall from what they say is Elliot Ness' gun.
Quality is top notch. If you haven't had a Great Lakes beer, then you might not know what quality is. Every beer in their year-round line up is at or near the top in-style. And luckily, they were all on tap (and then some). Not a plethora of taps - I think eight or so?
No guest taps, just GL brews.
Service was good, and very good the following day. The female bartender who took care of us in the evening was a bit curt, but the gent the following afternoon was a gem. Apparently he's worked there for years, and it certainly shows.
I've heard the food is top shelf, but the only nibbles I had were at the ticketed BA Blackout release. And calling the snacks bland and half-assed is (believe it or not) a compliment.
Everything seemed to be priced accordingly, other then the gouging they put you through for growler fills. My buddy dropped $15 on a 64oz fill of their Moondog ESB. It's an ESB - and a mere four imperial pints worth. You can sit at the bar and order four pints for less then $15. Hmmm....
All in all, I'd say that Great Lakes is certainly worth hitting. Even if you're just driving through, stop in and check 'er out. I'm certainly glad I did!
01-25-2012 22:01:07 | More by Rhettroactive
4.08/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I took a drive down to Cleveland with a few other BAs for the release of this year's Barrel Aged Blackout Stout.
The Great Lakes Brew Pub is a nice little place with a great atmosphere. It has some old-timey charm to the place that I kinda liked. The beer selection was pretty standard (with a sampling of their regularly bottled beers) but there were also a few pub only exclusives on tap.
The menu was also fairly standard for a brew pub. I decided to go with the reuben, which a bit of a disappointment.
The service was great, and everyone in our group seemed pleased with the experience. Maybe I'll head back there next year when BA Blackout is released again.
01-19-2012 13:54:54 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop in for a few drinks and a quick dinner. When you walk in the place is set up like an old time bar and restuarant. There is a lot of wood and warm lighting. The main restaurant is to the left and there is a bar directly in front of the enterance. We went to the pub downstairs which was dark warm and inviting. It looked like an 18th century pub with flat screens. There is a chalk board with the on tap selections. On tap was five of the glbc regulars and four brewpub exclusives. We ended up going with some of the exclusives and they were fantastic. After the first round we ordered a buffalo chicken pizza which was different than I expected yet very good. The staff was knowledgable and very helpful and attentive. The price was very resonable, in fact we were kinda shocked at how low our bill was. Overall this is a great place, if you are in cleveland this is a must visit.
10-24-2011 21:17:27 | More by goblue3509
4.55/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
A- We ate in the bar area which was very nice ,, with a long Mahoghany bar and old world pub charm it has tons of atmosphere.
Q- The quality of the fresh brews and food was great along with a friendly staff and clean environment I would say quality is very high.
S- The service was excellant.
F- The food was also excellant.
V- A little on the higher side as far as the food in concered but it was all very good and we had no complaints. The beer however I thought was very faily priced and was of top quality and freshness. IPA was $5 and their german ale seasonal was only $4 which is fine in my opinion.
Overall this was my first time at the brewpub but I have been a longtime fan of the beer and their establishment did not disappoint. I would recomend this to any beer/pub lover while in Cleveland.
10-12-2011 13:38:09 | More by MP72
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
96 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.