Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
Stopped by a few times before and after Cavs games; in my mind one of the best ways to enjoy what Great Lakes has to offer.
First, the beer: all five of GL's year round offerings will be on tap (Dortmunder Gold, Burning River, Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry, and Edmund Fitzgerald), plus any seasonals and brewpub exclusive The Wright Pils. There usually are two other exclusives on tap, which are often seasonals served at an unusual time of year, beers that could be seasonals or otherwise coincide with Cleveland-area events, or simply beers they don't bottle and distribute. The pub exclusives are definitely the highlights of my visits; they're never of lesser quality than their more common brethren, and it's fun to try something unique considering how much I enjoy most of their beers.
I like stopping in the basement just for beer, but the food served is good too. Nothing out of this world, but much higher quality than standard bar fare (and much of it sustainably produced, which is a plus for me). Many of their sauces (and some food) incorporate one of their beers in the recipe, and these are all enjoyable. Drawback of the tasty, sustainable eating is the price- probably a bit higher than what you would pay for similar eats elsewhere.
Service is good, even though they're generally quite busy for most of the evening. I've never needed to wait too long for drinks, and food service is fully adequate. One of my favorite parts of coming on game days is the shuttle bus they provide to the arena; $1 for a round trip to and from the game. This means I not only avoid having to chip in for parking in downtown Cleveland (possibly on the 6th floor of a parking garage), but save a huge amount of time in traffic (and, as a bonus, can have another drink or two at the bar). Parking nearby can be a bit difficult, but I've occasionally gotten lucky and found a spot less than a minute walking distance from the door. Traffic in the area is no problem at all, and it's very easy to find the place.
The attached gift shop is decent but there's nothing out of this world; $6-8 glasses, $20 shirts, and some bottle artwork in poster form (these are pretty cool, but the really nice ones are $40 each). They also sell 6 and 12 packs of their distributed beer, as well as The Wright Pils (though it was out during my last visit).
12-29-2010 21:19:17 | More by AwYeh
4.22/5 rDev -3%
Great Lakes has always held a special place in my heart and I finally got to go to the Brewery for the first time this last October. I was not let down. The beer was great on tap (their normal distributed rotation-Burning River, Edmind Fitz, Commodore Perry, Holy Moses, Elliot Ness, Dortmunder Gold) and they also had Nosferatu on tap.
They also had some pub only offerings, Wright Pils and their Cellar Dweller. I was very impressed with the Cellar Dweller which was a Kolsche Style Ale.
The food was great but a bit high on the price side. The beer was priced about average. Parking is a pain but there are alot of street parking areas (we just took a cab).
The atmosphere is great but I suggest just going to the cellar pub or if the weather is right sitting outside.
12-05-2010 18:39:37 | More by tat2dhllblly
3.45/5 rDev -20.7%
Went and had dinner on a Friday night. Really busy, but I expected it to be and the wait really wasn't that bad. People were nice even though it was crowded.
The beer was good, as expected.
Service was fine, as much as could be expected from an extremely busy staff.
The selection was the only thing that was disappointing to me. I was hoping they would have a build your own six pack/by the bottle option so that I could take home a variety, but they had pretty much the same selection as the stores around here.
Food was reasonably good. Had a burger and it was tasty, but not spectacular.
11-09-2010 00:11:19 | More by Philfromakron
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
Stopped by on a Friday night after dinner on a short trip to Cleveland. Sat at the small bar in the down stairs of the pub nice cozy place. Didn't have much to eat but the kettle chips that were good to snack on over some beers. At the time they had great beer selection but it was also Cleavland beer week. The sampler menu of the beers is a really good buy. I opted for the Berlot, Blackout, and Nosferatu. Great place to spend some time would defiantly go back next time in Cleavland just wished they had some casks or variety that you couldn't pick up in the liquor store.
11-05-2010 13:56:12 | More by brewnic
4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
I stopped by the brewpub when I was in town for a weekend because of the good reviews I saw on BA.
This is in a cool area of town -- Ohio City by the WestSide Market -- that's pedestrian friendly. It was around 2 p.m. on a Saturday with great weather, so a lot of people were out and about. That made Great Lakes crowded, but we got a table in 10-15 minutes.
It's a little too late for me to review the beer I had, which was the Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, but I will say it was a solid porter that I would buy if I had access to it in Atlanta.
I got the Old World Burger, which was recommended on the Great Lakes website to pair with the porter. It was a good combination of beer and food. The prices are what I would expect, and the service was just right for a late lunch on a Saturday afternoon for a couple of really hungry people who just wanted to drink and eat.
There's also a Great Lakes Brewing Co. gift shop in the restaurant for those interested in this kind of thing.
I'd recommend this place to a beer person or someone who just wants to go to a nice area of Cleveland looking for a good place to eat and hang out.
11-04-2010 14:47:25 | More by jillmart
4.65/5 rDev +6.9%
I waited to write my review until I had been to GLBC more than once. My first time visiting was last summer and I went on the free tour of the brewing facility. The tours are on saturdays and start at the giftshop. The tour guide was very pleasent and informative. They had a quick sample session on the tour which included most of the regular lineup with one seasonal. Very cool to see the inside of the brewery!
The brewpub itself has an old time brewery atmosphere with nice dining area upstairs and a cool stone cellar-like basement for drinks only. I ordered the old world burger with eddy fitz bbq sauce and it was fantastic. The pints were $4 for the regulars and $5 for seasonals and brewpub exclusives. The tap lines run underneath the street straight to the brewpub so the beer poured has never seen the inside of a keg! Most of the food was pretty well priced and the eddy fitz chocolate chip ice cream was great!
The giftshop was nice and things were reasonably priced (~$20 for tshirts ~$6 glassware). The had large signs of all of the bees for sale which would make a great addition to hang above any beer stash.
I've been up to GLBC a few times now and I always have a great time.
10-31-2010 16:32:18 | More by projectflam86
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
My wife and I just recently visited for the first time. Edmund Fitzgerald is one of my favorite beers and since we are only an hour away we decided to give it a try. Very nice atmosphere. We ate upstairs but also checked out the bar in the basement. Very historical atmosphere. Friendly servers. Cool place. Food was quite good and of course the beer was excellent. They only serve their own brews but that's fine with me, that's why we went.
I absolutely would recommend giving this place a try. My only complaint was that we had to wait over an hour for a table. But actually that's a good thing not a negative. Just means they do a great business.
10-30-2010 22:52:55 | More by BogeyTheDog
4/5 rDev -8%
Having visited GLBC 5 times over the past 20 years I figured I might as well review it. I have sat at the bar, in the upstairs dining room and the downstairs areas. Very old timey, pre prohibiton feel to it. Service has always been good-my most recent trip (9/10) the bartender Steve was very attentive. Decent selection this past visit-standard line up of their beers as well as a German Alt and a newer pils-all were very tasty-the beers here have never dissapointed. Food is a bit of an upscale pub grub-had some great clam chowdah and a Ceasar salad this go round. Have had some great chili and steaks there as well.
Always worth stopping here when in town. The market across the street is a great place to check out for all your fresh food needs-meat, cheeses, breads, fish and produce abound-a real throw back to getting your groceries daily. I put on 20 pounds just walking thru the place!
09-20-2010 02:30:31 | More by lackenhauser
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
Been here a couple times and really enjoyed this place. Last time I was in they were out of the Edmund Fitz though, say what?! I couldn't believe they were out of one of their regular lineup beers. The food is good and the atmosphere is cool. The basement cellar is really neat as is the outside seating. Had to knock them in selection though as they were missing the Ed Fitz. Sitting outside is pretty fun as well. Never been able to tour the brewery but at least the brew pub is pretty cool. The staff was very friendly and helpful as well giving suggestions on both food and beer.
08-20-2010 23:23:27 | More by kbutler1
3.88/5 rDev -10.8%
Great place to come to down by the WestSide Market. I really like the atmosphere of the place, and it's nice if you can sit outside (when its not too hot). Staff here are always friendly and knowledgeable about beer, and I appreciate that a lot. Selection is a bit limited, as they only serve their own beers and tend to run out of them occasionally. Not a huge problem, but it sucks when there's only six tap offerings and Edmund Fitzgerald and Lake Erie Monster are gone. Food is tasty and reasonably priced. Definitely a good place to come and get some food with a beer.
08-20-2010 02:57:25 | More by LordAdmNelson
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
96 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.