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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

374 Ratings
Ratings: 374
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%
Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 36,391
Beer Avg: 3.91
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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 SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%

Was here for dinner on a recent road trip with the girlfriend.

We stopped in, were brought to our table and immediately there was a distinct but very pungent smell of urine... whoa... not a good sign. The place was nice enough. It was a pretty large area but inconveniently separated into a bunch of different sections that didn't have any rhyme or reason to them. Lighting was also really poor. I understand the dimly light dive bar feel... but this was a bit overboard. I could barely see my hands in front of my face.

Quality of the beer was actually pretty good. Served in the right glassware at the right temperature with a coaster. Not much else to say here.

Service was solid. All parts of our dinner was delivered on time from ordering, to drinks, to the appetizer, main course, desert, and the check at the end. Given how busy it was, our waitress was very quick and friendly.

Selection was decent. They had a couple of guest taps if I recall correctly as well as 8-10 of their regular offerings. Above average due to the guest tap.

The food wasn't memorable but it was good. I got the flat iron steak as well as the sausage sampler. The sausage was really good and the different types of mustard and other condiments were a nice touch. The steak was done as I'd wanted and it was tender and juicy. Pretty good for the price.

Great Lakes isn't an outrageously cheap place but it wasn't by any means expensive either. Worth a visit if you're in the area as its a nice little alcove with a bunch of other brewpubs and bars also. Just hope they get that stench issue resolved.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of sdsurfer217
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%

Stopped here on an anniversary weekend up in Cleveland. We enjoyed the free tour and the tastings during the tour. Our tour guide seemed like a little out of it, but was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed dinner after our tour.

Upon arrival there was disconnect between the patio hostess and the pub hostess. Both seemed very clueless and overwhelmed. We waited for 30mins before being seated, even though we had "called ahead". Enjoyed a beer from the bar.

Waitress was great, knowledgeable about the beer and food, humor-able and friendly. Helped us make a decision and offered samples. I settled with a "Rye of the Tiger IPA" and wife had a Holy Moses, both tasty, although, they only had 1 beer on tap that they don't bottle and distribute. Food was delicious, but entree's were over priced for what they were, 11ish bucks for a burger is pricey, but it's all local/ohio food.

I'd go again if in the area for whatever special beer is tap.

sdsurfer217, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

I was just here a couple weeks ago and it is one of the top places to go in Cleveland.

A- The atmosphere is great, nice to sit outside or in the garden room on a nice summer day, but the beer cellar has a lot of character too.

Q- The beer is exceptional, having an Edmund Fitzgerald here three summers ago is what got me into beer. The Commodore Perry IPA and Elliott Ness Vienna Lager are great year-round beers, but they also have some great seasonals and rotate some brewery exclusives that are great too. Ohio City Oatmeal Stout is a great brewery exclusive.

Service- The wait staff is very friendly and know their beer. They also offer brewery tours with plenty of samples. It is a great tour and the tour guide has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable

Selection- The selection is good, all their year-round beers, seasonal offerings and some brewery exclusives. No guest taps, but when I am at Great Lakes I want to drink their beer so that's not a big deal to me.

F- The food is pretty good, lots of standard pub food, but also some more gourmet style food. I usually stick with the fish and chips or a burger, but they are well-made

Hoptometrist, May 03, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

What a cool building! A historic building nestled into a cool little block in an otherwise sorta dumpy part of Cleveland, be sure to ask your server about the history of the building. They'll tell you that there's a bullet hole created by Eliot Ness the legendary prohibition agent and inspiration for one of GLBC's great beers. Furthermore, the efforts made by GLBC towards sustainability are very impressive. Nice focus on local food on the menu, I tried the Local Plate appetizer, a selection of local meats, cheeses, and veggies. The burger was an average brew-pub burger. Had a pint of Edmund Fitz that was brilliant as always and a selection of samplers (I tried every beer they had that wasn't one of their flagship bottled beers, but didn't really care for them, which is disappointing, considering how great their main beers are). So good food, great beer (stick to the proven classics of their main line of beers), and an awesome location combine to make this one of my favorites!

greenmonstah, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Sanford
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

Stopped in at the bar with my wife and kids before dinner across the street. It was during a spring snow storm (Clevelamders called it a "dusting", but we got 3 inches in a couple of hours). the bar space is inviting and cozy, I actually commented to my wife how I could imagine sitting all afternoon drinking and eating, while watching the snow. Our server was great; friendly yet professional, and very knowledgable regarding the menu and the beer. We had a charcuterie plate that was quite nice, and reasonably priced. I got the beer sampler, which was 10 five ounce pours, for $15...that's 50 ounces of beer. I'v always thought highly of Great Lakes beers. They are like Boulevard and Schlafly, here in Missouri, in that their basic year-rounds and seasonals are very well made, and satisfying, while not flashy. I am looking forward to returning.

cheers, Sanford

Sanford, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of ndolover
3.75/5  rDev -14%

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.

ndolover, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.24/5  rDev -25.7%

Naturally I hit this place while I was in town on a semi-beercentric trip.

We didn't have any food, and our stay here was very short. We entered in the gift shop side. I browsed around here. I've been in the gift shop before when I went to buy my allotment of BA Blackout. It was expensive and over priced then and its expensive and overpriced now. Over $8 for a snifter, over $6 for a taster glass, over $1 for a coaster? $25 tee shirts? I mean c'mon, this ain't Disney Land.

I was told that I had a shot at Rackhouse, and honestly that was the only reason I came here. But alas, Rackhouse was gone. Just my luck.

The place is pretty nice, it seems to look very inspired by Cleveland's industrial history. The decor is distressed but up scale.

The staff seemed to not really care that we were there, wandering and gazing aimlessly. We stood right by the bar, in front of the hostess stand, for a few minutes with no one offering to help or even say hi.

We ate at a near by pub because rumors are that their food isnt worth the price.

I'll probably be back, certainly to buy some BA Blackout, but I wont rush here. I'll take my time at Fat Head's and Buckeye Beer Engine.

MbpBugeye, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of MrDanno96
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

I've been to Great Lakes several times since moving to Cleveland for law school and am always impressed. They only have their own beer on tap, which is no problem. I have yet to have a bad beer from them and their taps are constantly rotating. They always have their year round offerings on tap (Ed Fitz, Dortmunder, Com. Perry, Elliot Ness and Burning River), plus their seasonals and several brewery only offerings. The brewery only releases are usually really good - I especially recommend "Quitness" (dry-hopped IPA) and Wolfhead Stout (dry Irish Stout).

Great Lakes brings the same attention to quality to their food as they do their beer. Everything on the menu is tasty - I've enjoyed their pretzels, cheese plates, sweet potato ravioli and burgers. I'm actually writing this review after returning from St. Patrick's Day dinner at the brewpub - it was truly excellent. Really great corned beef and soda bread.

I find the atmosphere here can get a little noisy, especially on weekends. The waits tend to get excessive on weekends too. These are both the result of the brewery's increasing popularity, which you cannot really fault.

Overall, Great Lakes' brewpub is a great place to grab dinner and some great beer. Definitely stop by if you're in Cleveland.

MrDanno96, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

Took a trip to Cleveland and all i got was this lousy review... Great Lakes brewery, what more is there to say. It's a bar. A damn fine bar, with all your favorite Great Lakes brews on tap. Got in on a Saturday around 4pm the place was starting to get mobbed, both bars up and downstairs were filling up. The brewery tour happened at 5 so we downed a few fresh Com. Perry's and off we went. A nice guided tour with samples of each beer(though, limited samples) that great lakes had brewing including the Doppelrock, yum. Nice tour that including everything from brewing to bottling, I enjoyed this tour very much. Ah, so dinning, took about a half hour for us to get seated after that. The food came out very well prepared, and very delicious. The prices weren't through the roof, i was surprised at how much it was to fill a growler however. All in all it was a great time with good food and great beer. I encourage anyone out that way to stop in.

gabedivision, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -25.9%

Stopped by here this past week while visiting the in-laws.

A- This is a nice little place. Good old school feel to this place with a new school twist. We were sitting in the newer outside area.

Q- The beers were good and served in proper glassware. The food plates were alright for the most part. There was food specks on some of the plates and when one of us got coffee there were lipstick marks all over it.

S- Our server was nice but took a little while in getting things for us. At times our beer glasses were empty and we had to wait to find her. She didn't seem to be that busy but overall our service was a little slow all around.

S- Nothing really special as far as beers went. Only 2 beers on the menu that I couldn't get outside of the pub. The actual menu as far as food goes was good with there being no problems with finding multiple things that we all wanted to eat.

F- The food was good but a little pricey. I had the pulled pork which was amazingly good. My wife though split a salad with my mother in-law as we had a couple of appetizers and when it came to us was not only enough to share but wan't enough to fill one person. The price of that salad? Eight bucks!!!

alleykatking, Mar 13, 2011
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