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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.

395 Ratings
Ratings: 395
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.07%
Active Beers: 96
Beer Ratings: 37,786
Beer Avg: 3.92
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

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Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%

The atmosphere is o.k. They have a nice bar area, and a couple dinning areas. The place is usually packed with a high brow/white collar crowd which is a turn off for me.

The quality of their beer is outstanding. I haven't ate here since 1991, but the food was great back then. This place has grown greatly since opening in 1988, but their quality only got better with their growth.

Service is good for a busy place. They take time to answerer questions and know their product.

Their gift-shop is my favorite place to buy their beer. Their cooler is nice and cold and full of FRESH beer.

sitarist, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of shivtim
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

Stopped by here before a friend's wedding reception.
Nice neighborhood; it was very lively on a Saturday afternoon. GLBC was packed, with a 45 minute wait for a table.

It's a multi-roomed interior, with lots of wood and random things on the wall. They were pretty flexible and able to switch things up when we had 3 extra people than we thought we would have.

Good beer selection. I think about 10 on tap, with a wide range of styles to choose form. Of course all were high quality.

Food was decent, but nothing special. Took an incredibly long time, and then everyone's food came out at different times.

Overall a nice stop, but slightly underwhelming.

shivtim, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of jquanmusic
3.69/5  rDev -15.6%

I've been drinking Great lakes for years, and always enjoyed their brews. Unfortunately, when I visited the brewery they basically had everything I can already buy in the store. Sure the freshness of the Commodore Perry was greatly appreciated, but I generally go to a brewery to try the brew house specials. The only specials they had were Black Ice (very good) and a Pils (not so hot, but honestly Pils generally aren't my bag). That wouldn't have bugged me to much, but to top it off they had zero guest taps... or bottles for that matter. I didn't try the food, but have always heard good things. They had a nice Gift shop, but whatever. The place was dead. Although it was a Monday at 4:00. So take that for what it's worth. The upstairs Bar was honestly a little nice for my likings, but I'm weird and prefer dumps, or the unusual. The down stairs bar looked very nice (closed while I was there though). It kind of reminded me of a cave. I really wish it was open. I know this review may seem a little negative, but I would return (although I've been to far better). I'm just a cynical Diego. Oh yeah and the service was slow (kind of sad since there was one other person in the bar)

jquanmusic, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of pbsmooth
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%

I was very impressed with the decor and overall apearence of the building. Probably the best atmosphere of a any brewpub I have been to. The basement pub was really cool. I was really excited to have the food and it was just ok, I had the brats and perogies I expected them to be much beter. The cheddar stilton soup was the highlight for me on the food I ordered. The beer was good, but I was hoping for the beer to fresher than what I have had at home. I ordered a commodore perry and it not taste right, it seemed a little flat and it seemed like the line was dirty. The other beers I had were all perfect and fresh. The service at the downstairs bar was just ok and it was hard to get the attention of the bartenders.

pbsmooth, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Reviewed from notes. Originally visited 12/21.

I've visited Great lakes a few times before and this visit lived up to my previous experiences.

My friend and I elected to sit at the bar in the downstairs bar. It has an eclectic atmosphere with old stone walls, nice wood tables and chairs, and a few flat screen TVs above the bar.

We were greeted right away by the bartender as we took our seats at the bar. She took our drink orders, and asked if we wanted to see food menus. We had stellar service pretty much throughout the night. However, a little later in the night, we had a little bit of a hard time getting the bartender's attention, but they were pretty busy and the staff was spread thin.

We both ordered a Wright Pils to start off the night. They also had Christmas Ale and Ohio City Oatmeal Stout in addition to their year-round regulars.

As far as food, I ordered The Old World Burger and my friend ordered the Pancetta Mac and Cheese. Their food prices are a little expensive($11 for a burger) but they only use high quality ingredients and the food is consistently great. We were both very satisfied.

We also visited the gift shop after dinner. It was completely different than what I remembered. My friend informed me that they expanded it about a year ago. We were specifically looking to buy the Wright Pils in 6-packs, as we both really enjoyed it, and had read that it should be available on their website...

They had a a whole wall cooler(ten cooler doors long) full of their year-round beers as well as Christmas Ale. There was no Wright Pils to be had though. They also do growler fills, but they seem to be a little on the expensive side ($10 for a small and $20 for a large plus the cost of fill). I asked another customer who was carrying a growler how much they were and he informed me he paid $52 for a large growler of Christmas Ale. This is offset slightly by the reasonable beer prices in the restaurant.

I really do enjoy stopping by this place every time I'm in Cleveland, and even though is a little pricey, it's definitely a justified cost.

samie85, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%

Great Lakes is another awesome brew pub and this one is only about 2 hours from where I live. I was making a brewery trip through MI, IN, and IL and saw that The Lake Erie Monster was on draft. I love Great Lakes beer and this is something they don't bottle; so I had to stop in (for the first time)!

The brew pub is very big but still cozy and has a great feel. They had flat screens up with football on in the bar. There was also a nice dining area where you can sit and have a meal. Didn't try the food. Then, I go to the bathroom, which is downstairs, and I find another whole bar and dining area downstairs. Great wooden bar, very nice people, and very crowded at noon on a Friday!

cpetrone84, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%

was fortunate enough to make it by the brewpub a couple times over this past visit to Cleveland - both after forays in the West Side Market across the street, which is a must if you're at all into cooking or food

the establishment is best broken down into three areas - upstairs are the taproom and dining room, and downstairs is the more publike beer cellar, both absolutely dripping with history in their comfortably lively, stone and dark wood adorned confines; third is the more recently renovated, eco-friendly beer garden, as well as a gift shop that supplies bottles to go and various paraphernalia, we chose the downstairs pub both times, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience

selection was nothing to scoff at, but far from jaw dropping either, I went with a Lake Erie Monster and Blackout Stout as all the others on draft at the time are widely available in bottle, maybe 6 or 7 in total, the beers were of course super fresh and glassware was appropriate

no food this visit, though I'd really wanted to get on some lake fish - the wait was 1.5 hours and the fam impatient to eat

also cool to learn about their active approach towards environmental responsibility, something they don't seem to market but is certainly admirable

blackie, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of KingMoomie
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

On the list of great beer places in Cleveland, this is on a very short list.

The atmosphere is wonderful, makes you happy that a place like this with such quality beers is in Cleveland.

I will start with the food. I have always heard not to go with main meals, so we have always stuck with appetizers.

The brewers pretzels are fantastic, and the sausage plate is wonderful as well.

Now to the beer! The thing that I love about Great Lakes is that their flagship beers are solid. While I am not a huge fan of the Dortmunder Gold, the Burning River is one of my favorite pale ales.

The seasonal are also a source of great strength with Blackout Stout, Nosferatu, Oktoberfest, and Christmas Ale being exceptional.

In summary, stop by Great Lakes when you have the time. Grab some food, get a brew, upstairs or down it is a great place to be.

KingMoomie, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of damndirtyape
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%

Visited the Brewpub/cafe tonight during a trip to Cleveland with the whole family. We were seated on the 1st floor near "Brewhouse #1". Nice wood paneling everywhere, and very relaxed through the whole place. Good tunes, plenty of plants nearby, not exceedingly loud. I think it says something about the place that they have a Kid's menu and the place is friendly to all ages and types. I laughed when I saw that someone had ordered wine in a Beer Temple like this place, but the fact that they serve to all is very telling.
Outstanding quality in everything - from the bread brought out before the meal to the very fresh beer on tap (I had Edmund Fitzgerald and the Mrs. had Eliot Ness).
The server was great - made sure to check often and was very personable. Made us laugh a few times and talked us into dessert.
Selection - a lot of everything available but heavy on the European influences in the cuisine. Not that this is a bad thing mind you. Given the beer choices though it makes sense that this is what they have a lot of on their menu. Plenty of beer on tap tonight.
Food - just right in portion size, high quality and oh so very tasty. I had the meatloaf which was just right. Everyone cleaned their plates and the Kid's mac-n-cheese was not from a box, but actual hand made stuff.
Overall - I thought everything was very reasonable given the great brewery this place is - a great evening had by all, even the kids liked the place.

damndirtyape, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Intimidtor
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%

I live about 30 minutes from Great Lakes Brewery but this is my first review of this fine establishment. Went with friends on 10-27-09 for the pre-release of Christmas Ale. Bar was jam packed but we managed to find a table in the corner. Atmosphere is very comfortable with low lighting. Decorated very nice with two levels and a bar on each level. Service and food was top notch. I would have to recommend the Old World Burger. Beer selection always includes the Norm: Commadore Perry, Elliot Ness, Burning River, Edmund Fitzgerald and Dortmunder. The specialties were the Barrel Aged Blackout Stout, Prohibtion Pilsner, Nosferatu and Christmas Ale. I have enjoyed atleast everyone of these but prefer Commadore, Nosferatu, and Christmas Ale. They also give you all the samples you want for a small $1.50/each price. This offers a great opportunity for you beer geeks like me. I spent about $25.00 bucks and had a great time. So if you get the chance this place is a must stop.

Intimidtor, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

Finally made it here on a recent trip to Cleveland for the BA Blackout release. Well worth the wait.

Atmosphere: Very nice and exactly what I would expect from a brew pub. Really a good sized establishment and I would believe that if it wasn't a release date, it would have been much more easily maneuvered. Solid beer (as everything I've had from Great Lakes has been) and great food too.

Quality: As mentioned, everything I've had from Great Lakes has been solid, even if it isn't necessarily my cup of tea, I know it's going to be brewed with expertise and love for the product. Easily my favorite go-to brewery, and it's always better on tap.

Selection: Everything is their own product, so that was far from disappointing for me. It seems that they will also have special offers that are not available otherwise (I had the Rackhouse Ale when I was there).

Food: Nice menu and the fish and chips were amazing - the tartar sauce was their own recipe and it was damn tasty. While it may have been a bit on the pricey side, I would say it was well worth it as it was definitely quality.

Value: Oh, I would have had no problem paying more for everything I got there. I'm a big fan of GLBC and I'm glad I finally got to see their base of operations and enjoy everything they've got to offer. If I'm ever back in Cleveland, I'm definitely setting up camp in the area.

bamadog, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Birchgrove77
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

Visited GLBC for dinner while I was in the area on a training course, and to try BA Blackout Stout.

I accidently entered through the giftshop and was immediately struck by the varied ambiance of the place. I was quickly seated in what looked like a very modern dining room overlooking Market Street. Beautiful dining room, and very different from the pub dining room I walked through to get to the hostess stand.

Ordered BA Blackout Stout, since bottles had already sold out, which was neatly served in a snifter. Started out with the sausage plate, which was phenomonal. A varied but focused menu, all of which sounded excellent. Enjoyed the focus on local sourced ingredients and highlighting their farm and local vendors. Ordered the proscuitto pub pizza with red peppers, proscuitto, figs, and local cheese. I love pizza, and this was great.

Service is tough to rate as I was alone and seated next to a large group. The server was very attentive, I never had to wait until my glass was empty and all the food was piping hot.

Food was very reasonably priced for the quality. Enjoyed the suggested beer pairings and the varied menu. Great restaurant with great beer. BA Blackout Stout was great on draft, but I would have been impressed with this place had I been the designated driver.

Birchgrove77, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of dmfrench
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%

The atmosphere of this place immediately tells you something... they have five different areas, all of which are unique. The main bar is straight out of the late 1800's and is a real pleasure to sit at. The dining area is rustic yet modern and very open, with a great view of fermenting vessels through a glass wall. Outside is a picturesque sidewalk cafe-style area, or, you can go halfway by using their sunlit biergarten indoor-outdoor area. Finally, downstairs is the beer cellar, a dank yet cozy little spot with a bar, a few tables, and a plasma TV.

Their standard fleet of beers are undisputed, though I tried a couple of seasonals last time, namely the Oktoberfest, Independence Red, and Steinbock, that were not up to their usual standard of quality.

I've been here twice now, and even last time, on the night of their 21st anniversary party with the Cleveland Browns, the service and vibe were great.

Though they do not have a million different beers like some places, they do offer a small set consistently fantastic, classic brews.

The food was decent, if not a bit pricey. I honestly don't remember many details about the food, as this is not why I went.

Overall, this place is a must see if you're in the area.

dmfrench, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +3%

After the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, we jumped in a cab and made our way to the Great Lakes Brewing Company for some beers and lunch. Located in an area of the city known as Ohio City and across the street from a couple of markets featuring meats, fruits, vegetables and specialty items.

We sat outside on the patio with a nice shade from the umbrella at the table. We started off with the artichoke crock as an appetizer. The tasty parmesan dip comes with pita chips and hot pepper rings. It was awesome. For lunch I ordered the Pretzel Chicken, which is chicken encrusted with pretzel. The meal was served with these extremely fresh and flavorful seasonal vegetables. The food here was excellent and clearly much better than your average brewpub.

As far as the beer selection goes, there were 7 drafts available that included the Dortmunder Gold Lager, Burning River Pale Ale, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Commodore Perry IPA, Prohibition Pils and Cellar Dwellar (pub exclusive draft). I ordered the sampler and all of the beers were great with my favorites being the porter and IPA. During my stay in Cleveland, Great Lakes beers were my preference every time. They are a great craft beer brewery.

I was very happy with my visit here, everything was really good including attentive and friendly service. Definitely recommended if in the area. You will not be disappointed.

Hibernator, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

One of my favorite breweries, and now living in Ohio I had no excuse not to visit.
Atmosphere is nice and very diverse; outdoor sidewalk seating, outdoor beer garden, and two levels of mahogany-wood interior seating.
Quality-wise, what else do you expect from GLBC? Their beers are all superb, served in 12oz, 16oz and 500ml sizes. The standards sold in stores were available, as well as a red ale, rye ale, and the every-controversial saison.
The food was great, definitely a step above the standard pub offerings; Great Lake walleye, vegan burger, fried chicken with potato dumplings, sweet potato fries and fried cod bites made up our order. All very tasty (tho the vegan burger, even for a vegan burger, was hard to finish), albeit expensive.
Server was busy, and forgot a few things, but everything worked out in the end.

My main criticism would be the gift shop. $25 for a standard T-shirt, in these recessionary times? How about cutting a break for your loyal customers (PS, noone appeared to be buying).

A must for any beer lover visiting Cleveland, and the Mecca for all beer lovers in Ohio.

Natural510, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of flexinwext
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%

So I have been to this brew pub many times, most recently for a couple of Cavs games. While this is not exactly a sportsbar, the basement downstairs does have a nice little set up with a pub type feel. Everything is dark wood and brick. I love sitting at the pub tables upstairs or even at the bar. Last time I went I had the pierogies and sausage and was very impressed. They always have their usual 5 or so beers as well as a seasonal or two and some pub exclusives. Probably what impresses me most about this brewpub is the constantly revolving taps of pub exclusives. I don't think I've had one yet that I didn't enjoy. The brewery itself is adjacent and offers tools or even brew school. The gift shop has lots of options from shirts to glasses to even single beers. The menu is long for a brewpub and pretty diverse. While the prices are a little high for the food, the pints are only about $4 or $5 which makes it very affordable. Besides, if you like them bottled, they are that much better fresh. Overall, probably my favorite place to go in Cleveland.

flexinwext, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of botham
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%

Great Lakes Brewpub is excellent, through and through. right across the street from a wonderful local market, the brewpub sits on a tree lined street with a beer garden and streetside seating outside. inside one will find a cozy bar atmosphere, but the real gem is the beer cellar in the basement.

basically a second bar in the old beer cellar, set alongside holding tanks and smelling of old dampness. furnished similar to an old german beer hall, with out-of-place LCD screens behind the bar, this place just reeks of brewery history.

quality is great. clean conditions, proper glassware, great beers, and great food.

service was great. friendly and knowing bar staff are willing to discuss beer and seem to love beer at least as much as the average BA.

selection was the only aspect that left anything to be desired. four standard offerings from the brewery and three seasonal offerings, two of which not available in bottles. the Big Black Smoke was the highlight of the visit for this BA.

food was above a standard brewpub in quality, with very unique offerings, and high quality as well. the shitake pizza is a must have.

overall, anyone in the Cleveland area should hit up this brewpub. a very authentic feel and some great brews, along with a kickass beer cellar and a great location all come together to make this a solid stop for a brew. cheers!

botham, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Lepley
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%

Finally made it to the brewpub this weekend. Had to wait 30 minutes to get a table.

A: We sat on the sidewalk under an awning. The restaurant sits on a side street along with two or three other restaurants so there were probably a few hundred people eating outside in this quiet area. I didn't get to see the inside so I can't say much about that area.

Q: The quality is great, I didn't expect anything less.

S: Service was excellent. Our waiter was quick and was able to recommend some pretty good food.

S: This was the one area I was disappointed in. Something like 9 beers on tap, six are available in the grocery store. I was really hoping for more pub exclusives. I love most of the beers they offered, but I was hoping for more variety.

F: Food was great. Most of it was usual pub food. I had brats and pierogies and shared bread pudding. Their pizza was amazing. The appetizers were great, I had the mussels.

Overall my experience was great, I was just disappointed with their limited tap selection. Hopefully this summer they brew some new stuff.

Lepley, May 25, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

After almost 8 thirsty hours in the car, I was very excited to arrive at GLBC just before dark. The stop was, as advertised, a great place to start our DLD travel extravaganza.

The place has a great vibe to it. Upstairs bar has about 12 seats, with lots of dark wood, some really ornate millwork behind the bar and wallpaper reminiscent of the '20's. All in all, this feels like a throwback to an old time pub. The downstairs pub, which we check out on our way out the door, is cool in a different, Belgian way.

I have never had a bad GL beer in the bottle. My only regret was not being able to stay long enough to try some of my favorites on tap. Next time. All the regulars were on tap (Burning River, Commodore Perry, Edmund Fitz., etc.) with some seasonal specials (esp. Lake Erie Monster DIPA-yeah!).

Food is tasty, with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients. Nice menu and well executed.

Service was very friendly and attentive throughout our visit. Can't wait to get back.


sholland119, May 04, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

Wow, no review for GLBC? WTF?! I have been here many times the past few years, it makes a great stopping point for us on the way westward. Even joined the cheap, $35!, lifetime mug club last fall when I went out for the BBA Blackout Stout release.

A large place with multiple rooms and eating areas....a cozy pub, a convertible indoor/outdoor patio, a quiet dining nook and a lovely, tree shaded, outdoor veranda that is marvelous in season.

The beers here are always top notch....the do almost everyhing very well. From the Holy Moses Wit to Lake Erie Monster DIPA to Edmund Fitzgerald Porter to Grassroots Ale....all are tasty and well done.

Meals here have always been solid....really no complaints whatsoever. Same with service...always solid with no hiccups. I remember leaving my camera behind once. They secured it and happily held it for me till I could pick it up, thank goodness I was staying overnight in the area!

A very complete and well stocked gift shop is directly adjacent to the brewpub. They sell everything from coozies to shirts, caps, knick-knacks and thankfully bottles beer to go!

GLBC is a MUST stop for any beer lover if you are in the greater Cleveland area. One of the best breweries in the country IMHO!

Deuane, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of ndekke39
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

Visited the brewery with my brothers on a birthday trip. Located in a cool part of town - lots of brick streets, interesting sites nearby, some old buildings. The brewery fits right in. The building has some definite history - lots of brick with wood accents.

We ate lunch there, and got there just as they opened. We were seated right away, but the pace soon filled up. There's a big bar in one room, a downstairs with more seating, a bier garden that's covered during the winter, and another room looking at their first brewing tanks. We were seated there.

Service was great. Our server had a great sense of humor, could recommend beers, and was very attentive to us.

Food was excellent. I tried the Old World Burger - it was one of the best burgers I've had in a long time. Big portions, too, and it went well with the beers.

We also toured the facility, which they do just about every day. As we were there on a Saturday, they we're busy brewing, which meant we couldn't see the brewery in action, but we allowed to go a couple extra places that you normally couldn't. So it's a trade-off.

Overall, it was a great visit: food, service, facilities, everything was top-notch. I look forward to going again.

ndekke39, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of brianlg
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%

Let me say I've been a huge fan of Great Lakes beer ever since I ventured into craft beers. They are probably my favorite brewery at this moment. I recently had the opportunity to take my girlfriend to their brew/bar and we had a blast! I sampled every beer on tap for $15. Every beer they make is of A or B standards. They know what their doing. The atmosphere is very nice, it seems very homey, to the point where the building looks like a house inside. Theres a large pub in the basement, a nice beer garden, a big bar, and a place to sit uptairs (which is where we sat). It was also very crowded, but the food came fast. The only negative things I can saw about it is that the gift shop needs improvement, and the growlers are expensive compared to other places ($20 for the growler, then $15 for refils). Otherwise, an awesome place!

brianlg, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of MDekker
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%

My three younger brothers and I drove up to Cleveland to visit on the occasion of a 30th birthday, and it was well worth it.

A: Located in a very cool old building, lots of old woodwork (including the bar), a unique straw-bale-walled bier garden, a stone basement, and also in an interesting nieghborhood with other attractions too. It got crowded fast, though - we were there as they opened and got a table right away but we were amazed at how fast it filled up.

Q: Anyone who knows Great Lakes knows that they make good beers, and a long list of their year-round, seasonal, and pub exclusive brews were available.

Service: the waitress was fine, but the free tour was exceptional. We ended up in a group of 6 people total, and the small group certainly helped that. We got up close to everything involved in the process (they don't brew on Saturdays, so that probably helped) and the tour guide was very informative and easy to talk to. We noticed that the group was much larger for the next tour - we took the first one available, at 1:00. I'm not a brewery tour veteran, but this was one of the greatest free things I've ever received.

Selection: see Q above.

F: What we had was good, not raging awesome. It seemed a bit on the expensive side, maybe - certainly more than what I'm used to in Grand Rapids.

MDekker, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Freshie
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%

Situated across the river from the main area of downtown Cleveland, and easily located off Carnegie Ave, across from the West Side Market.

This review will focus just on the brewpub facility itself, as I did not go on the tour of the brewery. I just had an hour or so to kill for lunch.

The building itself is old, and I do not know the history of it, but it is completely imaginable to envision a brewery being there for quite a long time.

Front bar area, with dining areas of to the sides. Downstairs seating and a smaller bar as well. Nice warm, old world feeling.
Decor comprises artifacts from the industrial age of brewing. Our table had a scale used for measuring barley and/or hops.

They had six tap selections that day. I ordered the Blacklout Stout, and Conway Irish Ale. The others included a Barleywine, and IPA, Lager, Porter, and an Amber Ale.

The Blackout was excellent, but I found the Irish ale lacking. My stout was served in a small tulip glass, which I found nice, but it was served too cold.

The food was standard pub grub, with slight gourmet twists. also, some decent vegetarian options.

Service was quick and attentive.

It was a nice comfortable stop that day. I would go back the next time I find myself in Cleveland. A "must" on any beer directed tour of Ohio.

Freshie, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of jslot38
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Family outing while in Ohio. We decided to go on a Saturday late afternoon for the full tour and then dinner after. Tour met downstairs in the pub. We put our name in ahead of time for dinner... we had a party of 9 and it was a 2.5 hour wait.

The tour was led by an old irish dude, who was really nice, funny, and knew his stuff. He lead a great tour and looked like he truly enjoyed what he was doing. Great Lakes is looking to expand, which is great news because they make some great beers. The tour lasted about 50 minutes and took us through all the parts of brewing. There was also a 25cent beer tasting - I had the Commodore Perry and loved it. The tour was informational, and contained some information that did confuse some of the non-beer-geeks in the room. Beyond that, it was great.

On the way back from the tour we hit up the small, but soon to expand, gift shop that had a broad range of posters, coasters, glasses, hats, stickers, etc... and of course, beers, cold and warm. Ended up with a 12 pack of the Perry, good stuff.

After that we had a few beers down stairs in the pub which wasn't too crowded while we waited for our table to open up. Unfortunately the only pub exclusive brew they had was the Barley Wine, which was o.k. The Edmund Fitzgerald porter was amazing (at dinner I ended up having the last one in the joint... I felt special).

Dinner was outstanding. Every item on the menu was under $20. Everyone at our table really enjoyed it and there were no complaints. We got the last two orders of pretzels which were the best pretzels I've ever had. My open faced beef sandwich was huge and awesome ($11). No one had room for desert, but they do have pints of Edmund Fitzgeral Ice Cream to go... should have got one. We ate in the beer garden which has a detractable roof.

All in all, this was one of the best beer experiences I've had so far. If you are in the Cleveland area, it is a must. Top notch.

jslot38, Dec 30, 2008
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.