Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.92/5
Based on:
91 Beers
39,404 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 426
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: --
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 MrDanno96
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of gabedivision
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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!!!

Photo of Auslander
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Visited in October. Stopped by the gift shop first to purchase BA Blackout Stout. The folks behind the counter were very polite and efficient. Afterward, we went next door to the bar/restaurant. They were busy as hell but the staff was still incredibly freindly and fast. While waiting for our table we visited the bar downstairs and enjoyed a few beers. Two of us ordered BA Blackout. Others in our group enjoyed Wright Pils and Edmund Fitzgerald.

Venturing back upstairs, we were promptly seated and our food orders taken. I had the Bratwurst and pierogis. My meal was excellent. My friends ordered the Olde World Burger and the Walleye.
Our meal was followed by glasses of Quitness.

A good time was had by all. I look forward to visiting Great Lakes again.

Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - As you walk in the bar is straight ahead with a dining area to your left with the glassed in brew house. Farther left is their gift shop with glasses, shirt, bottled beer, and other brewery schwag. Downstairs is where the restrooms are along with their basement bar that I didn't really check out. The restaurant and bar area is dimly lit with lots of dark wood.

Quality/Selection - Well its Great Lakes so all the beer is of high quality. During my visit they had seven of their beers on tap that ranged from a Dortmunder to their IPA and they were all good.

Service - My waitress during my visit was friendly and seamed to know about the beers that they had available.

Food - The food that I ate was very good I started out with a cup of the beer cheese soup and had the pulled pork quesadilla and they were both outstanding.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Made a point to stop here through Cleveland. Neatest part of the pub is its basement, as it has that old pub feel to it with arched doors. Beers were good, but it was sort of packed and remember waiting for a chance to get a sampler. Was disappointed to not try anything special, but the people were friendly and it had a good neighborly feel to it. If you do stop in for one, beware of the Cleveland parking gestapo if you don't want to go inside the parking lot and pay a fee. The gestopo has weird hours for parking on the street, perhaps because the city is in debt.

Photo of mdunman
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here not too long ago while I was in town and definitely enjoyed the experience.

First I went with my girlfriend on the free brewery tour (always a plus) to get in the mood for a good Great Lakes brew. Afterwards we went to the pub, almost took a seat at the bar, but decided to go downstairs into the basement cellar for a few beers. The old time cellar feel was great and really made the trip memorable. The beers from Great Lakes are always satisfying, but they were understaffed so it took us a while to get a chance to enjoy our drinks. I would go back again and try the food, but only at an off time when it wouldn't be too packed.

Photo of AwYeh
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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).

Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Enjoy!

Photo of Philfromakron
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of brewnic
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of jillmart
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of projectflam86
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of BogeyTheDog
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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!

Photo of kbutler1
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.88/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great atmosphere! Always enjoy this place and the great brews it has to offer! The service could be a little more attentive, but it's nothing terrible. I wish that there was a little more selection from time to time, but there certainly is nothing to complain about what there is to offer. Food is delicious and there are a few beer infused dishes which makes me very happy! Great value, great beer and a great place in the Cleveland area to hang out and have an awesome time! If your lucky enough to catch the seasonal brews that is when you get to try the really good stuff!!!

Photo of jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here over the weekend on our way home from vacation on our way back to PA. My wife and I made a point of seeking out Great Lakes since we really don't live very close to Cleveland and who knows when we'll be through here again.

The place was actually much larger than I anticipated and had a very cool vibe since it's in a renovated historical building. There's an ample amount of outdoor seating and the section we sat in was an area that could be converted from indoor to outdoor seating via a retracting roof which was pretty cool.

The menu was decent with a nice selection of sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees. I had the Walleye dinner which was O.K., but for a Walleye filet, it was pretty small and the overall portion was small for $17.95. I wish I would have ordered a sandwich instead because I ended up stopping at a drive through on the way home because I was still hungry. The kids had the mac & cheese and chicken fingers (typical kid stuff), and they loved their meal. My wife had the Caprese sandwich and really liked it. My Walleye was pretty bland and could have used some sort of seasoning or spices to give it more flavor.

The beer was good as I had anticipated but was bummed because they didn't have the Nosferatu or Great Lakes Monster on tap, but considering they're more seasonal, that's to be expected. The Commodore Perry was excellent and so was my snifter of Blackout Stout for dessert! For four of us with food, along with four beers, the bill came out to around $60. Not totally unreasonable, the drafts weren't crazy expensive, I just wasn't overly thrilled with my dinner. No big deal, I'll try something different next time.

They have a superb gift shop and we stocked up on Great Lakes Brewing gear.

Despite the comments on my meal, this is one place we will definitely seek out again when we are in town because we enjoy the beers from Great Lakes. Definitely worth checking out if you're in the area and coupled with a visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes for an enjoyable afternoon in Cleveland!

Photo of claminat420
1.99/5  rDev -54.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1

This place was a let down x10. they didn't even have wright bro's pilsner at all. i mean a pub exclusive... on our (gf and i)trip to cleveland to see primus i was geeked to stop there after we got situated at our hotel. i walked into the gift shop first to only notice they had 3 year around b.s. beers and one seasonal which you could find anywhere to go in 6 packs. the usual commadore perry, edmund, octoberfest, and burning river. so then we walked to the actual bar to notice they had pretty much the same thing. the only special beer if you wanna call it that was some dark smokey pale ale that sounded like crap. i looked around the bar area to notice pretty much 80% of the people were either drinking edmund or blackout stout (that being dark in color).so being pissed i figured i'd settle with the blackout stout which my beer stores in my local area still have alot of. well i asked how much for a growler for the stout and the dude told me $33. i mean bend me over and do me dry here. the scene of people in their looked really snoodish. very white collar. i felt like great lakes lost there ways with the harding working blue collar peeps who don't wanna spend 20 bucks on a burger and fries. what was really cool tho was one of the dudes working there told me about a store in the area that had a little micro selection. i asked a girl working there and she said "i don't drink this kind of stuff". like wow great lakes employ people who don't have a passionate for beers but for their face and rack. i glanced at a menu for food and the prices seemed high roller. and looking at the food people were eating no way seemed worth it. i ended up just getting a lake erie monster pint glass and a hippy bumper sticker. i just don't understand how they offer nothing special at all. like a treat for people who drove the way or whatever. great lakes stock plumited in my book.

PS- totally made it worth the lame let down tho was this old lady who was bitching how they had nothing special. i mean old like 70+. she said "i drove all this way to find beers i coulda bought back home". i wanted to just give her a high five.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
2.19/5  rDev -50%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

I had great expectations regarding the Great Lakes brewpub in Cleveland. Their beers don't always do it for me, but they're nevertheless very interesting.

The brewpub is a failure, at least in my trip. Super crowded and huge, not a small taproom or cozy brewpub as I expected. Service was overwhelmed, place was filled to the brim.

Selection of beers was weak, weak. Did I say WEAK? Yeah. About six or seven beers on tap, all of them at around 5-6% ABV. Nothing on cask, nothing weird, no huge beers, no specials. Just their regular offerings, which I can get pretty much in any beer bar in Ohio. So why bother coming here?

Didn't try food. Beers were a bit pricey for Ohio. Left soon. Not impressed.

Photo of Kolsch
3.43/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Stopped by on a Friday afternoon, right before happy hour started. Kinda crowded for 3pm but actually got less crowded after happy hour kicked in.

Atmosphere: cozy, dark and comfortable for the most part. Small bar upstairs with tables surrounding bar and larger bar downstairs which is kind of dungeon like. Pretty neat though.

Quality/Selection: Selection was pretty weak with only the Octoberfest & Stout as not part of the regular lineup. The Octoberfest was very tasty though but was disappointed as I was hoping they would have had some other pub only exclusives.

Food: ordered an appetizer of Mussels & Chicken Quesadilla. Had to send the Mussels back as they were beyond their shelf life. Did not get charged for this but they also did not acknowledge these were old. Also had a chicken quesadilla, which was not bad.

Overall: have been here many times and would stop back again but the last couple of times have been disappointed by lack of pub exclusive brews.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this brewpub, before heading to the Burning River Beerfest. There was an hour and a half wait to get a table, after enjoying a Blackout Stout or 2 the wait had increased to 3 1/2 hours. Needless to say we did not eat there. We enjoyed a couple of Blackout Stouts on tap which was pretty awesome for the middle of July. I was a little disappointed there were on 5 beers on tap. The basement pub is pretty cool although walls and ceiling are unfinished. Just as a side note the bathroom was not anywhere near clear or tidy.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Got there at the end of lunch on Thursday. Walked past the outdoor seating with many professional about to leave. Decided to sit at the bar. Nice old bar, old wood and dimly lit. The dining room is a bit brighter and connected to the gift shop. Downstairs to the bathrooms and a party room. Service was a bit slow, but the bartender was restocking after lunch and I was Ok with that. As for the beer selection, nothing but the standards, Blackout was on and their Octoberfest, but just the standard 5. She told me that they were between batches, which I understand, even though that sucked. Food is great there, had a cheese and meat plate, really fresh and tasty. All in all, good,, I just wish I could have got something a bit out of the ordinary.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Our second stop for dinner while visiting Cleveland...

Very laid back joint with a sprawling layout. Lots of table outside on the sidewalk for nicer weather (such as our visit, but they were all filled). I never made it down stairs, but the area up stairs was nice and spacious. Our table over looked the sidewalk and some brewing equipment. The World Cup was on with the US playing at the time, so the bar area was very crowded. Our server was one of the nicest ladies I have had wait on me ever. Very friendly and warm. The food was quite tasty, as were the beers I had during the visit. Would love to come back and sit outside for some people watching sometime.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.