Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.72/5 rDev +8.5%
My girlfriend and I are from Columbus, Ohio and we decided to make a day trip to Cleveland to visit the Great Lakes Brewpub. It was very much worth it. We had not really planned on eating there, but we decided to try the food. The food was really very very good. I had a garden pasta dish which I would highly recommend to anyone.
The service was impeccable. Our waitress was friendly, efficient, and very knowledgeable about all of the different beers that were offered. My girlfriend does not really like "big" tasting beers so she directed her towards beers that would maybe be more towards her palette.
As for the beer it was amazing. I tried the Oktoberfest, the Eliot Ness, The Commodore Perry, The Prohibition Pilsner, and the Dortmunder Gold. Samples were 25 cents and were extremely generous. All of the beer was totally exceptional.
Also we had some of the Edmund Fitzgerald ice cream. This was a great way to wrap up the meal.
In fact we left and went across the street for some coffee and then came back to have one more before we left for home. My girlfriend also had some of the other drinks and she said they were really very good as well.
All in all it was a great trip. We spent roughly 110 dollars on the whole day, but it was totally worth it. I would highly recommend going out of your way to go to The Great Lakes Brewery.
10-02-2007 04:30:14 | More by bradley194
4.29/5 rDev -1.4%
Well, I finally made it up to Great Lakes this past Saturday (9/1/07). Turns out their Oktoberfest was going on that day so they had a pretty decent crowd there. It's a very nice place, with bars and/or seating areas on 3 levels, along with an outdoor patio and an attached gift shop. My favorite was the downstairs bar, mostly because the temperature was noticably cooler down there, and also because it was less crowded. They had all the regular Great Lakes beers on tap, along with their current seasonals. However I was a bit disappointed because I thought they would have beers exclusive to their location, which they didn't. With that being said, the beer was excellent and the service was good. I didn't try any food or look at the menu so I can't rate that. But I definitely will make a point to stop in again in the future, it's worth the trip.
09-03-2007 18:37:33 | More by bluejacket74
4.63/5 rDev +6.4%
Well, I finally found this place, seemingly in an old part of town. As I walk in there is a 20 foot bar and plenty of friendly hellos from the employees. Several people are at the bar but not an overwhelming amount. The bar is a nice wood with plenty of laquer and a nice ornamental overhang. Taps of all the seasonal/year round brews are clean and apparent. I sat down and was immediately taken care of. Steve obliged my request for the flight which was $10, but well worth it. The atmosphere was quaint with folk music playing at a medium level. Interestingly, the pub downstairs was awesome. It was closed when I was there but it was like a dungeon. Old brickwork like that of a prison. Cool metal grates that held the patrons back from brewing equipment and other parts of the building. I didn't take part in the food so I can't give an accurate score. I asked them what was on the menu and it seemed very appetizing. Certainly the place to be in Cleveland if you enjoy craft beer and an old fashioned pub atmosphere.
08-21-2007 17:03:26 | More by Risser09
4.5/5 rDev +3.4%
I stopped in on my way home to MN. After the drive from Philly, it was nice to stretch my legs, get a bite to eat and enjoy a few beers.
The pub itself is quite remarkable. The bar areas ceilings seem oddly high, surrounded by dark woods, but the dining area was exceptionally bright and attractive. The sun shone in through the floor to ceiling windows, kept at bay by the awnings outside. The patio outside was open and at near capacity on this hot august day. I stayed inside and ordered up a light soup and salad to compensate for my extraordinarily healthy road-trip diet of the day. A further look around reveled more aged woods in the floor, the booths and in the beautiful arched doorways. Further in the building were the brewing tanks sectioned off with glass. The down stairs is the real treat. Aside from a few TVs, the bar is the only thing that helped me shake off the castle dungeon feel. My favorite part was the stainless tanks locked up behind a cast iron gate as if it had done something terrible to upset the proprietor. Maybe someone tried to make Coors in it once
My server rocked. She said she was new, but she was squared away on her surface beer knowledge, was really friendly and quick to boot. Good move on that hire.
The food, as I mentioned, was minimal for the day. For a Cesar salad, I expect more than just a squeeze of dressing out of a bottle on top of some greens. At least shake it up a bit so I can rationalize $6.00 of lettuce and croutons. Disappointing. The beer cheese soup made up for things, thankfully.
Eight beers were on for the day to include a Grand Cru which I tried along with the Dortmunder Lager. Both were tasty, especially the lager on this hot day.
I really liked this place. Their beers are stunningly consistently above average and youre hard pressed to find a nicer atmosphere. Ive had great experiences every time Ive stopped by.
08-18-2007 19:03:49 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4/5 rDev -8%
This place is not located in the greatest neighborhood but given the presence of the brewpub, an upscale coffee shop and Bier Markt literally right around the corner, you can see business is trying to breath some life into the area. The bar itself is located seperate from the brewery which is accross the street. Nice outdoor patio which was packed the day after my visit as I parked and walked by on my way to a second visit to Bier Markt. Somewhat smaller than I expected, but I did not visit the beer celler below which has an additional bar. Lots of dark wood with an intricately carved arched mahagony wood bar back and black and white photos on the wall represent the 30's prohibition era. Small bullet holes in the bar back are attributed to Elliot Ness himself. Ceilings fans were on, but the place was rather close for this humidish day last week. They had all of their standard offerings on tap that I've read about; Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Elliott Ness Vienna, Commodore Perry IPA and according to their website a brew only available at the pub, Lorelei Dunkel Weizen (a dark German Wheat beer) which I enjoyed, among others. I also tried the Burning River Pale Ale, a very hoppy brew for the style but enjoyable nonetheless. The bartender was a 20 something gent who provided friendly service and displayed a good sense of humor. I will visit again next time I'm in Cleveland.
06-28-2007 12:22:32 | More by jim102864
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
I made a point of stopping here during my current
Ohio trip. Stupid cell phone GPS got me running in circles in the worse parts of Cleveland but a restart from a different point 2 miles south got me there.
I visited at 2 PM on a Wednesday to avoid the crowds. This place is very wood intensive with extra levels both up and down from the main room. We decided to sit in the bar area. The lower level is VERY interesting, if it wasn't for the modern lights and the plasma screen TV it could be a 12th century tavern complete with wood and brick construction.
We all ordered the standard round of tasters, and they were quite generous. Large 4 Oz taster glasses and eight beers total. The food was quite affordable by big city standards, the wood fired pizza was first class and the lettuce wedge I had was very tasty and fresh. There is nothing to complain about the food here.
Service was a little iffy but understandable for visiting after the lunch rush and everyone trying to get their lunch that work the lunch shift.
Growler prices for the standard growlers are $15.50 and $52.50 for the extra fancy German style growlers.
Over all this was a quite pleasant establishment
I will visit again.
05-17-2007 05:04:59 | More by Zorro
4.18/5 rDev -3.9%
Stopped here for dinner on a brewery road trip ending with Dark Lord Day.
Took a while to get a seat at the bar, I stood around with my pint of Burning River like a goober for a good 30 minutes before a seat opened up at the bar. Which really pissed me off considering the people filling it were yuppies drinking wine. But I digress.
I ordered up an Engine 20 and a burger, both were awesome, if not the best. The Engine 20 was a very unique APA, and the burger had that great charbroiled taste which I just can't get enough of.
Service was good considering how packed the place was, and this was an overall good experience. There is a store located in the same building (different entrance) that sells swag and six packs. I wanted to pick up a few but all the prices had been slashed leading me to believe they might have been sitting for a while.
Overall, If I'm ever in the Cleveland area again, I won't think twice about stopping here. Loved it.
05-01-2007 19:17:21 | More by leftmindedrighty
4.2/5 rDev -3.4%
I went here on the first summer like sunny day and it was packed at the outside tables and inside was the same. The have a nice bar area and dining room upstairs with a dark cave like bar downstairs. I found a small spot at the bar upstairs.
The bar is great old wood in the Chicago style with mirrors behind the bar. There were vintage beer posters all around and a nice list of current beers on the wall. The also had some T-shirts and stuff to sell on the way out.
I ordered several on-tap only beers and liked all of the so I ordered the Fish and chips special to go with a few more beers. A local couple sat down next to me and we chatted about beers for a while.
The fish and chips were not the best but with enough malt vinegar they went down. They also make bread that some of the spent grain in it and that is pretty tasty. The kept the pretzel bowls stocked at the bar and the bartenders were always close by even though it was really full. They had a print out of all the environmental sound things they do at the brewery and it is pretty amazing that they have a big brewery and not just a brewpub right down town. A must stop when in Cleveland.
05-01-2007 18:41:46 | More by rhoadsrage
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
The brew pub had three main areas, the upstairs bar and dining area, a downstairs auxilary pub, and a gift store in the shop next door. We ate int he main dining area which had a lot of nice dark wood and was a generally comfortable place to be. No complaints about the service. Fromt he hostess to our waitress, everyone was nice, and the service was quick and knowledgable. There were about nine or ten different beers to choose from, and we sampled all of them. The rockefeller Bock and the Burning River Pale Ale stood out as two favorites, while I can't say I cared for the Eliot Ness Amber. The food was good and tasty. One could get just about anything they wanted from a typical bar menu. Apps, pizza, salad, burgers, sandwiches, pasta. Wasn't amazing, but was still pretty good. I had gotten the pierogis and bratwurst, which came out as one very small brat and four pierogies. Portion size aside, it was tasty. Overall was a good place to stop, but I doubt I'd go out of my way to go back.
05-01-2007 18:25:56 | More by dherling
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
It took a while to find the place- the tasting room in the brewery served as a red herring - but the wait was well worth it. It has the warm-wood cozy feel to it on the ground level, where you'll find a bar and restaurant, but downstairs is where it's at its coziest. With stone walls, arches, and a room closed off by an iron fence, it's like enjoying beer in a cellar. (Which, to me, is a good thing.) There's TV and food down there, so you're not entirely closed off from civilization. The kitchen was open late, a definite plus for hungry travelers, and offered pub grub. We got fries and fried fish bites, all of which were very tasty. They also offered pretzels at the bar.
The bartender was very nice, although it did take her a while to check us out. She seemed to be knowledgable about the beer and we didn't have to wait long to order. We started with the sampler, which consisted of seven beers, if memory serves me right. A unique offering was the Grassroots, a lemony brew that would be perfect in the summer outdoors. I was hoping for more stouts and porters, but only one was offered, and I ended up ordering a pint of it. The selection at the time wasn't the greatest - there's a bunch of highly-rated beers listed on this site I would have loved to have tried but weren't there - but it was a decent offering. I would love to go back and try different beers. Pricing is not too shabby- Was able to provide food and beer for 3 people for little over 30 bucks. Cleveland rocks!
04-30-2007 19:24:30 | More by StoutHearted
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
96 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.