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
39,428 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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @glbc_cleveland

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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.

Photo of squaremile
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When I lived in Ohio, Great Lakes was around but no one really drank anything except Christmas Ale, which unfortunately has seen a decline in recent years. Now, the place is on fire as part of an emerging beer scene in Cleveland. The Great Lakes beers are still a bit hit and miss with me, with the exception of Blackout Stout, which I was lucky to have on tap this night. There are several rooms in the brewpub, with the basement feeling like an old speakeasy. Great atmosphere and mix of folks from town. Food is very good as well at a reasonable pricepoint. One of my favorite places in Cleveland.

Photo of Kaiser777
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A- Is amazing very authenic with a old world feel, as you walk in you approach the first of two bars, there's a gift shop towards the left which has an entrance that faces the corner of the street it's located on, it even has an old world smell in the air especially when you go down stairs where there is another bar, and your surrounded by stone walls, and trough out the place you can see fermenters.

Q- With some of the best beers and food in the area it has great quality, was never disapointed in any of the diffrent beers they have to offer, they even have a Wright Brothers pilsner that you can only get when you visit the Great Lakes.

Ser- The service was average for the simple fact that it was really busy, and a friend of mine that went there with us said it was actually not as busy as it useally is.

Sel- The selection is amazing they have every beer the offer on tap and the menu has something for everyone, and you can get a beer sampler that offers you 5 diffrent beers to drink.

F- The food was very delicious and you can tell they only use the freshes foods which they probally get from the world market thats just down the street.

V- It was a little pricey but that was expected and it's worth every penny, will visit often for it is my favorite place to go when we visit Cleveland.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went out of my way to have dinner and drinks at the brewpub on a weekend trip to Cleveland. Was lucky enough to catch the Lake Erie Monster release only days after it dropped and it alone was worth the trip. Blackout Stout on tap was excellent as well as were the other 2 or 3 styles that I tried for the first time that night. Ever beer these guys make is pure heaven!

The food was good and the atmosphere was perfect - exactly what you would expect from a bewpub. The downstairs bar area was pretty cool as well.

My only disappointment is that they were out of barrel aged blackout stout.

Photo of PantherLightning
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on a weekday for dinner. The server was extremely nice and gave us a free sample of bread because we had never been there before. I've had all of GLBC's bottled beers before, but I had the Lake Erie Monster that was only available at the restaurant and brewpub at the time. It was fantastic! The server was very knowledgeable about the beers and the food. I had a burger, and my friend had a veggie sandwich with chips and beer cheese. The beer cheese was fantastic, and all the food was great for the price. Got a growler and a four pack of Lake Erie Monster from the gift shop. Overall, the service was fantastic. I will definitely stop in any time I am in the area. Don't pass up an opportunity to stop in to at least have a beer.

Photo of bwd110
3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped by the brew pub for lunch en route to Dark Lord Day 2010.

Great Lakes is situated in a nice Cleveland neighborhood on a cobblestone street. Thought we only had those in Philly! Thought the gift shop was the entrance to the bar area... Wrong. The gift shop was huge! Wish I could say the same for the bar. Very cramped and seemed quite full with I'd guess only 50 or so people in it at lunch time on a Friday.

We opted to get a table, the hostess showed us to a back dining area that looked like it was an expansion. Anyway, it was big and bright (floor to ceiling glass on the front wall) and had lots of tables.

Beer selection: All the standard fare, plus one or two pub only selections. Everything was extremely tasty. Fresh Edmund Fitz was awesome. The beer of the day was their pub only Rye of The Tiger DIPA. Hoppy citrus goodness.

Food was mediocre at best. Shared a decent sausage platter with my buddy and mussels. The mussels were putrid. We ate one or two and abandoned the rest. I had the lunch special of a chicken fajita wrap which was good, but bland. My buddy had a burger which he said was tasty.

Cool old building, explored a very neat basement area, but opened the bathroom door to someone violently puking. Not a pleasant site, but what are you gonna do....

Sat at the bar for an after lunch beer. Very good bartender on duty. Chatty and courteous and quick with a beer. Good atmosphere, but a little small and cramped. Their mirrors do give off a nice allusion of a big bar, alas it is only 1/4 the size of the gift shop.

Photo of beergod1
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally visited GLB on a Saturday Afternoon for lunch.Yes, pretty busy, as I expected, but we got seated upstairs, and the atmosphere up there was terrible, it was nice, but just not a "Brewery". we got a pizza special, a Rueben, and a Delmonico steak, all was very appealing and tasted great. Found out they get their Veggies and stuff from the West Side Market, 1/2 a block away so that was a sure stop on the way out. Beer was fresh and as usual....great. I was hoping for more beer on tap that wasn't available in bottles...like the Rye of the Tiger...
mmm good ! ! ! Everything else I can buy in bottles.
Although the Cleveland Brown Ale was also available on tap, another that I wish could get a sixer of. I gave a better atmosphere rating just by looking at the lower bar and dining area, at least there were some beer tanks by the gift shop.
Picked up a nice pilsner glass with GLB logo on it, will do fine for a GLB Wright's Pils. next time I go ( and I will go ) I will ask "NOT" to be seated upstairs. And whats with the no water urinals in the upstairs bathroom?

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

As a native of central Ohio, I frequently try to make it up to Great Lakes Brewing. It is in a lovely historical building in a very nice section of Cleveland by the West Side Market and a bunch of other restaurants. The place is always busy and very lively, with a great waitstaff and fresh beer on tap. Usually they are serving their regular lineup, along with two or three pub exclusives. I usually try to get there when they have BA Blackout and Rackhouse on tap and I even made it up for the BA Blackout release dinner last year.

The food ranges from decent to good and is all locally grown and mostly organic I believe. I find actually though with the menu that as the price goes up on the dish, the value goes down. I find their burgers and salads to be the best value for the price.

If you walk out the side of the brewpub, they have a nice shop with merchandise and six packs (you can even get kegs there) and out behind the building you can see the brewery facilities.

Overall, a lovely brewpub and a nice place to go for a visit. The food can be a bit pricey and occasionally disappointing, but it usually does the trick. Stop by.

Photo of sitarist
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of shivtim
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of jquanmusic
3.69/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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)

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