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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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40,422 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 445
Reviews: 225
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 Intimidtor
4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of bamadog
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Birchgrove77
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of dmfrench
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Natural510
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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!

Photo of Lepley
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of sholland119
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.


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

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!

Photo of ndekke39
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of brianlg
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of jslot38
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was staying in Akron for a few nights for work and couldn't resist the temptation to drive up to Cleveland and check out GLBC.

Great Lakes Brewing Company has a brewery and production facility and across the street they have a restaurant/bar/retail store. The brewery wasn't giving tours so I just grabbed some lunch a few beers at the brewpub.

Beer selection had all of the beers they brew plus one extra that I hadn't seen which was the Glockenspiel Weizenbock. The special house beer changes so be sure to see what it will be by going to their website.

The front bar area is old looking and relatively small. Their is more room downstairs that is for sure. I just sat at the bar since I was by myself. The bartender was really friendly and most of the bar was filled with people reading or just being quiet and keeping to themselves. It was a very chilled atmosphere.

The food was excellent. They make their own soft pretzels (always a plus) and the chicken sandwich was very good. Most of the food is local and GLBC does a lot for sustainability which is quite admirable.

I grabbed a few things from the gift shop which sells posters for the beers (I got an Edmund Fitzgerald Porter poster) as well as hats and shirts and glasses as well as some other cool stuff.

Great place for both food and beer and well worth the trip from anywhere close by.

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

Finally! I was able to hit GLBC while in Cleveland for a CME conference. It was kinda a hassle to find coming from across town, and I wasn't quite sure where to park. The brewery itself is right next to the brewpub. It was late at night, so I just went to the brewpub. They had the typical Commodore, Fitz, Eliot, Burning River on tap, as well as a few specials which I tried...Pumpkin ale, Hale Ale ( a wickedly delicious beer, which if I remember right was brewed with Lemon balm, basil, coriander and chamomile?), and an bourbon barrel aged strong ale/barleywine, which was served in a shot glass. 4-5oz samples were $1.50. I had the sausage and cheese sampler which was very good (the barley bread was delicious), but the sausage was really spicy! Heartburn city! I took a Chicken Pot Pie home with me, but it really wasn't a pie...more like chicken stew with a little bit of crust. Very rich, tasty, but also a small portion. The atmosphere here is pretty cool and caters to any conceivable crowd at any given time. Upstairs, you have a bar/pub area, a seperate sit down dining area, and a conference room. Downstairs you have an Irish pub (when I was there, there was a traditional Irish band playing), and upstairs, they have a special banquet room/hall for reserve events. The service was good, the food was good. The beer was excellent as always (Mmmm...Ed Fitz on tap is delectable), and the menu selection was good as well. I would go here again, especially if someone else was driving! Peace!

Photo of Bagman007
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2

Went on the Friday after Thanksgiving at night. Was somewhat difficult to find a parking spot. When we got in it was busy, but we surprisingly did not have to wait long for a table. We were seated in the beer garden by the time we finished our beers. They had their full selection of beers in the sampler. They also had beer available that is not sold in stores. The drinks were reasonably priced, but the food was a little expensive and not very good at all. Overall I enjoyed the experience and would definitely go back there again.

Photo of sliverX
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Was in Cleveland for a concert decided to stop in GLBC. While looking for parking saw like 5 people caring cases of christmas ale began to wonder just how popular the place was. Walk into a very crowded house but was seated immediately. Walking to our table noticed a sign saying that Christmas ale was being officially released at 11:30 that morning hence the reason for cases and possibly the crowd. Since it seemed like a big deal I went with the Christmas ale. As for the food I went with the "old world burger" and my associate went with the "brats and pirogies" both were excellent. The crowd was a mix of mid-twenties late thirties types and quite loud but not that annoying, but if I hear any more about how great Ohio St. football is... Very nice location as well patio outside was full even with it being Nov. 1. Unfortunately by the time we were done eating they had run out of bottles of Christmas ale for sale in the shop...

Photo of kels
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Great Lakes Brewing Company on two occasions now, and I will continue making the trek north as often as possible.

First of all you've got to talk about the beer. I love GLBC beers in the bottle, and I've been even more impressed with them on tap. Who knew they could be even that much better? They've got a really impressive number of selections on tap - all of their traditional favorites that can be found in bottles pretty much throughout the state, as well as up to 5 brewpub-only offerings. On my last trip a couple weeks ago they had Nosferatu, Imperial Dortmunder, The Stein Bock, Barrel Select Pils, and Oktoberfest. I checked the website today, and I found that it's already been updated with new options. It's definitely hard to decide! The beers are pretty reasonably priced, too. A sampler of everything on tap that day goes for $20.

Now for everything else:

Atmosphere - I feel completely home at GLBC. The original bar when you first walk in has such a great lived-in feel. There are a good number of seats and booths right at the bar, and there's plenty of space to read the huge menus and grab a bartender. Even cooler - they claim that the holes in the old wood bar are bullet holes from a gunfight Elliot Ness had with Cleveland gangsters. Off the bar on the ground floor and up the stairs you can find the dining rooms, which give you an option for a quieter dining and drinking experience, too. On our first trip, we ate upstairs which gave us more time and space to sit back and enjoy the time we spent. The rathskeller in the basement is a great place to hang out while waiting for a table. It's a classic dark stone cellar-like place complete with its own full-service bar and tables. On a nice day there's outdoor dining in the very cool West Side Market area of Ohio City, a part of downtown Cleveland. It's urban, but not center-of-the-skyscrapers urban. More of an eclectic neighborhood with a lot of locals and people who really care about the place. Strangers were talking to me about my beer at the bar and offering to share theirs that I hadn't tried - everybody was so friendly and just seemed happy to be there. The location is really easy to get to as well. From downtown it's a 5 minute, $1.25 ride on the red line or an $8 cab ride.

Tour - The tour of the brewery, which is right next to the brewpub, is free and very convenient. The tour guide was completely fantastic. He was so funny and engaging, and it was clear that he was not only passionate about GLBC but also very knowledgeable about their entire process and company. It was great to see the process from start to finish, especially seeing how GLBC strives to be a leader in the Green industry movement.

Service - The service at GLBC is fantastic. They get really busy in there, especially in the evenings, but they do a great job of being attentive. Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers and was able to make food recommendations that worked out great. They're really good at making you feel like one of the regulars, and they take care of all of their customers - from arranging cabs to giving out free tees at their anniversary celebration.

Food - It's a wonderful experience to have great beer along with great food. I really enjoy the variety and quality of the menu items at GLBC. The fish and chips is my go-to, but they've got tons of great dishes, from appetizers to sandwiches to entrees. They are a little pricey, but you definitely get more than what you pay for - enormous portions of food you'd expect to find in an fine restaurant, plus fantastic beer. What more could you want?

I honestly cannot think of any ways Great Lakes Brewing Company could improve their operation. They really are a part of their community while being completely warm and welcoming to guests from everywhere. The beer is consistently worth the trip, and I could quite possibly spend the entirety of any of my trips to Cleveland there. I know if I was a local, I'd be a regular.

Photo of beveritt
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped by the Great Lakes Brewery for lunch while visiting Cleveland a few days ago. Overall, I was very impressed and pleased.

The brewery and restaurant are located on a little side street, away from the noise and traffic. At the head of this street, there is a pay parking lot. We had no trouble at all finding a spot and it was only $2 to park. I originally wanted to eat in the beer cave, but it was closed so we settled for the patio. The restaurant is located in an older building which manages to retain much of its original charm. The interior has lots of different rooms and hallways, so it is pretty neat.

The service was friendly and attentive. The food seems to be typical pub fare, with a few nicer selections in dinner portions. I have a burger. It was cooked as I asked and pretty big. My only complaint about the food would be the inordinate amount of time it took to arrive. We waited nearly 45 minutes after ordering!

At the bar, most of the usual suspects from Great Lakes are available on tap. They also have a few pub exclusives you should be sure to check out. I had a 20h Anniversary beer with lunch and took home another tap exclusive in a growler. They have two kinds of growlers, the fancy German ones with metal handles and your standard half gallon growler. I had heard how expensive it was to get growlers filled here, but if you go with the cheaper container, it is not too bad. I think mine was $21.50. One complaint about the growlers, they didn't fill it like I would have expected a well respected brewery to. No tubing. They simply opened the tap and set the growler underneath. They dumped off some of the head and then used a glass to get some more beer and top it off. Despite this harsh treatment, my growler beer was fairly carbonated when I had it a day later.

There is also a gift shop attached to the restaurant. Some shirts, posters, glasses, and 4 and 6 packs are available here. Neat, but nothing special. The kid behind the counter looked as if I was disturbing his time alone to stare out the window when I came in.

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

Went there for lunch over the past weekend.

The atmosphere was great. A big long bar as you entered, with highly visible signs of what was on tap. An old pub atmosphere with wooden floors and not a ton of light. There is a downstairs portion as well, but it was not open yet when I got there.

The quality and service were excellent. Our server was quite good at recommending beers to some of the guests in my party.

The food was really good. Ample portions which were reasonably priced. The menu also had beer suggestions for many of the dishes, which was a nice added touch.

The beer selection was great, except that I missed out on the Blackout Stout. The keg was kicked as I entered. On tap were the usual's for Great Lakes, but they also had the Imperial Dortmunder on tap along with a 'pub exclusive' of Cellar Dweller.

This is a great place to visit. Great beers on tap, ample food selections and rather reasonably priced.

Photo of gunnerman
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I am orginally from Ohio and usually stop by here when visting or going to an sporting event. The atmosphere is where its at, nice patio area in the front, when you enter you are greeted by nice dark wood tones, from the walls to the floor to the amazing bar. To the left is resturant space with a couple of fermentors, to the right is a nice garden type area with lots of light coming into the place. Then there is a basement to the pace this reminds me of a nice dungeon with dark colors an amazing wrap around bar. The quality is exceptional this is some of the best beer imo everthing is always fresh and the taste is like no other simply impressive lineup of beer and quality. The service is pretty good, they get a bit busy so you may want to order a couple of beers at one time since you may have to wait a bit for a beer, nothing bad but I enjoy to order 2 at a time. The food is pretty good everthing I belive is organic, I usually get the burgers, they do seem a bit dry at times. Overall this place is an amazing stop if you are in the Cleveland area, quality products, quality atmosphere, this is one place that you will remeber for a long time.

Photo of hoosier222002
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped into Great Lakes while on a baseball trip to Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Very casual looking place from the outside and was relatively busy for a Friday afternoon. We got seated in the beer garden and loved the atmosphere. I enjoyed the sample paddle of their beers during lunch which was a very good burger and my wife had one of their pizzas. Both were excellent.

After lunch we moved into the bar and had another drink. I was a fan of the Commodore Perry IPA and the Burning River Pale.

While we visited the gift shop, we were told about their free tour of the brewery later that evening. Around a 45 minute tour that took you into the brewery and allowed you to purchase samples for a $0.25 fee each.

Another bit of advice, if you are going to the Indians game they offer a shuttle for $1 each. Very convenient.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.