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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Based on:
91 Beers
39,338 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 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.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A visit to the brewpub while en route to NW Ohio.

Atmosphere: The brewpub is a quaint old building with a wide open patio out front, long bar immediately inside and seating upstairs and downstairs. The place has a nice vibe to it.

Quality: The bar was a nice choice for seating, as service was fast and reliable. The restrooms were small and somewhat dank, being in the basement and all.

Service: Courteous and fast, she was quick to refill my glass and take my order.

Selection: In addition to the five seasonals, Cellar Dweller, Blackout and Oktoberfest were on. Mmmm, I love Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.

Food: I went with an Italian panini. At $11 it was a little pricey. Go for the drinks.

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

I made sure to stop here on a trip to the east coast because Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries.

Overall, I was really pleased with my experience here. It is a little fancier/more upscale than I was expecting compared to other taprooms and bars I have been to ( although, I admit, I am not the most experienced person). This upscaled-ness is not a bad thing other than the increased prices... but the service matches the prices in this case. This brewery employs a very attentive and friendly wait staff. And they let me bring my dog into the outdoor eating area, which was really cool... and they kept bringing her bowls of water. The inside of the building is decorated with a kind of old-timey theme and looked great.

The one gripe I have is the unimpressive selection of beers on tap and the complete lack of pub exclusives. Every single beer they offered on tap that day is easily available (bottled) to me in Michigan. But I only had time for one pint anyway... and it was delicious! The food was good too, but definitely more pricey than I'm used to. Also, I kind of wanted to get some bottles, but the only bottled beer they had for sale were ones I can get in Michigan, too. Oh well. Great Lakes is a superb establishment and they make fantastic beers.

Photo of LittleTimmy
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I've always admired Great Lakes beers, but strangely, I'd never actually visited the brewery on my trips to Cleveland. Finally popped in during a late June trip.

I stopped in for lunch on a Saturday, and the restaurant was packed, as was the surrounding neighborhood, with the West Side Market and a nice day bringing out the crowds. Still, I was seated right away in the bar area, and the service was fine. Enjoyed an Imperial Dortmunder, and ESB, and an IPA--all was excellent, which is exactly what I've come to expect from Great Lakes over the years. The meal was OK--brats and perogies--but the beer is the star here.

Although Great Lakes brews are widely available on tap in Cleveland (gotta love a town that supports its local beer), make an effort to visit the source. Combine it with a morning or afternoon at West Side Market and there aren't many better ways to enjoy a visit to Cleveland.

Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I was really looking forward to visiting The Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Having tasted several of their beers on tap in the Cleveland area I knew their beers to be of a high quality, though a few of them were not to my liking. Their Dortmunder Gold is one of my favorite beers.
So it was this in mind that I took my wife there on a last Friday night. The neighborhood is not the best. A lot of low income people in the surrounding area, pay parking for 5 dollars, the place has NO PARKING for the restaurant! It is nearly across the street from the West Side Market, a land mark and a destination for many in Cleveland. The building is a very old building, converted from a warehouse I believe with a lot of charm. The thing is, it is dark a dirty in there. I was dissapointed with that. The wooden tables and benches seemed dirty to me too. There is a dining area, an upstairs bar and a cavern like downstairs bar. All of this is great but again, it is dirty, damp and dark all throughout.
I was not impressed with the food. I had a pretzel chicken. We had some pretzels as appetizers with some strange dip sauce which just confused us. There were two types of mustard also given with the pretzels and each of them were better than the "special dip."
I did appreciate the sample rules. You can have any of their 10 beers for one dollar each in a ~6 oz. glass. I liked that policy. I got all 10 of them.
Maybe I had built up the Great Lakes Brewing Company up in my mind so much because their product (the beer!) is so good. But really it was less comfortable than I had hoped. Sorry.

Update 1 2 09: I had returned to GLBC with friends and due to its proximity to McNalty's Bier Markt and found that their food is excellent. Of particular note was a simply GREAT brocolli soup that I had one of those nights. I had the sausage and prierogi dish and it was excellent too. I am updgrading my food rating from 2.5 to 3.5.

Photo of HopDerek
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by on a Thursday evening on the way to Indiana. Ample parking at the pay lot located between Great Lakes Brewery and the merchandise store and brewpub. Plenty of seating outside for nice outdoors weather and nice tables downstairs in the basement of the pub, but our main purpose was to hit the bar, which is nice and old fashioned. A tap list proudly is displayed at the entrance showing not only the beers and their abv, but also a little description of them, laminated tap lists are also available at the fairly small bar as well as the neighboring tables.

Ten beers on tap during our visit, 6 of them being the staple beers with 4 seasonal offerings, including brewpub exclusives. The bartender was excellent, acknowledging our arrival at the bar and giving us a chance to look over the selection before asking us what we wanted. Beers were served in their proper glassware and even come in different sizes for those who want to try more things.

Didn't have a chance to try the food, but it looked very appealing, definitely will head back again. Only disappointment is that they aren't opened on Sundays when I normally would find myself heading through Cleveland makes it harder for me to get to visit more often.

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

Stopped by Great Lakes on a weekend to take advantage of the brewery tour. The tour takes you across the street to where the brewery is located. The guide was friendly and was able to give a good history of Great Lakes and Cleveland brewing in general.

Stopped in the pub for dinner after the tour. The pub is divided into several different rooms with each room having its own atmosphere. There was no wait which was nice for a weekend evening. Food was good with a decent selection. The beer sampler is the way to go if you want to try everything. There were 10 beers on tap during my visit with a couple of them being pub-only selections.

A visit to the gift shop after dinner is recommemded. They sell the year round brews in bottles along with the occasional rarity. They also have shirts, glassware, posters, coasters, etc... If there is the chance of being back in the area, you should think about purchasing a jug or growler to bring back for refills.

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

The brewery is just a few blocks from the Ohio City railway station, which is just one stop from Tower City. If you are coming in from the airport to downtown it is convenient to stop at Great Lakes with an empty suitcase to fill up with Great Lakes bottles for the flight home. They have their 22 oz. Imperial IPA for sale at the brewery (and perhaps only at the brewery right now) and it is also on tap along with Rockefeller Bock and one of the stouts as the seasonals. I went back on Tuesday evening and joined the baseball fans to eat and drink before getting a ride to the game on the brewery's Fattywagon--a van fueled by the restaurant's cooking fats instead of gasoline. The beer was excellent, the food good, and the service was better than adequate, particularly given the boisterous crowd.

I sat at the bar and the bartender/server answered all questions while he struggled with the nitro tap on one of the stouts; I did not try the Imperial IPA, but it seems to be highly respected by two of the regulars that I met at the bar. It was a great evening and the kind of experience I look for when I make a quick visit to a new city.

Photo of pwoods
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The highlight of my Cleveland trip. What a great place. I started out grabbing an Ed Fitz while waiting for the tour to begin. Had a great guide, Terry. Extremely knowledgeable and kept things interesting and made plenty of jokes. The tour was great and learned a few cool things about the brewery. After the tour, we went to dine. about 15minute minute wait. Just enough time to get a Wolfhound Stout and write a review. The bar is very spacious and beautiful(Black Cherry?). The place was pretty slammed and our waitress had to deal with a very large group that insisted on a split bill. Once they were gone, she was very good. I got my food exactly how I wanted it and they even cooked my burger rare like I asked and everything was quite good. The menu is great and pretty diverse. Also had suggested beer parings. The biggest draw back was that they only had 3 pub exclusives on tap and the bartender said that's about normal. GLBC is one of my favorite breweries so having their normal line, a seasonal, and 3 pub exclusives isn't a terrible thing.. but I really would have liked to see 4, 5, maybe 6... and they certainly have enough pub exclusives to do that. Oh well, I'll just have to visit again :) Above all else, I'd have to say that the pub itself is very beautiful and impressive in itself. It spans 2 stories with an additional pub in the basement. Everything is beautiful wood and very classy. I could tell things could get pretty rawdy at times but I think that can be a good thing. If you're in town, stop here... you won't be disappointed.

Photo of nrbw23
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I made it here this past December before a Browns game.

I loved everything about this place. A great atomsphere with great decorations every where. Kind of warm, dark and cozy. Really easy to sit back and relax.

Service was excellent. Our waitress was kind and knowledge about the different types/styles of beer.

Selection was outstanding. I had the sampler of beers which was nine beers at the time. Each beer was in a 5 oz glass and was right around 8 bucks. A normal pint was 4.

The food was price fair and was a tremendous surprise. Great taste and flavour. Also large portions I had the rack of ribs and well I couldn't eat it all.

Overall a great place. I'm looking forward to going back.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went here to watch Monday Night Football in December '07 while on business in the Cleveland area.

The entrance into the bar area is softly lit, giving off a warm comfortable atmosphere right away. I sat in the bar area; not that big, a few TVs, lots of polished red wood (cherry?). Peeking into the restaurant area, I get a glimpse of some stately-looking high back black leather booths, very classy.

I wasn't sure what to expect on a Monday Night Football night, but the place wasn't busy as they don't pander to that. A basic meal of fish & chips hits the spot, washed down with a Rock's Rye.

I order the sgnature dessert, bread pudding, and an Edmund Fitz to go with. In the meantime, I stroll down the stairwell to check the rest of the place out. Halfway down the steps is a door to the bier garden. Feels toasty and looks awfully cozy with a roaring fire in the stone hearthed fireplace. 'See a hostess about sitting in here' so says the sign on the door.

I venture to the bottom of the steps to find a little bar area with lots of concrete, wrought iron and wood. Makes me feel like I'm in a private little basement, I'd be right at home in here! Restrooms are down here, too.

Back to my table, the place in getting a bit full now, not for the game though. The bread pudding and porter arrive, along with a shot of the Rackhouse Ale. The server and I spoke about it briefly and she wanted me to taste it. The bread pudding is phenomenal by itself and with either brew. Whew, time for a water and then a serving of the Rackhouse, I can't resist. Mmmm...

My neighbor back in Cincy loves a good bourbon, I think he'll dig this. I get a growler of it to go. With the fancy growler and tip, it's close to 50 bucks. Money well spent. The neighbor and I drank over half of it the following week, its the best 'weird beer' I ever had him try, so he says.

An outstanding experience, I hope I get the chance to visit again.

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

One of the most frequently rated places in the world. Good hours, during the week. The downtown location gets mixed reviews as a desireable tourist location. I was disapointed in that only the regulars were available, not a single seasonal available or on the horizon, despitw what was on the website. The regular lineup is great on tap. People are happy to work here, it has atmosphere, and is an above average bar asthetically pleasing. Gift shop nearby. Parking $5.00, no way around it. Cleveland is a large city geographically, so do not expect to hit all the pubs in one afternoon and the night.

Photo of bradley194
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

Photo of Risser09
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 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 area’s 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 you’re hard pressed to find a nicer atmosphere. I’ve had great experiences every time I’ve stopped by.

Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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

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.

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4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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