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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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3.92/5
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91 Beers
39,989 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 435
Reviews: 223
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 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.