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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

395 Ratings
Ratings: 395
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.07%
Active Beers: 96
Beer Ratings: 37,786
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10
Bottles: 0
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 geographie
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%

Spacious patio, definately not trying to cram people into this place. They have a rotating selection of 8 or 9 beers on tap - mostly rich ales and one flagship lager.

Prices aren't cheap for food or beer, but everything speaks of quality. From the glassware to the beer, the furnishings, food preparation and ingredients. Albeit uninventive fare, it was extremely tasty (I had the vegan version of their burger..yum!).

Employees (from managers to busers) seem quite beer-knowledgeable and friendly. However, I was treated like i was four years old waiting for my daddy to come by the waitress. Tant pis, qu'est-ce qu'on va faire?

geographie, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of brotherfraz2
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%

My borther and I went to Cleveland to watch the Tigers play the Indians. Before the game we stopped in for some dinner and a couple beers. The beers that were offered were some of the usuals Burning River, Elliot Ness, Dortmunder Gold, and Edmund Fitzgerald plus Nosferatu, Lake Erie Monster, and an Octoberfest. The Monster was a DIPA at about 9%.

We started off with some of their homemade pretzels made from the spent grain of the brewing process. The pretzels came with 3 sauces yellow mustard, brown mustard and a garlic cheese spread. For an entree I had the 76 Hour Pork with Fava Beans, Fingerling Potatoes, and Strawberries. The pork melted in my mouth and the Octoberfest was a nice compliment to it. We did not have dessert.

One of the cool things about Great Lakes is the shuttle service to and from the games. Juat ask your server for a ticket on the Fatty Wagon and they will drop you off across the street from Jacobs Field. Whenever I am in Cleveland, I always make sure to hit Great Lakes.

brotherfraz2, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of cabsandking
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

Overall the atmosphere isn't overly eccentric, but makes up for it by offering various spaces for dining and drinking. On the warmer Cleveland days you can sit out front in a cozy little tree covered patio, or step to the side and enjoy beer and fare under the newly constructed, retractably covered patio. Inside they offer a range of atmospheres from the traditional pub bar covered in dark stained wood to the laid back feel of the cellar.

I've never had any complaints about the service. The menu is very good and what impresses me is the boldness of ingredients and combinations such as the cheeses, fruits, and veggies that get paired up with main attraction on the dish. I believe that is essential for a brewery's menu who's goal is complexity and character to mirror those same qualities found in their beer.

The beer selection is obviously fantastic and go often to catch their pub only drafts that in my experiences where the most aggressive, experimental, and complex brews i've tasted. To name a few; Rackhouse, Grassroots Ale, Market Street Wheat.

cabsandking, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of dustylong
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%

This is a fun place to go to. Period. A lot of people visit this place, some regulars, and a lot of travelers, so you can always have a good conversation about the beer with someone. The whole place is beautiful, from the bar, to the beer garden. The bartender Steve is awesome. He definately pours the most amazing beers i've ever seen. They usually have somewhere from six to nine different beers on-tap at a time. All great beer. This is a fun place to go, I live more than half an hour away and I make sure I visit at least once a week

dustylong, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of gumper2
3.6/5  rDev -17.6%

Went to visit freinds that relocated in Cleveland for a night out we visited this establishment for dinner.With reservation already made the wait at the door was only 15 minutes which was fine with me as I was able to walk around a check the place out. The gound floor had a very nice bar with a chalkboard listing the beer offerings. The rustic bar looked to be well used by past patrons. The down stairs bar was much smaller but had character to it and surrounded by filled tables of guests. Our name was called and upstairs we went into a rather plain seating area but comfortable area with a room of happy people. The table had a beerlist available with a story behind each bber. I ordered up a Thomas Jeffe-Weizen Wheat Ale 4.6abv this beer was indeed a good wheat. The meal was ordered a grilled flat iron steak along with another beer this time a Edmond Fitzgererald Porter 5.8abv again a good beer. The meal was a long time coming but was fine nothing special. for desert I ordered a Blackout Stout IPA 9.0abv this was indeed the highlight of the meal . The taste was like drinking a fine congac which needed to be sipped. Overall a very good night with a stop over in the gift shop this is quite the place.

gumper2, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Bones54
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

This is not only the pride and joy of Cleveland, but the pride and joy of Ohio. An absolute must stop for anybody in the Cleveland area. The beer speaks for itself- some of the best around. My two favs being the Commodore Perry IPA and the Christmas Ale. My only complaint on the beer is that I wish they offered more on a year round basis- but the quality of beer is by far one of the best.

The atmosphere is also great. The old main bar has some history with it. Just ask the bartenders about Eliot Ness and the bullet holes. The beer cave in the basement literally takes you to another time and place. You want a quiet dinner- the upstairs dining rooms provide an intimate setting. Then there is the patio- great!! Saturday afternoons on the patio make for great beer and people watching with the flea market and westide market across the street.

Plus I believe they give free tours Friday and Saturday evenings, yet I'm still to take advantage.

Bones54, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

I was highly impressed with this place, I must say this is hands down the best brewery/brewpub I've ever been to. All things combined just made for a beer lover's paradise. The area the actual pub is located in is down a little brick paved road lined with tall trees that served as a nice shady respite from the warm summer sun. The area of town was quite nice in general and I was impressed how clean and tidy everything was on the streets. Parking is pretty much a huge headache, especially as an out of tower who wasn't sure how aggressive Cleveland's finest would be in removing my rather large pickup from the one-hour time limit metered spot I managed to snag (as I was SURELY going to take more than an hour). The brewery lot is basically a joke, totally full and $4. I'd recommend parking in the West Side market lot or trying the parallel street parking. There are quite a few lots with tow away notices; quite annoying.

Anyway, to the actual pub itself, it's actually sectioned off into a restaurant/bar area and the basement is a drink-only pub, no food down there. They had outdoor seating lit by overhanging dangly xmas style lights which lent a charming, relaxed atmosphere. The inside was very nice, obviously old and historic but immaculately kept. The main bar itself was particularly impressive. I was seated pretty quickly which was surprising given how busy it was. I had the beer sampler platter, only seven brews were available as they were out of their Saison De Ete which was a little disappointing. All the beer was very well crafted and amazingly tasted very much the same draft as it does bottled, which really is a good sign. Their Market Street Wheat Hefeweizen was a nice surprise as I'm a big Hefe guy, this one was very well made, it nearly tasted Bavarian! The food was upscale and excellent as well, I had the risotto and the bread pudding for dessert, all wonderful. My server was friendly and knowledgable but disappeared at a few inoppurtune times. They had large flip top growlers available at $18.95 with expensive fill rates. I splurged and went for it mainly for the growler, the fill itself was $14 on top of the growler charge! Outrageous, but as I said, I was splurging. So yeah, the place is definitely expensive if you let it be, but you could get out for under $20 with a sandwich and a couple pints. They had a great little gift shop with some nice merchandise that I also took advantage of.

All in all I had a great time and the place made me think the world of Cleveland (even though the Hojo I stayed at... well, sucked, but that's another review entirely).

I shall return!

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of porter17
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%

A really cool place to hang out, have a beer and a great meal. The basement was very cool (I think the building must be 100 years old or more) and was a great drinking environment. The main level had a bar also and the upstairs is where we ate. The service was excellent (I didn't even have to ask for a glass of water with my sampler, it was automatically supplied.) The quality of the beer was exceptional. The Dortmunder Gold was out of this world and the best of the bunch (and don't forget that my name is Porter17). The others were all unique and distinctive. I enjoyed every one of the 8 beers offered. The food was very good (the cheese soup and salmon entree were my choices). My finacee had the lobster pizza, which was good (only that they tried to serve us a reheated pizza first and we had to send it back. Shame!). The beer was a good value (the beer sampler was $8 for 8-four ounce beers) and the food was fairly priced too. This place is a must when you find yourself in Cleveland.

porter17, May 16, 2006
Photo of jyeast101
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%

Had lunch at the brewery on a Saturday afternoon. The beer was good and the place was nice, clean, and we recieved good service. Eventually did the brewery tour with Murphy and that was kinda cool. An average tour as they go. Pay for sampler type stuff. The food was good. I think that the chef was trying to make a name for themselves because the plates and presentation of the food was nice. It filled me up, but not an overabundance of food that I've come to enjoy at pubs. Only a handfull of fries on the plate... Overall a good experience. I wish that I would have had more time.

jyeast101, May 04, 2006
Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%

After going to the West Side Market, I just had to stop at the place that I always wanted to go to in Cleveland. I say it's about Damn time that I stopped by for a drink. I've lived here for a while now and never stopped.

It's directly across for the West Side Market down a small side street. The brewpub is toward the middle, the gift shop next to that, and the big ass brewery at the end. Not much parking on the street but the Market has free parking and the Brewery offers not free public parking. The gift shop is very small, but filled with Great Lakes merchandise ranging from beer stored in a really cool vintage refrigerator to posters and shirts. I thought the prices in the gift shop were expensive, but hey it's a gift shop. What do I expect? Now on to the Brewpub.

They are renovating, so it's going to be a little different in the upcoming months. When you first walk in, the stairs to the top floor are on the right, a little farther up on the right is the steps to the downstairs bathrooms and dinning room, the left there is another seperate dinning room and straight ahead is the cool vintage bar. I can't put in words how nice the bar is, except that it's really old with bullet holes. My only problem is that it's very small with hardly any room to maneuver around. Very Limited seating at the bar and the bar area.

I found the service very fast and very knowledgeable of the beer and the food they sold there. Very good service!

Their beer selection consists of no other outside brewery beers and only their 5 regular line beers, seasonal, and maybe a Great Lakes pub exclusive. When I was there they were out of the beer I wanted to try, the Rockefeller Bock. So, I had to settle for the Blackout Stout (poor me,LOL!!). The prices for the beer were average and the Blackout being more, due to the higher ABV. The growler prices were high. $20 for the big one and $10 for the small one. I'm not sure that even included the beer itself.

The food was good, but I found it to be expensive. Maybe it's due to the area? When I went it was lunch time and they had no seperate lunch menu, just a regular all-day menu. The soup was $6, House salad $4, and the pizza $13. To me that's expensive, maybe not to someone else though.

If you're in the area and have just been to the Market and are thristy, then stop on by and get yourself a fresh Great Lakes beer and check out their beautiful decor. You won't be disappointed by either! A must Cleveland sight!

AltBock, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeHoppy
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%

At the risk of sounding like a Cleveland provincialist (I'm a life-long resident, but I am not), the Great Lakes Brewing Company is a Cleveland treasure.

Where do I begin with this place? First off, the location is at the corner of West 25th and Lorain in what is slowly becoming known as the Market Square Area of Ohio City. It is right across from the West Side Market and I would recommend a trip to this place on a Saturday afternoon after a trip through the historic West Side Market across the street. Both are worth making a day of it in Cleveland if you are coming from beyond Greater Cleveland.

The pub itself is in a restored historical building that was once frequented by Eliot Ness when he was Cleveland's safety director in the latter stages of his career. Lots of character and history in the building itself. If it is open when you go in, go into the Beer Cellar. It is a much more relaxed atmosphere than upstairs and is a good place to kick back after work or a trip to the Market.

The food is highly recommended and rates favorably with some of the finer restaurants in town, even if this is not their main objective.

And the beer? Let's just say that if you can't find something that you will absolutely rave about then you aren't trying very hard. On my last visit, I had an Engine 20 Smoked Ale. I will say this, I have had many phenomenal offerings from GLBC but this one is definitely in the top ten percent of anything I've ever had from them.

The offerings at GLBC are constantly changing on the premises. Old standbys such as Burning River Pale Ale and the Eliot Ness can and will never go wrong IMHO.

Plan on staying a while here and getting the full experience at Great Lakes. Parking can be tricky, but the lot behind West Side Market is free and there is plenty of space to fit in there (especially when the market is closed on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday).

Concerned about driving afterwards? RTA buses are plentiful for the locals and the Red Line Rapid is a short walk to and from the brewery. And the Tower City stop is the next one right across the river to get you downtown. Taxi service to downtown is also quickly available at reasonable rates.

The other most wonderful thing about GLBC aside from the beer is that the place is smoke-free. That is great for those who don't care to smell like they've been in a housefire after going to a bar.

To sum up, any visit to Cleveland must include a visit to a truly premium brewpub and Great Lakes most assuredly delivers the goods.

BuckeyeHoppy, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of Bierguy5
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%

This was the highlight of my Cleveland trip. We arrived early to take the brewery tour, which is just around the corner from the pub. I believe they give the tour every hour on Saturdays, but check the website to make sure. We enjoyed the tour, our guide was very friendly, and knowledgeable. After, we had a beer, and later came back for dinner. They had all the regulars, plus Blackout Stout. Everything was the best quality, straight from the source. The Edmund Fitz. never tasted any better. It was pretty crowded both upstairs, and in the cellar pub. Our service was good, and the food was pretty good as well, maybe a bit pricey. Overall, if you come to Cleveland, you must go here. You must. A place like Great Lakes is exactly what American craft beer should be about.

Bierguy5, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of JackStraw22
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%

Went down to the brewpub just after Christmas. Located on the west side of town, near the West Side Market in "Ohio City". I took the brewery tour a couple years ago, but I don't remember much so I can't really comment on it. They weren't doing tours the day I went (a Friday) until 5:00pm.

The brewpub is in its own building, across the street from the brewery. It was crowded around lunch time, but we only had to wait 5 or 10 minutes for a table. We ate in the bar room, and I didn't get to see too much else of the place. The basement looked cool, though, cavelike almost.

Good standard pub food, reasonably priced. I had the brwatwurst and perogies, which went great with the Grand Cru that had just been tapped that afternoon. The portions were decent, though they served the food on huge plates that made for an odd look. It tasted great so that's all that matters. There were six or so of their own beers on tap. I don't think they served any other brands, though the bar was full service if you want something besides beer. Looked like they had a big wine list too. Most of the standard beers were there (Dort, pale ale, holy moses, Edmund) plus some others that aren't bottled (Loch Ness, Grand Cru, and one other I'm forgetting)

Definately worth a trip, I hope to go back next time I'm in town visiting the folks.

JackStraw22, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of becktone
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%

A very nice Brewery. First of all the tour was great. Since there was nobody who showed up for the previous tour, the tourguide gave us a private tour. He was very informative and sociable as well. The service inside the eatery/pub was also excellent. While eating I had everything I needed. The service saw to it that I laced for nothing. The food was also good. The portions served were fairly large and of course the beer was excellent. I would have liked to see some more of the seasonal or brewpub beers on tap, but other than that the selection of beer was good. In addition to the quality of food and beer the atomsphere of the place was just right. The pub, which is down stairs is very nice looking, brick walls and lots of wood. The rest of the eatery was set up like a higher end restaurant. If you're in the area this is a must on your list of places to visit.

becktone, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of DuqTroops
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

I went to the Brewing Company with a group of guys to watch the Cavs game (Saturday evening). The upstairs was crowded and the wait time was around 1.25 hrs. We went downstairs to eat/drink and watch the game. It is like a cave and has a distinct personality to it. There are some beer steins in the back room. We had to be our own servers between our table and the bar, but the service was great. Food was good -- sausage sampler and soft pretzels a must. Beer was a little better than good. I drank a lot of the Great Lakes beer from the bottle at home, and never thought it was the greatest. At the brewing company and on draught is a whole other story - very good. I would recommend the IPA and the Dortmunder.

DuqTroops, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of malty
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

Visited 10/30/05

I've been visiting GLBC every autumn for the last three years, it's about time I give them their props. Last visited 10/29/05.

The atmosphere is damn cool. Real wood (mahogany?) original bar from 1901. The bartender let me walk behind the bar (after closing) and showed me 2 bullet holes from way back when. Tin pressed ceiling tiles, real wood paneled walls (going half-way up) with real cool old fashioned looking wallpaper to even it all out. Dark & cozy with a beautiful frontage from Market Street. I could go on and on, definitely the real McCoy of an old style, old world pub. The dining area is very much the same style as the pub of which I'm speaking. The gift shop has this very old real wood compartmental refrigerator where each 24" x 24" door showcases it's own separate beer - very nice. The poster selection was very cool, one for each beer label. Shirts, glass pitchers, glasses galore, yada, yada, yada.

Quality is top notch. Fresh, consistent and flavorful - doesn't get any better.

Selection is good. Nosferatu, Christmas Ale and Cleveland Brown Ale were the pubs showcase beers that night along with their original 6 (check their website). I was bummed they didn't have their Pumpkin Ale on tap, it had been brewed but not available for another week. We were informed they just ran out of their Rackhouse Ale (aged in bourbon barrels) - bummer.

Food is off-the-hook. A sausage sampler platter to die for. Bread pudding was the best I've ever had. Fish & Chips were stellar. Edmund Fitzgerald Chocolate Chunk ice cream paired with a fresh pint of the same, heaven. Spectacular in every sense.

Good value, but maybe I'm biased because I drive 8 hrs. round trip just to belly-up, stay in an affordable hotel and take off back to Michigan the next morning. Worth every cent.

malty, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of budsboy
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

Found the brewery easy-peasy, but the brew pub is actually a few doors down. Easy to find parking. The area was pretty busy on that Saturday afternoon (the West Side Market is nearby).

Both my wife and I give the food high praise. Really tasty stuff. Service was a bit slow (at least when you are as hungry as we were), but worth it.

I had a Nosferatu, she had a Holy Moses (she also sampled the Christmas Ale and Cleveland Brown Ale). After eating on the second story, we wondered down to the first-floor bar, shared a Rack House Stock Ale (at least that's what I remember it as, not listed on the Web site. Aged in a bourbon barrell and very much like a liqueur) and watched the Buckeyes pummel Minnesota.

Before leaving we took a look at the basement bar, which was even better, and we both wished we had gone down there sooner.

Great crowd, no eardrum-busting music, professional servers who know and appreciate their product.

budsboy, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

Stopped in for a sandwich and beer after a Browns/Lions game. This was the first time I stopped here, despite previously living in the Cleveland area for several years.

The atmosphere was really nice, and other patrons seemed mostly upscale. It was comfortable and the service was pretty good. I sat upstairs for dining, and the waitress was pretty attentive.

The beer menu included the major offerings which you can find in any grocery store in the area (Dortmunder Gold, Holy Moses, Elliot Ness, Burning River, etc). Also, there were 2 "pub-only" brews. I chose one of those (a burning strong beer called Rackhouse), followed by a Dortmunder Gold to sooth my throat.

The food was good quality and reasonably priced.

Definitely a must-see while in the Cleveland area, I completely recommend it!

TurdFurgison, Oct 27, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.63/5  rDev -16.9%

I dug this place as soon as I laid eyes on it. The upstairs bar was rather small but it was very nice. The beer was all of their regular stuff plus some seasonals. The service could have been a little better, but it looks like she had a long day, so I won't hold it against her. The food was fantastic. The gourmet pizzas were exceedingly delightful. The downstairs bar was way cooler. Literally, it was an old storage area for the brewery. The dungeonesque atmosphere was very cozy, plus they have several large tvs, for games and such. Overall a very nice place.

quasimoto, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

glbc is a cool place inside. the upstairs bar is gorgeous and the downstair pub is pretty damn nice. big screen tv over the taps shows games. the beer selection was not large, but what do you expect from a brewpub. i tried the holy moses, burning river and glockenspiel and was dissappointed by none

the chicken sandwich i had was tasty. the pesto mayo was a great asset (and i am personally almost afraid of mayonnaise)

i've just moved here and this was my first driving to great lakes, but parking seemed like it might occasionally be a pain in the ass

good prices, it seems: $25 for soup&sandwich and 3 brews. could be better, but not gonna complain

bruachan, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of olacub
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%

This is the standard. Vintage bar area as you walk in, with tables off to the left, adjacent to the brewing equipment. Beautiful basement seating (and additional bar) downstairs. Outdoor seating in front of the restaurant overlooking historic Market Street.

What can I say? The beer is consistently excellent - I had a pint of Burning River for starters, and finished up with two pints of Glockenspiel (a Weizen Bock, 8% abv), which was delicious. The food is the best I've had in over 100 brewpub visits around the country, and last night's Southwest Pizza was phenomenal - not to mention the great Artichoke Crock app, and the incredible homemade bread pudding for dessert.

Great Lakes is damn near perfect in every way.

olacub, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%

As a Clevelander, I'm lucky enough to have one of the finest breweries in the world right at my doorstep. Located downtown in a landmark area called Ohio city, it's surronded by pre prohibition era buildings and creates a very cool ambiance.

I sipped an Eliot Ness at the same antique wooden bar the man himself often frequented. His bullet holes still adorn the bar above large mirrors. I decided to do some research and take the brewery tour, which begins at the bar in the cellar, the original brewhouse before they relocated across the street. I'd recommend this tour especially to anyone interested in homebrewing, or any fellow BA.

The patio outside was a nice place to sit and enjoy their sampler of the nine beers on tap. Of course I would like to see more of their thirty-three varieties on tap, but I'd rather sacrifice a larger variety of pastuerized seasonals for a smaller selection of fresh quality beer. Pretzels made from the brewery's spent barley grains are a nice touch to cleanse the palate between samples. The menu is expensive, but it is all organic and according to local newspapers, "very fine cuisine".

All Cleveland BA's should be proud of a local brewery so concerned with repect to the environment, the Bavarian purity law, and outstanding brew. Respect beer. Respect GLBC.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%

I ate in the restaurant on a beautiful July evening here in Northern Ohio. The decor is a compilation of breweriana from Great Lakes products (posters, signage, and other memorbilia) and other old breweries from around the area. The building itself is a historic, Victorian style place with wonderful woodwork abound.

I started off my meal with a glass of Nosferatu served in a goblet, and ordered an artichoke, olive, and roasted red pepper pizza for dinner, which was better than I even expected. The server was on point with timely fill ups of our beers and also very quick service with our food. After the meal I finished it all off with a pint of the York Street ESB.

The only slight let down I find from coming here is a lack of either a wider selection of beers or guest beers of some sort, but again you're not coming to GLBC for much besides their beer and their food. The whole street and area there is perfect, and wonderful in the summer time when diners are out drinking beers casually on the patio or sidewalk in front of the restaurant or the wine bar next door. I would recommend Great Lakes to anyone interested in trying a very professional brewpub with superb food and excellent service. It's a great place from top to bottom.

edmundfitzoil, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of klewis
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%

Located in downtown Cleveland, but tucked away off the main strip. Very scenic and historic location. The beer selection was a bit disapointing considering the number of brews in their output, however, the beer on draft at the location is better than anything you'll buy in the stores. They also have specialty brews on draft that are not released anywhere else. The food is a bit expensive, but is of very high quality. The restaurant is a little small, so you may have to wait, but it should be well worth it.

klewis, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

After posting a message with the Great Lakes Forum, I was inundated with comments to hit GLBC when in Cleveland this past week. They were so right. Altough it was closed Monday for Memorial Day, I tried again Tuesday with some college friends I have not seen sinc emy wedding two years ago. Without question, the hostess seated us outside without even having us look inside or giving us an option. We did manage to make the rounds later on with a few trips to the bathroom.

Really enjoyed the beer/cheese soup, pizza and the sampler of all the brews on tap. Really enjoyed the Dortmunder Gold and Pale Ale. The 9% Barleywine Blackout '03 wasn't as impressive as I hoped. I wish i had better descriptions of the atmosphere and place inside, but you'll find a bunch of reviews with it.

For a rare but beautiful day in Cleveland, sitting outside and enjoying this fine place couldn't have gone better.

Backer2004, Jun 03, 2005
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
97 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.