Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 31,258
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 284 | Reviews: 208 | Show All Ratings:
5/5 rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
There's nothing bad I can say about the Great Lakes Brewpub. The atmosphere was great. We arrived just before the lunch rush and took our seats at the bar. The tiger mahogany bar is one of the oldest in Cleveland and bears bullet holes fabled to have come from Eliot Ness himself. Great Lakes had on tap the six varieties that are bottled year round plus the pub exclusives Wolfhound Stout, and Rockefeller Bock. All beer is served in the appropriate glassware and the service the bartender gave us was superb. He was friendly and very knowledgeable. My girlfriend and I split a Tuscan wood fired pizza and it was delicious. Like the beer all the food is all natural, no chemicals or preservatives and you could taste the difference in the food as well as the beer. The pricing on the beer is typical to what you would pay at a regular bar, the pub exclusives being slightly more expensive. The food is a bit pricey (12.00$ for the pizza) however; as always you get what you pay for. I was very happy with beer, service, and food and will be making more trips for sure.
03-24-2007 03:53:11 | More by Briarbush
4.95/5 rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Visited the Brewpub/cafe tonight during a trip to Cleveland with the whole family. We were seated on the 1st floor near "Brewhouse #1". Nice wood paneling everywhere, and very relaxed through the whole place. Good tunes, plenty of plants nearby, not exceedingly loud. I think it says something about the place that they have a Kid's menu and the place is friendly to all ages and types. I laughed when I saw that someone had ordered wine in a Beer Temple like this place, but the fact that they serve to all is very telling.
Outstanding quality in everything - from the bread brought out before the meal to the very fresh beer on tap (I had Edmund Fitzgerald and the Mrs. had Eliot Ness).
The server was great - made sure to check often and was very personable. Made us laugh a few times and talked us into dessert.
Selection - a lot of everything available but heavy on the European influences in the cuisine. Not that this is a bad thing mind you. Given the beer choices though it makes sense that this is what they have a lot of on their menu. Plenty of beer on tap tonight.
Food - just right in portion size, high quality and oh so very tasty. I had the meatloaf which was just right. Everyone cleaned their plates and the Kid's mac-n-cheese was not from a box, but actual hand made stuff.
Overall - I thought everything was very reasonable given the great brewery this place is - a great evening had by all, even the kids liked the place.
11-13-2009 23:34:53 | More by damndirtyape
4.91/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
This is a Cleveland landmark. Great atmosphere, an incredible ever-changing selection of world-class beers. Great Lakes is a perfect ambassador of the Cleveland beer culture, and their world-wide praise proves it. I have been here dozens of times, and it never gets old.
Want atmosphere? This building is well over a century old and has a history in the family that runs the brewery. The tour of their brewery (around the corner) is fantastic and recommended for anyone who has the time. Highly environmentally conscious and local-focused.
Every beer-loving Clevelander is proud to have this incredible brewery in our back yard -- the eclectic Ohio City district. This is a brewery with universal respect, and for good reason. From their flagship Dortmunder Gold, to their unmatchable Burning River Pale Ale, to their practically-impossible-to-find-outside-of-Cleveland Christmas Ale, to their unique one-offs, any beer you try is a guaranteed hit.
12-07-2013 02:09:23 | More by RyanCLE
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Cheers: I don't even know where to start. Busy Fri night, somewhat diverse crowd in age range. Dead Sat night due to the snow. Interesting comparison, to see how a place operates at capacity vs. basically empty. The staff didn't miss a beat. People in Cleveland actually make room for you to place your order, a rarity here in Buffalo. Chatted with lots of patrons who seemed suprised that we came from Buffalo to visit the brewery, but mostly happy that someone actually takes a vacation to Cleveland. 2 levels to drink: the somewhat trendy, tastefully appointed dark wooden bar area (I didn't even take the time to locate the bullet holes, that how much I was enjoying the beer) or the basement with exposed brick and beams. Both were interesting and full of interesting people. Sell beer to go. All of Great Lakes beers are amazing. Use appropriate glassware. Porter ice cream is out of this world, and I really don't like ice cream. Clam Chowder and Walleye Bites suggested. Totally worth the 4 hour drive.
Jeers: Left a raging snowstorm in Buffalo only to find ourselves in a raging snowstrom in Cleveland, apparently a freak occurrance down there. Severe lack of bathroom signage led to a moment of panic. Beer was so good we couldn't make it to the tour.
03-01-2005 17:29:32 | More by wailingwench
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is the cornerstone of the Cleveland beer world. Constantly rotating taps in the brewpub to keep things innovative and fresh. Great Lakes legitimately cares about Cleveland, beer, and even the environment. On weekends, free tours run every hour on the hour. Multiple special events on a weekly basis; even a clean air bus that shuttles patrons to and from Cleveland sporting events. The food is quite good and the beer is world class.
10-25-2013 05:35:31 | More by giocatore4
4.89/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The best brewpub I have ever been to, and I've been to a few dozen. The atmosphere is awesome. There is a throwback, rathskeller-type cellar adorned with a couple fermenting tanks and an old school wooden bar. The main taproom features a huge mahogany bar. There are two different dining areas on the main floor. I understand they have remodeled the upstairs into more dining space. They also feature a tree lined patio on the sidewalk. The building must be atleast 100 years old, very close to downtown Cleveland. They actually do all the brewing across the street, so it almost feels like a little beer campus. There is also a nice gift shop next to the brewpub. The food is above average for a brewery and the service was great.
I really don't know how you beat the atmosphere at Great Lakes.
Oh yeah, and the beer is world class to boot. All of their beers are solid.
If you find yourself anywhere near Cleveland, you must check it out.
05-02-2013 23:25:13 | More by dailyminefield
4.88/5 rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
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.
08-31-2005 22:58:24 | More by olacub
4.8/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
A great place to go, especially if you like Great Lake beers. The selection of beer on tap was incredible. We sought out this place after seeing that they had won a medal at the GABF for their Glockenspiel. I have to admit it was worth the trip, plus to have Buring River fresh on tap ... The food and wait staff are first rate. I'll be interested to see what they with their beers once Ohio signs the law increasing the alcohol limit to 12%
07-20-2002 10:10:49 | More by rosebud
4.8/5 rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Been living up in Cleveland since '09. GLBC is a staple for going downtown. The beer selection is top notch. I have rarely had a beer I did not like. The bar is often crowded to a point you might not want to go in. If you are trying to sample the beers I would go on an off day. The bar is very knowledgeable of all of the beers.
07-03-2013 00:44:56 | More by mikepcarney
4.78/5 rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Came on a friday night, took the 8 o clock tour. The tour guide was knowledgeable, funny, and helpful. During the tour he passed around samples of grain and hops to be smelled and examined. At the end, he demonstrated proper serving temperatures by serving a bottle of Dortmunder ice cold and then slightly chilled. Definite difference there, and it was cool to get some beer on the tour.
From there, I sat down to dinner at the brewpub. There I got my first long-awaited taste of Blackout Stout as I decided on my entree. The food selections were diverse and interesting, and there was a beer recommendation for each dish. The bread they served with dinner was made partially from the spent grains that are mashed for the beer (I think I remembered the tour guide saying that). At any rate, the bread had a wort taste to it, a real treat for you homebrewers out there (I was thrilled at least). The server was very attentive and friendly, and answered our questions about the food and the pub itself. The food was excellent, way better than I expected for a brewpub. The Edmund Fitzgerald ice cream was also very good. Not only was the food good, but the prices were reasonable.
After dinner we stopped by the historic bar in the front of the restaraunt for another round (or two). The waitress was very friendly and was happy to show me where the bullet holes were that supposedly came from Eliot Ness. She also did a great job of filling a growler of Blackout for me.
We also stopped by the giftshop for some bottled beer and some glassware. They had some cool stuff there, and the lady behind the counter was very friendly.
This was one of the main reasons for our Cleveland trip, and I was not disappointed in the least. I am already planning more trips around GLBC's other seasonal beers. Definitely a great place to check out if you are anywhere near the area.
03-06-2005 17:44:39 | More by BeerFink
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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