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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States

(216) 771-4404 | map

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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 510
Photo of jenrhart
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is one of my favorite (if not favorite) breweries that distributes to many states. I am always impressed by the consistently high quality of their distributed beers and was SO excited to visit them in person on a trip through Cleveland. The brewery itself was a bit of a let down. They didn't have much on tap that I can't get in bottles several states away.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Very nice facility - the main bar is very classic, as well as historic. The overall feel is very pleasant, with a number of different rooms for dining. the staff was very attentive and helpful. The food was excellent, and the beer even better.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This place could use some updating. There is a way to keep the old school feel and still clean it up a bit. The food menu is just ok and the beer menu typically offers few brews that aren't readily available in bottle format. Not bad but there are better places to go.

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Photo of zekeman17
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Myself and 2 friends made the long ride from Philly to Cleveland after I won a contest from Mad Mex for an overnight stay along with a tour and dinner from Great Lakes.
Even on a busy Saturday night, we were seated quickly and our waitress was friendly and efficient. This was not biased by any special treatment as all I had was a gift card to use for dinner. We all got samplers of beers we hadn't tried after the tour. Everybody enjoyed their meal as well. Everyone I dealt at Great Lakes with prior to our trip was also super nice and accommodating. It's a long way to go, but if I find myself with a reason to be in Cleveland agian, I wouldn't hesitate to go here again.

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Photo of rjd722
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I love the downstairs "dungeon" style set-up, lots of brick and wood. Solid beers available, but not much beyond their year round offerings, wish they had a little more. I didn't have any food so unfortunately can't rate anything there.

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Photo of erk0607
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Almost always busy, but they have a unique selection of foods on their menu and have a few brews that are only available on tap at the bars (one in the basement, main level, and top level). Staff is friendly and willing to let you try samples if you ask politely and they're not swamped. Parking can be hit or miss but it's not too bad, and is nice that it's located across from the West Side Market so you can wander around after your meal and check out all the fruit, bakery and meats (some of which is used at the GLBC restaurant).

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Photo of brewohio1
2.43/5  rDev -43.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

15 years ago I loved their beers but they have really gone downhill. The beers are shells of their former selves. Especially Edmund fitzgerald and Christmas ale. Not sure if they have changed recipes or brewmasters. I got the strip steak and it came with POWDERED mash potatoes. Big letdown.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Vibe:My folks and I were in town for the night as we were on our way to the Football HOF induction ceremony. The place was packed on a Friday afternoon. Outdoor patio seating looked cool. Up stairs and downstairs bars looked a bit cramped. We ended up at a table downstairs as it was the only room really available. The people seemed pretty cool and there were a few other out-of-towners.

Quality: The beers were really nice. Only had a couple duds that fell flat to me. We were lucky that they still had some of the Christmas Ale left over from the Christmas in July thingy they did. The Oktoberfest, Lake Erie Monster, and the Clevelander Weisse really stood out to me, with the last two really making a strong case for my favorites.

Service: was prompt and friendly. Pretty dang extraordinary for how packed it was in there.

Selection: I was pretty psyched for all 11 different beers they had on tap. They had a beer for everybody. Some safe picks like the Dortmunder and Eliot Ness Amber and some more challenging beers like the Clevelander Weisse and the Moondog ESB.

Food was pretty kick ass. Had a perfectly cooked burger and the grilled cheese is to die for. Though, my father is doing this whole pseudo-vegetarian thing to keep his gout at bay and the beet salad didn't do it for him.

I really enjoyed myself here and love that you can get a 5 oz sampler of all 11 beers for like $16. If I hadn't just gone from a mile up in elevation to about 650 above sea level I might have gotten a little drunk even. I will definitely return next time I am in Cleveland.

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Photo of Osulou92
4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Absolutely wonderful brewpub. Quick service, amazing building, cool gift shop. My only complaint is the lack of unique in house beers. The only pub exclusive beer they had on tap was the Ales for ALS brew. Great experience other than that.

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Photo of Suds
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I ate here with my family when we stopped overnight in Cleveland while on a road trip. The restaurant is located on a picturesque little street, with a public pay parking lot adjacent to the brewery. Both indoor and outdoor seating, the ambiance is eclectic, with a well worn and dark interior and an outdoor area that is modern and interesting. The food is excellent, local, and creative. The beer is well made, fresh, and from a decent selection. Great service and a nice crowd. Worth a visit.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went on 5/16 as part of a brewery trip given to me my my wonderful wife!
Could have stayed here all day. Food was good, beer was better! Chill wave on tap there was so fresh I thought I was in heaven! Planning on going back in the fall. The tour was ok too. Nice gift shop and friendly staff. Can't wait to go again!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has old school Cleveland written all over it. A 2 story pub with multiple bars and lots of seating. The walls are graced with beer memorabilia from the past as well as GLBC itself. A huge wall of spent bourbon barrels cut in halves for decoration give a great look up stairs. The food is exceptional with every thing being made in house. Whether it be the Edmund Fitzgerald sauce, or Ohio grown beef it was just great. I had their signature bread pudding for dessert and it was out of this world. The beer selection is mainly their 5 year rounds, 2 seasonals, and 4 pub only beers which unfortunately they were sold out of 2 of the 4 pub exclusives. I did get to try the Abbey Ave dubbel which I downed about 3. I sampled the bird dog and had an Edmund Fitzgerald with my meal. The staff were friendly and fairly knowledgeable about their ales and lagers. The fantastic brewery gives free tours all day long, and it's stationed directly across the street. The gift store sits directly inside the pub with shirts, hats, glassware, etc, and 4 coolers of glbc bottled beer to take home. This would be an awesome daily stop on your way home from a long day of work if you lived in down town cleveland. Terrific brewery and just an great place to take your family.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Really cool old-style pub feel to the place. Great beer but limited to just Great Lakes stuff- which is fine. 3 taps were exclusive to the place and a 4th was a limited release seasonal. The food was friggin sweet.

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Photo of clh323
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Went here on a "cabin fever" Saturday in March when the weather had broke and everyone was out and about in the Ohio City section of Cleveland. The restaurant was too crowded to eat. We by-passed the main bar area and found the grotto bar downstairs. We were able to get a seat while ordering our second beer. This section of Cleveland is a great place to spend a couple of hours, especially the days the Westside Market is open. Along with the Great Lakes pub there are many other interesting joints around.

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

This is one of the big spots both for locals and tourists interested in beer, and rightly so. Located in the 25th street near West Side area, it's somewhat safe, and there is always plenty on tap. I never thought much of the food, but I really want beer at a great brewery, so it's acceptable.

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Photo of MANix73
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Haven't toured the brewery, but the gift shop & restaurant are great. Always busy, but go see the hostess first. You give them your number, go shop the store & they TXT you when your table is ready. You can fill growler or buy 6 packs to go. They usually have a couple beers on tap that you can only get at the brewery. A must stop for beer lovers!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
5/5  rDev +17.1%

This is a mandatory stop for me any time I am anywhere near Cleveland. Not only do they always have a fantastic lineup on tap, but the food is just as good (they have a lamb shepherd's pie made with their Edmund Fitzgerald porter - mother of god!!!), and the brewery itself is a fun tour!

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Photo of francus
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Great service and great beers. And the bar has lots of atmosphere. You can spend a lot of time here relaxing. For an all around place, this is my favorite in Cleveland.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

This place is a lot of fun- Great Lakes' beers are always good, sometimes great and the food is really tasty. If you go in the summer, sitting outside is a must.

Beer I would recommend- Dortmunder, Oktoberfest when it's out, blackout stout when it's out, Edmund Fitzgerald, burning river. Hopheads, this is not really your kind of place but go ahead and try Lake Erie monster or nosferatu when in season or branch out and try some of their awesome German style beers.

In terms of food- the old world burger, chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll, or pretzel encrusted chicken with garlic mashes potatoes and pale ale mustard. Seriously the stuff with pretzels is awesome.

Service is fine- never have had bad service and have had good service most of the time. Could be more attentive but hey it's a brewpub. Definitely a place to check out if you're in Cleveland.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

This rating is mainly due to the great beers they make. All of them are very good and a couple are really excellent. The food was only ok i thought. The service was a little shy of ok. Not really bad but definitely not good. This would be higher if the food and service at this place were nearly as good as the beer.

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Photo of EMB1960
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place for lunch and to come and see one of the better brewers in Cleveland. Food was very good and decent portions. Beer selection is obviously Great Lakes and they had a very good selection available. Service was very quick and attentive. Good area, but limited parking.

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Photo of kjb32812
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I have been to Great Lakes Brewing Co. for dinner and solely for dinner and neither disappoint. The bar is small and neighborhood like which is a plus. They also have tons of fresh Great Lakes beers on tap. The bartenders have always been very good and offer their opinion when you ask it. If not, they just pour what you ask for. On the food side, I took my FIL here for dinner along with my 2 y.o. son and we had a good meal in the restaurant part away from the bar. Can't go wrong whether dining, drinking or both. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My wife took me here for my birthday on January 27th, 2014 in what amounts to my first visit to a craft brewery,

The brewpub itself is quaint and cozy. Our server was very knowledgeable on not just GLBC's beers but in beer in general. He was quite friendly and we hit it off like two old friends discussing beer.

I ordered a Brewhouse Burger on a pretzel bun with fries. The burger was ok, nothing remarkable and my wife dinner (Pretzel Chicken) she liked but nothing outstanding.

But let's face it, I didn't come here to eat, I wanted to sample some beers not available in stores.

I had a Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout which was outstanding. I gave it a rating of 5 out of 5.

Also had Ohio City Farmhouse Saison which was good. And the third on I don't remember the name but was also a solid beer (I've never had a bad GLBC beer and I've had about 17 different varieties.

Overall a great place to try some new brews and munch on some food while at it.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Great City, friendly people, excellent beer, good food. What's not to like? The main bar is conducive to a quality drinking experience and the downstairs cellar is inviting. The outdoor patio on the street level is tree-lined & reminiscent of a European City. Go.

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Photo of coldy
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I have been to the brewpub at least a dozen times. The beers are absolutely world class, and they usually have something special avalable. The atmosphere is a nice mix of old style bar, lots of wood, and some brewing equipment to add to the ambience.

The food has always been good, especially their pretzel appetizer with dips...phenomenal! Pretty much all you need to have with your beers.

The service has always been lackluster. Many times they are out of certain items, and the servers seem unapologetic and not very eager to offer suggestions. The service is not bad, but I expect good service when spending this kind of money. The place is by no means expensive, but it sure is not cheap.

Overall, this is a must visit for any beer fan that has the opportunity. The gift shop is a nice touch as well, and they usually have great deals on beer and glassware.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
95 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.