Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States

(216) 771-4404 | map

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Danzifer from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

A local brewery for me. Can find their beers almost everywhere where I live, so naturally I've tried almost every beer I've seen by them. Most of them have been excellent. Dortmunder Gold is a personal favorite. They're always crafting new brews too. Definitely thankful for them.

May 27, 2020
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CXBrad from Canada (ON)

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This is a great spot. Love going into the basement pub, really makes you feel like you are drinking on hallowed ground. The selection of beer will suit almost any taste. The staff are friendly, and have always been knowledgeable and willing to help with beer selection.

Feb 10, 2020
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JoeZZ from Michigan

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This is the place that started it all back in the day here in Cleveland...Great food & beer, nice gift shop. Parking can be a challenging but worth the effort. If you have time visit Westside Market is neat to stop by?

Sep 26, 2019
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StoutSnob40 from California

3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Certainly has the vibe of dive bar. It’s not dirty or anything.. it’s actually really nice, but there are a lot of older dudes who were way too drunk on a Tuesday. Selection is fairly average.. stuff you can find at the store. Still, a staple of Cleveland’s beer scene, and worth a visit for historical purposes.

Feb 27, 2019
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mmgolfer from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great Lakes Brewery has great beers across the board, huge seelction of regular rotation and a seasonal beer for every month. It will stand up to any brewery in the country!

Jul 15, 2018
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msbuffy from Pennsylvania

4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wonderful selections! Never thought I'd be saying great things about anything coming from the water of Lake Erie, but then I'm from Pittsburgh, so... We've tried several of the offerings from GLB, Co. and enjoyed every one more than several times. Our favorite is Dortmunder Gold Lager so far. I'm not much of a lager fan, but this is not your typical lager. While it's rich, it doesn't have the usual heaviness and it's great for a hot day! All in all, it's almost a perfect beer that goes great with a summer meal. Enjoy!

Jul 04, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A good brewery located close to downtown Cleveland and very close to the West Market (which is worthwhile exploring). I wish I had spent more time there, but I had a prior engagement, never-the-less I did get to try a few of their beers (which I had never tried before).

Jun 11, 2018
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JohnBoy43 from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is a can't miss place. Sitting at the same bar John D. Rockefeller sat at and where Elliot Ness shot a hole in is a great experience. the basement bar has an hones old pub feel. the food is top notch and the service was excellent. If you are lucky enough to be in Cleveland, you must make this a priority.

May 22, 2018
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PrideofCleveland from Ohio

5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

While I can't rate the food, I can assure any potential visitor that the Holy Moses, Turntable Pils, and Dortmund Gold were absolutely delicious, and were great to have over a long conversation... I'm confident that if Washington operated over a couple bottles of Great Lakes, we wouldn't have quite so many problems with our government that we do...

Jan 30, 2018
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TimInPA from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went here before a Cavaliers game to eat dinner and drink some beer. Restaurant provides a shuttle ride for $1/person to and from, which is a nice bonus. Beers on tap are just as good as what you can buy in a bottle.

Jul 25, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

A very unique, old building in which it is very dark. The cellar pub is even more dingy, but cool. They hav]d several beers on tap in which a few are not commonly found. The gift shop had much variety in which all flagship and some other beers are offered for takeout.

Jul 02, 2017
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited here on a Friday night while visiting a college buddy. Brewery is in a historic neighborhood that is definitely making a comeback with lots of restaurants and shops. You walk in the bar and it is an immediate throwback to a great, local neighborhood bar feel. The food menu was a cross between old pub favorites and newer, more modern dishes. I had a barbeque burger and was very pleased. Side salads were pretty awesome too. Options on the menu for appetizers looked good as well, but we did not have any. Service was prompt and thorough as well.

As for the beer, well it's Great Lakes. Great lagers (Dortmunder!) and pale ale (Burning River) are the staples, with their other flagships also not letting you down. I can't remember what exactly the seasonal was at the time, but they did have an experimental hop beer on which was also above average and showed off the hop very well. The brewery tour after dinner was solid, with tours of their (extremely) cramped packaging hall and a view of their immaculate brewhouse. Taste panel was happening and they even gave us a sneak taste of an upcoming Belgian Chocolate Stout collaboration.

Overall, the Great Lakes people are great people making great beer. The restaurant is will represented and the tour tells their story very well. This is a must visit spot if you are in Cleveland!

Jan 22, 2017
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

One of our favorite out-of-thegway spots. We come to Cleveland just for this place. The food, the atmosphere, the beer! So great! Have celebrated a couple Christmas' here together

Dec 21, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

2.84/5  rDev -34.6%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Cool physical building and cool decor. Terrible vibe. Kitschy tourist trap. Place smelled awful. Like rotted vegetable farts and okd seafood. Pretty raunch. Will never be back.

Aug 14, 2016
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jenrhart from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Apr 09, 2016
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jaypaul522 from Iowa

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Mar 26, 2016
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Mar 06, 2016
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zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Feb 14, 2016
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rjd722 from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Jan 15, 2016
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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).

Dec 19, 2015
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Despite its age, or maybe because of it, this is still a destination in the craft beer world--one of the originals on the continent. Even though the crowd is almost always unbearable at first, I've found it's usually worth it. It's a unique and jovial atmosphere, with a really nostalgic, old school bar downstairs and a relatively open-plan restaurant upstairs.

Service is surprisingly prompt for how crazy it can get in there, with a good amount of knowledge on both the food and beer. I've been with a party of 15-20 folks and food came out all at once and rather swiftly despite ordering so many different dishes.

The draft list isn't all that big for the number of brews they produce, but it's all still that classic sleeper quality that many people overlook today in search of the next hazy IPA or big, flavor-added stout. They are even working to add to their lineup as of late, with a little more freedom given to the brewers to keep things fresh (and keep the brewers happy).

Food is classic Cleveland, all freshly made, and tasty at that. The pierogies and kraut won me over--some of the most scrumptious in the city--but there are plenty of other good dishes. Don't expect hip or trendy brewpub food, but it's actually not all that far off either.

Dec 15, 2015
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brewohio1 from Ohio

2.43/5  rDev -44%
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.

Sep 05, 2015
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

One of the old guard, especially in the mid-west. Crowded and crazy on a Saturday afternoon, I was lucky enough to grab a seat on the patio. If you are looking for food, you're probably going to have to wait for it. The upstairs and downstairs bars are very cool. On my visit, they have most of the easy to find beers on tap, and that was fine. The best part about Great Lakes is the fact that most of their really highly rated beers are so easy to get your hands on. They have a cool gift shop and the whole area around the brewery is nice. Once Lebron leaves town again, it's about the only reason I can think of to visit Cleveland. Just kidding. Kinda.

Aug 22, 2015
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Dikfour from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Aug 14, 2015
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Osulou92 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
Brewery rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 51630 ratings