Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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3.92/5
Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States

(216) 771-4404 | map
www.greatlakesbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
103
Reviews:
14,607
Ratings:
47,303
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
517
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
6.81%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 231 | Ratings: 517
Reviews by AwYeh:
Photo of AwYeh
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by a few times before and after Cavs games; in my mind one of the best ways to enjoy what Great Lakes has to offer.

First, the beer: all five of GL's year round offerings will be on tap (Dortmunder Gold, Burning River, Eliot Ness, Commodore Perry, and Edmund Fitzgerald), plus any seasonals and brewpub exclusive The Wright Pils. There usually are two other exclusives on tap, which are often seasonals served at an unusual time of year, beers that could be seasonals or otherwise coincide with Cleveland-area events, or simply beers they don't bottle and distribute. The pub exclusives are definitely the highlights of my visits; they're never of lesser quality than their more common brethren, and it's fun to try something unique considering how much I enjoy most of their beers.

I like stopping in the basement just for beer, but the food served is good too. Nothing out of this world, but much higher quality than standard bar fare (and much of it sustainably produced, which is a plus for me). Many of their sauces (and some food) incorporate one of their beers in the recipe, and these are all enjoyable. Drawback of the tasty, sustainable eating is the price- probably a bit higher than what you would pay for similar eats elsewhere.

Service is good, even though they're generally quite busy for most of the evening. I've never needed to wait too long for drinks, and food service is fully adequate. One of my favorite parts of coming on game days is the shuttle bus they provide to the arena; $1 for a round trip to and from the game. This means I not only avoid having to chip in for parking in downtown Cleveland (possibly on the 6th floor of a parking garage), but save a huge amount of time in traffic (and, as a bonus, can have another drink or two at the bar). Parking nearby can be a bit difficult, but I've occasionally gotten lucky and found a spot less than a minute walking distance from the door. Traffic in the area is no problem at all, and it's very easy to find the place.

The attached gift shop is decent but there's nothing out of this world; $6-8 glasses, $20 shirts, and some bottle artwork in poster form (these are pretty cool, but the really nice ones are $40 each). They also sell 6 and 12 packs of their distributed beer, as well as The Wright Pils (though it was out during my last visit).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nater919
3.96/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
2.84/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of PeteyPints
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of timmy2b
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LaGuarns
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Keeling
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jenrhart
4.09/5  rDev -4%
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 househjj
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jkolls
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of jaypaul522
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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 nelsonr_emi
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of osickeym
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Determined419
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Erockss
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of zekeman17
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Doublicious
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of RebornStussy
4.73/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of chiefbender
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Brian29
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
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