Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.96/5
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
greatlakesbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
109
Reviews:
14,769
Ratings:
47,996
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
234
Ratings:
524
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
6.81%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 524
Reviews by Realale:
Photo of Realale
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I ate and drank in the bar. Lovely wood bar, with a really interesting wooden backbar. A few tables scattered about the bar. Quite packed relatively early on a Satuday afternoon. By about 12:30 people were waiting for tables. Very friendly mix of locals and not, and everyone seemed to be really into beer, which was very nice.

Standard Great Lakes offerings on tap, as well as three seasonals (Pumpkin, Holiday and Barrel-Aged Blackout on my visit). I had the Barrel-aged, and an Edmund Fitzgerald. Both were served surprisingly cold, and with pretty agressive carbonation. Surprised by that. Prices for the beer were very fair.

Food prices were definitely on the premium side, while the quality lagged some good bit behind. I had the chesse and beer soup, which was the highlight. Very nice flavors, not too heavy. Very well done. My veggie pizza ($11 for about an 8 or 9 inch pie) was okay. The veggies were a bit watery, and the crust kind of lifeless.

Service was outstanding. The bartender managed keep the packed bar and dining area in beer, without anyone having to wait, and still managed to fit in a nice chat about the beer, or the history of the building and brewery with several folks seemingly simultaneously. A real professional.

Overall a somewhat mixed experience for me. This was my first visit, and the brewery makes some of my favorite beers, so perhaps I had my expectations a bit high. I'll be back for sure though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fern22
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of bylerteck
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.79/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mullenic
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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 BT_Bobandy
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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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
3.96 out of 5 based on 47,996 ratings.
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