Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.89/5
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49,244 Ratings
Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States

(216) 771-4404 | map
greatlakesbrewing.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
110
Reviews:
15,087
Ratings:
49,244
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
236
Ratings:
535
pDev:
10.11%
 
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Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I was really looking forward to visiting The Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. Having tasted several of their beers on tap in the Cleveland area I knew their beers to be of a high quality, though a few of them were not to my liking. Their Dortmunder Gold is one of my favorite beers.
So it was this in mind that I took my wife there on a last Friday night. The neighborhood is not the best. A lot of low income people in the surrounding area, pay parking for 5 dollars, the place has NO PARKING for the restaurant! It is nearly across the street from the West Side Market, a land mark and a destination for many in Cleveland. The building is a very old building, converted from a warehouse I believe with a lot of charm. The thing is, it is dark a dirty in there. I was dissapointed with that. The wooden tables and benches seemed dirty to me too. There is a dining area, an upstairs bar and a cavern like downstairs bar. All of this is great but again, it is dirty, damp and dark all throughout.
I was not impressed with the food. I had a pretzel chicken. We had some pretzels as appetizers with some strange dip sauce which just confused us. There were two types of mustard also given with the pretzels and each of them were better than the "special dip."
I did appreciate the sample rules. You can have any of their 10 beers for one dollar each in a ~6 oz. glass. I liked that policy. I got all 10 of them.
Maybe I had built up the Great Lakes Brewing Company up in my mind so much because their product (the beer!) is so good. But really it was less comfortable than I had hoped. Sorry.

Update 1 2 09: I had returned to GLBC with friends and due to its proximity to McNalty's Bier Markt and found that their food is excellent. Of particular note was a simply GREAT brocolli soup that I had one of those nights. I had the sausage and prierogi dish and it was excellent too. I am updgrading my food rating from 2.5 to 3.5.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LoganMc
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Kmorgan310
3.03/5  rDev -30.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

This beer has a strong bitter after taste

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of TimInPA
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of camiconnell
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mkyer
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of midlifec
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dean2017
4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love the atmosphere and of course the beers.

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Photo of NMA
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of fern22
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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 -25.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -12.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mullenic
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of nater919
3.96/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
2.84/5  rDev -34.7%
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 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of PeteyPints
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of timmy2b
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
Brewery rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 49,244 ratings
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