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:
106
Reviews:
14,743
Ratings:
47,905
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 adamette:
Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 47,905 ratings.
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