Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
82.8%
Liked Their Beers
3.91 w/ 48,866 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:
15,009
Ratings:
48,866
Liked:
40,469
Average:
3.91/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
94%
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
535
Liked:
503
Avg:
4.35/5
pDev:
10.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 535 |  Reviews: 237
Reviews by brewcrew76:
Photo of brewcrew76
4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I was at Great Lakes for their Oktoberfest party. I walked in with 10 people and a 2 hour wait for a table. The hostess was accommodating and luckily 8 seats opened at the bar so we just camped out there.

The place was packed and a nice German band was playing out on the patio. I would have liked to have been there when it wasn't so crowded but it was still a great time. The bartenders were excellent and stopped to answer every question I had even though they were extremely busy.

You can tell this is definitely an old building (1898 if I remember correctly). I heard some interesting stories on the tour about Great Lakes and all the buildings on the block and I am sure I would have heard more from the bartenders if we had time to chat.

I made it just in time for the 8 o'clock tour (last of the day) and was lucky enough to be the only on that showed up. It was great getting what basically was a private tour of the brewery. I really enjoyed the samples of Edmund and Christmas from the fermentors. Overall a very nice tour with a ton of brewing info and Great Lakes historical info packed into an hour. The tour is highly recommended.

The selection contained GL's mainstays (Elliot Ness, Burning River, Dortmunder, Edmund & Holy Moses) along with Nosferatu, Lake Erie Monster & Oktoberfest. I would have preferred a few more seasonals/specials on tap but I still had my hands full with the Nosferatu and Monster.

The food seemed slightly pricey for bar food but I think they had a few more upscale (as far as bar food goes) items on the menu so it might have been in line with what you get. I had the burger and it was delicious. The beer was cheap enough to balance out the food and make GL very reasonable. The growlers were exspensive though as others have mentioned in reviews.

Overall, Great Lakes was one of the best brewpubs I have been to and is a must visit for anyone on the area. I even met Luke the brewer and he invited us to a tailgate party for the Badger game the next day. Don't forget to stop at the gift shop (you kind of have to search for it as I didn't think it was the easiest to find).

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More User Reviews:
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 dmorgan310
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

Photo of LaGuarns
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
Brewery rating: 82.8% out of 100 with 48,866 ratings
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