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:
107
Ratings:
48,368
Reviews:
14,857
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
529
Reviews:
234
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
6.57%
 
 
Taps:
10
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 234
Reviews by malty:
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4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited 10/30/05

I've been visiting GLBC every autumn for the last three years, it's about time I give them their props. Last visited 10/29/05.

The atmosphere is damn cool. Real wood (mahogany?) original bar from 1901. The bartender let me walk behind the bar (after closing) and showed me 2 bullet holes from way back when. Tin pressed ceiling tiles, real wood paneled walls (going half-way up) with real cool old fashioned looking wallpaper to even it all out. Dark & cozy with a beautiful frontage from Market Street. I could go on and on, definitely the real McCoy of an old style, old world pub. The dining area is very much the same style as the pub of which I'm speaking. The gift shop has this very old real wood compartmental refrigerator where each 24" x 24" door showcases it's own separate beer - very nice. The poster selection was very cool, one for each beer label. Shirts, glass pitchers, glasses galore, yada, yada, yada.

Quality is top notch. Fresh, consistent and flavorful - doesn't get any better.

Selection is good. Nosferatu, Christmas Ale and Cleveland Brown Ale were the pubs showcase beers that night along with their original 6 (check their website). I was bummed they didn't have their Pumpkin Ale on tap, it had been brewed but not available for another week. We were informed they just ran out of their Rackhouse Ale (aged in bourbon barrels) - bummer.

Food is off-the-hook. A sausage sampler platter to die for. Bread pudding was the best I've ever had. Fish & Chips were stellar. Edmund Fitzgerald Chocolate Chunk ice cream paired with a fresh pint of the same, heaven. Spectacular in every sense.

Good value, but maybe I'm biased because I drive 8 hrs. round trip just to belly-up, stay in an affordable hotel and take off back to Michigan the next morning. Worth every cent.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of midlifec
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dean2017
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

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

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
3.96 out of 5 based on 48,368 ratings.
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