Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2516 Market Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio, 44113
United States

(216) 771-4404 | map

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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 523
Photo of brewohio1
2.43/5  rDev -43%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

15 years ago I loved their beers but they have really gone downhill. The beers are shells of their former selves. Especially Edmund fitzgerald and Christmas ale. Not sure if they have changed recipes or brewmasters. I got the strip steak and it came with POWDERED mash potatoes. Big letdown.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Vibe:My folks and I were in town for the night as we were on our way to the Football HOF induction ceremony. The place was packed on a Friday afternoon. Outdoor patio seating looked cool. Up stairs and downstairs bars looked a bit cramped. We ended up at a table downstairs as it was the only room really available. The people seemed pretty cool and there were a few other out-of-towners.

Quality: The beers were really nice. Only had a couple duds that fell flat to me. We were lucky that they still had some of the Christmas Ale left over from the Christmas in July thingy they did. The Oktoberfest, Lake Erie Monster, and the Clevelander Weisse really stood out to me, with the last two really making a strong case for my favorites.

Service: was prompt and friendly. Pretty dang extraordinary for how packed it was in there.

Selection: I was pretty psyched for all 11 different beers they had on tap. They had a beer for everybody. Some safe picks like the Dortmunder and Eliot Ness Amber and some more challenging beers like the Clevelander Weisse and the Moondog ESB.

Food was pretty kick ass. Had a perfectly cooked burger and the grilled cheese is to die for. Though, my father is doing this whole pseudo-vegetarian thing to keep his gout at bay and the beet salad didn't do it for him.

I really enjoyed myself here and love that you can get a 5 oz sampler of all 11 beers for like $16. If I hadn't just gone from a mile up in elevation to about 650 above sea level I might have gotten a little drunk even. I will definitely return next time I am in Cleveland.

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Photo of Osulou92
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Absolutely wonderful brewpub. Quick service, amazing building, cool gift shop. My only complaint is the lack of unique in house beers. The only pub exclusive beer they had on tap was the Ales for ALS brew. Great experience other than that.

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Photo of Suds
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

I ate here with my family when we stopped overnight in Cleveland while on a road trip. The restaurant is located on a picturesque little street, with a public pay parking lot adjacent to the brewery. Both indoor and outdoor seating, the ambiance is eclectic, with a well worn and dark interior and an outdoor area that is modern and interesting. The food is excellent, local, and creative. The beer is well made, fresh, and from a decent selection. Great service and a nice crowd. Worth a visit.

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Photo of TequilaTom
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went on 5/16 as part of a brewery trip given to me my my wonderful wife!
Could have stayed here all day. Food was good, beer was better! Chill wave on tap there was so fresh I thought I was in heaven! Planning on going back in the fall. The tour was ok too. Nice gift shop and friendly staff. Can't wait to go again!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has old school Cleveland written all over it. A 2 story pub with multiple bars and lots of seating. The walls are graced with beer memorabilia from the past as well as GLBC itself. A huge wall of spent bourbon barrels cut in halves for decoration give a great look up stairs. The food is exceptional with every thing being made in house. Whether it be the Edmund Fitzgerald sauce, or Ohio grown beef it was just great. I had their signature bread pudding for dessert and it was out of this world. The beer selection is mainly their 5 year rounds, 2 seasonals, and 4 pub only beers which unfortunately they were sold out of 2 of the 4 pub exclusives. I did get to try the Abbey Ave dubbel which I downed about 3. I sampled the bird dog and had an Edmund Fitzgerald with my meal. The staff were friendly and fairly knowledgeable about their ales and lagers. The fantastic brewery gives free tours all day long, and it's stationed directly across the street. The gift store sits directly inside the pub with shirts, hats, glassware, etc, and 4 coolers of glbc bottled beer to take home. This would be an awesome daily stop on your way home from a long day of work if you lived in down town cleveland. Terrific brewery and just an great place to take your family.

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Photo of Brewstradamus
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Really cool old-style pub feel to the place. Great beer but limited to just Great Lakes stuff- which is fine. 3 taps were exclusive to the place and a 4th was a limited release seasonal. The food was friggin sweet.

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Photo of clh323
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Went here on a "cabin fever" Saturday in March when the weather had broke and everyone was out and about in the Ohio City section of Cleveland. The restaurant was too crowded to eat. We by-passed the main bar area and found the grotto bar downstairs. We were able to get a seat while ordering our second beer. This section of Cleveland is a great place to spend a couple of hours, especially the days the Westside Market is open. Along with the Great Lakes pub there are many other interesting joints around.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is one of the big spots both for locals and tourists interested in beer, and rightly so. Located in the 25th street near West Side area, it's somewhat safe, and there is always plenty on tap. I never thought much of the food, but I really want beer at a great brewery, so it's acceptable.

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Photo of MANix73
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Haven't toured the brewery, but the gift shop & restaurant are great. Always busy, but go see the hostess first. You give them your number, go shop the store & they TXT you when your table is ready. You can fill growler or buy 6 packs to go. They usually have a couple beers on tap that you can only get at the brewery. A must stop for beer lovers!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
5/5  rDev +17.4%

This is a mandatory stop for me any time I am anywhere near Cleveland. Not only do they always have a fantastic lineup on tap, but the food is just as good (they have a lamb shepherd's pie made with their Edmund Fitzgerald porter - mother of god!!!), and the brewery itself is a fun tour!

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Photo of francus
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Great service and great beers. And the bar has lots of atmosphere. You can spend a lot of time here relaxing. For an all around place, this is my favorite in Cleveland.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

This place is a lot of fun- Great Lakes' beers are always good, sometimes great and the food is really tasty. If you go in the summer, sitting outside is a must.

Beer I would recommend- Dortmunder, Oktoberfest when it's out, blackout stout when it's out, Edmund Fitzgerald, burning river. Hopheads, this is not really your kind of place but go ahead and try Lake Erie monster or nosferatu when in season or branch out and try some of their awesome German style beers.

In terms of food- the old world burger, chicken sandwich on a pretzel roll, or pretzel encrusted chicken with garlic mashes potatoes and pale ale mustard. Seriously the stuff with pretzels is awesome.

Service is fine- never have had bad service and have had good service most of the time. Could be more attentive but hey it's a brewpub. Definitely a place to check out if you're in Cleveland.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

This rating is mainly due to the great beers they make. All of them are very good and a couple are really excellent. The food was only ok i thought. The service was a little shy of ok. Not really bad but definitely not good. This would be higher if the food and service at this place were nearly as good as the beer.

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Photo of EMB1960
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place for lunch and to come and see one of the better brewers in Cleveland. Food was very good and decent portions. Beer selection is obviously Great Lakes and they had a very good selection available. Service was very quick and attentive. Good area, but limited parking.

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Photo of kjb32812
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

I have been to Great Lakes Brewing Co. for dinner and solely for dinner and neither disappoint. The bar is small and neighborhood like which is a plus. They also have tons of fresh Great Lakes beers on tap. The bartenders have always been very good and offer their opinion when you ask it. If not, they just pour what you ask for. On the food side, I took my FIL here for dinner along with my 2 y.o. son and we had a good meal in the restaurant part away from the bar. Can't go wrong whether dining, drinking or both. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

My wife took me here for my birthday on January 27th, 2014 in what amounts to my first visit to a craft brewery,

The brewpub itself is quaint and cozy. Our server was very knowledgeable on not just GLBC's beers but in beer in general. He was quite friendly and we hit it off like two old friends discussing beer.

I ordered a Brewhouse Burger on a pretzel bun with fries. The burger was ok, nothing remarkable and my wife dinner (Pretzel Chicken) she liked but nothing outstanding.

But let's face it, I didn't come here to eat, I wanted to sample some beers not available in stores.

I had a Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout which was outstanding. I gave it a rating of 5 out of 5.

Also had Ohio City Farmhouse Saison which was good. And the third on I don't remember the name but was also a solid beer (I've never had a bad GLBC beer and I've had about 17 different varieties.

Overall a great place to try some new brews and munch on some food while at it.

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Great City, friendly people, excellent beer, good food. What's not to like? The main bar is conducive to a quality drinking experience and the downstairs cellar is inviting. The outdoor patio on the street level is tree-lined & reminiscent of a European City. Go.

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Photo of coldy
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

I have been to the brewpub at least a dozen times. The beers are absolutely world class, and they usually have something special avalable. The atmosphere is a nice mix of old style bar, lots of wood, and some brewing equipment to add to the ambience.

The food has always been good, especially their pretzel appetizer with dips...phenomenal! Pretty much all you need to have with your beers.

The service has always been lackluster. Many times they are out of certain items, and the servers seem unapologetic and not very eager to offer suggestions. The service is not bad, but I expect good service when spending this kind of money. The place is by no means expensive, but it sure is not cheap.

Overall, this is a must visit for any beer fan that has the opportunity. The gift shop is a nice touch as well, and they usually have great deals on beer and glassware.

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Photo of SpartyJoe
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

GLBC! So happy that I live near this place. I love their beers and the pub exclusives are always top-notch. They put out some experimental beers in their pub; there are generally 2-3 available at all times. They host some cool events throughout the year - movie nights, beer releases, beer school, etc. Service is good, food is above-average.

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Photo of RyanCLE
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is a Cleveland landmark. Great atmosphere, an incredible ever-changing selection of world-class beers. Great Lakes is a perfect ambassador of the Cleveland beer culture, and their world-wide praise proves it. I have been here dozens of times, and it never gets old.

Want atmosphere? This building is well over a century old and has a history in the family that runs the brewery. The tour of their brewery (around the corner) is fantastic and recommended for anyone who has the time. Highly environmentally conscious and local-focused.

Every beer-loving Clevelander is proud to have this incredible brewery in our back yard -- the eclectic Ohio City district. This is a brewery with universal respect, and for good reason. From their flagship Dortmunder Gold, to their unmatchable Burning River Pale Ale, to their practically-impossible-to-find-outside-of-Cleveland Christmas Ale, to their unique one-offs, any beer you try is a guaranteed hit.

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Photo of giocatore4
4.9/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is the cornerstone of the Cleveland beer world. Constantly rotating taps in the brewpub to keep things innovative and fresh. Great Lakes legitimately cares about Cleveland, beer, and even the environment. On weekends, free tours run every hour on the hour. Multiple special events on a weekly basis; even a clean air bus that shuttles patrons to and from Cleveland sporting events. The food is quite good and the beer is world class.

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Photo of guityler83
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

A: The location was very cool, an old building with a really interesting bar, very old wood work. I would have liked to explore a bit more to see the brewing side of things and the other floors, but we were sat next to the original brewing equipment and a scale which was entertaining.

Q: Quality of everything was above average, proper glassware for the beers were given. No problems with ordering. solid.

S: There was about an hour and a half wait on a Saturday evening (kind of expected it would be busy) so after putting our name on the list and awaiting a call we checked out the gift shop and bought a few things (a sweet English style pint glass and a tulip). With 30 mins left we grabbed our first beer at the bar, only a short wait and with my AHA membership they they bought my first pint! Finally after the beers were gone our table was ready. The waitress was friendly and helpful, but a tad slow (not her fault just a busy night) In all the service we received was above average.

S/F: The selection of beers was solid, I got a German Alt (the cellar dweller), a Cali Common (Gold Rush) and the Dortmunder Gold, while the lady had an Elliot Ness and a Nosferatu (all fresh as expected). The food selection was mixed with traditional pub fare (Burgers, sandwiches, pizza) but also had a few interesting entries that I'd go back for (ribs, fish fry, etc). I ended up going with an amazing Old Word Burger with their homemade BBQ sauce and haystack fries on top and a pretzel bun (Stellar, but hard to eat it was so large)

V: Counting the free beer I got with my AHA We didn't spend more than $50 which is an awesome deal

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Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

My buddy and I stopped in for a beer or two and a bite to eat on a nice summer nite during a one day stop over. Nice out door seating area, large bars inside on the main floor and in a darker bar area down stairs. Had a few apps, which were neither great nor horrible. Enjoyed a few pints which were real tasty. Most memorable was the mango/jalapeno IPA(or some other fruit/chili concoction) which was real tasty.

I wasnt blown away but this place was a worthy and quite pleasant spot for beers and food in a neighborhood seemingly filled with quality BA craft beer type spots...

around the corner and down the block - "Nano" was also worth checking out....

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Photo of qcbrewer
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've been here many, many times, and each time is an absolute complete joy. The fact that the location has so much history behind it (not just since the brewery opened), and the original bar from the prohibition era is still being used is awesome. I have yet to ever sit out side on the street or in their newer side patio mainly because I love the downstairs cellar so much - one of my favorite places in the US.

Up until recently when GLBC started distributing more unique styles, there was always anticipation of what pub exclusive beers would be on draft. Now, we all have the pleasure of getting most of these in bars or bottles, even down in NC. Their selection will always have their "fleet" of beers, plus some great seasonal offerings.

Food is good (it won't knock your socks off though) and is sourced primarily through local farms, and they give their spent grains to help feed local livestock as well. Great gift shop with everything GLBC one would need.

Seriously, this is one of my favorite breweries to visit in the country - probably top 3 - and I encourage everyone to visit this landmark brewery like at some point in their beer drinking career.

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