Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
49,851 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:
121
Reviews:
15,262
Ratings:
49,851
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
546
pDev:
10.34%
 
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Ratings: 546 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of Doublicious
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of RebornStussy
4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of chiefbender
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Brian29
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I love the downstairs "dungeon" style set-up, lots of brick and wood. Solid beers available, but not much beyond their year round offerings, wish they had a little more. I didn't have any food so unfortunately can't rate anything there.

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Photo of erk0607
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Almost always busy, but they have a unique selection of foods on their menu and have a few brews that are only available on tap at the bars (one in the basement, main level, and top level). Staff is friendly and willing to let you try samples if you ask politely and they're not swamped. Parking can be hit or miss but it's not too bad, and is nice that it's located across from the West Side Market so you can wander around after your meal and check out all the fruit, bakery and meats (some of which is used at the GLBC restaurant).

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Despite its age, or maybe because of it, this is still a destination in the craft beer world--one of the originals on the continent. Even though the crowd is almost always unbearable at first, I've found it's usually worth it. It's a unique and jovial atmosphere, with a really nostalgic, old school bar downstairs and a relatively open-plan restaurant upstairs.

Service is surprisingly prompt for how crazy it can get in there, with a good amount of knowledge on both the food and beer. I've been with a party of 15-20 folks and food came out all at once and rather swiftly despite ordering so many different dishes.

The draft list isn't all that big for the number of brews they produce, but it's all still that classic sleeper quality that many people overlook today in search of the next hazy IPA or big, flavor-added stout. They are even working to add to their lineup as of late, with a little more freedom given to the brewers to keep things fresh (and keep the brewers happy).

Food is classic Cleveland, all freshly made, and tasty at that. The pierogies and kraut won me over--some of the most scrumptious in the city--but there are plenty of other good dishes. Don't expect hip or trendy brewpub food, but it's actually not all that far off either.

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Photo of orangesol
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of needMIbeer
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Angerhaus
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of torwart68
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JMcBride415
4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of DrJGR629
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of fallis10
4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Raime
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of brewohio1
2.43/5  rDev -44.1%
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 searsclone
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gregf51
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of schroeder1200
3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the old guard, especially in the mid-west. Crowded and crazy on a Saturday afternoon, I was lucky enough to grab a seat on the patio. If you are looking for food, you're probably going to have to wait for it. The upstairs and downstairs bars are very cool. On my visit, they have most of the easy to find beers on tap, and that was fine. The best part about Great Lakes is the fact that most of their really highly rated beers are so easy to get your hands on. They have a cool gift shop and the whole area around the brewery is nice. Once Lebron leaves town again, it's about the only reason I can think of to visit Cleveland. Just kidding. Kinda.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
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 zimm421
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
Brewery rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 49,851 ratings