Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.Great Lakes Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
49,714 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:
119
Reviews:
15,113
Ratings:
49,714
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.35/5
Reviews:
241
Ratings:
551
pDev:
10.11%
 
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Ratings: 551 |  Reviews: 241
Photo of osickeym
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of Determined419
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of Erockss
3.91/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of zekeman17
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Myself and 2 friends made the long ride from Philly to Cleveland after I won a contest from Mad Mex for an overnight stay along with a tour and dinner from Great Lakes.
Even on a busy Saturday night, we were seated quickly and our waitress was friendly and efficient. This was not biased by any special treatment as all I had was a gift card to use for dinner. We all got samplers of beers we hadn't tried after the tour. Everybody enjoyed their meal as well. Everyone I dealt at Great Lakes with prior to our trip was also super nice and accommodating. It's a long way to go, but if I find myself with a reason to be in Cleveland agian, I wouldn't hesitate to go here again.

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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

Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH
Brewery rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 49,714 ratings