Great Lakes Brewing Company

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (807) Columbus, Ohio | March 21, 2005
GLBC is located right over the bridge from downtown. Parking isn’t too hard to find between the pay lots and street.

Inside, the Beer Cellar is downstairs and is the ideal place to kill time waiting on a table. The ground floor and upstairs are devoted to dining. Breweriana adorns the walls, and the atmosphere is cozy.

But the beer is the attraction here. Even though I have had all of the beers except for Wolfhound Stout, there is that intangible benefit to drinking them on-site out of GLBC glasses. The Eliot Ness and Conway’s were both good too.

The service here is great. The staff are efficient and really know the beer. Our waiter knew my wife was drinking a Ness that she brought from the Cellar. Big deal, right? Well to me the Ness looks a heck of a lot like Conway’s. Maybe a lucky guess, but we were impressed nonetheless.

The nicest surprise of the evening was definitely the food. The walleye bites were good, and so was my bratwurst. As for my wife’s plate, sweet-potato ravioli: Absolutely out of this world. The food is pricey but worthwhile, and they do have some cheaper options for the budget-minded. The menu details where the local/regional ingredients come from and there is a beer recommendation for each dish.

All in all this place is the first place any beer lover should stop on a trip to Cleveland.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK  (773) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | August 3, 2011
Located in an up and coming neighborhood in Cleveland that lack a lot of good parking options. $5 for parking I don’t think so. I settled in the bar area which has this beautiful old wooden bar but also massive mirrors that could use a good wash. They have 10 things on tap. The beers are fairly good on average. I’d like to reccommend this place more except it just feels a bit corporate. I can’t see people hanging out here as there local. I’m guessing most of the people here tonight won’t come back again.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 2, 2010
A major classic, so I came with great expectations and I’m a sold in advance fan of their regular lineup. So we get there with a smile on our face and a lack of coordination from the waiter has us waiting without anyone coming to see us for 15 minutes or so. Okay, no big deal, we’re on vacations and on a sunny terrace. The service keeps being random and inconsistent throughout. Too bad. The place seems very large. We stuck on the comfortable, shady terrace, but inside, it appears to be comfortable yet very popular and active despite the fact that half of the sections were closed. They had mostly their regular lineup on, excepting a bitter and their oktoberfest. Both were good beers, but a fair bit under Great Lakes’ average. I was pretty disappointed that none of the pilsner was left when it was on the menu. As far as the food goes, my fish and couscous were good, though the size was surprisingly small for a brewpub, especially considering the relatively high price tag. All in all, I’m glad I visited as I love the brewery, but I’ll stick to their bottles in the future.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
Sammy  (625) Toronto, Ontario | January 15, 2008
One of the most frequently rated places in the world. Good hours, during the week. The downtown location gets mixed reviews as a desireable tourist location. I was disapointed in that only the regulars were available, not a single seasonal available or on the horizon. The regular lineup is great on tap. People are happy to work here, it has atmosphere, and is an above average bar asthetically pleasing. Gift shop nearby. Parking $5.00, no way around it.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BVery  (573) Plymouth, Minnesota | July 11, 2011| Updated March 2, 2012
Fun brew pub. Cool atmosphere, not a huge tap selection but 8 or so of Great Lakes’ brews on tap, and I was able to have a barrel-aged version of one that I hadn’t otherwise seen in stores. Food was solid.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee  (529) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 26, 2010
Big brewpub in a pretty classic old building. There appears to be a whole bunch of different sections in the facility, but unfortunately, they were all closed when we were there. The food was pretty solid and the staff were friendly, even when we made them move us to accommodate some more friends we ran into. The tap list when we were in consisted mostly of their regular lineup (only the Oktoberfest and a Bitter were not a regular). Pretty pricey for Cleveland though.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Tmoney99  (525) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 18, 2005
Great location in the market district. Did not get to do tour, but lucky to go downstairs and meet the brewmaster, Luke. The pub downstairs and the location in total is a great brewpub location. The selection and the sampler set is very good of GLB brews. Luke set with me and discussed the brews and was pleased to discuss Ratebeer with me and discuss with other patrons at the bar. Great brews and food in a very good location. Well worth the trip.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu  (478) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 3, 2009
Came to Great Lakes after an Indians game, and I loved the place. I appreciate eating and drinking in a brewpub in an old building like this, especially given the dearth of places like this in Cincinnati. Great Lakes has a solid line of beers that are easy to find all over Ohio and the northern Midwest, and I was happy to get a chance to try some in their home.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs  (436) Toronto, Ontario | July 2, 2007
Atmosphere was amazing, I loved the old wooden tap room, although it was a touch dark. Service was friendly and swift despite being very busy. 3 of 4 ordered the pulled pork and were suitably impressed. It was damn good. The fourth was disappointed with the catfish sandwich/burger. Beer is all solid, but none really knocked my socks off like I had hoped, and almost all were a bit under carbonated. Still, I would say this is a mandatory visit if you are in the neighbourhood. Food was excellent, and the beer was nice.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder  (433) Tallahassee, Florida | July 28, 2008
Visited here in late July ’08 - had dinner. Great atmosphere - jam packed with happy people enjoying good beer - in the bar - outside, in the restaurant, or downstairs in the pub area. Had about 8 on tap - wish they would have had something special that you could not find in other restaurants and bars - but no such luck. Excellent food - had the Walleye - tasty. A must visit if in the Cleveland area.

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