Itís worth visiting Great Lakesí Brewpub for the beer alone--not only do they have some of their well-known beers on tap, but you can also get some beers here that are not usually available elsewhere. However--the beer is not the only reason to come here--the food is quite good. Iíve eaten there several times and Iíve been consistently impressed with the food.
Really nice place. Showed up with my family and some brothers for the 2:00 p.m. tour and we got our own private tour. Extremely knowledgable tour guide and a great personality. Brewing facility was beautiful. Very clean and very impressive - I had no idea that their production was at 50,000 barrels a year. Also had a nice exhibit for several of their annual beers that showed the proportion of different hops and malts used to concoct them. After the free tour, we went to the basement of the brewpub, where we got some yummy appetizers and I got the sampler for $6.50, containing 9 8-oz. samples! Thanks for the recommendation, Drew!
The only thing better than a good brewpub is a good brewpub with good food.I had the opportunity to have dinner here one night and I really was impressed. A great classic brewpub atmosphere with decent beer and sevice. I love the smell of a brewery and when combined with the smell of good food itís like heaven. I canít wait for the next time Iím in the area.
Yeah the food was a little pricey, but it was very good. I got the draught sampler of whatever happened to be on at the moment and it was a great way to get an idea of what they offer. I would go back without hesitating - and I have to check out the cellar still!
after 3 too many visits, iíve given up. ambiance is to " snooty" for my liking. too many turtle-necks and pdaís. food was a step above a franchise menu taste was maybe as good. prices where above reasonable. except for out-of-towners, no need to return
GLBC is located right over the bridge from downtown. Parking isnít 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 Conwayís 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 Conwayís. 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 wifeís 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.
GLBC is key of you are in Cleveland looking for a proper beer digs...I love this place...its in a great part of the city too, Ohio City is purely historic in all respects. I love the English Pub feel of the bar. Very Unique and clean in the bar as well. I believe the Non Smoking rule actually makes the place much much enjoyable for someone looking to enjoy food and beer. The beers on tap are bursting with freshness. I was hoping that they would be a tad bit cheaper at the brewery considering its their own beer but at least you can sample tham all on tap which you cant say about anywhere else in the area.
kujo9 (32) North Ridgeville, Ohio | December 22, 2004
Very good place to have a couple of pints and a bite to eat if price is not your worry. Itís not the most expensive brewpub in Cleveland, but itís probably 2nd only to the Chophouse. However, I think GLBC beers are superior to the Chophouse. The menu is sort of eclectic with various burgers, meat dishes, fish, a couple vegetarian, etc. and Iíve eaten there numerous times and have yet to have a bad meal or bad service. Beer selections rotate with a few seasonals and they have a few that they have on tap that are not available in bottles. Not the place to go for a limited budget, but it wonít completely break the bank with a dinner for 2. Full bar service with liquor and wines, but no macro crap! A little noisy due to close quarters with the tables, and usually a fair amount of people in the place. Early mid century decor with dark wood floors, a beautiful brass railed bar, and a knowledgeable friendly staff. Tours of the brewery on the hour, but not very informative for the home brewers. Very general info, but free samples at the end...Very nice!!!
crizay (128) Brook Park , Ohio | November 9, 2004| Updated July 6, 2008
Right across the street from the West Side Market this place is nice, brick building with wood decor everywhere. One side is the bar area the other is seating and the downstairs is where I always go very small but cool old brick walls a couple plasma tvís just a great feel. The food is pricey but well worth it and everything is made with beer. The beer is awesome all the regulars always available but they always have pub exclusives on. Also outside seating near the street and a soon to open side area completely renovated and a few first ever crazy things going to conserve energy.
I enjoyed my visit to GLB.. The menu was not extensive, but the food that I ordered was very good. The space is a little cramped, but it has an old pub feel that is cozy. All of the regular GLB brews are available along with some of the specialty GLB brews. They could improve the parking situation, but overall it is a nice place to visit.