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Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland

#7 of 50 in Breweries & Distilleries in Ohio
Brewery · Hidden Gem · Food & Drink
Great Lakes Brewing Company is a brewery and brewpub in Cleveland, Ohio. The first brewpub and microbrewery in the state, Great Lakes Brewing has been noted as important to Cleveland's local identity and as one of the initial forces behind the revival of the Ohio City neighborhood on the near West Side. In 2015, it was the 21st-largest craft brewery by volume and the 28th-largest overall brewery in the United States.

The company was established in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, both St. Edward High School graduates, in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood, located near St. Ignatius High School and the West Side Market. The brewpub and restaurant remain in their original locations, while production has expanded to adjacent properties.

The present site allows visitors to enjoy a glass of beer in the original brewpub which features a Tiger Mahogany bar from the 1860s, a Beer Cellar and the Rockefeller Room, named after Standard Oil founder and Clevelander John D. Rockefeller, who was thought to have worked in the building. There is a gift shop selling beer, along with apparel and barware. Tours are available on the weekends. Since its inception, Great Lakes has also served as an incubator for Northeast Ohio brewers, with brewmasters at nearby Market Garden and Goldhorn Brewery in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood both being alumni of Great Lakes.
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  • Excellent service outside and great social distancing. There were 8 of us and most had some beer flights. The Pinot Grigio was unavailable. The Ohio City salad was quite good as were the chicken...  more »
  • I wish I could remember our tour guides name bc he was awesome! Very good tour and samples. We've done a gob of distillery tours, but this was my first brewery and it was really good. Definitely...  more »
  • In a city rich with great breweries and pubs, Great Lakes is arguably my favorite of the bunch! Great food and even better beer! The atmosphere is awesome thanks to the history of the building and architecture of the building. Definitely recommend the beer tour as well! Great history and beer samples! A must see location if visiting or living in Cleveland!
  • Great place to go for all occasions! If you are going with a group I would definitely make reservations in advanced because the wait can be a bit long! I went recently for brunch, we sat outside & it was perfect! At times it was difficult to get the waitresses attention, but other than that the food was great! A friend of mine had never had pierogis so Great Lakes was her first taste! Good food & good beer, always

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