The brewpub concept has been a long-favored idea and is one that has been welcomed by beer-lovers around the world. What better thing to do than have a meal in the same building where fantastic, delicious beer is brewed? Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland offers just that and more. On a nice day the first thing you'll see upon arrival is a sea of patio tables and chairs just outside the entryway.
Once inside the historic buildings of the Great Lakes Brewery, a beautifully crafted and expansive tiger mahogany wooden bar in the Taproom makes an impression. There are mysterious bullet holes found here that some say are from the days of Elliot Ness! The back of the bar holds different spirits under adorned wooden arches while the center of the massive bar holds the key to it all, the appealing taps!
There is also spacious restaurant-style seating away from the bar area in an airy and mostly open-concept theme. This area encompasses a viewing window where some of the smaller brew tanks can be seen. Thick, wooden support beams and rustic stonework give the brewpub a relaxed and casual feel. There is also an indoor/outdoor Beer Garden and two banquet areas that are perfect for special events at the Great Lakes Brewing Company.
The history of the Great Lakes Brewing is interesting.
It's owned by two brothers who strove to offer the
most flavorful and fresh beer in the city. The Great Lakes
Brewery is situated in the heart of what was once Cleveland's
brewing industry. The Conway brothers established the
brewery in 1988 and it has done nothing but grow more
successful from that day forward. It is the first microbrewery
in Ohio and has won many awards for its savory ales and
Normally Great Lakes Brewing offers up to half a dozen
delicious brews grace the taps . The assortment of beer
is all thoughtfully named such as the Burning River Pale
Ale, Elliot Ness Amber Lager and Wolfhound Stout, an Irish
stout offering roasted barley flavors. There is a delectable
menu of foods offered by Great Lakes Brewing Company as
well including creative appetizers, home made-style soups,
fresh salads, burgers and sandwiches, innovative entrees,
Tuscan wood-fired pizzas and delicious desserts to enjoy.
A children's menu is also available at the Great
Lakes Brewing facility, which is child-friendly.
For those seeking a more intimate look into the art of finely crafted brews, Great Lakes Brewing tours are available and guests can see the beverages being produced in the Tank Farm. This area encompasses the gleaming, stainless fermentation barrels where the brews are fermented, aged and filtrated before they reach the bottling line. In addition to the assorted brews always available the Great Lakes Brewing Company also offers seasonal four and six packs for visitors to take away with them. The pub exclusives offer guests a chance to taste the microbrewery's award winning beverages such as the Barrel Select Pils, Anniversary Ale and the Ohio City Oatmeal Stout for those who prefer a stronger, more unique flavor.
When in Ohio, take the time out
to visit the famous brewery for lunch, dinner or just
an afternoon pint. Upon deciding when to go take note
that lunch time can be really busy so be sure to arrive
early. The Great Lakes Brewing Company is open Monday
through Thursday from 11:30am to midnight, Friday and
Saturday from 11:30am to 1:00am and closed on Sundays.
in Cleveland take the time out to enjoy some time
in the great outdoor courtyard and sip on a cold brew
on a warm afternoon.