Service and Atmosphere
The atmosphere at Great Lakes Brewing Company is very cozy, and a bit old world pub-like with it’s rustic charm, wooden fixtures, and brewing equipment scattered about. There are many nooks and crannies throughout the restaurant, including a main level bar and dining area, a basement brewpub, an outdoor patio, and an enclosed indoor patioâ€“each unique in its own right and worth checking exploring.
During our latest visit to Great Lakes Brewing Company, our server was professional, but certainly not overly friendly or too chatty. Seemingly knowledgeable about both the dinner and beer menus, she made a couple of recommendations about each and was able to educate us on a couple of the food items we had questions about. While the restaurant was busy, our food was delivered quickly and our server checked on us several times during the evening.
Great Lakes Brewing Company, Ohio’s first craft brewery, began in 1988 with brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway. Since their first beer, The Heisman (later named Dortmunder Gold), the local company has used their sustainable beer-making practices to crank out a rather impressive selection of tasty brews.
There are a handful of staple beers that Great Lakes Brewing Company produces year-round, including Dortmunder Gold, Commodore Perry, Edmund Fitzgerald, Burning River, and Elliot Ness.
Dortmunder Gold is a smooth, crisp lager that’s noticeably well-balanced. This award winning favorite is Great Lakes Brewing Company’s first beer, and their biggest seller.
Commodore Perry is an India pale ale with plenty of hop power: Cascade hops give it a citrus and pine flavor, yet it’s very smooth and has a soft finish.
Edmund Fitzgerald is a complex porter that’s dry and roasty, with a delicious chocolate and coffee taste.
Elliot Ness is an amber lager with fragrant malts and a light, hoppy sweet finish.
Burning River is a citrusy American pale ale that’s hopped with Cascade hops; it’s noticeably well-balanced in bitterness from beginning to end.
Great Lakes Brewing Company also has a revolving list of seasonal offerings, including Christmast Ale, Conway’s Irish Ale, Oktoberfest, Blackout Stout, among many others. View the full list of seasonal beers here.
I opted for the pulled pork sandwich ($11), a tender mound of shredded meat slathered in a house made Edmund Fitzgerald Porter barbecue sauce. The pulled pork was perfectly cooked and the barbecue sauce was the perfect balance of tangy and sweet. The sandwich came with a side of fries which were both crispy and well seasoned.
Great Lakes Brewing Company features a variety of pub fare, including an array of pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Menu favorites include the fish and chips ($13), pretzel chicken ($12), and their signature black and blue burger ($11).
Great Lakes Brewing Company is a place every beer lover should visit at least once. The food is very typical pub fare, but pared with a delicious beer sampler, you’re sure to go home happy!
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