Discover Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Founded in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (GLBC) is Ohio’s original craft brewery. Independent for over 30 years and employee owned since 2018, we are proud to serve 14 states and Washington D.C. with an award-winning and beloved selection of fresh, flavorful, and innovative craft beers. From year-round favorites like Dortmunder Gold Lager and Hazecraft IPA to seasonal classics like Christmas Ale and Oktoberfest, to our innovative limited releases and pub exclusive offerings, we hope you’ll crack one open with us soon, because we remain committed to the craft.
Our History
Pat and Dan Conway at Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s brewpub opening day
Brothers Pat and Dan Conway open the GLBC brewpub in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood
Great Lakes Brewing Co. The Heisman
Dortmunder Gold Lager wins GLBC its first Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival
The former Fries & Schuele Dept. Store becomes the site of GLBC’s new 30 bbl. brewhouse, allowing for regional distribution
GLBC opens its current 75 bbl. production brewery in the former Leonard Schlather Brewing Co.’s stables and grain storage
Burning River Fest Action shot
GLBC’s beer and music festival Burning River Fest debuts, raising awareness and funds for clean water initiatives
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Employees
GLBC staff participate in the company’s first annual employee summit
A 2 bbl. Pilot System is installed, allowing for even more innovation, creativity, and research
GLBC co-workers become employee owners, thanks to the establishment of an Employee Stock Ownership Plan
Hazecraft Cans Coming Off the Line
GLBC introduces a new canning line and warehouse facility, bringing iconic and exciting new brands to cans for the first time

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