Tours & Classes
PUBLIC TOUR

Welcome to Great Lakes - let our employee-owners show you around! Go behind the scenes of Ohio’s original craft brewery with a public brewery tour. Guests will grab their first taste of our award-winning beer in the Beer Symposium before venturing into the production facility for an up close and personal look at how that wonderful liquid is brewed, cellared, and packaged! Our knowledgeable (and super friendly) tour guides will guide you each step of the way with an in-depth look at our history, brewing processes, and more. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and include four 5 oz. beer samples and a souvenir pint glass to take home! Please contact glbcinfo@greatlakesbrewing.com with any questions.

Cost Duration Includes
$15 Per Person Approximately 60 minutes Four 5 oz. samples
Exclusive Tour Pint Glass
PRIVATE TOUR

We offer private brewery tours Monday through Thursday to better accommodate large groups that wish to have their own personal tour guide or varying schedules. Private tours start at $150 for a group of up to 10 guests and $10 for each additional guest, and include four 5 ounce beer samples per guest. Private tours can be booked through our tour department by calling 216.325.7846 or emailing glbcinfo@greatlakesbrewing.com. Private tours cannot be booked for Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays as we conduct our Public Brewery tours at that time. Private Tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

Cost Duration Includes
Starting at $150 for a group of 10
$10 For each additional guest
Approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour Four 5 oz. samples
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PRIVATE TOUR INFORMATION

Our brewery tour will lead you through more than just our production facility. Guests also journey through GLBC’s and Cleveland’s history and, of course, take each step with a beer in hand. Beginning in our Beer Symposium, guests grab their first sample from a selection of year-round, seasonal, and pub exclusive beers. A short video officially kicks off the tour before we venture across the street to the production brewery for more beer samples and a fun, in-depth exploration of the brewing process. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

  • Our tours start promptly at the agreed upon time. Please plan to arrive in the Beer Symposium (1951 West 26th Street, Suite 100) 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • If you are running late please contact the Beer Symposium at 216-325-7848 to speak with the tour guide. Groups arriving 15 minutes after the agreed upon time may be subject to a condensed tour. Groups arriving 30 minutes late will receive a reduced tour and samples decided by the tour guide. No-shows, 30 minutes with no contact, will not be given a tour and will be charged the full amount of the tour. Tours are non-refundable.
  • To receive beer samples, everyone must bring a valid photo ID showing they are of legal drinking age. Four (4) beer sample tickets are given per valid ID; no exceptions.
  • Intoxicated guests are not permitted on brewery tours. 
  • Tour guides reserve the right to end the tour at any time, should they deem the group to be disorderly. The tour guide may also deny any last minute additions to the group. 
  • Our brewery is housed in a 19th century building with narrow spaces and multiple stairwells. Breweries are hot and loud, especially during bottling and in the summer months. Closed toe shoes are strongly recommended.
  • The brewery has limited ADA accessibility. Please contact us in advance for accommodations.
  • Private tour bookings do not guarantee reservations in our brewpub. To make reservations in the pub, please visit our website: https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/brewpub, or call us at 216-771-4404.

COST

Minimum charge of $150 for a group of up to 10 persons; $10 per each additional guest, up to 20. Payment is due in advance via Eventbrite. Please contact our Tour Department for details. Private tour guests may also receive 10% off any tour exclusive merchandise for their group!

SCHEDULING

Private tours must be scheduled with a minimum of two weeks’ notice by emailing Gift Shop and Tours Manager Veronica Bagley at Veronicab@greatlakesbrewing.com.  Private tours can be scheduled Monday through Thursday, any time between 11AM and 7PM. Tours are subject to availability.

 

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PUBLIC CLASS

The taps are on, the beer is pouring, and class is back in session at Great Lakes Brewing Co.! Learn all about craft beer the Great Lakes way. Cicerone certified GLBC staff members will crack open the story of beer – where it came from, how it’s made, and the best way to taste it (and what to taste it with).

Students who complete Hop College Classes will leave with a special Hop College branded glass specific for each class!

Cost Duration Includes
Starting at $45 Approximately 2 hours Four 5 oz. samples
Exclusive Hop College Glassware
PRIVATE CLASS

GLBC offers private Hop College Classes to accommodate large groups that wish to have their own personal classroom on varying schedules. Private Hop College Classes can be offered in both Virtual and In-Person Format. Pricing for both in person and virtual Private Hop College classes varies depending on group size and curriculum. Check out the link below for more information and how to schedule. Private Hop College Classes must be booked a minimum of three weeks in advance.

IN-PERSON CLASS

Cost Duration Includes
Starting at $250
Approximately 2 hours Four 5 oz. samples
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PRIVATE HOP COLLEGE CLASSES

We’re excited to hear you’re interested in joining us for a Private Hop College class! Private Hop College is offered both in-person at the brewery, or virtually through Zoom! More details below.


HOP COLLEGE AT THE BREWERY

Students who enroll in Hop College: Beer 101 will head to the “classroom” where GLBC Beer Educators crack open the story of beer: where it came from, how it’s made, and the best way to taste it. Our Beer Educators will help you tap into a deeper understanding of craft beer the GLBC way by taking a look at our brewery, history, and philosophy.
For this class, we’ll learn about (and taste) the following five (5) beers:
  1. Dortmunder Gold Lager
  2. Crushworthy Lo-Cal Citrus Wheat
  3. Hazecraft Hazy IPA
  4. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  5. Plus a rotating seasonal beer (or another available beer of your choice)
Hop College classes at the brewery include a five (5) ounce sample of each of the above beers, a tour of the brewery, a Hop College notebook, and a Hop College exclusive pint glass to take home! Classes last approximately two (2) hours. Class is held in our Beer Symposium located at 1951 West 26th Street, Suite 100, Cleveland, OH 44113.

COST

Private Hop College classes start at $250 for a group of up to five (5) students, with an additional $45 per each additional guest up to 30 total guests (plus Eventbrite processing fees). Private Hop College guests can also receive 10% off any merchandise (excluding beer) in the GLBC gift shop on the day of class!


SCHEDULING

Please contact our Tour and Education Department by calling us at 216.325.7846, or emailing Gift Shop & Tours Manager veronicab@greatlakesbrewing.com. Private Hop College classes must be scheduled at least three (3) weeks in advance and are subject to availability.

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VIRTUAL CLASS

VIRTUAL CLASS

Ticket Price Duration Includes
Starting at $100
Approximately 2 hours
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VIRTUAL HOP COLLEGE

Students who enroll in Virtual Hop College: Beer 101 will head to the virtual “classroom” where GLBC Beer Educators crack open the story of beer: where it came from, how it’s made, and the best way to taste it. Our Beer Educators will help you tap into a deeper understanding of craft beer the GLBC way by taking a look at our brewery, history, and philosophy.
 
For this class, we’ll learn about (and taste) the following five (5) beers:
  1. Dortmunder Gold Lager
  2. Crushworthy Lo-Cal Citrus Wheat
  3. Hazecraft Hazy IPA
  4. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  5. Plus a rotating seasonal beer (or another available beer of your choice)
No text books required, but feel free to pick up a few of these beers that you’re interested in tasting for class! Additionally, we can offer tickets that include these study beers, and a special Hop College exclusive glass! These beers can also be altered to fit the needs of your group if necessary. Class is held via Zoom, and lasts a total of 60 minutes. The link for the class session will be sent via email before the start of class. Guests are responsible for downloading the Zoom app in advance.

COST

Pricing for Virtual Hop College varies depending on the group size, as well as the beers selected. Classes can be offered with or without beer. Keep in mind, for any tickets including beer, study beers must be picked up from our gift shop located in Ohio City. Ohio law prohibits us from shipping beer.
Tickets include access to a 60 minute class session. Note: listed prices do not include the beer or glassware, or Eventbrite processing fees:
  1. Up to 25 participants: $100
  2. 26-50 participants: $125
  3. 51-75 participants: $150
If you’d like to include the five “study” beers, as well as a special Hop College branded glass, you can add on these “Study Packages” starting at $20 per person. Packages each include five (5), twelve-ounce bottles or cans of beer, and a special Hop College glass. These packages can be tailored specifically to your group as necessary; prices will vary depending on the amount of beer included.

SCHEDULING

Please contact our Tour and Education Department by calling us at 216.325.7846, or emailing Gift Shop & Tours Manager veronicab@greatlakesbrewing.com. Private Hop College classes must be scheduled at least three (3) weeks in advance and are subject to availability.

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HOP College Private Classes

Students who enroll in Virtual Hop College: Beer 101 will head to the virtual “classroom” where GLBC Beer Educators crack open the story of beer – where it came from, how it’s made, and the best way to taste it. Our Beer Educators will help you tap into a deeper understanding of craft beer the GLBC way, by taking a look at our brewery, history, and philosophy.

For this class, we’ll be learning about (and tasting) the following 5 beers:

No text books required, but feel free to pick up a few of these beers that you’re interested in for class! (Additionally, we can offer tickets that include these study beers, and a special Hop College exclusive glass! These beers can also be altered to fit the needs of your group if necessary.)

Class will be held via Zoom, and will be a total of 60 minutes. Students will be responsible for downloading the Zoom app ahead of time.

Pricing for Virtual Hop College varies depending on the group size, as well as the beers selected. Classes can be offered with or without beer. Keep in mind, for any tickets including beer, study beers must be picked up in our Gift Shop located in Ohio City. State of Ohio Law, unfortunately, prohibits us from shipping beer.

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