The competition for this particular award gets steeper every year with the absolute explosion of local breweries in Northeast Ohio. On the near-westside alone, Great Lakes now competes with the likes of Market Garden, Platform, Hansa House, Bad Tom Smith, Terrestrial, Forest City, Brick and Barrel and more. Other new brewpubs are opening up downtown. But Great Lakes, which opened in Ohio City in 1988, is still the archbishop of Cleveland's microbrewery diocese and it continues to innovate even as it pumps out its standbys. Whether you're trying something fresh and experimental at the pub or buying a six-pack from Dave's, Great Lakes is the city's beer — and that's not changing anytime soon.
2516 Market Ave., 216-771-4404, greatlakesbrewing.com.