O.K., let me say first that I love amber ales, and if I am in Cleveland, then Elliot and I have a standing date to get together!
Whether you are a fan of the regular line-up, or of one, (or more!), of the seasonal selections there really is something for everyone in the house -- main floor, downstairs, or upstairs. It has been quite some time since I had been upstairs and it has been as dramatically transformed as the basement area.
It is just so comfortable, like being at your favorite auntie's house, that is, if she brewed beer and cooked up a storm. I really do try to not to get the same thing twice, but last night succumbed to having the pretzel chicken. It is probably one of the few things I have eaten there more than once, and never disappoints. Salads are great, pizzas, you name it!
Staffers have been around for a long time, and it shows because they know their stuff. Case in point, our waitperson, Nancy, actually told us a little anecdote about the lamb stew. It is named after one of the Conway's (owners of Great Lakes) and he apparently does not like publicity, so when the menus were printed, he was outta luck with getting his name off of it!
One helpful point to remember if you are meeting folks there: your party will not be seated unless at least half of the total number is present.