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We in The Glove like to hate on our neighbors to the south (and most times, with good reason). Downtown Cleveland is the exception. Great people, good beer, and a deliciously simple pizza have changed our opinion.

Enter Great Lakes Brewing Co. Though they were closing quickly, The Glove was able to drink a great beer (Christmas Ale) and have a good conversations with Ed, a Boston born, Cleveland-claiming print industry retiree who provided a great deal of insight into the history of Cleveland. Great Lakes made last call at 4:30 for a private party, so The Glove ventured just around Market toward a phenomenal establishment called Bier Markt.

Despite the hipster-leaning name, Bier Markt is a true beer lover’s gem of downtown Cleveland. Katie, who tends the bar with Eddie, provided The Glove with a sample of the “Festivus Ale” by Market Hall Brewery, just across the street. Needless to say, a pint was purchased.

Not only did Bier Markt provide a phenomenal beer list, their food was superb. Though incredibly simple, the pizza on their happy hour menu was absolutely delicious.

Combining fresh gorgenzolla with slices of roasted garlic, Bier Markt is able to compliment their outstanding beer selections and service with an affordable and enticing happy hour menu.

Although The Dirty Glove will always support Michigan, we tip our hat to Cleveland for being a great beer city and representative of both good beer and all the Rust-Belt has to offer.

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