It seems that for awhile there it seemed almost daily there was a new brewery opening in Cleveland. It’s been next to impossible to keep up with the influx of new places. A common theme of conversation with friends is how in the heck can all of these breweries be sustainable? Are we the next “beer capital” of the US? Is that what we are setting ourselves up for? If so, I’m totally on board. I’m just going to need to start working out a lot more to compensate for the beer drinking that needs to occur to keep up.
So while by the time I’m done writing this post there will probably be two new breweries opening, here are some of the ones I’ve already checked out and would recommend.
I’ve recommended a beer to try at each place. To gauge whether or not we have the same beer taste, my go to beer is Great Lakes Dortmunder. I like a good IPA or wheat beer. Sours will never make it high on my list, but a good coffee porter or stout always will.
- Laid back atmosphere in an off the beaten path location on Lakeside and East 13th
- Solid beer selection
- Industrial feel with exposed brick and beams, and garage doors that open in the summer
- Amazing Bavarian pretzel, but other great food options available (smaller menu)
- Beer to sample: IPA
- Fantastic location in Battery Park with a spacious outdoor patio and views of the lake
- Downside is they don’t currently serve food, but you can order from other restaurants in Gordon Square
- Plenty of good beers to try
- Dog friendly for those of you who like to bring your pups out
- Beer to sample: Erie
- Best brewery location in Cleveland, right along the Cuyahoga in the East Bank of The Flats
- Great interior decor, with a definite nautical vibe and a spacious outdoor patio
- Mediocre beer selection overall, but I’ll keep trying them for the location alone
- Beer to sample: Old River Kolsch
- Not really in Cleveland, but all the way in downtown Willoughby
- Great upstairs outdoor patio for the summer; really great and modern interior design
- Beers are okay, but the decor and ambiance makes up for it
- Beer to sample: Brim “Less”
- Coziest new brewery by far, located in the trendy Hingetown neighborhood
- Quick (and I mean really quick) and tasty pizzas (note that the Saucy red sauce has a kick!)
- Plan on heading into line for both beer and pizza, as there aren’t servers taking orders
- Try the beer sampler to taste some of their different, more off the wall beers
- Beer to sample: IPA ASAP
- My favorite new brewery by far. I’ve enjoyed every beer I’ve tried and they have very affordable and generous samplers
- Located on Superior and East 13th in downtown, so a little farther from other bars and restaurants
- Great wood-fired pizzas
- Huge space with picnic style dining makes it ideal for large groups
- Beer to sample: Single Origin Coffee Stout
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