Cleveland April 02, 2019
Take The Cleveland Brewery Trail For A Weekend You’ll Never Forget
There’s nothing like kicking back with a cold craft brew after a long day of work. Whether you’re in the office or tackling tasks around the house, there’s never a bad time to indulge in local flavors in an environment that’s endlessly enchanting. Fortunately for Clevelanders, local flavors and creative concepts blend flawlessly in a number of local breweries and brewpubs. Whether you’re just looking for drinks or looking to pair unique brews with well-crafted meals, there’s a local brewery that hits the spot.
Grab your favorite designated driver and get ready for an epic road trip through The Land.
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1. Working Class Brewery (17448 Lorain Ave., Cleveland)
This eclectic little brewery lives up to its name, offering locals a friendly and casual place to relax after work. Fresh local brews are offered in abundance here, including five year-round styles of beer and a variety of seasonal brews. If you swing by the Taproom, you'll be treated to an insider's look at the brewery and the opportunity to pick up swag and beer to go.
2. Terrestrial Brewing Company (7524 Father Frascati Dr., Cleveland)
Terrestrial Brewing Company comes with an appropriately earthy-industrial vibe that locals simply can't get enough of. Hidden away in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood, Terrestrial Brewing Company comes with an exotic Northwestern flair. Unique ingredients and flavors keep visitors returning to this eccentric hot spot time and time again.
3. Forest City Brewery (2135 Columbus Rd., Cleveland)
This neighborhood brewery is small and appropriately homey. Their 40-seat tasting room was constructed using reclaimed materials, and even the bar is built from a repurposed church pew. Their beer garden is said to be the oldest in the state, so old truly does meet brew at this unique location.
4. Great Lakes Brewing Company (2516 Market Ave., Cleveland)
There's nothing that quite compares to the stress relief that comes with relaxing on the Great Lakes Brewing Company patio. There's also nothing that quite compares to embarking on a brewery tour. Brewery tours cost just $6 per person, and they come with four 5-ounce beer samples. You'll learn about the history of both the Great Lakes Brewing Company and Cleveland during this trip, so be prepared for a great time.
5. Bad Tom Smith Brewing (1836 W. 25 St., Cleveland)
The story of Tom Smith begins in Breathitt County, Kentucky. After he killed his ninth victim and was arrested, Tom Smith was baptized and gave an hour-long speech before he was hanged. Just as Tom Smith turned his back on his outlaw ways and offered something of advice to onlookers in his final hour, his descendant - Head Brewmaster Sean Smith - has found a way to captivate audiences. This Cincinnati-based brewery’s expansion into Cleveland is causing a bit of buzz in Ohio City. Visitors can tour their basement brewery as well as enjoy a snack while relaxing in the taproom.
6. Brick and Barrel Brewing (1844 Columbus Rd., Cleveland)
This eclectic little brewery is deeply entrenched in Cleveland culture and the local beer scene. Its nano-brewery and tasting room are built around the celebration of the working man's legacy, providing an incredible atmosphere in which locals can unwind after work. Their taproom is always a delight to visit, but many have made it a ritual to attend their free trivia night every Wednesday.
7. Southern Tier Brewing Co. (811 Prospect Ave. E., Cleveland)
This craft brewery first started in Lakewood, New York and has since grown to become one of the most popular craft brewers in the country. When they opened a state-of-the-art brewery and taproom right here in Cleveland, locals were ecstatic. The tasting room features unique "Cleveland Brew’d" flavors that cater exclusively to the taste preferences of Clevelanders.
8. Masthead Brewing Co. (1261 Superior Ave., Cleveland)
When the historic Bryant Building was first built, its owners could not possibly have imagined that it would one day be a hoppin' taproom. You can enjoy a delicious local brew with a Neapolitan-style pizza, and Masthead Brewing Company offers the perfect list of shareable plates.
9. Goldhorn Brewery (1361 East 55th St., Cleveland)
Now here's a brewery that is truly entrenched in the culture of its neighborhood. Its name is a nod to both the iconic mountain goat of Slovenian folklore and the prevalent culture of its surrounding neighborhood. Goldhorn Brewery put down roots in July 2016 and has only grown more beloved since. With cutesy cultural names like Dead Man's Curve IPA and Klëveland Kölsh and side dishes of local favorites like pierogies, it's no wonder Clevelanders have fallen in love with this young brewery.
10. The Cleveland Brewery (777 E 185th St., Cleveland)
This petite little tasting room is open only on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., but it's well worth scheduling a visit. The Cleveland Brewery was born when a local hobby brewer realized that the nearest tasting room at the time was nearly 20 minutes away. The brews here are truly a labor of love; small batches allow each one to come with its own attitude and flavor, and locals love the relaxed ambiance that The Cleveland Brewery has created.
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