Brewing and distilling is a tradition in Cleveland that dates back over 200 years to the city’s founding. From the earliest operation on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in 1800 to the more than 40 craft breweries in Northeast Ohio today—Cleveland has learned a thing or two about making high-quality spirits. In fact, GQ named it one of the 5 Best Beer Cities in the U.S.
We’re on a journey across the state to show you the best of the best in brewing. First stop was Columbus, now on to Cleveland!
Here are six of the best breweries in The Rock and Roll Capital of the World:
2516 Market Ave, Cleveland
You simply can’t make a list of the best Cleveland breweries without including Great Lakes Brewing Company, the city’s biggest and best-known brewery. Great Lakes is an anchor in Ohio City, Cleveland’s unofficial brewing center and home to such Cleveland staples as the West Side Market and Saint Ignatius High School. GLBC opened its doors in 1986, two years after the last Cleveland brewery had shuttered its doors, and today its beers can be found on shelves in 15 states across the U.S. Stop by to sample their brews—you never know which of their hundreds are on tap.
Fan favorite: Elliot Ness (Amber Lager)
4125 Lorain Ave, Cleveland
This self-described “industrial-chic” brewery was founded in 2014 by owner Paul Benner, who began his journey as a homebrewer, turned it into a homebrewing supply store, and finally took the leap and graduated into a full-service brewery. Not straying from its roots, Platform operates a Platform Brewing Incubator for homebrewers who want to take their craft to the next level. Platform cans are known for their colorful, stripe-centric designs and beer styles ranging from new Americans to experimental sours and Barrel Aged beers.
Fan favorite: Hyper Retro (Lemon Ginger Saison)
7524 Father Frascati Dr, Cleveland
Terrestrial, the only brewery in Cleveland’s upcoming Battery Park neighborhood, opened its doors in April 2017 and is quickly becoming a favorite in CLE. There are great views of Lake Erie and railroad tracks from the back of the brewery, with trains rumbling through regularly adding to its industrial vibe. Another cool feature—all the artwork in the brewery was created by Stephanie Sgro, co-owner Ralph Sgro’s wife.
Fan favorite: Anti-Matter (India Pale Lager)
1470 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland
Don’t let the “small, family-owned” description of this brewery lead you to believe it can’t hang with the bigger breweries. Noble Beast is the product of owner Shaun Yasaki, a former Fat Head’s and Platform brewer. Noble Beast operates from a rectangular brick, 100-seat taproom which maintains its crafty, intimate vibe by choosing not to distribute its beers in large quantities. Noble Beast offers a limited menu featuring ingredients sourced from local farms.
Fan favorite: Evil Motives (IPA)
1844 Columbus Rd, Cleveland
Brick & Barrel, located in the Columbus Road Peninsula of the Cleveland Flats, chose its name because it’s reminiscent of the spirit of Cleveland—grittily building a legacy one day at a time, brick by brick and barrel by barrel. This five-man co-owned brewery in the flats brews some seriously good beer, led by a head brewer who’s cultivated his talents in places like New York, Oregon, Vermont, California and New Zealand.
Fan favorite: Bitter Chief (IPA)
29305 Clemens Rd, Westlake
Bucking the trend and establishing itself as a popular brewery outside the city limits in the West side suburbs, Sibling Revelry is expanding quickly in the Cleveland-area and now distributing to Columbus and Cincinnati. The location is not by accident and neither is the name. A group of brothers and cousins were annoyed by the lack of quality brewery options in their neighborhood, so they built one themselves. Check out their “sophisticated” taproom beer list here, and feel free to bring your dog to their spacious location.
Fan favorite: Swing State (Dry-hopped Pale Ale)
Did we miss any? Sound off in the comments to let us know of other great breweries in Ohio’s North Coast.
Next up, we’ll take you south to explore some of the best breweries in Cincinnati!