The art of brewing isn’t often shared with consumers, especially when it comes to larger breweries that market to even larger crowds. Fortunately, Cleveland has a growing market for new creative beers and breweries, which is constantly expanding and becoming more accessible to beer drinkers. As unique and craft beers are becoming more accessible, so is the knowledge that comes with brewing and discovering new types of brewing and brews.
Great Lakes Brewing Company
2516 Market Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 771-4404
www.greatlakesbrewing.com 

Perhaps Cleveland’s most well-known brewery, Great Lakes has been around since 1986, serving some of the city’s most iconic beers like Dortmunder Gold Lager and Burning River Pale Ale. The brewery serves the tasty brews as well as some specifically paired foods to complement the flavors and atmosphere of the beer and its brewery. You can also tour the brewery, visiting the production facility with beer in hand, while learning about Cleveland’s history as well as the famous beers.

Market Garden Brewery
1947 W. 25th St.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 621-4000
www.marketgardenbrewery.com

Market Garden Brewery is one of the busiest places on the West 25th strip, and for good reason. The brewery has a great relaxed atmosphere and a large patio for the warmer nights, best enjoyed with friends and loved ones. Soon the brewery will be expanding to a production facility that will open its doors to Market Garden brew fans, complete with tastings, beers to-go and full tours of the premises. Keep an eye on social media for construction and opening updates.

Butcher And The Brewer
2043 E. 4th St.
Cleveland, OH 44115
(216) 331-0805
www.butcherandthebrewer.com

If you haven’t been to Butcher and The Brewer, you’re in for quite a treat, as this is one of the more unique restaurants and breweries to have graced Cleveland with its presence in recent years. The communal seating and shareable plates are unique and make for not only a fun experience, but a memorable meal. The in-house beers are also worth giving a try, and though it’s not a formal tour, you can get a good look at the brewing equipment when you head downstairs for the bathroom. The production equipment is all in plain view, serving as some exciting industrial decor as well as an interesting peek into the brewing process.

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Platform Brewing Company
4125 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 202-1386
www.platformbeerco.com

Platform Brewing Company is a unique establishment, encouraging people to experiment and brew their own beers, as well as drink and enjoy the brewery’s offerings. The Platform Brewers Group allows home brewers to experience a full brewery incubator program, including an education on commercial brewery operations, brewhouse setup, recipe formulation, and the final product will be poured in the tap house. This isn’t the traditional type of brewery tour you’ll see at many larger breweries, as Platform provides the most hands-on type of experience.

Cleveland Brew Bus
(216) 773-2567
www.clevelandbrewbus.com

While this isn’t a tour of one particular brewery, the Cleveland Brew Bus will transport your party to three local breweries per tour, with tastings of three to four beers per stop. Some of the breweries offer tours of the brewhouses, and you’ll certainly gain plenty of new beer knowledge, as the tour guides will also provide facts about style, brewing and beer history.

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Kaitlin Dershaw Durbin has spent the past 7 years living in and loving Cleveland. She enjoys making new discoveries, especially when it comes to the local food and arts community, and sharing them with others, hoping to spark similar love for the city in others. Find her other local profiles at http://www.axs.com/contributor/kaitlin-dershaw-durbin-axs-contributor-631

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