Cleveland Breweries: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Beers and Brews in Cleveland in 2019

Cleveland Breweries: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Beers and Brews in Cleveland in 2019

Editor’s note: I don’t drink a whole lot of beer, so it wouldn’t be fair for me to write about all the great beer Cleveland has to offer. Instead, I’ve turned to my friend Kat and her husband Chris, who run the blog World Wide Honeymoon. They have been living in Cleveland for the last few years, and have made it their goal to visit every single brewery in the Greater Cleveland area – and they’ve pretty much done just that!

Also, all images in this post were taken by my friend Jeremy of Living the Dream.

Cleveland is known for many things: our fierce loyalty to our sports teams; our location on Lake Erie; even some of our cool museums. But Cleveland should probably also be known for its growing beer scene.

Cleveland is full of amazing craft breweries, and a visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without checking out at least a few of them. Luckily for you, most are located within a short drive or walk from each other. (Cleveland isn’t *that* big, after all.)

So whether you want to create your own craft brewery crawl, or just want to sample a few beers, here are all the best breweries that Cleveland has to offer.

Top 10 craft breweries in Cleveland

1. Great Lakes Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland

Address: 2516 Market Avenue, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: The OG craft brewery, best brewery tour
Best beer: Seasonal beers like Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Cleveland classics like their Burning River IPA
Website: Great Lakes Brewing

In 1986, back before craft brewing was cool, Great Lakes Brewing Company took up space in the old, rundown neighborhood of Ohio City. They brought business back to the neighborhood, and and paved the way for many breweries to come.

Founders Pat and Dan Conway were inspired by the beer they drank while traveling across Europe. They hired the master brewer and engineer from the last brewery in Cleveland that closed in the early 1980’s, and it took off.

While they may be the OG craft brewery in Cleveland, they also serve up classic, Cleveland-themed beers like Burning River IPA (named after the famous Cuyahoga River catching on fire in the 1960s) and the Elliott Ness Amber Lager (named for the prohibition-agent-turned-safety-director in Cleveland).

Aside from the great beer, they also serve amazing pub food like potato kegs (giant, cheesy tater tots) and pub bites (Alaskan cod, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter batter, and homemade cocktail and tarter sauces).

And while you’re there, definitely check out their brewery tour. For only $6, you get to see the ins and outs of the brewery on top of enjoying four 5 oz. samples of beer!

2. Masthead Brewing Company

Masthead Brewery in Cleveland

Address: 1261 Superior Ave, Cleveland (Downtown)
Known for: Fantastic can releases, IPAs, and pizza
Best beer: Citra Vice Hazy IPA and Single Origin Coffee Stout
Website: Masthead Brewing Co.

Definitely new and noteworthy, Masthead is perfect for watching any Cleveland sports team with friends on their many screens before ordering their delicious wood fired pizza.

Pizza and beer belong together like peanut butter and jelly, so it just makes sense that they created delicious and chewy pizza to go with their many beers on tap. But our favorite thing isn’t just the pizza, the beer is pretty great, too, and also ever-rotating.

Not many people are willing to stand outside in freezing temperatures before noon on a Saturday for beer, but when people are waiting in a line so long that it wraps around the block, you know you’ve struck beer gold.

Masthead frequently releases new beers, and will celebrate with a giant can release party. And once it’s gone, it’s gone. So you want to get in quick and stock up on their latest on offer.

Lately, they’ve knocked it out of the park with their New England IPAs, and we’re still waiting for the Colony Collapse Double New England IPA to make a comeback this summer.

Come for the beers, stay for the tasty pizza creations.

Masthead Brewery in Cleveland
More at Masthead

3. Terrestrial Brewing Company

Address: 7524 Father Frascati, Cleveland (Edgewater)
Known for: Views of the lake, being dog friendly
Best beer: Citropapotomus IPA or Public Pilsner
Website: Terrestrial Brewing on Facebook

This is the perfect brewery to visit after a day spent at Cleveland’s Edgewater Beach. If you want to catch a vastly underrated Lake Erie sunset, this is the place to do it. Terrestrial is located in Battery Park, just a quick walk from the beach.

Known for being dog-friendly, bring your pooch and sit on their patio while you enjoy the breeze and sip their latest beers. We love their Citropapotomus IPA, but whatever is currently in their infuser is always a good call, too. They’ll frequently infuse their classic beers with various fruits and other items to give it an even tastier finish.

This is the perfect spot to soak up Saturday afternoon sunshine and get your weekly dose of cute pups.

4. Butcher and the Brewer

Address: 2043 E 4th St, Cleveland (Downtown)
Known for: Farm to table deliciousness meets craft beer
Best beer: Albino Stout or Stop Hop Kaboom IPA
Website: Butcher and the Brewer

Located on Cleveland’s bustling East 4th Street, the Butcher and the Brewer offers unique beers and incredible food. Many dishes are served small plate style, which allows you to pair their house-smoked corn dogs, bacon-wrapped dates, or smoked whole wings (they are a butcher shop, after all) with amazing beers like their Strap Hop Kaboom IPA or any of their hand-crafted cocktails.

This is the perfect place to go before a night out at the theatre at Playhouse Square, or before catching a baseball game at Progressive Field.

5. Collision Bend Brewing Company

Address: 1250 Old River Rd, Cleveland (The Flats)
Known for: Great food and views!
Best Beer: Lake Erie Sunset
Website: Collision Bend Brewing

Located where the Cuyahoga River bends in the Flats, this scenic brewery has outdoor seating to enjoy the river views. With claims of serving up Southern California street food with natural ingredients, you know the menu will be eclectic and tasty, too.

This is the perfect place to split some small plates with friends like their cheese and charcuterie board or buffalo tofu before getting big plates like their BBQ sausage with mac and cheese or vegan Moroccan chickpea stew.

Okay, though, enough about the food. Let’s get into their equally inventive beers! They’ve got your classics like C-Town IPA and Bollard Pull American Porter, but for those willing to branch out, they have Legend of the Guava American Wheat with Guava or the Red Moon Rising Smoked Red Ale.

Our favorite, though, is the tasty Lake Erie Sunset Blood Orange American Wheat beer. It always goes perfectly with good friends, pretty sunsets, and that mac and cheese.

6. Noble Beast Brewing Company

Noble Beast Cleveland

Address: 1470 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland (Downtown)
Known for: Beautiful brewery with eclectic beer styles
Best Beer: Catchweight Kolsch and Imperial Cookies and Milk Stout
Website: Noble Beast Beer

Great food, great venue, and great beer pretty much describe Noble Beast Brewing Company in a nutshell. On a warm, sunny day, enjoy the plants dangling from the ceiling, the front collapsible wall pushed all the way open, and crisp beers to sip.

With quirky beers like the Imperial Cookies and Milk Stout or the Kilbane’s Irish Nitro Stout, Noble Beast might convert anyone who claims to dislike dark beer. But the best beers are some of their German varieties like the Lichtenhainer, an ale brewed with beechwood smoked barley malt and malted wheat.

No matter the beer you get, be sure to try the food, too. They take pub fare to the next level with their impossible vegan burger, deliciously interesting salads, and their Mousetrap (local meat and cheese board with their in-house Kolsch mustard, pickled veggies, croustades, and flax crackers).

7. Platform Beer Co.

Platform brewery Cleveland

Address: 4125 Lorain Ave, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Great patio and huge beer menu
Best Beer: New Cleveland Palesner and their sour beers
Website: Platform Beer Co.

A short walk from other Ohio City breweries like Great Lakes Brewing Company, this location is a must-visit. Originally opened in 2014, they now also boast a tasting room in Columbus and Cincinnati.

If you’re a fan of sours, you’ll love Platform’s creations that come from its own sour beer making facility. Enjoy a pint on their patio at this casual, laid back place.

8. Sibling Revelry Brewing

Address: 29305 Clemens Rd, Westlake
Known for: Food truck and trivia nights
Best Beer: Pecan Brown Ale and Siblime
Website: Sibling Revelry Brewing

While it’s a bit of a drive west from downtown, this brewery will not disappoint. They offer a food truck and snacks most days, or feel free to bring your own – like some Swenson’s burgers! All of it tastes great with their beers on draft.

Notable offerings include their Pecan Brown Ale and Winter Ale in the colder months, and their Siblime and Lavender Wit in the summer. Relax with friends, play some board games that they provide, or try out their trivia during trivia night.

9. Jolly Scholar Brewing Company

Jolly Scholar brewery Cleveland

Address: 11111 Euclid Ave, Cleveland (inside Thwing Center)
Known for: Serious college vibes with grown-up beers
Best Beer: Tyndall Effect New England IPA and Jolly White IPA
Website: The Jolly Scholar

Plan on having your ID checked here. Located literally on a college campus – inside the student center of Case Western Reserve to be exact – this brewery is certainly offering more than the Natty Lite most of us were accustomed to from our college days.

With beers like the Tyndall Effect New England IPA and Salted Caramel Coffee Porter, you’ll surely be able to find something to enjoy. All while watching sports on the televisions, admiring photos from scholars of yore, and being pleasantly surprised by the variety of people who enjoy this brewery who aren’t students.

If you want a throwback to your college days (but with much better beer), this is definitely the place to go. It also is located in the University Circle area, which has tons of great places to check out including the Cleveland Museum of Art.

10. Fat Head’s Brewery

Address: 24581 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted; 17450 Engle Lake Dr, Middleburg Hts
Known for: Largest tasting room and sandwiches as large as your head
Best Beer: Bumbleberry and Head Hunter IPA
Website: Fat Head’s

I guess with a name like Fat Head’s you’ve got to be huge, right? What started as a smaller brewery in Pittsburgh back in 1992, Fat Head grew, branching out into Cleveland in 2009 with two spaces: Fat Head’s Cleveland Brewery and Saloon in North Olmstead, and the huge production brewery that just opened this past year in Middleburg Heights.

And it isn’t just the space it is taking up that’s huge. Expect huge flights of beer and sandwiches as large as your head! The sandwiches are so large they literally call them “headwiches.” So come hungry (and thirsty) to their saloon and enjoy favorites like their year-round Bumbleberry or Head Hunter IPA, or their seasonal beers like their Holly Jolly Christmas Ale, G’Suffa Oktoberfest, Benjamin Danklin IPA, or Barley Brown’s IPA.

Be sure to check out their brewery tour in their new production facility, too. And if you’re ever in the Saloon, be sure to pick up some swag to take a photo with on your travels! They have a huge wall of Fat Head’s Around the World!

Other Cleveland breweries

Bookhouse Brewery Cleveland

Did you know that Cleveland is currently home to more than 30 different craft breweries?? If you want to visit even MORE, here are 20+ additional breweries in the Greater Cleveland area (in alphabetical order to make it easier):

11. Avon Brewing Company

Address: 37040 Detroit Rd, Avon
Known for: Burgers and handcrafted beer, plus a nice patio
Website: Avon Brewing Company

12. Bad Tom Smith Brewing

Address: 1836 W 25th St, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Comfy place to drink beer
Website: Bad Tom Smith

13. Bookhouse Brewing

Address: 1526 W 25th St, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Beer and cider in a historic taproom – plus all the bookshelves!
Website: Bookhouse Beer

14. Boss Dog Brewing Co.

Address: 2179 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights
Known for: Good beer, food, and atmosphere; close to the Cedar Lee theater
Website: Boss Dog Brewing

Boss Dog Brewing Cleveland
Boss Dog Brewing Co.

15. BottleHouse Brewery & Meadery

Address: 2050 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights and 13368 Madison Ave., Lakewood
Known for: Small-batch beers, mead, and ciders; community-style seating plus boardgames
Website: BottleHouse

16. The Brew Kettle

Address: 8377 Pearl Rd, Strongsville
Known for: A spot where you can eat, drink, AND brew your own beer!
Website: The Brew Kettle

17. BRIM Kitchen + Brewery

Address: 3941 Erie St, Willoughby
Known for: Comfort food and craft beer
Website: BRIM Brewery

18. Brick and Barrel

Address: 1844 Columbus Rd, Cleveland (The Flats)
Known for: Craft beers, cask ales, and even wine
Website: Brick and Barrel Brewing

19. The Cleveland Brewery

Address: 777 E 185th St, Cleveland (Euclid)
Known for: Small batches in a small tasting room (open Fridays and Saturdays)
Website: The Cleveland Brewery on Facebook

20. Cornerstone Brewing Co.

Address: 58 Front St, Berea
Known for: Being a good brewpub
Website: Cornerstone Brewing

21. Forest City Brewery

Address: 2135 Columbus Rd, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Small and cosy tasting room + historic beer garden
Website: Forest City Brewery

22. Goldhorn Brewery

Address: 1361 E 55th St, Cleveland (St. Clair Superior)
Known for: Cleveland-themed and seasonal beers (like Dead Man’s Curve IPA and Polka City Pilsner), and their strong neighborhood ties
Website: Goldhorn Brewery

Goldhorn Brewery Cleveland
Goldhorn Brewery

23. Hansa Brewery

Address: 2717 Lorain Ave, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Eastern European bites and brews
Website: Hansa Brewery

24. Hofbräuhaus Cleveland

Address: 1550 Chester Ave, Cleveland (Downtown)
Known for: German beer and food in a traditional beer garden setting
Website: Hofbrauhaus Cleveland

25. Market Garden Brewery

Address: 1947 W 25th St, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Good brewpub and patio in Ohio City; they also offer $6 tours of their production brewery
Website: Market Garden Brewery

26. Nano Brew Cleveland

Address: 1859 W 25th St, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Small-batch beers and ever-rotating taps
Website: Nano Brew

27. Railroad Brewing Company

Address: 1010 Center Rd, Avon
Known for: Taproom that usually partners with food trucks outside
Website: Railroad Brewing

28. Rocky River Brewing Company

Address: 21290 Center Ridge Rd, Cleveland (Rocky River)
Known for: Being a family-friendly gastropub
Website: Rocky River Brewing

29. Saucy Brew Works

Address: 2885 Detroit Ave, Cleveland (Ohio City)
Known for: Good beer and pizzas; they also do tours on Fridays and Saturdays
Website: Saucy Brew Works

Saucy Brew Works Cleveland
Saucy Brew Works

30. Southern Tier Brewing Company

Address: 811 Prospect Ave E, Cleveland
Known for: State-of-the-art brewery and taproom with 30+ beers on tap
Website: Southern Tier Cleveland

31. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Address: 1085 Old River Rd, Cleveland (The Flats)
Known for: Flavor-filled small batch beers
Website: Thirsty Dog

32. Willoughby Brewing Co.

Address: 4057 Erie St, Willoughby
Known for: Variety of beer styles (including award-winners like their Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter) and American eats
Website: Willoughby Brewing Co.

33. Working Class Brewery

Address: 17448 Lorain Ave, Cleveland (Kamm’s Corners)
Known for: Seasonal brews and a casual space
Website: Working Class Brewery


Cleveland beer tours

With so many beers to try in Cleveland, it’s easy to go a little overboard. So, in order to have an equally fun AND safe brewery-hopping experience in Cleveland, you might want to consider going on a dedicated beer tour.

Market Garden Brewery Cleveland

There are a couple different companies offering beer tours in Cleveland, including Cleveland Brew Tours and the Cleveland Brew Bus.

Popular tours worth checking out include:

OUR PICK: Cleveland Original Brew TourThis 5-hour tour will stop at 4 different Cleveland breweries where you’ll get to tour the facilities, sample up to 16 different beers, and enjoy a beer-inspired lunch. (Book here!)

Heart of the City Tour Visit 3 breweries on this Cleveland Brew Bus tour, enjoying up to 4 tastings at each stop.

Small Breweries, Big FlavorA Brew Bus tour focusing on some of the city’s smaller breweries. You’ll visit 3 breweries and get 4 tastings at each one.


Who’s ready to go drink some beer in Cleveland??

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Amanda

Amanda was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and has always been a fangirl of the state. Now, she wants to share her love of Cleveland with the world, highlighting all the best things to do, see, and eat in the CLE.

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