February 03, 2019

30 Cleveland Breweries Worth the Drive, and Uber Back Home

The craft brewery scene is all the rage these days. And luckily for us, there are dozens of the beer-soaked spots right here in the Cleveland area. These 30 places are truly worthy of you time, stomach space and Uber/Lyft ride (if need be).

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 Terrestrial Brewing Company
7524 Father Frascati Dr., Cleveland
In 2017, Terrestrial opened, bringing the first brewery to the Battery Park neighborhood. In addition to having fantastic beers, they’re very dog friendly, so be sure to bring your furry friend (just don’t give him/her any beer.)
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Terrestrial Brewing Company

7524 Father Frascati Dr., Cleveland

In 2017, Terrestrial opened, bringing the first brewery to the Battery Park neighborhood. In addition to having fantastic beers, they’re very dog friendly, so be sure to bring your furry friend (just don’t give him/her any beer.)

Photo via Terrestrial Brewing Company/Facebook
 Forest City Brewery
2135 Columbus Rd., Cleveland
This brewery, located in Duck Island, between Tremont and Ohio City,  recently updated its beer hall and started hosting live music nights in addition to their story club, improv group and cinema group. Try a flight so you can sample all of their delicious beers.
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Forest City Brewery

2135 Columbus Rd., Cleveland

This brewery, located in Duck Island, between Tremont and Ohio City, recently updated its beer hall and started hosting live music nights in addition to their story club, improv group and cinema group. Try a flight so you can sample all of their delicious beers.

Photo via Forest City Brewery/Facebook
 Bad Tom Smith Brewing
1836 West 25th St., Cleveland
Joining the bustling Ohio City brewery scene, this brewery, started in Cincinnati, was a welcome addition to the scene when it opened in late 2017. Located in the former Weenie a Go Go space, the taproom has up to 18 beers on tap and serves food from their neighbors Ohio City Burrito and Pizza Whirl.
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Bad Tom Smith Brewing

1836 West 25th St., Cleveland

Joining the bustling Ohio City brewery scene, this brewery, started in Cincinnati, was a welcome addition to the scene when it opened in late 2017. Located in the former Weenie a Go Go space, the taproom has up to 18 beers on tap and serves food from their neighbors Ohio City Burrito and Pizza Whirl.

Photo via Bad Tom Smith Brewing/Facebook
 BottleHouse Brewing Company
2050 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights
This Cleveland Heights brewery feels more like a community gathering place than a bar. Live music, board games, community tables and no televisions gives it more of that living room feeling. And the beer is delicious.
Photo via @BottleHouseBrew/Instagram

BottleHouse Brewing Company

2050 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights

This Cleveland Heights brewery feels more like a community gathering place than a bar. Live music, board games, community tables and no televisions gives it more of that living room feeling. And the beer is delicious.

Photo via @BottleHouseBrew/Instagram
 Willoughby Brewing Company
4057 Erie St., Willoughby
In a town lauded for its craft beers, the contest for "Best Local Beer" is a tough one. But Willoughby Brewing Co., which has been slinging its Peanut Butter Cup Porter for years now, is no slouch. The eastside staple consistently ranks high on lists of our favorite breweries in town and the most underrated gems around here. You'll always feel welcome when you slip into a booth at Willoughby.
Photo via Willoughby Brewing Company/Facebook

Willoughby Brewing Company

4057 Erie St., Willoughby

In a town lauded for its craft beers, the contest for "Best Local Beer" is a tough one. But Willoughby Brewing Co., which has been slinging its Peanut Butter Cup Porter for years now, is no slouch. The eastside staple consistently ranks high on lists of our favorite breweries in town and the most underrated gems around here. You'll always feel welcome when you slip into a booth at Willoughby.

Photo via Willoughby Brewing Company/Facebook
 Thirsty Dog
1085 Old River Rd., Cleveland
Thirsty Dog originally started as a brewery in Akron before expanding to Cleveland. In October of 2017, they opened in the space previously occupied by Crop Rocks in the Flats and took over a space where you can put your feet up, grab a freshly brewed microbrew and watch the barges going by on the Cuyahoga.
Photo by Brett Zelman

Thirsty Dog

1085 Old River Rd., Cleveland

Thirsty Dog originally started as a brewery in Akron before expanding to Cleveland. In October of 2017, they opened in the space previously occupied by Crop Rocks in the Flats and took over a space where you can put your feet up, grab a freshly brewed microbrew and watch the barges going by on the Cuyahoga.

Photo by Brett Zelman
 Sibling Revelry Brewery
29305 Clemens Rd., Cleveland
Two sets of brothers, who are also cousins with each other, and their fathers, decided to open a brewery in Westlake in 2016, which just is so quintessential Cleveland. While this place is fun to eat and drink at all year round, the patio in the summer, being dog-friendly, with live music, corn hole, food trucks and more, is a huge draw here. And their summertime beers are perfect for the occasion, like their Lavender Wit, a Belgian-style white ale, and their Tangelo Fruit Haze, a tasty hazy fruit IPA that blends grapefruit and tangerine.
Photo via Sibling Revelry Brewing/Facebook

Sibling Revelry Brewery

29305 Clemens Rd., Cleveland

Two sets of brothers, who are also cousins with each other, and their fathers, decided to open a brewery in Westlake in 2016, which just is so quintessential Cleveland. While this place is fun to eat and drink at all year round, the patio in the summer, being dog-friendly, with live music, corn hole, food trucks and more, is a huge draw here. And their summertime beers are perfect for the occasion, like their Lavender Wit, a Belgian-style white ale, and their Tangelo Fruit Haze, a tasty hazy fruit IPA that blends grapefruit and tangerine.

Photo via Sibling Revelry Brewing/Facebook
 Rocky River Brewing Company
21290 Center Ridge Rd., Cleveland
Established in 1998 as a premier brewpub and restaurant, Rocky River Brewing Company was founded on creating world-class handcrafted beers, an award-winning menu, and a great dining experience. Over the past 10 years, Rocky River Brewing Company has won more than a dozen national and international medals for its beers and numerous Silver Spoon awards for its food.
Photo via Rocky River Brewing Co./Facebook

Rocky River Brewing Company

21290 Center Ridge Rd., Cleveland

Established in 1998 as a premier brewpub and restaurant, Rocky River Brewing Company was founded on creating world-class handcrafted beers, an award-winning menu, and a great dining experience. Over the past 10 years, Rocky River Brewing Company has won more than a dozen national and international medals for its beers and numerous Silver Spoon awards for its food.

Photo via Rocky River Brewing Co./Facebook
 Railroad Brewing Company
1010 Center Rd., Avon
If you love railroads and trains and you love beer, there’s no better brewery around. Beer comes out of old railroad spikes and their two signature beers, the Red Caboose amber ale and the Coal Train stout, are worth the ride.
Photo via @RailroadBrewingCo/Instagram

Railroad Brewing Company

1010 Center Rd., Avon

If you love railroads and trains and you love beer, there’s no better brewery around. Beer comes out of old railroad spikes and their two signature beers, the Red Caboose amber ale and the Coal Train stout, are worth the ride.

Photo via @RailroadBrewingCo/Instagram
 Platform Beer Co.
3506 Vega Ave., Cleveland
The Ohio City-based brewery owned by Justin Carson and Paul Benner debuted with a wee 3-barrel system in the summer of 2014. Six months later the team upgraded to its current 10-barrel system, supported by a battery of new 15-barrel fermentation and conditioning tanks. It’s a microbrewery that feels like a bar you just want to chill at for hours.
Photo via Scene Archives

Platform Beer Co.

3506 Vega Ave., Cleveland

The Ohio City-based brewery owned by Justin Carson and Paul Benner debuted with a wee 3-barrel system in the summer of 2014. Six months later the team upgraded to its current 10-barrel system, supported by a battery of new 15-barrel fermentation and conditioning tanks. It’s a microbrewery that feels like a bar you just want to chill at for hours.

Photo via Scene Archives