Sipping Through the Cleveland Brewery Passport
By Michael Evans

Sipping Through the Cleveland Brewery Passport

There’s certainly no shortage of breweries in Ohio, and especially not in Cleveland. In fact, it’s difficult to even keep up with the ever growing landscape of craft breweries that keep popping up throughout our state. That’s why Destination Cleveland has come up with the Cleveland Brewery Passport – to help guide you along the region’s beer trail.

Following in the footsteps of other great beer-focused tourism programs such as the Columbus Ale Trail and Summit Brew Path, Destination Cleveland launched the Cleveland Brewery Passport in July 2018 in hopes of adding a fun (and organized) element for those looking to visit and imbibe. To join in, just stop at the Cleveland Visitors Center, or any of the 30 participating breweries to snag your free “passport.”

Much like a real passport, you will get a stamp for every place you visit, but instead of countries. You have until June 30, 2019 to visit (and make purchases at) as many breweries as you can. After 8 stamps, you will receive a special Cleveland-branded bottle opener. Visit all 30 and you will get a Cleveland hat! Drawings for weekend getaways and free tickets to Cleveland sporting events are also up for grabs.

We started with some of the more well-known locations on the list (like Great Lakes Brewing Company, and Fat Head’s Saloon), and are continuing our journey with newer places (like Sibling Revelry and Working Class).

First on our stop was the Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC). People clamor year ‘round for the famous Christmas Ale from GLBC, which appears only during the holiday season (and for Christmas in July). Other great favorites we tasted include: the sweet and dry Dortmunder Gold, and the tongue-in-cheek Burning River Pale Ale with hints of citrus and lime. GLBC also has beer names paying homage to famous Ohioans, like the Commodore Perry IPA and Eliot Ness Amber Lager. There’s a lot of Cleveland history that can be learned by visiting this brewery, so you should certainly put it at the top of your list.

Fat Head’s Saloon is aptly named, as it serves up unforgettable meals, like gargantuan cheeseburgers loaded with bacon and pierogis and a side of fries or homemade chips. The amazing food is paired with fantastic award winning beers like Head Hunter Pale Ale, Up In Smoke Porter and Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale.

Continuing our journey, we tried a new brewery on the West Side: Sibling Revelry Brewing. Here, we “let the revelry begin” with a sampling of beers served to us on an Ohio-shaped flight rack while we played party games like Jenga and Battleship. We also had the chance to get a tour of the facility. This made for an unforgettable experience for us, and it is highly recommended!

Yet another new brewery my friends and I discovered on our tour of the West Side was Working Class Brewery, whose beers pay homage to the hard working men and women of this country. We enjoyed the quaint feel and tasty drinks (the Peanut Butter Oil Rigger was out of this world). It’s remarkable the diversity flavors we uncovered in our own city!

In addition to those already mentioned, the locations you can visit on the “beer trail” include: Avon Brewing Company, Bad Tom Smith Brewing, Boss Dog Brewing Co., The BottleHouse Brewery, The Brew Kettle, BRIM Kitchen + Brewery, Brick and Barrel, Butcher and the Brewer, The Cleveland Brewery, Collision Bend Brewing Company, Forest City Brewery, Goldhorn Brewery, Hansa Brewery and Restaurant, Hofbräuhaus Cleveland, The Jolly Scholar, Market Garden Brewery, Masthead Brewing Co., Nano Brew Cleveland, Noble Beast Brewing Co., Platform Beer Co., Railroad Brewing Co., Rocky River Brewing Company, Saucy Brew Works, Terrestrial Brewing Company, Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Willoughby Brewing Co., Working Class Brewery

For more Ohio breweries, Find It Here on Ohio.org.

About the Author

Michael Evans is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs Journalism and currently works for The Ohio Department of Transportation as a Legislative Liaison. Michael is additionally the creator of OHventures, an Ohio tourism blog that focuses on outdoor adventure and active lifestyle. He has many hobbies, including writing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, running, lifting weights, traveling and photography. You can write to Michael at ohventuresblog@gmail.com.

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