Just imagine what it might be like to have a job where you're sole function is to go from one brewery to another in order to test their products and see which one is, in your opinion, the best. It sounds like the types of things that dreams are made of, doesn't it? As luck would have it, it is possible to find out which breweries are the best in Cleveland, Ohio. It may not be the dream job that you were hoping for, but you can still find out which breweries are typically determined to be the best (according to popular opinion) and then see what each one of those breweries has to offer. If you really want to get specific, here is a list of what are commonly deemed the five best breweries in Cleveland. Of course, they're ranked from number five to number one, but if you really want to enjoy yourself, who says that you can't try each one?
5. Bookhouse Brewing (1526 W 25th St)
The first thing you're likely to notice when you see this establishment is that it is cozy, yet roomy enough to allow you to enjoy yourself. There's a certain simplicity to it that is typically hard to find these days, yet there is absolutely nothing simple about how it makes you feel. Everything there is brewed on site and in many cases, it's all craft beers from in-house recipes. If craft lager really isn't your thing, they also have a number of ciders that you can try which are also made in-house. It shouldn't come as any surprise that they offer a full menu. Just to keep things interesting, they have a habit of rotating that menu depending on the season. They also adjust their hours accordingly, so it's always a good idea to check their website or give them a call before you travel there in order to make sure that you won't get disappointed by a locked door. If you truly enjoy visiting breweries that almost feel historic without the items available for sale feeling dated, then this one is hard to beat.
4. Saucy Brew Works (2885 Detroit Ave #2734)
As far as products available go, this is probably one of the most unique breweries in the entire country, not to mention in Cleveland. For one thing, they don't pour everything from the tap, but instead pre-package everything in cans with interesting artwork. For the most part, they feature Mexican-style lagers and in-house craft beers with a certain kick to them, hence their name. One of the more interesting things about them is that they also offer their own unique blend of coffees. Many people joke that the idea was to allow people to have their fill where the beer is concerned and then when they need to sober up, they can try some of the specialty coffees that are only rivaled by the alcohol sold by the same establishment. It's also worth noting that all of the beers available for sale there have relatively unique names. You should probably also know that the artwork just might give you nightmares on some dark, lonely night. That said, the beer certainly won't give you nightmares. In fact, you'll probably end up wanting to come back for more again and again. Of course, they have options that are extra bold along with more typical Mexican lagers. They also have a low-calorie version called White Light.
3. Terrestrial Brewing (7524 Father Frascati)
This is the perfect place to go if you want some outstanding in-house craft beer and you also want to take your dog along with you. That's right, they are a dog friendly brewery. More importantly, everything they do is made in-house and they're constantly creating new options for their customers. It's worth noting that the business has only been there since 2017, yet they have managed to cement a place for themselves in the city as one of the best breweries year after year. It certainly doesn't hurt that the establishment is located in an industrial-like brick building that immediately puts you at ease and makes you feel like you can simply go in and enjoy yourself. Of course, they also have food available on the menu and they typically have live events that occur several nights per week, especially during the late spring and summer months.
2. Masthead Brewing Co. (1261 Superior Ave)
You should know that you're going to get something special when you get to this bBrewery, which is located in an officially recognized National Historic building. As it turns out, the building used to be an automotive dealership that was built in 1921. These days, it may serve a far different purpose, but the owners of the establishment have chosen to keep the original feel of the historic location alive. As far as the products sold are concerned, there are a few things that make this one of the more interesting choices in the city. First and foremost, they have their very own lineup of New England style IPAs and they're widely regarded as some of the best in the business. They also age their own beer in whiskey barrels that they have managed to get their hands on over the years and they'll pour you one of these specially aged beers from the tap that's connected directly to the barrels, giving you an opportunity to experience something you’ve probably never enjoyed before. They're almost as famous for their pizza as they are for their beer, and they have a location that's large enough to seat approximately 300 people.
1. Noble Beast Brewing Co. (1470 Lakeside Dr.)
There's definitely a reason that this is the brewery that consistently lands in the number one slot when people start talking about the best breweries in the city. They’re relatively small and family-owned. As such, they take great care with everything they do. They have what you might consider your typical types of beer, but they also do plenty of experimenting with in-house craft beers that you can't get anywhere else. At the same time, they have a menu that's hard to beat, something else that they've taken a great deal of time and effort in crafting. If you're so inclined, you can enjoy live events or even purchase special merchandise directly from the brewery. If you're looking for something that's enjoyable and has delicious beer and food with a bit of a cozy feel to it, it's almost impossible to beat this particular establishment.
Written by Liz Flynn
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