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Great Lakes Brewing Company

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Welcome to Great Lakes - let our employee-owners show you around! Go behind the scenes of Ohio’s original craft brewery with a public brewery tour. Guests will grab their first taste of our award-winning beer in the Beer Symposium before...

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Welcome to Great Lakes - let our employee-owners show you around! Take a walk through the history of brewing in Cleveland (literally!) by exploring the storied buildings of GLBC’s brewing campus. Immerse yourself in Cleveland brewing lore while...

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Journey through Great Lakes Brewing Co. history taking each step with a beer in hand! Welcome to Great Lakes - let our employee-owners show you around!

BREWERY TOUR

Journey through Great Lakes Brewing Co. history taking each step with a beer in hand!

Welcome to Great Lakes - let our employee-owners show you around! Go behind the scenes of Ohio’s original craft brewery with a public brewery tour. Guests will grab their first taste of our award-winning beer in the Beer Symposium before venturing into the production facility for an up close and personal look at how that wonderful liquid is brewed, cellared, and packaged! Our knowledgeable (and super friendly) tour guides will guide you each step of the way with an in-depth look at our history, brewing processes, and more. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and include four 5 oz. beer samples and a souvenir pint glass to take home!

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Choose your tour date and time carefully! Payment is non-refundable, and event date and time is non-transferable. Our tours start promptly at their scheduled time; no exceptions. Guests arriving late are not guaranteed a chance to join their tour. Please allow time to find parking and arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled tour start time.

Please be aware that buying out all of the tickets for a public brewery tour does not guarantee it will be a private event for you and your guests. A limited amount of walk-up tickets are available on a first come, first served basis at the start of every public tour day. Please visit the Beer Symposium to inquire about any open availability. If you are interested in a private tour, please contact us directly at 216.325.7846 for additional details.

Don't forget your ID! Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID to consume or purchase alcohol. Guests without a valid ID at check-in will not receive beer samples. Four (4) 5 oz. beer samples are given per valid ID; no exceptions. Guests under 21 are welcome on the tour, but must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. No guest under 21 will be permitted to consume alcohol; no exceptions. When purchasing tickets, please select the Under 21/Non-Drinking ticket option for anyone under 21. Children under the age of 5 do not need to purchase a ticket.

Visitors planning to visit the brewery MUST wear closed-toe shoes (i.e. boots or sneakers; no flip flops or sandals.) This is for your personal safety and the safety of our guests.

Our brewery is housed in a 19th century building with narrow spaces and multiple stairwells. Be aware that breweries are hot and loud, especially in packaging areas and during the summer months.

Tour availability is subject to change. Details and offerings subject to change without notice.

Questions? Contact us at 216.771.4404 or [email protected]

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CLEVELAND BREWING HISTORY TOUR

Take a walk through the history of brewing in Cleveland (literally!) by exploring the storied buildings of GLBC's brewing campus. Welcome to Great Lakes - let our employee-owners show you around!

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Take a walk through the history of brewing in Cleveland (literally!) by exploring the storied buildings of GLBC's brewing campus.

Immerse yourself in Cleveland brewing lore while learning about the 19th century taverns that now comprise our brewpub, the majestic Schlather Brewing Co. facility that houses our production brewery, and more. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and include four 5 oz. beer samples and a souvenir pint glass to take home!

Our brewery is housed in a 19th century building with narrow spaces and multiple stairwells. Be aware that breweries are hot and loud, especially in packaging areas and during the summer months. This tour will involve some time outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Looking to visit the brewpub before or after your tour? Please see the host stand before your tour for seating policies, or make a reservation by visiting us online at https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/brewpub . Tour attendance does not guarantee reservations in our brewpub.

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Haunted History Tours

On these special Brewery Tours, join one of our tour guides for a tour through our iconic brewpub buildings, all with a beer in hand. Explore the history of these buildings that now make up our brewpub and hear the stories of the ghosts that still haunt them (along with some spooky Cleveland tales). Tours last approximately 45-60 minutes, and include your first beer in the pub, plus a tour pint glass to take home!

Tours will meet in the Gift Shop for check-in before venturing into the brewpub to grab your first beer and explore our 19th century historic buildings with your tour guide.

Haunted History Tours will only take place in our brewpub and will not enter our main production facility. For our year-round brewery tours, please visit our website at https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/tours-and-classes.

Don't forget your ID! Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID to consume or purchase alcohol. Guests without a valid ID at check-in will not receive beer. One beer in the pub is included with your ticket, with valid ID; no exceptions. No guest under 21 will be permitted to consume alcohol; no exceptions.

Please keep in mind that our brewpub is housed in several 19th century historic buildings with narrow spaces and multiple stairwells. This tour will involve multiple staircases. Tour attendance does not guarantee reservations in our brewpub. Please see the host stand before your tour for seating policies, or make a reservation by visiting us online at https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/brewpub.

Hop College Classes

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The taps are on, the beer is pouring, and class is back in session! Learn all about craft beer the Great Lakes way as Cicerone® certified staff crack open the story of beer – where it came from, how it’s made, and the best way to taste it (and what to taste it with!) Students who complete Hop College Classes will leave with a special Hop College branded glass specific to each class. Guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID to attend.

Details are subject to change without notice.

Visitors touring the brewery MUST wear closed-toed shoes (i.e. boots or sneakers; no flip flops or sandals). This is for your personal safety and the safety of our guests. Our brewery is housed in a 19th century building with narrow spaces and multiple stairwells. Be aware that breweries are hot and loud, especially in packaging areas and during the summer months.

Payment is non-refundable, and event date is non-transferable. Please book your date and time carefully, as refunds will not be awarded.

You MUST be 21 or older with a valid ID to consume, purchase, or pick up alcohol. No ID. No alcohol. No exceptions!

Questions? Contact us at 216.771.4404 or [email protected] .

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Passport Program membership includes specialty tours like our Cleveland Brewing History Tours and Haunted History Tours.

Treat yourself or gift to a friend! Annual membership is only $50.

HOP College Private Classes

Students who enroll in Virtual Hop College: Beer 101 will head to the virtual “classroom” where GLBC Beer Educators crack open the story of beer – where it came from, how it’s made, and the best way to taste it. Our Beer Educators will help you tap into a deeper understanding of craft beer the GLBC way, by taking a look at our brewery, history, and philosophy.

For this class, we’ll be learning about (and tasting) the following 5 beers:

  • Dortmunder Gold Lager
  • Eliot Ness Amber Lager
  • Burning River Pale Ale
  • Great Lakes IPA
  • Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

No text books required, but feel free to pick up a few of these beers that you’re interested in for class! (Additionally, we can offer tickets that include these study beers, and a special Hop College exclusive glass! These beers can also be altered to fit the needs of your group if necessary.)

Class will be held via Zoom, and will be a total of 60 minutes. Students will be responsible for downloading the Zoom app ahead of time.

Pricing for Virtual Hop College varies depending on the group size, as well as the beers selected. Classes can be offered with or without beer. Keep in mind, for any tickets including beer, study beers must be picked up in our Gift Shop located in Ohio City. State of Ohio Law, unfortunately, prohibits us from shipping beer.

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Fantastic way to explore your city and spend an afternoon/evening

"I would highly recommend this to anyone. Barry and Eric were excellent tour guides and did a great job of not only teaching us about the history of beer, but also made a point to learn about each person's favorite type of beer so it was including in the samplings. All the places we visited were great. I definitely plan on doing this again."

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"The City Brew tour that we took was a most enjoyable evening. We visited four breweries and drank a lot of great craft beer. The dinner at Penn Brewing was delicious. Barry, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and made traveling between breweries pleasurable and fun. Pittsburgh is fortunate that City Brew Tours is here. Book your tour today!"

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"Had a great time. Great beer, food, and guides. Beer was very diverse. It was great getting behind the scenes at the breweries to experience unique elements of each."

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Each Dayton brewery tour includes transportation, tours and tastings.

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The meeting place in Dayton is Carillon Brewing Co 1000 Carillon Boulevard Dayton, Ohio 45409

3-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $50/person

3.5-hour, 3 Brewery Tour: $55/person

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Refund Policy: Refunds are granted only for cancellations occurring prior to 72 hours of scheduled tour, and if tour is cancelled by Craft Connection. Tours may be cancelled at the discretion of Craft Connection due to harsh or severe weather resulting in unfavorable and unsafe road conditions.

Deposit fee is $250. Availability can be found on our Availability Page

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Customize your experience with a private tour. Ride to each stop in luxury on our 12-14 passenger bus, equipped with coolers and limo seating – ideal for making conversation with your friends with your drinking companions. You’ll have a driver and a tour guide for the entire day – everyone is a VIP on our tours. The atmosphere is casual and unpretentious, so whether you’re a craft beer lover or just beer-curious, you’ll feel comfortable and entertained. 

Private tours available upon request. Please contact us to determine a date that will work best for you.

Please remember when scheduling a brewery or winery tour that the legal drinking age is 21 years old. There are no discounts if you schedule a tour and the proprietor of the establishment chooses not to serve someone if they are underage or intoxicated and are refused service.  

How many people fit on the bus?

I can transport up to 14 people.

Can I rent the bus for other occasions?

You are not limited to just breweries.  The bus is available for “rent” for any gathering that you are planning. 

Do you provide refreshments?

Snacks, bottled water, and assorted sodas are always available on the bus at no charge.

Do I have to pay a deposit?

A Deposit of $250.00 is required upon booking of the bus. If you are booking a tour where multiple people will be paying their own way, at least one person needs to reserve a seat as a deposit for the tour.

How Do Cancellations Work?

If you have a need to cancel your tour on short notice (2 weeks or less) your “deposit” may not be refunded. If you need to cancel, you will not receive a cash refund. You will receive a credit for another tour date.  If I must cancel due to any reason, you will be refunded in full.

Do you charge a cleaning fee?

A $250.00 Cleaning Fee will be assessed if any “biologicals” need to be cleaned up, as well as for any messes that are beyond normal spills and drops.

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Be the first to try the newest craft beer and wine available from a bunch of breweries and wineries. We do the work. All you have to do is get on the bus. You are guaranteed to have a great time.

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Cincy Brew Bus

Underground Tunnel Brewery District And Craft Beer Tasting-LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Cincinnati's Rich Heritage meets Cincinnati's Brewing Renaissance

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  • Calendar Availability: Saturday
  • Hour Glass Duration: 4 Hours

Meet us at 1939 Race Street, 45202, The Brewing Heritage Trail Visitor Center

200 Years of Beer in One Cincinnati Brewery Tour!

Two tours, one day. Take a visit along the Brewing Heritage Trail to see historic breweries and underground lagering cellars and afterward hit up three local craft breweries. Celebrate and experience Cincinnati’s amazing beer tradition! Receive a Souvenir Cincy Brew Bus Taster Glass!

See Cincinnati’s Largest Underground Cellar where Cincinnati Beer Tradition began. Go back in history with us and celebrate local beer afterward with a Craft Brewery Tasting Tour (16-20 oz of beer at 3 different locations). Plan on 4.5-5 hours

We will startat the BRAND NEW Brewing Heritage Trail Visitor Center Over-the-Rhine (1939 Race Street, 45202) directly next to Northern Row Brewing Company. Parking is next to and across from the Visitor Center and on McMicken and Race Street. Check listing for detailed start times

Plan on Walking, comfy shoes, dress for the being outside in the elements, the lager cellars are cool even when it is warm outside, just an FYI.

We are going do a one hour tour along a portion of the Brewing Heritage Trail and then explore the historic (non-operating) Jackson Brewery. We will explore the lagering cellars deep under the brewery and talk about what made those breweries such an important part of our heritage.

Then you will hop on the Cincy Brew Bus and head out to 3 local craft breweries where you will be treated to a behind the scenes tour, 16-18 ounces of fresh locally made beer and proper tasting techniques.

We will span two centuries of Cincinnati Beer and celebrate our past and our incredible future.

Tickets are limited to 14 people per tour unless you have a larger party, and then you can inquire about a private event.

Walkup’s are Welcome but try and book online first, we sell out frequently.

**YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DRINK WHILE RIDING ON THE BUS DURING THIS TOUR-See product specific details while booking and make sure to read carefully through your waiver form on specifics. Wine, Beer and Cider are allowed but NO LIQUOR please.

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Cincinnati Craft Brewery 3-Stop Hop!

Cincinnati’s Premier Tasting Tour hits up three locations and celebrates Cincinnati’s rich brewing heritage. Tastings and Servatii Pretzel Sticks are provided. Your tour guide will take great care of you and talk beer along the way!

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Travel along the Butler County Donut Trail, one of the most popular passport trails in the country, and sink your teeth into delectable, locally made donuts at four unique bakeries.

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Sunday funday lake erie tour – a beer and wine tour.

We know where the good beer flows, and we’re taking you there in guided style. A Brew Bus ticket to drink and ride? You’re gonna want one of those.

Flag City Public Tour

Support your local beertender and join us for a one-of-a-kind trip that visits the more rural areas on the 419 Ale Trail. Hop aboard the Brew Bus as we travel in search of a taste of the best brews in the Flag City area.

BG Tractor Pull Public Tour

You may have heard about their legendary eateries, but this funky little college town is also crafting up some pretty awesome beer. Brew Bus tours are the ultimate way to support local businesses and experience the unique vibes found in Bowling Green’s brewery scene.

Glass City Public Tour

The Toledo craft brewery scene is thriving and there’s no better way to experience it than hopping on a Brew Bus Tour and tasting some of the best craft beer this area has to offer.

Brews and Bourbon Tour

You’ll depart from Carey Brewing Station, a comfortable community focal point with a classic, home-town taproom feel. From there you’ll visit a 40-foot custom bar to sip some of the best hand-crafted bourbon cocktails, taste the sounds of an alternative, creative brewery atmosphere, and settle into the crafted, one-of-a-kind Findlay beer culture.

Christmas Ale Adventure on the 419 Ale Trail

Bring in your holiday cheer and hop aboard the 419 Brew Bus for a Christmas Ale Adventure. We’ll be dashing to local breweries to sample their take on Christmas Ales and other seasonal libations. Brewery/Distillery Stops: Start: 5:30 pm at Maumee Bay Brewing Company Maumee Bay Brewing Company ($2 off the first Blitzen Christmas Ale) […]

Prohibition Tour

Hop on the 419 Brew Bus and hear stories of the Prohibition and Gangsters of Northwest Ohio as you sample gin, vodka, rum, and mead!

Haunted Toledo Brew Bus Tour

Ready for a spooky time in the 419? The 419 Brew Bus will be hitting the best Toledo haunts and beer happenings. Costumes are encouraged for a frightfully fun experience.

Want to Book a Private Tour?

Aside from the tours above open to the public, we also host private tours for small groups and outings. Have a brewery trip in mind for your group? Let us know what you’re thinking!

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4 Brewery Stops

Take the 419 brew bus for unique brewery tours around beautiful northwest ohio.

Each tour features 4 stops at a selection of the regions finest breweries.

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False Cord Brewing Co.

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HEAVY Beer Co / Toledo Spirits

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Oncore Brewing

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Patron Saints

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Ramblin’ Red’s Brewing Company

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Cork & Tap Excursions - Ohio Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

Welcome to Cork & Tap Excursions

We are your custom door-to-door tour service serving greater Central and Southeastern Ohio. We bring you to the regions finest breweries, distilleries, and wineries on a personally curated trip.

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We now have gift certificates available for wine and beer excursions. The perfect gift for wine and beer loving friends and family!

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Let us take care of the driving so you can enjoy some of the best wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries in Southeast and Eastern Ohio. Sample locally made wine, beer, cider and spirits while we take care of your transportation.

We have county and custom excursion options lasting 4 or 6 hours. You’re not limited to staying in a single county though. Each excursion includes up to 300 total miles and we will work with you to build a route that will include your desired stops.

Contact us to learn more about planning your itinerary.

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Cincy Brew Bus & Brewing History Tour

1 Hour Historical Brewery Tour Above Ground & Below + 3 Hours of Beer Tasting with Cincy Brew Bus. ​

Price: $80 Drinking/ $65 Non-Drinking

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TAKING YOUR HISTORIC BREWERY TOUR IN CINCINNATI

Please check your ticket to ensure the correct starting location, as different tours begin at different locations. Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the tour start time in order to check in and fill out a liability waiver. Allow enough time for parking, especially on the weekends, as your tour guide typically cannot wait for late arrivals. Tours involve walking outside and many include going up and down steep stairs. Comfortable shoes (no open toes or heels) are recommended. 

Photography is allowed, however we ask you be respectful of other participants. Some tours are not recommended for young children (under 18 requires parental approval), so please keep this in mind when booking. Tours run rain or shine. No alcohol is allowed on the tour when on public streets and private buildings, and no outside alcohol is allowed.

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The information below covers many of our more frequently asked questions, however if you would like additional information regarding topics such as parking, directions, or things to do before and after the tour, please call us at 513-604-9812 or email at  [email protected] , thanks!

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We offer a variety of tours throughout the year and they start at different locations. Below is a list of the tours and their starting locations:

Brewing Heritage Trail Sign at Findlay Market (101 West Elder St.): 

Built on Beer Tour

Brewers & Barons Tour

Over & Under the Rhine Tour

Northern Row Brewery & Distillery (111 West McMicken Ave.):

Cincinnati Brewing & Distilling Tour

Partner Tour with the Cincy Brew Bus

Darkside of Brewing Tour

Moerlein Lager House (115 Joe Nuxhall Way):

Cellars & Saloons Brunch Tour

Ballparks & Breweries Bus Tour

CLICK HERE to see a full list of tours. Select your desired tour and follow the instructions including entering your credit card information. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive an emailed ticket that will serve as your record of the purchase.

Sometimes tickets are sent to your “Spam” or “Promotions” folders, so please check there first if you do not see them. No physical tickets are sent out so please print and bring this ticket with you to the tour (either printed out or on your phone). If you have problems booking please contact us at [email protected] or (513) 604-9812.

Yes, children are welcome to come on most tours and discounted tickets are available. However, the Cellars & Saloons Brunch Tour and the Cincinnati Brewing & Distilling Tour is 18 & up and the Built on Beer Brew Bus Tour is 21 & up.

Mobility Concerns: If you would like to take a tour with us, but you or a member of your group has difficulty walking long distances, traversing stairs or uneven surfaces, we can make arrangements to potentially suit your needs. Please contact us at [email protected] or (513) 604-9812 for details.

We welcome private tours outside of our normal tour schedule. You can choose one of our standard tours or we can customize one for you. Tours are great for business outings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, family outings, and more! We can also assist with partners at local breweries and restaurants for tastings, food, and more. Click HERE for more info!

We offer qualified non-profits and fundraisers a pair of tour tickets to be used for fundraising events. Start by filling out the tour form below and we will contact you.

Please contact us at least four weeks prior to your event to allow enough processing time.

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Gift Certificates and discounts MUST be redeemed online, and are NOT valid in person. Select your desired tour and number of tickets either from either the list of tours or the calendar. Write your coupon code, gift certificate code, or other discount code in the discount box after selecting your tickets and hit “apply” and the discount should be applied prior to entering your credit card information. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive an emailed ticket that will serve as your record of the purchase.

Sometimes tickets are sent to your “Spam” or “Promotions” folders, so please check there first if you do not see them. No physical tickets are sent out, so please either print and bring this ticket with you or make sure you can pull it up on your phone or another device as a backup. If you have problems booking please contact us at [email protected] or (513) 604-9812.

Discounts on regularly scheduled tours are available for groups of 8 and larger. Discounts are automatically applied to your order. Current discounts are 15% off for groups of 8-19 and 20% off for groups of 20-40. Please contact us for groups large than 40.

Entering an email address while purchasing tickets will enter you on our email list. We do not sell or share this list or any other contact information with any other organizations or businesses. You may unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

Tickets are non-refundable with less than 48 hours notice (via phone or email) prior to the tour/event starting. Tickets may be substituted for future credit or a different tour at the discretion of management. Please do not purchase tickets through a discount site like Groupon or CincySavers, as we currently do not have a relationship with any of these companies and we do not accept their coupons.

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Looking for the best Cleveland Breweries? You’re in luck! We’ve scoured the city to bring you our top picks of the top breweries in Cleveland that you absolutely must check out. This guide will highlight the top breweries in and around this sudsy Ohio city so you can find your new favorite spot with ease!

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Cleveland Craft Beer Scene

Welcome to Cleveland, Ohio – the city where beer isn’t just a drink, it’s a way of life! If you’ve got a soft spot for small-batch beers, tasting rooms brimming with character, and an overall bustling craft brewery scene, then Cleveland is the city for you.

Grab your Cleveland brewery passport, a pint glass, and an adventurous spirit, as we take you on a journey through the city’s unique brewing landscape. From favorite breweries nestled in the heart of the city, like those in the Ohio City location, to others dotting the surrounding areas, each brew house offers an individualistic blend of tradition, innovation, and Ohioan spirit.

All of these breweries brew their own beer right on the premises. So, while you’re savoring your beer, you’ll also be able to soak in the fascinating brewing process. Plus, many of these breweries have fantastic restaurants that serve great food to accompany your brew.

Who Makes The Best Beer in Cleveland, OH?

The answer to that question? It really depends on what you’re looking for! With so many other Cleveland breweries doing an incredible job, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one favorite brewery.

Whether you’re in the mood for a robust stout or a hoppy IPA, Cleveland’s breweries are whipping up some serious magic in their brewing cauldrons. And the fun doesn’t stop at traditional brews. Many breweries here are constantly experimenting, creating small-batch beers that offer a unique drinking experience.

So, the ‘best’ really comes down to your personal preference. But rest assured, no matter where you decide to stop for a pint, you’ll encounter flavorful brews, warm hospitality, and a genuine love for the craft that’s unmistakably Cleveland.

One thing’s for sure, you’re going to want to keep coming back to discover more of what the Cleveland beer scene has to offer. So sit back, grab a cold one, and join us as we embark on this frothy adventure together!

How We Picked The Top Breweries in Cleveland, Ohio.

Discover why Cleveland is renowned for its impressive selection of craft breweries and great beer. By researching reviews, ratings, and awards, we have put together an exclusive list of the top brews to experience while in town. No need to settle for tourist-trap restaurants or mediocre beers, we’ve got you covered!

With every ‘top breweries’ post we write, we do diligent online research to determine who makes it on our list. From reading online reviews, reviewing beer selections at favorite breweries, checking other authority websites, and sampling their beers. We do our best to take all the information we collect and give you our opinion of the top breweries in Cleveland.

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The Best Cleveland Breweries

Our list of the top breweries in Cleveland is all you need to start planning your next brewery hopping adventure. Let’s get started!

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Great Lakes Brewing Company is the original brewery of Cleveland, founded in 1988. It has been setting the standard for microbreweries in the city ever since. Located near the famous West Side Market, their beautiful brewery is a must-visit destination.

Every year, beer lovers eagerly anticipate the arrival of their Great Lakes Christmas Ale, a delightful holiday brew filled with festive spices. And let’s not forget their Octoberfest, a fall favorite loved by locals and visitors alike.

But it’s not just about the seasonal beers. Great Lakes Brewing Company offers an impressive year-round selection, catering to every palate. Whether you crave hoppy IPAs, rich stouts, or refreshing lagers, they have a brew for you.

Customer Review: Multiple-award winners of the Great American Beer Festival and it’s easy to see why. These folks excel at traditional beer styles while also dabbling in the modern.
  • Phone: (216) 771-4404
  • Address: 2516 Market Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, United States
  • Beers to Try: Burning River IPA
  • Website: greatlakesbrewing.com/

Market Garden Brewery

Market Garden Brewery

Nestled in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, Market Garden Brewery is a true gem for craft beer enthusiasts. With a commitment to using the highest quality, natural ingredients, their award-winning beers are a testament to their passion and dedication.

Market Garden Brewery experiments with small batch brewing and often has rotating draft exclusives. These limited releases can only be savored in their tasting room, making each visit a unique and special experience.

To complement their exceptional brews, Market Garden Brewery also boasts a fantastic restaurant serving delicious food. Whether you’re in the mood for mouthwatering sandwiches, tempting pizzas, or delectable appetizers, their menu has something to please every taste bud.

Customer Review: What an awesome craft brewery in Cleveland. On my first visit to the city of Cleveland this brewery set the tone for the day great service,atmosphere and very good brews. I had a great time
  • Phone: (216) 621-4000
  • Address: 1947 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, United States
  • Beers to Try: Frosty Tangerine Lime Wit and Progress Pilsner
  • Website: marketgardenbrewery.com/beer/

Fat Head’s Brewery

Fat Head's Brewery

Fat Head’s Brewery commitment to brewing excellence has earned them numerous awards, including the prestigious 2023 Beer Cup Gold Medal for their American Style IPA and German Style Weizenbock, among many others over the years.

With a massive production facility located in Middleburg Heights, Fat Head’s Brewery is a force to be reckoned with in the craft beer scene. They have expanded their presence with three locations across Northeast Ohio, ensuring that beer enthusiasts can enjoy their award-winning creations at multiple spots.

Customer Review: Great experience!! Our server, Jon, was a really cool dude! He gave great recommendations on both food and drinks and was extremely patient and helpful. Food was absolutely delicious!
  • Phone: (216) 898-0242
  • Address: 17450 Engle Lake Dr, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130, United States
  • Beers to Try: Head Hunter IPA
  • Website: fatheads.com/

Saucy Brew Works

Saucy Brew Works

Saucy Brew Works has an extensive lineup of high-quality craft beers covering a wide range of styles, including classic German, American, and experimental and wild type brews. But Saucy Brew Works doesn’t stop at beer. They also have a treat for coffee lovers with their small-batch, artisan coffee offerings. Whether you’re in the mood for a perfect pint or a flavorful cup of joe, Saucy Brew Works has you covered.

To complement their exceptional beverages, their brewpub serves up mouthwatering New Haven-style pizzas. The combination of delectable brews and tasty pizza is a match made in heaven. And for those seeking entertainment, Saucy Brew Works hosts weekly trivia nights at their flagship brewery, adding a fun and engaging element to your visit.

Customer Review: Our favorite lunch spot on the West side. The El Lager was the best beer I’ve had here yet, and the Bees Knees is an amazing pizza. As always, I ate too much. Lots of seating, cool industrial atmosphere, kid friendly.
  • Phone: (216) 666-2568
  • Address: 2885 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, United States
  • Beers to Try: El Lager and Fauxbia White Stout
  • Website: saucybrewworks.com/

Butcher and the Brewer

Butcher and the Brewer

Nestled in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Butcher and the Brewer is a locally owned and operated brewpub that delivers a unique and unforgettable dining experience. With an in-house butcher and charcutier, they skillfully incorporate local ingredients, ethnic flavors, and artisan products into their offerings.

Their menu is designed for sharing and served family style, allowing you to savor a variety of delectable dishes with friends and loved ones. From the kitchen to the brews, Butcher and the Brewer embraces creativity. Their brewmaster loves to put a new spin on old-school brews, resulting in innovative and tantalizing flavors.

Customer Review: Diamond in the rough here. Staff is very knowledgeable about beer, local food and local places. Make this one of your stops for good service and great drinks.
  • Phone: (216) 331-0805
  • Address: 2043 E 4th St, Cleveland, OH 44115, United States
  • Beers to Try: Stop Hop Kaboom IPA
  • Website: butcherandthebrewer.com/

Masthead Brewing Company

Masthead Brewing Company

Nestled within the historic Bryant Building, a true Cleveland gem dating back to 1921, Masthead Brewing Company offers a craft beer experience like no other. Known for their exceptional collection of New England IPAs, they have mastered the art of creating hazy, hop-forward brews that will leave you craving more.

Picture this: enjoying a pint on their dog-friendly patio, with stunning views of downtown Cleveland as your backdrop. It’s a craft beer lovers paradise where you can relax, sip on delicious brews, and soak in the vibrant city atmosphere. Masthead Brewing Company also serves Neapolitan-style pizzas that are the perfect pairing for their flavorful brews.

Another standout feature at Masthead Brewing Co is their commitment to barrel-aged beer. Using exclusively allocated whiskey barrels from top-rated distilleries, they create rich and complex brews that are truly a work of art.

Customer Review: Awesome place. Awesome beers. We had a great time and loved each beer we had. The food was great too. Will definitely go again on our next trip to Cleveland.
  • Phone: (216) 206-6176
  • Address: 1261 Superior Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114, United States
  • Beers to Try: Hive Cluster Barleywine and Single Origin Coffee Stout Bali
  • Website: mastheadbrewingco.com/

Sibling Revelry Brewing

Sibling Revelry Brewing

Sibling Revelry Brewing has an impressive lineup of good beer including a full selection of year-round favorites, seasonal varieties, limited releases, and exclusive taproom creations. With 22 beers on tap, you’re bound to find the perfect brew to satisfy your taste buds.

At this local brewery you’ll also have the opportunity to soak up the sun on their inviting outdoor patio. It’s the ideal spot to gather with friends, sip on a cold pint, and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Keep an eye out for their occasional trivia nights and other exciting events that add an extra dose of entertainment to your brewery experience.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the brewing process, personal tours are available to delve into the craftsmanship behind their exceptional beers.

Customer Review: Great beer and delicious (and unique) food menu. Adorable spot, off the beaten path a bit and plenty of parking. The bartender was very friendly and responsive. I definitely plan to go back when I’m back in the area!
  • Phone: (440) 471-8589
  • Address: 29305 Clemens Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, United States
  • Beers to Try: Pecan Brown Ale
  • Website: siblingrevelrybrewing.com/

Collision Bend Brewing Company

Collision Bend Brewing Company

Get ready to experience the perfect collision of expertly crafted beer and delectable food at Collision Bend Brewing Company. Located along the picturesque waterfront in Cleveland’s Flats District, this artisanal brewery and full-service restaurant offers an amazing beer and dining experience.

Imagine sipping on crisp, bright beers brewed on-site while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Cuyahoga River. Boats can dock along the patio, and convenient parking is adjacent to the property.

At Collision Bend Brewing Company, they have curated a menu of fresh, natural food designed specifically to complement the unique flavors of their beers. Every bite is crafted to enhance your tasting journey, creating a harmonious fusion of flavors.

Customer Review: Fantastic location with friendly staff. Sean the bartender was very informative about the area and ON IT with service ! We visited The Flats area on a Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed great music and sunshine on the patio with our pups
  • Phone: (216) 273-7879
  • Address: 1250 Old River Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113, United States
  • Beers to Try: Lake Erie Sunset Wheat Beer
  • Website: collisionbendbrewery.com/

Noble Beast Brewing Company

Noble Beast Brewing Company

Noble Beast Brewing Company is a small family-owned brewery that delights customers with its unconventional and delicious creations. Their passion for crafting exceptional beers shines through in every sip. They also have a farm-fresh and seasonal food menu that perfectly complements their brews. It’s a culinary experience that will leave your taste buds craving more.

While their innovative offerings are a treat, they also have a mastery of German-style beers. Prepare to be transported to traditional German beer halls as you savor their expertly brewed classics.

Customer Review: Great beer. Relaxing atmosphere. Arrived just in time for the wonderful hop aroma from brewing. They have a couple barrel aged beers you can buy in the bottle. Nice addition.
  • Phone: (216) 417-8588
  • Address: 1470 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114, United States
  • Beers to Try: Kapitän Alt Bier and Chick’n Waffles Imperial Stout
  • Website: noblebeastbeer.com/

The BottleHouse Brewery

The BottleHouse Brewery

The BottleHouse Brewery and Mead Hall has a welcoming space where board games and community seating foster a sense of camaraderie and fun. Get ready to indulge in not only delicious craft beer, but a diverse range of complex and barrel-aged meads as well!

They also have an impressive barrel-aged sour beer program that brings forth an array of sour delights. These carefully crafted brews will captivate your taste buds and leave you craving more. At The BottleHouse Brewery and Mead Hall, you’ll find a community-focused atmosphere, where you can gather with friends, enjoy great beer and mead, and engage in lively board game sessions.

Customer Review: Friendly staff, Great atmosphere. My favorite sour can be found here! Best place to drink in Lakewood, hands down.
  • Phone: (216) 214-2120
  • Address: 13368 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107, United States
  • Beers to Try: Rising Star Stout
  • Website: bottlehouse.co/

Goldhorn Brewery

Goldhorn Brewery

Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Cleveland at Goldhorn Brewery, nestled in St. Clair Superior’s Hub 55 complex, will immerse you in the vibrant spirit of the Cleveland beer industry. This dynamic brewery is more than just a place to grab a pint; it’s a celebration of Cleveland’s rich heritage and traditions.

They have a rotating draft list that showcases their passion for crafting exceptional beers. From Cleveland-themed brews to seasonal delights, like the iconic Dead Man’s Curve IPA and the refreshing Polka City Pilsner, each sip tells a story of the city’s vibrant culture.

Goldhorn Brewery not only offers outstanding beer, but also hearty, feel-good food that pairs perfectly with their brews. Whether you’re seeking a satisfying meal or looking to host a private event, their dedicated spaces provide the ideal setting.

Customer Review: What a fun, family friendly brewery! The food and beer are great and you’ll never get bad service.
  • Phone: (216) 273-7001
  • Address: 1361 E 55th St, Cleveland, OH 44103, United States
  • Beers to Try: Polka City Pilsner
  • Website: goldhornbrewery.com/

Bookhouse Brewing

Bookhouse Brewing

Bookhouse Brewing is a small brewery tucked away in a cozy, historic taproom. It’s a haven for those seeking approachable yet extraordinary beers and ciders.

Bookhouse Brewing prides itself on crafting brews that showcase their passion for the eclectic, the unusual, and the historical. Each sip reveals their commitment to pushing boundaries and delighting your taste buds with unique flavor combinations.

Bookhouse Brewing also offers a selection of cider, along with a variety of options to cater to every palate. Whether you prefer wine, spirits, cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverages, their diverse menu has something for everyone.

Customer Review: Cool bar in an interesting building, varied beer selection, and tasty pretzels. We were there for the weekly free trivia night (Wednesday), which added to the good time.
  • Phone: (216) 862-4048
  • Address: 1526 W 25th St, Cleveland, OH 44113, United States
  • Beers to Try: Whoops! Juicy IPA
  • Website: bookhouse.beer/

Terrestrial Brewing Company

Terrestrial Brewing Company

Terrestrial Brewing Company invites you to experience a down-to-earth beer adventure on the shores of Lake Erie. Nestled in the Battery Park neighborhood, this brewery’s name speaks to its connection with the earth and its commitment to crafting exceptional brews.

At Terrestrial Brewing, you’ll find a tap list that combines two mainstay beers, the refreshing Canopy Crusher IPA and the crisp Public Pilsner, with an ever-changing rotation of exciting brews. Each visit promises a new and delightful taste experience.

But Terrestrial Brewing isn’t just for beer enthusiasts. It’s also a haven for our furry friends. The taproom proudly welcomes dogs, and with an adjacent dog park next door, your four-legged companions can frolic and make new friends while you enjoy a cold one. Don’t miss Doggie Brunch on Sundays, where Spoiled Dog Boss serves up delicious food for your pups.

Customer Review: Great patio and very dog friendly! The beer was good, I would definitely recommend going in the summer when its nice out!
  • Phone: (216) 465-9999
  • Address: 7524 Father Frascati, Cleveland, OH 44102, United States
  • Beers to Try: Public Pilsner and Canopy Crusher IPA
  • Website: terrestrialbrewing.com/

Hansa Brewery

Hansa Brewery

Get ready to embark on a European beer journey at Hansa Brewery, another one of best Ohio City breweries. This brewery and eatery brings you a taste of Eastern Europe with its delectable bites and brews.

Step inside Hansa Brewery and you’ll be transported to a cozy space where the aromas of traditional European cuisine mingle with the enticing scent of freshly brewed beers. Whether you choose to sit indoors or bask in the outdoor seating area, you’ll find a warm and inviting atmosphere that sets the stage for a memorable experience.

At Hansa Brewery, they take pride in crafting European-style beers that honor the rich brewing traditions of the continent. From crisp lagers to robust ales, there’s a beer to satisfy every palate. Pair your brew with their authentic Eastern European dishes and savor the flavors of the old world.

Customer Review: Fantastic food and even better beer! Some of the best rotkraut I’ve had in years. Highly recommend the schwarzbier, schnitzel, and sausage platter. Beer flight was a great deal for for sizeable sample portions.
  • Phone: (216) 631-6585
  • Address: 2717 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113, United States
  • Beers to Try: Black Flag Schwarzbier and Mr. Meeseeks Blueberry Gose
  • Website: hansabrewery.com/

Enjoy the Best Breweries in Cleveland!

The craft beer scene in Cleveland is something special! From cozy locations to have a pint, to an exciting night out, there are so many fantastic breweries that will make sure you find the perfect brew.

Let’s raise a glass of appreciation for these brilliant brewers who create such great beers and experiences in this vibrant city. Here’s cheers to all things craft beer related while exploring what Cleveland has to offer!

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Cheers to Ohio brewery medalists at the US Open Beer Championship. Here are the winners

Raise a glass to Ohio breweries -- and Third Eye Brewing of Cincinnati in particular -- which brought home many medals from the 2024 U.S. Open Beer Championship .

Third Eye was named the 2024 Grand National Champion, winning four gold medals, two silver and two bronze for its beers. "Third Eye Brewing is known for brewing some style-defining beers that are consistent winners throughout many competitions," according to a statement from the competition.

Urban Artifact of Cincinnati and Sonder Brewing of Mason also made the top 10 list of breweries.

Top 10 breweries in the 2024 U.S. Open Beer Championships

1. Third Eye Brewing , Ohio

2. Monday Night Brewing, Georgia

3. Sun King Brewery, Indiana

4. O.H.S.O. Brewery, Gilbert, Arizona

5. Cherry Street Brewpub at Halcyon, Georgia

6. Urban Artifact , Ohio

7. Boulevard Brewing Co., Missouri

8 (tie). Feather Falls Brewing Co., California

8 (tie). Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Iowa

9. Sonder Brewing , Ohio

10. Burgeon Beer Co., California

Ohio breweries awarded medals

Ohio's breweries took home medals in a variety of categories. Here's a look:

Aeonian Brewing, Alliance

  • Gold , Fruited Gose -- Peach El Saboteur

Brink Brewing, Cincinnati

  • Gold , Barrel Aged English Barleywine -- BA Levelled Up
  • Bronze , Single Hopped IPA -- Gold Top

Butcher and the Brewer, Cleveland

  • Gold , Spirits Barrel Aged -- Bold Strategy

Cincinnati Beverage Company, Cincinnati

  • Silver , Historical Beer -- Christian Moerlein Roggenbier
  • Bronze , American-Style Pilsner -- Christian Moerlein Pitch Pilsner

The Common Beer Company, Mason

  • Silver , Belgian Strong Dark Ale -- Grand Cru
  • Silver , European Dark Lager -- This DARK CLOUD Won’t Get Me Down
  • Bronze , Belgian Pale Ale -- I Need More Cowbelgian

Esoteric Brewing, Cincinnati

  • Gold , American Fruit Wheat – POG Oracle
  • Silver , Munich Style Helles -- Luminati
  • Bronze , American Fruit Wheat – Mango Oracle

Eudora Brewing, Dayton

  • Bronze , Brown Porter -- Mother Fuggle

False Chord Brewing, Findlay

  • Bronze , Extreme Imperial Stout -- Pick The World Up & Drop It On Its F*KING Head
  • Bronze , Barrel Aged Strong Stout/Porter Specialty -- Pick The World Up & Drop It On Its F*KING Head (BA)

Fretboard Brewing, Blue Ash

  • Bronze , Brut IPA -- Bootsy

Grainworks Brewing, West Chester Township

  • Gold , Aged Beer -- Old Motor Oil
  • Bronze , Oatmeal Stout -- Oatmeal Stout

Gravel Road Brewing Co., Middletown

  • Bronze , Special Bitter or Best Bitter -- Driving on the Left

HighGrain Brewing, Cincinnati

  • Silver , German Hefeweizen -- Isar Weiss

Hoster Brewing, Columbus

  • Gold , Belgian Dubbel -- Dubbel

Immigrant Son Brewery, Lakewood

  • Bronze , American Fruit – Lime -- Street Lager

Inside the Five Brewing, Perrysburg

  • Gold , Tequila Barrel Aged -- Dentro Del Cinco

The Jolly Scholar, Cleveland

  • Silver , Historical Beer -- We’re Bending The Rules

Juniper Brewing, Bowling Green

  • Gold , White Wine Barrel Aged -- Sympathy for the Devil
  • Silver , White Wine Barrel Aged -- Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Bronze , Red Wine Barrel Aged -- Sympathy for the Devil

Lock 15 Brewing, Akron

  • Gold , Herb and Spice beer -- Station 3 Habanero IPA
  • Gold , Berliner Weisse -- Over the Top Berliner Weisse
  • Silver , Imperial Pastry Stout -- Pretty Boy Peanut Butter Pastry Stout
  • Silver , POG & Pineapple -- Schumacher Mills Shandy

MadTree Brewing, Cincinnati

  • Bronze , New England/Juicy IPA -- Seeing Colors, Hazy IPA

Market Garden Brewery, Cleveland

  • Bronze , American Stout -- Beastie American Stout

Masthead Brewing, Cleveland

  • Gold , Barrel-Aged Strong Beer -- Lifecycles
  • Silver , Coffee Beer -- Single Origin Coffee Stout
  • Bronze , New England/Juicy DIPA -- Lizard People, Dear Reader

Missing Falls Brewery, Akron

  • Gold , Irish Red Ale -- Langered
  • Gold , American Light Lager -- MF Lite
  • Silver , Belgian Strong Blonde Ale -- Abby Robe

Municipal Brew Works, Hamilton

  • Gold , Peated Strong Scotch Ale -- Guthrie
  • Bronze , Imperial Red Ale -- Recovery Red
  • Bronze , American Fruit (Orange) -- Orange Agave

Muskellunge Brewing, Canton

  • Gold , Scottish Ale -- Longnose Gar Heavy Wee
  • Gold , German-style Oktoberfest -- Bronzeback Oktoberfest

Narrow Path Brewing, Loveland

  • Silver , American Premium Lager -- Path Blue Ribbon
  • Bronze , Chili Pepper Beer -- Hot Honey Saison
  • Bronze , Specialty Honey Beer -- Missing Link Honey Saison

Nine Giant Brewing, Cincinnati

  • Gold , Barrel Aged Belgian Quad -- Brilliant Corners
  • Silver , Brett Beer -- Trendy
  • Bronze , Berliner Weisse -- Happiness is All the Rage

Northern Row Brewery and Distillery, Cincinnati

  • Silver , American Fruit Wheat (Misc.) -- Coaster

The Phoenix Brewing Company, Mansfield

  • Gold , Golden Stout -- Krampus Kandy White Stout
  • Bronze , Barrel-Aged Sour Beer -- NED Flanders-style Ale
  • Bronze , American Fruit Wheat (Raspberry) -- Jane Doe Raspberry Wheat

Rhinegeist, Cincinnati

  • Bronze , Contemporary Gose -- Acoustic Glow
  • Bronze , American Cream Ale -- Cheetah

Schnitz Ale Brewery, Parma

  • Bronze , Pastry Stout -- Copy & Pastry

Sonder Brewing, Mason

  • Gold , Coffee Beer -- Kato
  • Gold , Tea Beer -- Divot
  • Gold , Grodziskie -- Grodziskie

Southern Ohio Brewing, Dayton

  • Silver , American Pale Ale -- Range Ball
  • Silver , Belgian Dubbel -- Walloon
  • Bronze , American Black Ale -- Solar Eclipse of the Hop

Streetside Brewery, Cincinnati

  • Gold , Coconut Beer -- Samoan Cookie Demogorgon
  • Silver , English Brown Ale -- Black Cats

Third Eye Brewing, Cincinnati

  • Gold , Chocolate or Cocoa Beer -- Double Astral
  • Gold , Peanut/Peanut Butter -- Dark Aura
  • Gold , Nut Beer -- Inner Sight
  • Gold , Strong Scottish Ale -- Higher Consciousness
  • Silver , Wood/Barrel-Aged Strong Scotch Ale -- Barrel Aged Higher Consciousness
  • Silver , Herb and Spice beer -- Chai Eye Captain
  • Bronze , English Dark Mild -- Groovy Baby
  • Bronze , Barrel Aged English Barleywine -- Kelly’s Private Stash

Three Tigers Brewing, Granville

  • Silver , American Style Wheat Beer -- 587
  • Bronze , American Amber/Red Ale -- Firehouse

Twin Oast Brewing, Port Clinton

  • Bronze , American Strong Pale Ale -- Legitimate Swells IPA

Urban Artifact, Cincinnati

  • Gold , American Fruit (POG & Pineapple) -- Teak
  • Gold , Field Beer -- Pickle
  • Gold , Pumpkin -- Pumpkin Ale
  • Silver , Non-Alcoholic Fruit & Spice -- Seedless Mango
  • Silver , American Fruit (General) -- Rangle
  • Bronze , American Fruit (Peach) -- Peaches & Cream

Wandering Monsters Brewing, Cincinnati

  • Gold , Breakfast Stout -- Maple BA Viator Obscura
  • Silver , Italian Pilsner -- We’re All Family Beer
  • Bronze , Smoothie Sour -- Pomona-Pina Colada

Warped Wing Brewing, Dayton

  • Silver , Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale -- RadioVision

Wrecking Crew Brew Works, Medina

  • Silver , ESB -- Cricket Stomper
  • Silver , Experimental Beer -- Big Twin Beer Toss

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In a competition among breweries across the nation, a local brewery took the top spot.

Third Eye Brewing was ranked number one at this year's U.S. Open Beer Championship.

The competition pits more than 9,000 beers from Hawaii to Maine against each other, competing for a top spot.

Third Eye Brewing, located in Hamilton, Ohio, was crowned the 2024 Grand National Champion, winning four gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals.

The brewery won for gold for their Higher Consciousness, Double Astral, Dark Aura and Inner Sight brews.

They even won brewery of the year at the 2023 Great American Beer Festival.

Also among the top 10 winners were two other local breweries.

Urban Artifact, from Ohio, placed 6th in the competition and Sonder Brewing placed 9th.

The competition was held in Oxford, Ohio inside a 6,000 square foot Amish pole barn.

To see the full list of winners, click here.

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The best brewery in the U.S. is in Ohio according to this year's U.S. Open Beer Championship.

Third Eye Brewing out of Hamilton, Ohio took home the U.S. Open Beer Championship’s ultimate award and was named the 2024 Grand National Champion, the competition announced on Monday night, July 8. This means it is the highest point scorer this year and 2024’s best brewery, according to the competition.

“I am incredibly proud of our Team at Third Eye Brewing and grateful to see all our hard work recognized,” Kelly Montgomery, head brewer and co-owner of Third Eye Brewing, told me shortly after the award was announced. “Winning Grand Champion is a dream come true for all of us at Third Eye.”

The U.S. Open Beer Championship was founded in 2009 in Ohio by brewer Dow Scoggins and is one of the most prestigious brewery festivals in the world along with notable festivals such as the World Beer Cup and The Great American Beer Festival. Unique among U.S. beer festivals, the U.S. Open Beer Championship allows award-winning homebrewers to compete against professional breweries. This is the first time the competition’s top award has gone to an Ohio brewery, Scoggins told me. He added, he’s excited it went to a brewer with Montgomery’s pedigree. “Kelly is a three-time winner of the Great American Beer Festival’s Brewer of the Year and the only brewer to receive this honor at two different breweries,” Scoggins said.

Even though I’m always intrigued by the winners of major competitions, it’s important to note that many great breweries don’t compete in them each year. That said, I always look to the U.S. Open Beer Championship winners to help learn about new great breweries across the country as achieving success in this festival is a clear sign of excellence. For example, Third Eye Brewing emerged out of a competition field that included more than 9,000 beers across 170 different styles.

The Ohio brewery did this by winning four gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals. Interestingly, the brewery’s victory was not only a victory for itself but for dark beers in general. Instead of the IPAs, pilsners, pale ales and other light beers that have come to dominate craft beer sales, each of Third Eye Brewing’s four gold medal-winning beers were dark beers. These award-winning beers are Higher Consciousness (a Scotch ale), Double Astral (an imperial chocolate oatmeal stout), Dark Aura (a chocolate oatmeal stout), and Inner Sight (a brown ale).

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“We love our IPAs and other pale ales at Third Eye but we wanted to focus on our darker styles that have won other national competitions,” Montgomery said.

Scoggins added, “Only dark beers is a first. Cherry Street Brewing in Georgia has won the U.S. Open once but always does well because of their barrel aging program and high gravity beers—barleywines, imperial stouts, and strong scotch ales.”

Founded in 2020 , Third Eye Brewing has locations in both Sharonville and Hamilton, Ohio, but it’s rare to find it outside of the state. Even so, the brewery is no stranger to beer competition success, having won the Brewery of the Year at the 2023 Great American Beer Festival. I haven’t had the chance, to sample this brewery yet, but they’re now top of my list.

The second-highest-scoring brewery at the Competition was Monday Night Brewing out of Atlanta, Georgia, which took home four gold medals and four bronze medals. The gold medals were for the beers Spoken Wisdom, Tears of Our Enemies, Madrigal, and Simple Illusion. I haven’t had these specific beers from Monday Night Brewing but I have enjoyed several other offerings and the brewery is definitely one to watch.

Coming in third was Sun King Brewery out of Indianapolis, Indiana, which won three golds for their Barrel Aged Scout Badge, Banana Daquiri and their Collaboration Beer, Up For Anything, brewed with 18th Street Brewery. They also took home a silver and two bronze medals. This is the latest chapter of success at the U.S. Open Beer Championship for Sun King Brewery, which was the competition’s Grand National Champion in 2019 and 2022.

Update July 9, 2024: This story was updated to add quotes from Kelly Montgomery, head brewer and co-owner of Third Eye Brewing and Dow Scoggins, founder of the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

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Here are 10 things to do in Louisville now that the weather is getting warmer

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If you enjoy extra daylight and time spent outdoors, it's time to shout "Hallelujah!" Daylight Saving Time begins on March 10, which means it's time to take advantage of the longer daylight available during the spring and summer.

If you've forgotten all there is to do outdoors, we've put together 10 ideas to get you started. Some are free, a few are mouth-watering, a couple will get your heart pumping and all of these outdoor ideas include an element of fun.

Car Free Sundays in Cherokee Park

745 Cochran Hill Road; olmstedparks.org

On the last Sunday of each month, Cherokee Park is closed to traffic so that park users can enjoy the Scenic Loop car-free.

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The Olmsted Park Conservancy shuts down the 2-mile Scenic Loop to vehicular traffic so the community can enjoy a car-free bike, run or walk free of motorized vehicles. The car-free walk period extends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following Sundays: March 31, May 26, June 30, July 28, Aug. 27, Sept. 29, Oct. 27, Nov. 24, and Dec. 29.

Instead of driving to the park, take Tarc route #29 with stops at the Daniel Boone monument, Barney St., Bonnycastle Ave, and Spring Drive. Learn more at ridetarc.org .

WFPK's Waterfront Wednesday

Big Four Lawn, 1001 River Road; lpm.org

Louisville’s favorite free annual outdoor concert series runs the last Wednesday of the month from April to September. The free concerts are held on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville’s Waterfront Park. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music begins at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and grab dinner and drinks from the local food trucks and vendors then sit back and enjoy the music as the sun sets over the Ohio River.

WFPK's Waterfront Wednesday will release its 2024 season lineup soon.

Olmsted Parks Beer Gardens

Tyler Park, 1501 Castlewood Ave., Cherokee Park, 745 Cochran Hill Road; olmstedparks.org

A fun way to gather outdoors with old friends or meet new ones is by heading to one of the Olmsted Parks Beer Gardens. The Tyler Park and Cherokee Park Beer Gardens are laid-back gatherings with beer from West Sixth Brewing and food from local food trucks.

The Cherokee Park event is on April 26 from 5-8 p.m. with the beer garden set up near the Stegner Pavilion, on the Scenic Loop just past Hogan’s Fountain. The Tyler Park beer garden takes place May 26, 5- 8 p.m.

Admission is free, but food and drinks are not.

Walking Wednesday at Louisville Water Company

Crescent Hill Reservoir; louisvillewater.com

Louisville Water’s Walking Wednesday season steps off on Wednesday, May 1. These free group walks will be held at the Crescent Hill Reservoir on the first Wednesday of each month through October. The times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Mark your calendar for the free Wednesday walks on May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, and Oct. 2.

Kentucky Shakespeare in the Park

C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater, 1340 S. Fourth St., in Old Louisville's Central Park ; kyshakespeare.com

Now in its 64th season,  Kentucky Shakespeare 's free " Shakespeare in the Park " series promises your summer will be filled with comedy, romance, and magic.

The 2024 season begins May 29 and runs through Aug. 11 at the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater, 1340 S. Fourth St., in Old Louisville's Central Park. It includes the beloved "Romeo & Juliet," followed by the hilarious hijinks of the farce "The Comedy of Errors" and will conclude with the magical comedy "The Tempest."

The season will again feature two weeks of rotating repertory in July in which all three productions will rotate nightly. Shakespeare's beloved "Romeo & Juliet" is set in the Regency period.

Try a food tour in NuLu and the Highlands

Contact vendor for starting locations in the Nulu and Highlands neighborhood ; lousivillefoodtours.com

TheHighlands Heritage Tastes and Tales Tour and The Nulu History and Food Tour wind through the streets of these popular Louisville neighborhoods for a taste of the local history one bite at a time. You'll taste and sip local specialties like biscuits and gravy, Derby chocolate chip cookies, beer cheese, bourbon balls, craft beer, and more.

Along the way, your tour guide weaves together the unique history of the neighborhood and explains how the history of the community contributed to some of these favorite foods.

Glamping at Progress Park

Progress Park, 4501 Progress Blvd .; progressparkky.com

Progress Park, an all-inclusive glamping resort hidden in the heart of Louisville, opened all seven Airstreams for the season on March 1. The 12-acre all-inclusive glamping resort and event venue is operated by two Louisville families who have created a place where guests can be immersed in nature while enjoying the modern conveniences of the city.

Cruise the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville

Belle of Louisville, 401 West River Road ; belleoflouisville.org

A riverboat ride onboard the iconic Belle of Louisville or Mary M. Miller is a unique way to experience spectacular views of downtown Louisville and explore the area’s rich history. Cruise the Ohio River for lunch or dinner or book a ride and enjoy a leisurely trip down the Ohio River on a historic steamboat.

Take a Whiskey Row Walking Tour

Tour begins at Frazier History Museum, 829 W. Main St.; whiskeyrowwalkingtour.com

Whether you're interested in Kentucky’s bourbon industry boom, the rich history of the spirit, or simply quirky facts and off-the-wall information on the people who created this staple of the Bluegrass State, the Whiskey Row Walking Tour blends history with bourbon tasting. The two-hour tour, led by Drew Shyrock, takes guests on a guided walk along downtown Louisville's Whiskey Row with stops in local distilleries for a sample of the spirit that once made Main Street a hub for the whiskey trade.

Explore the Falls of the Ohio

201 W. Riverside Drive, Clarksville, Indiana ; fallsoftheohio.org

The Falls of the Ohio State Park in Clarksville, Indiana is worth the short drive from Louisville. If you own a bicycle, you can pedal across the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge and ride the Ohio River Greenway to the park and Interpretive Center.

The Falls of the Ohio is near the site where Lewis and Clark began the Corps of Discovery and features the world's largest exposed Devonian fossil bed. The park is part of a 1,404-acre National Wildlife Conservation Area where the giant fossil beds tell a story 390 million years in the making.

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