Craft breweries are opening in record numbers in Ohio. But much of the growth has been concentrated in the Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton areas.
Meanwhile, Northeast Ohio — home to Cleveland and Akron — has taken a back seat. Not because people don’t enjoy craft beer in the area, but because the region already was filled with plenty of brewery options. A few years ago, there were more craft breweries in Northeast Ohio than Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton and Toledo combined.
But now, there’s a spate of new breweries planning to open in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton region. Here’s a rundown of recent brewing applications filed with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control:
• The Butcher & the Brewer located on East Fourth Street in downtown Cleveland.
• The Tremont Taphouse in Cleveland. (The Tremont Taphouse and Butcher & the Brewer brewery projects are connected.)
• Trailhead Brewery in Akron.
• Brew Mentor in Mentor.
• The Meniru Meadery in Jackson Township just outside Canton. The business, which opened last year, already makes mead and wine, but is adding a pilot brewing system.
• Nauti Vine, the former Bob’s Lake Bar, in Akron. The Nauti Vine plans to brew beer under the name Mucky Duck.
• Granite City Food & Brewery, a chain based in Minnesota, is opening its first Cleveland-area restaurant in Lyndhurst. Granite City doesn’t brew on premise, but the wort is fermented at its locations.
The state also recently awarded licenses to the Franklin Brewing Co. in Elyria and Millersburg Brewing Co. in Millersburg. And the Portside Distillery in downtown Cleveland just started selling its beer.
I usually track down the owners and report on their operations. Look for individual stories on these breweries in the future.