Breaking Point Brewery is tiny — one of the tiniest breweries in Ohio.
And co-founders Kevin O'Toole and Michelle Gordon are fine with that.
The couple launched Breaking Point — named after their classic rock and blues band — in 2017 and the brewery has flown under the radar ever since, despite being located in one of Cleveland's most populous suburbs: Cleveland Heights.
O'Toole and Gordon will forgive you for not knowing their brewery's name or having sampled their beer.
Breaking Point has no tasting room where beer drinkers can gather and share a pint. The brewery, with its half-barrel BrewMagic brewing system, occupies a 10-by-22 foot addition built onto Gordon's garage in a residential area filled with house, driveway, house, driveway, house, driveway, house, driveway ...
And its beer is sold in only a couple of locations — on draft at The Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights and in 12-ounce bottles at Warehouse Beverage Co. in South Euclid.
"No one really knows about our place, except the people who live around us and our family," Gordon said.
Again, they are fine with that. They don't need the attention, at least not yet.
Breaking Point right now serves as a professional hobby for Gordon, 52, who runs the family food brokerage business, and O'Toole, 55, a social studies teacher. They view the nanobrewery as a way to practice and learn the ropes of the craft brewing industry with a long-term goal of opening a brewpub in Cleveland Heights.
They already have a vision for the place, even though it's years away.
"Something totally different than what you see," Gordon said. "We really want to buy a home and rezone it and have a small restaurant-brewpub with homemade small bites because I like to cook. Like you're coming over to someone's house."
O'Toole started homebrewing with a friend in college back when the beer selection was nothing like it is today. He was never a fan of "regular beer" and homebrewing provided him the opportunity to create the stouts and porters that he loves.
The hobby fell to the side for a while, but he started homebrewing again in 2012 when Gordon bugged him to teach her. She fell in love with the creative process.
The brewing is a collaborative effort. Gordon, who has a degree in graphic design, designs the recipes and label art, and O'Toole produces the beer.
Because the brewery is so small, Breaking Point offers only a few beers at a time. The lineup has featured:
• Heights Hoppin, a 10.5 percent triple IPA
• Date With Destiny, a 9.5 percent imperial Baltic porter with dates and beets
• Inspiration Stout, a 9.4 percent stout with vanilla and caramel (Gordon makes fresh caramel.)
• Amigos, a 5.8 percent Mexican lager
• Chasing Butterflies, a 6.5 percent lavender grape saison (The lavendar is grown at Gordon's house.)
• Left Handed Logic, a 5.5 percent vanilla chocolate coffee blonde stout
Gordon is partial to the Mexican lager. O'Toole's favorite bounces back and forth between the Date With Destiny and Inspiration Stout.
Again, O'Toole and Gordon are happy with their limited production for now.
"It's perfect right now because we have full-time jobs," O'Toole said. "Worst-case scenario is that we make all this really great beer and we drink it and sell it."
Gordon added with a laugh: "We love doing it. Even if it fell through and we couldn't sell it, we'd still make beer and we'd have lots of parties."