|Our Cleveland crew at the Platform Beer Co. beer garden.|
When I think of Cleveland – which is not often – I generally think of two things: Great Lakes Brewing Co. and the latter-day theme song of The Drew Carey Show. (There was also the time I did shots in a Cleveland bar with the guy who played Larry on Three's Company, but that reminds me less of Cleveland and more of how hot I always thought the chick who played Terry was.)
So when my lady friend and partner in beer suggested we go to Cleveland over Memorial Day weekend, I thought, "Hot damn! We can go to Great Lakes and listen to 'Cleveland Rocks' in the car on the way there!" We did both of those things, of course, but oh so much more. And it was a blast. Turns out, Cleveland really does kinda rock.
As a result of all this painstaking research, I'm pleased to present, in no particular order, a long-winded list of some things to check out for any connoisseurs of beer, food, and fun traveling in or through Cleveland.
|West Side Market.|
|Market Garden Brewery.|
|Platform Beer Co.|
|Porco owner Stefan Was with the mortal remains of "Tiki" Dave Jackman, who helped procure much of the bar's vintage decor.|
|The Butcher and the Brewer on Downtown Cleveland's busy 4th Street.|
|The beer engines at Indigo Imp.|
|The Great Lakes Beer Symposium.|
Thanks to Doug, Sam, Stefan, and the many other new friends we made on this trip. As much as we did, we still managed to miss a few breweries and other hotspots, so hopefully we'll be back sometime in the future to take care of all that unfinished business.