Go behind the scenes! See how your favorite Cleveland brews make it from grain to glass. Begins with a full walking tour through a production brewery. Additional stops vary.
Cleveland Brewing History Tour
- Adult (21+)
- Adult Non-Drinkers
Discover Cleveland’s Rich Brewing Past
Take a trip with us through Cleveland’s brewing history. Guided by Cleveland Brew Bus owner and author of “Cleveland Beer: History and Revival in the Rust Belt,” Leslie Basalla-McCafferty, this tour combines walking and driving and visits several modern-day breweries housed in historic locations.
You will receive an informative tour of each facility, and a plethora of information about the former occupants and their neighbors. A driving portion of the tour will take you past the remaining buildings and ruins of other long-lost breweries.
The trip includes a walking tour of the Great Lakes Brewing Company campus and visits, with a tasting of three beers, to Bookhouse Brewing (located in the former Baehr Brewery) and Forest City Brewery (located in the former Atlantic Beer Garden). Complimentary light snacks will be provided at Forest City. Our third stop, Platform production (located in the former Leisy Brewing Co.) includes a full can of beer of the guest’s choice. After the tour, you may join Leslie for an optional Q&A and additional beverages (at own expense) at either Market Garden Brewery or Great Lakes (depending on date and availability).
- Walking tour of Great Lakes Brewing Company campus
- Tours of Bookhouse Brewing, Forest City Brewery, and Platform Beer Company production
- Guided tasting of three beers at Bookhouse and Forest City, can of beer at Platform, light snacks at Forest City
- Informative narration about the history of the beer industry in Cleveland
- Bottled water
- Drop-off at pick-up location, and optional Q&A with Leslie at Great Lakes or Market Garden following tour
- The tour includes walking for distances of a few blocks outdoors as well as within breweries, and may include some stairs. Please let us know if you will need special accommodations due to injury or disability.
- Must be 21 or older and show ID to participate.
- Cleveland Brew Bus is not a party bus. We reserve the right to refuse further alcohol service to guests who become too intoxicated. We reserve the right to refuse to board, without refund, to guests we suspect are already intoxicated.
- Please drink responsibly. Designate a driver or arrange for transportation to and from the meeting location. We value your safety.
Market Square Park, located directly across West 25th Street from the West Side Market. In the event of rain, we will meet inside Great Lakes Brewing Company’s brewpub, 2516 Market Avenue.