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    Gypsy Brewery-Assisting Cleveland's Craft Beverage Brewers


    The Gypsy Brewery LLC is a production brewery facility which recently opened at 3506 Vega Avenue in Cleveland. The brewery has been producing, kegging and canning for the Platform Beer Co., a related business.

    The facility was operating at equipment capacity and needed additional brewing equipment in order to meet increasing demand for their beer production. They recently signed contracts to produce for New Albion Brewing and Old City Soda as well.  This expansion will allow Gypsy to keep up with Platform Beer’s demand while providing capacity for small contracts with outside craft brewers.

    The production brewing facility currently occupies 10,000 square feet of the 120,000 sq. ft. building. The expansion will take up an additional 20,000 square feet of the building while increasing the brewing capacity from 15,000 barrels to 30,000 barrels per year.  The project will create six additional new full-time jobs while retaining six full-time jobs for the City of Cleveland.

    The City of Cleveland assisted Gypsy Brewery with an EDA Title IX loan to partially fund the purchase of brewing equipment.  The total project cost  is approximately $1.5 Million.

    Craft Beer continues to be a growing sector in the beer market.  While the large brewers continue to lose market share, craft brewers are gaining throughout the country.  The growing market for contract craft brewing currently represents about 1.5% of all beer produced in the U.S.  The building, which has been predominantly vacant or underutilized for over three decades, was the former home for Leisy Brewing Company’s bottling plant, which opened originally in 1858 and produced at its height 600,000 barrels of brew. The complex formerly operated by the Leisy family, holds a century of Cleveland’s brewing history within its walls. 

    The current owners, Justin Carson and Paul Benner, are bringing beer brewing back to this location in the form of a “contract brewing facility." Gypsy Brewery will brew beer on a contract basis for small breweries from outside of the region looking to enter into the Cleveland market and for local breweries that are growing but cannot afford to invest in new equipment. As the contract brewery grows, Carson and Benner will expand to absorb more of the building. 

    The City of Cleveland and the Department of Economic Development are glad to see this vacant building put back into productive use, spurring activity again on Vega Avenue.