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Masthead—Brewing Excitement for Locally Crafted Beers
Construction is underway at 1261 Superior Avenue East for a new craft brewery, Masthead Brewing Company. In May 2016, Michael Pelechaty, Frank Luther and Matt Slife announced plans to open a 16,000 square foot craft brewery and taproom. This $2.5 million renovation project will feature three 20 barrel fermenters and a 60 barrel fermenter that will produce American and Belgian craft beer on-site.
Small business owners are helping drive the revival of downtown Cleveland by renovating long vacant buildings, like 1261 Superior Avenue—Masthead’s taproom and brewing lab will reactivate an empty industrial building that has sat vacant for about five years. An open concept and preservation of existing materials such as exposed brick walls and concrete floors will honor the history of a building built in 1921 while repurposing it for a new use.
The City of Cleveland is supporting this $2.5 Million renovation project with a $50,000 recoverable grant through the Municipal Small Business Initiative Program. This initiative provides assistance to small businesses by decreasing the amount of equity required for an SBA loan.
In the United States today, craft breweries have been opening up as a means to satisfy the public’s demand for a greater variety of quality, locally-made beer. Cleveland is no exception to this trend. Gypsy Brewing Company (Platform Beer), Market Garden Brewery, Hofbrauhaus Cleveland, Hansa Brewery, Brick and Barrel, Portside Distillery and Brewery, Buckeye Brewing Tapstack, The Butcher and the Brewer, The Cleveland Brewery, and The Great Lakes Brewing Co., have opened and/or expanded their operations within the past 10-years. The breweries have converted vacant buildings into tax producing entities while creating jobs, leveraging private investment and supporting entrepreneurship in Cleveland.
Masthead Brewing Company is no exception. The taproom will seat over 300 people, will employ more than two dozen and will enliven a section of Superior Avenue in the Avenue District. Visit the new brewery in November when they open and enjoy wood-fired pizzas, salads, and appetizers paired with a handcrafted beer produced on site.