The portside experience

Portside is northeast ohio's first and only brewery and distillery. by combining old world techniques with modern innovations,  it's our mission to create memorable experiences through our products and in our pub.  you can find our beer and spirits around town at your favorite bar and restaurant and also on the shelves of your local retailer. Whether hosting an event or dropping in for a fresh brew or crafty cocktail, the modern industrial space provides the perfect setting for a unique and truly cleveland experience. 


Our Beer

our 2 core beers are classic examples of their styles, and are canned on-site. Our brewmaster is constantly cooking up something new, using only the finest fresh ingredients. in addition to our core beers, we will have up to 12 other beers in rotation.


Our Spirits

we currently produce 5 varieties of rum, made with local ingredients like penzys spices and ohio maple syrup. We bottle & package our spirits on-site. today it's rum, but who knows what spirit our master distiller may come up with next.


The Pub

enjoy our exclusively portside taps, sample our spirits through craft cocktails, and an all-ohio spirits list, snack on small plates, play a game, or host an event in our modern industrial space. 

**free private parking lot

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Tours take place on Sundays at 2:30 and 3:30.

The cost is $10 and they are first come first serve.

meet Our people

Our mission is to provide unique experiences by combining old world technique with modern innovations.
— Portside



Matt Zappernick

director of operations/owner


Vaughn Stewart



Erica Riley

Director of marketing + events

David Lipinsky

Sales Manager

Patrick Niebauer

Head brewer/distiller

Portside was an amazing venue for my sister’s bridal shower!!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about it. Erica was absolutely a dream to work with. She answer all my questions, made us a customized cocktail menu and printed them out, even let me pick out personalized names for all the drinks. The day of she printed me out our own beer menus to match my décor! The staff went above and beyond, offering us extra tables and extra space, running an extension cord for our coffee maker. Not to mention, the room itself and location is ideal. Located right in the flats, with the exposed brick walls, the room is absolutely beautiful and doesn’t really need much extra decoration. I would HIGHLY recommend having a shower here. Again, the staff were great to work with, and my sister and all the guests loved the location. I have not a single complaint! Truly.
— Jenny Z.
I started off my sister’s bachelorette bar crawl at Portside and rented one of the rooms. The service was excellent and the staff all were extremely friendly! I would definitely recommend and would use again in the future for an event. Their summer drink list is quite tatsty!
— Abby F.
Portside was AMAZING. I took my boyfriend for a beer tasting and it was so fun. I always thought I was a stout girl until tired the winter warmer. My taste buds were jumping for joy because of that wonderful beer. The staff were super friendly and even played my favorite band. The food was also tasty we ordered artichoke dip as an app. We would have ordered more but we made reservations at another restaurant. Great experience can’t wait to go back.
— Ashleigh G.
This is the ONLY brewery/distillery in Ohio. Go ahead and schedule a tour. The beer and rum is exceptional but as everyone has different tastes get a flight to see what you like.
The food is good and priced somewhat reasonably, maybe within 10 percent of expected.
Someone came over within 15 minutes which is awesome because it’s not McDonalds and if 15 minutes is too long for the only craft brewery of its type in the state maybe McDonalds and a Budweiser would be a better choice for you.
Staff super-friendly and attentive, decent parking, good atmosphere. Will definitely return.
— Anthony C.
We had my sister’s bridal shower this Sunday at Portside, and it was the perfect location! We have family from both the east and west sides of town, so to find a place downtown with two (!) parking lots was fantastic. Matt and Erica assisted me with all the planning and were very organized and helpful. The bartenders were wonderful - friendly and attentive. I highly recommend this place for a special occasion.
— Grace B.

 983 Front Ave | Cleveland, Oh | 44113 | 216.586.6633

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