Cleveland Craft Brewery Platform Beer Co. Expands Into Yet Another Ohio Market

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First Dayton event to take place St. Patrick’s Day.

Almost three years after opening its doors in Cleveland, Ohio, Platform Beer Co. will officially launch its craft beers in the greater Dayton, Ohio area next week. The Dayton expansion marks the young brewery’s third Ohio metro area launch and the first time its beers have been made regularly available on draft and in cans in the Southern part of Ohio.

Among Platform’s beers currently on shelves in Dayton are: New Cleveland Palesner (Pilsner/Pale Ale hybrid), Speed Merchant American White IPA, High Brow Barista Coffee Rye IPA and selections from the brewery’s 12 Kettle Sour Series. In addition to Platform’s beer in cans, it can be found in bars and restaurants around Dayton on draft, which will also include some limited small batch beers.

“We at Platform are very excited to bring Fresh CLE Beer to Dayton,” said co-owner Justin Carson. “We have been extremely happy with the growth in Cleveland and Columbus, and Dayton seemed like the most logical next step. We strive to have a diverse and quality portfolio that ranges from kettle sours to imperials, and we can’t wait to get these beers in the hands of our friends in the Gem City!”

Platform’s story is a unique one in the world of craft beer, both in how it was formed and in that it draws from deep within the annals of American brewing history. After opening Cleveland’s largest homebrew supply store in 2012, founder Paul Benner was inspired to turn his business into a full-service, experimental brewery, where patrons could temper their homebrewing skills using professional equipment. That’s how Platform Beer Co. was born, and Platform became an actual incubator that afforded brewers the opportunity to have their homebrewed recipes enjoyed by the general public.

Then, something happened in 2014, just a couple of months after the brewery’s official launch. America’s first post-prohibition craft brewery, New Albion Brewing, picked Platform to re-release New Albion Ale, the very first American Ale. Renee Delucca, President of New Albion and daughter of the brand’s founder, was a Northeast Ohio beer blogger, and she was a fan of Platform’s model that supported aspiring brewers and was adding life to Cleveland’s unofficial brewery district.

In 2014, Platform Beer Co. brewed just 97 barrels of beer. In 2016, that number grew to 8,000 barrels, and the company’s number of locations grew by one more. Today, Platform runs the brewery in Cleveland for all of its production beers and a second brewery and taproom in Columbus, where craft beer fans can taste exclusive beers that are brewed there, on site.

Now, the West-Southwest part of Ohio is being introduced to a new set of Northeast Ohio brews. And it’s all being done in craft beer launch week fashion, as Platform has the following events planned for its new friends in Dayton:

Nucleus CoShare Intimate Tasting and After Party Rare Keg

Friday, 3-17 (St. Patrick’s Day), at Noon — Nucleus CoShare (Oregon District)

Join Platform Beer Co. and co-founder, Justin Carson, for a special event to include a private tasting of five of Platform’s best beers and a first tapping of a rare, new release variant. Tickets are only $5.

Brew Studs will be in attendance and presenting our first ever Facebook Live stream, powered by interactive video technology from Steadi Readi. You will be able to watch the livestream here or on Facebook.

South Park Tavern Pint Night

Monday, 3-20, 6 p.m.

Whole Foods Beer Dinner

Tuesday, 3-21, 7 p.m.

D20 90s House Party

Wednesday, 3-22, 7 p.m.

DLM, Washington Square Slider Pairing

Friday, 3-24, 6 p.m.

Lucky’s Taproom Beer Brunch

Saturday, 3-25, 10 a.m.

Follow Platform Beer Co. on Facebook for event updates.


Brew Studs’ Facebook Live event will be powered by Readi Steadi.

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