Masthead Named To ‘Best New Breweries’ List


CLEVELAND — A local brewery recently was named to Beer Advocate’s “50 of the Best New Breweries” list.

Masthead Brewing Co. was among nine Midwest breweries named to the list. It opened in January 2017 by Ohio State engineering graduates Frank Luther and Mike Pelechaty, and Matt Slife, who has a background in finance.

The 16,000-square-foot brewery currently operates a 20-barrel brewing system focusing on American and Belgian style beers, along with a barrel-aged program utilizing exclusively allocated whiskey barrels from top-rated distilleries, according to the brewery’s website. Masthead won a bronze medal in the Double Red Ale category at the Great American Beer Festival for its Midwest Red IPA, and its beers are served at Cleveland Cavalier and Cleveland Browns games.

Luther told Beer Advocate that Masthead’s approach is “to apply our technical background to brewing beers we like to drink with a goal of fusing flavor with quality.”

Masthead is located in the historic Bryant Building at 1261 Superior Ave. in downtown Cleveland, according to the brewery website. The building originally was built in 1921 as an automotive dealership and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The brewery’s 300-seat taproom features an open floorplan with high ceilings and a 100-foot bar, along with a 50-seat, dog friendly patio. Its open kitchen specializes in Neapolitan wood-fired pizza.

Since 2011, Beer Advocate has tracked the rapid growth of the craft brewing industry in the United States. The top 50 list utilizes suggestions from Beer Advocate writers, subscribers, and followers, and for the first time, includes a number of Canadian breweries.