Masthead Brewing Co. in Downtown Cleveland

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by Sorithin, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (40) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

    For Release and General Information:
    Masthead on Instagram
    Masthead on Facebook
    Masthead on Twitter
    Masthead Website
    Continually Updated Tap List via Untappd

    Location:
    1261 Superior Ave.
    Cleveland, OH 44114

    Food:
    They specialize in Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas and have them for lunch and dinner. Other lunch items include sandwiches and salads. Dinner menu (served all day Saturday) includes shareables (get the Everything Pretzel!) and salads. Here are their menus.

    Hours:
    Sunday: Closed (open during Browns season)
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
    Wednesday: 11 AM - 10 PM
    Thursday: 11 AM - 10 PM
    Friday: 11 AM - Midnight
    Saturday: 11 AM - Midnight

    Parking:
    Metered street parking available (metered until 6 PM M-F).

    Other Information:
    - Family-friendly and the patio is dog-friendly
    - NEIPA can releases are USUALLY every other Saturday, but they sprinkle some in during the week.
    - Crowler and growlers are available, but not always available for every beer. They will post on social media if a beer is unavailable for take out
     
  2. BigSpeen3436

    BigSpeen3436 Aspirant (206) Oct 23, 2013 Ohio

    I really enjoyed the Hazelnut Tiramisu yesterday, just wish it was a little cheaper for a couple cans.
     
  3. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    Best new brew in town. Cans are a bit expensive, but they are good, for the most part. All that said, I’m not waiting in line for beer these days.
     
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  4. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (4,889) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    Easily the most promising new brewery in the NE Ohio area right now, if not the rest of the state. Looking forward to what's to come.
     
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  5. ratwheels

    ratwheels Initiate (0) Jan 12, 2011 Illinois

    I've gotten to try a number of their cans. One Trick Pony and Nelson Vice were outstanding. The others I've had were well above average.
     
  6. wolfatyourdoor

    wolfatyourdoor Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2017 Ohio

    The Rye Underverse caught me by huge surprise when they put it out last summer. Hoping they do more with that beer. Best thing out of Cleveland in a long time. NEIPA's are very solid so far. I thought Series of Tubes batch 2 was a big improvement over batch 1.

    Definitely on the expensive side of things for NEIPAs, but I'll chalk it up to the overhead they must be dealing with. Downtown Cleveland is certainly more expensive than brewing out of a barn off of I-71. Really pumped to have these guys in town, and really pumped to work two blocks away. Selfishly, I hope these 11 AM Wednesday releases are more common.
     
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  7. wolfatyourdoor

    wolfatyourdoor Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2017 Ohio

    1000% yes
     
  8. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    I work less than a mile away, too, and can sometimes sneak up there for lunch. These guys came out of nowhere, and I figured they would be just another average Joe.

    Whateve the reason, I still find their prices at the high end of what I’m willing to pay.
     
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  9. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (412) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    Masthead is pretty solid. I don't judge a place off its NE IPA's and BBA Stouts alone like most people seem to do, as is not exactly the best way to gauge a breweries “skill”.

    Looking at their entire portfolio they are still one of the best to open in Cleveland recently, for sure. Double Fleeb was a good attempt at the NE IPA, but not exactly to the level of the “real” stuff flowing out of the NE area (I drink a LOT of it). I actually preferred their standard IPA better, side by side. Baby Fleeb wasn’t the greatest session variant either, although it was still tasty. Those are the only two of that style I have had from them so far.

    Their Pilsner is average, not exactly the most impressive… Along with the Wit which I believe has changed from the original times they have brewed it (it was better when they first opened). The Blonde Ale I recall being excellent, but have not had it since I went the first time… Need to see how that one is holding up next time. I drink these styles often, so I have a very good gauge on these styles.

    Aside from those, the Smoked Helles was excellent… Could drink that all day. BBA Tiramisu Underverse was a tasty beer, although I could only take a few ounces (beetus!) before moving on to something else. Definitely a dessert beer, as the name implies, so it does its job. It is well done though. The Porter/Stouts I’ve had have been good.

    So across the board, I find their beer better than average (A-) for Cleveland. Def top 3 if someone was to ask. But depending on one’s preferences, I would have varying levels of recommendation for where to go, obviously. In the scope of all breweries I have been to, though? I’d go with a (B-)… Just to place it into a bit more perspective. I have no doubt they will continue to improve though over the next few months/years and bump up in my ranks.
     
  10. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    Dude, if it aint a shitty lookin ipa or 32% abv, it shant pass the lips of any neckbeard worth a shite.
     
  11. invertalon

    invertalon Devotee (412) Jan 27, 2009 Ohio

    I joked with the g/f yesterday that "Brew and can a NE IPA and a brewery gets their own thread on BA!".

    That new place when it opens... Crooked Pecker... Since all they will do is can NE IPA's and big stouts should have their own topic in no time!
     
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  12. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    I saw them mentioned already. Their proximity is such I am unlikely to ever visit them.

    Edit: Joey Redner became wealthy by playing the nerds and homers like a fiddle. If I opened a brewery, my model would be the same.
     
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  13. wolfatyourdoor

    wolfatyourdoor Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2017 Ohio

    On the other hand, there are more than enough breweries in town sticking to more traditional styles and doing them quite well, can't blame anyone for not wanting to go up against GLBC, Fat Head's, TBK, etc... in that realm

    As easy as it is to mock the beer scene in 2018 for pastry stouts and hazy IPAs, there wasn't really anyone championing those in Cleveland.
     
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  14. Djc

    Djc Initiate (57) Jan 5, 2014 Ohio

    Masthead is the shizzle. I love it there. I do agree some stuff is expensive. That is my only knock on the place. The food is actually really good there also. I agree not every beer is a home rum but everything has been good The latest brute force IPA is really good One trick pony, tubes, and flat earth imo is some of best beer I have ever had. Double fleeb and baby fleeb I thought was good but not crazy about them and same with the vices. The hazelnut and raspberry tiramisu was really good and the barrel aged pumpkin undiverse was a big surprise Honestly their beer is more up my alley so I like them more.
     
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  15. PhilBallins

    PhilBallins Initiate (155) Nov 29, 2016 Illinois

    I don't know much about CC, what'd he do?
     
  16. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    He did nothing wrong, just played the game well. I don’t want to get into details here, but I have an opinion based on close relations with many involved.
     
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  17. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    Flat Earth was probably the best from them, imo.

    I was going to go up today for some Hazlenut Tiramisu, but passed due to the $20 for two can price tag. Damn.
     
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  18. Gibspeed

    Gibspeed Initiate (60) Feb 9, 2017 Ohio

    They've put out some stuff that definitely competes with those guys too. Wet Work, for instance, was better than both Yakima Fresh and Hop Stalker IMO.

    Where else are you finding 16oz of big, barrel aged, adunct stouts for $10?

    Their NEIPA cans are definitely at the top of the price-point for the style, right up there with Trillium as far as price goes. It never ceases to make me laugh though when people think a big BA stout is crazy expensive... just because it's in a can. Would anyone be complaining if the beer was is a waxed bomber and cost $12.99? No chance. I just think it's an interesting conversation about our inherent biases, based around format.
     
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  19. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    I think their hazy IPAs are as good or better than anything I’ve had from new england, but yea, pricey.

    Personally, wouldn’t pay $13 for a waxed bomber or $40 for a growler of a very sweet, boozy stout. I pay that much(and more) for Jackie O’s stuff, but they are the exception.
     
  20. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (40) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

    I was told on St. Patrick's Day that they are no longer brewing the wit

    Wet Work is the one that really put them on the map for me. Had gone there occasionally and drank a few of their stuff, but it was all average. Had the wet hop and loved it and have been going back consistently since.
     
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  21. CaptCleveland

    CaptCleveland Crusader (722) Jun 18, 2003 Ohio

    Point of order, Redner got his cash from his father's Tampa strip clubs and was smart enough to hire Wayne Wambles and stay the hell out of Wayne's way!
     
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  22. miketd

    miketd Zealot (501) Mar 2, 2006 Ohio

    I know all that, but my point was regarding the overall business model, philosophy, and ultimate decision to sell the brewery. It’s a bit nuanced.
     
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  23. TheCrimsonKing

    TheCrimsonKing Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2017 Ohio

    Anyone in line today for the NEIPA release?
     
  24. Elkevjoe

    Elkevjoe Initiate (78) Jan 4, 2015 Ohio
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    Just got here and the lines to the corner.
     
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  25. Mshull

    Mshull Disciple (371) Mar 26, 2013 Ohio

    Is shoot from the hip essentially the same beer as one trick pony?
     
  26. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (40) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

    Not at all
     
  27. Djc

    Djc Initiate (57) Jan 5, 2014 Ohio

    I'm here. One trick was much better imo. Hip is still really good. But one trick is one of the best so far.
     
  28. Sabtos

    Sabtos Poo-Bah (4,889) Dec 15, 2015 Ohio
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    I liked Citra Vice a lot more personally, I've only had two of their NE IPAs though
     
  29. PhilBallins

    PhilBallins Initiate (155) Nov 29, 2016 Illinois

    Well if I ever catch you in Cleveland I'll buy you a beer to hear it. Now you've got me interested in the hot goss
     
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  30. TheCrimsonKing

    TheCrimsonKing Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2017 Ohio

    Grabbed a couple 6 packs today and tried them both on draft. I liked them a lot, but I gotta say that One Trick Pony & Centennial Vice have been my favorites so far. I loved Extra! Extra! today
     
  31. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (40) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

    Next release seems to be a milkshake IPA.. really curious as to how it comes out. Not sure what flavor/adjuncts, just that it's gonna be a milkshake. Excited nonetheless!
     
  32. wolfatyourdoor

    wolfatyourdoor Initiate (38) Jan 23, 2017 Ohio

    Pretty burnt out on the milkshakes overall tbh - mostly due to Hoof doing one every other release at this point. I feel like it's an easy style to do well because of the adjuncts and overall ends up not all that interesting. Would much rather see Masthead try to dial in some of the beers they've released before and continue the Vice series.
     
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  33. RyanMcFly1985

    RyanMcFly1985 Aspirant (280) Oct 20, 2007 Ohio
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    I am not even sure why these beers are called IPA's. They really do not have the flavor profile of IPA's, IMO.
     
  34. djtothemoney

    djtothemoney Initiate (137) Nov 30, 2015 Ohio

    I'm usually a bit whiny on prices myself, but I absolutely would pay $10 for 16 oz of that beer. I bought a bomber of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Underverse (I think for $15) and regret not buying another one.

    Really liked them when I was in Cleveland a couple weeks ago, would definitely go back if I was in town.
     
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  35. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (40) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

    I can't remember the last time I had a Hoof Hearted beer. The only milkshake IPA I've ever had was from Tired Hands, which I liked, but it's been a good year and a half at least. They may be doing another beer along with the milkshake for the next release, I'm just not sure yet. Would love to see a Simcoe or Mosaic Vice.
     
  36. matthepanther

    matthepanther Initiate (19) Aug 21, 2017 Ohio

    Agree 100% the most underrated beer they made was wet works. As good if not better than their NE styles if you prefer a traditional ipa. I could drink that stuff all day. I hope they bring it back. Their red ipa, which won a medal at gabf, was also fantastic.
     
  37. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (40) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

    They're canning a hazy saison today with a modified One Trick Pony label.
     
  38. tepie

    tepie Initiate (89) Aug 26, 2015 Ohio

    Not a beer question, but where is the best place to park in the area?
     
  39. Sorithin

    Sorithin Initiate (40) Jan 7, 2016 Ohio

    I stand corrected. It's actually a "smoothie" IPA because there's no vanilla in it. I think it's going to be strawberry.

    There's plenty of street (metered) parking on the sides of the building. If you go during a release, it might be difficult to find a spot, but any other time, you should be ok to park anywhere on E. 12th-14th, Rockwell and Lindazzo.
     
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  40. CannedWaggoneer

    CannedWaggoneer Initiate (84) May 1, 2017 Ohio

    Brand recognition.
     
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