Platform Beer Co.
4125 Lorain Ave
Visited on November 20, 2017
After an hour or two at Nano Brew and dinner at Great Lakes, we decided our bellies weren’t quite stuffed as much as they should be yet, so we headed down the road to Platform Beer Co. Another new brewery to the area – at least to me, who doesn’t make it to Cleveland that often – Platform was, well, interesting.
For starters, we made the slight mistake of wandering in on trivia night. The place was completely packed, and it was fairly difficult to get a beer. I think two of us ended up standing around a single chair at the bar.
From what I could tell through the throngs of people, it’s a nice spot. It’s got that old, weathered, gritty feel that seems very authentic, especially for this part of Cleveland. Plus, they had an old-school bowling machine at the entrance, which I remember playing in bars after my dad’s football games growing up, so you have to love seeing one of those still around.
Aside from the huge crowd, the list of beers was also overwhelming. There had to be at least 30 beers on tap, and I am not exaggerating. And without the option of any sort of flight, and not wanting to be the dick to asks for a bunch of samples in a crowded bar, we just picked a few.
They were not great.
One was at least pretty decent – one of the two or three New England IPAs they had on tap – but the other two were strait up forgettable at the very best. Perhaps we should have stuck with their distributed flagship beers, but it seems to me that the place is making way too many beers way too quickly. Some more thoughtful choices as to what to make and when would go a long way for them, as would honing down some of their recipes rather than going with a scatter shot method.
And what’s up with the logo? Edison lightbulbs are cool and all, and so is the idea of replacing a filiment with hops, but what does that have to do with a Platform? Twas not my favorite experience, though it’s probably a different one for regulars.
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