Feb 20, 2024 - News

Brews on Tues: 🍻 Hansa!

An exterior image of a brewery in Cleveland on a street corner.

A little bit of Eastern Europe in Ohio City. Photo: Sam Allard/Axios

πŸ‘‹ Sam here, sampling our fine city's beer offerings, as I do.

Brewery of the week: Hansa Brewery, a little taste of Eastern Europe in Ohio City.

State of the play: Opening in 2016 adjacent to imported foods store Hansa House at West 28th Street and Lorain Avenue, the brewpub features European cuisine and traditional craft beers in a modern urban chalet environment.

Vibe check: Bright and subdued, with a long, living-edge wooden bar, a flag of Slovenia over the doorway, and decor dominated by European imagery and St. Ignatius athletic memorabilia.

What I drank: A flight of Hansa staples, including the Femdom KΓΆlsch (4.8%), the Black Flag Schwarzbier (4.7%), the No Fox Pilsner (4.2%) and a cold IPA collaboration with Bookhouse Brewery (6.5%).

  • Plus: The bartender β€” who doubles as a travel agent β€” was keen to show off "Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal," the potent Christmas ale brewed with honey and maple syrup instead of sugar.

Verdict: Beer quality is through the roof, but Hansa feels more suitable for a dinner with parents than a night of carousing.

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