A building that once provided power south of the Shoreway west of Downtown Cleveland is now providing beer.
Terrestrial Brewing Company opened in April 2017 at 7524 Father Frascati Drive, the former Battery Park Powerhouse — a building you’d recognize from the road with its smokestack displaying BATTERY PARK. It has a bit of the industrial feel that of course we love in our Cleveland breweries, with brewing kettles to the left, plenty of seating to the right, and a large bar and garage-style door in the rear, facing north.
The garage-style door opens to a small, standing-only patio, with a neat view of the train tracks and Lake Erie farther north. This is a really nice spot to have a beer, take a photo, take a photo of your beer, take a selfie with your beer and enjoy Cleveland’s fleeting patio season. And imagine those sunsets!
Terrestrial has a second patio off the inside seating area, where plenty of picnic tables provide ample places to settle in and enjoy your beer. During the Cavs 2018 playoff run, games were projected on the side of the building for fans to watch while outside. (That sounds like literally perfect patio enjoyment!)
Terrestrial offers several varieties of beer. Right now on the menu are pilsners, IPAs, porters, a lager, a sour, a witbier and a kvass.
The Public Pilsner is an awesome choice for patio season. Its description — “a crisp and downright crushable pilsner brewed for the public” — is 100 percent accurate.
If you like your beer a little heavier, or are looking to treat yourself to just one beer, I recommend I Love it When I Save the Turtles: “Brewed to raise money for the Splash Fund at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium to save the spotted turtles. Inspired by the ‘turtle candy.’ Brewed with pecans, caramel, sea salt and coffee. $1 of every pour will go directly to the turtles.”
The brewery is dog-friendly and doesn’t have a kitchen, but you can regularly find food trucks parked outside.
Even if you can’t make it to Terrestrial before patio season ends, you should still add it to your list.
Find Terrestrial on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The brewery opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, and noon Saturday and Sunday. Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, when you can get $1 off all full pour house brews.
Cheryl Sadler loves it when she saves the turtles. Follow her on Twitter @sadlercheryl.