Cafe 55 opens in new Hub 55 complex in Cleveland; brewery to follow

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Goldhorn Brewery is navigating the inspection process and will be “hopefully brewing” in March, with the taproom to opening soon after, brewer Joel Warger said.

The brewery will open at the Hub 55 complex at 1361 E. 55th St., near St. Clair Avenue. Warger said the goal is to keep a minimum of eight beers on at all times in a 12-tap tower.

Warger said the state inspections are due soon and that no beer can be brewed before the process is complete.

“You can’t have anything in your fermenters before they see it,” he said at the annual Ohio Craft Brewers Association conference in Dayton.

While Northeast Ohio’s craft breweries have shown healthy and steady growth in recent years, Semersky’s location choice is a smart one: There’s a bit of a dearth on the city’s East Side for craft beer. The BottleHouse is in Cleveland Heights and Willoughby Brewing is 16 miles further east. The Cleveland Brewery, which opened last year, is open only three hours every Friday night.

First look: Goldhorn Brewery on East 55th in Cleveland aims for December opening (photos)
First look: Goldhorn Brewery on East 55th in Cleveland aims for December opening (photos)
The signs are up. The murals are painted. The bar is installed. The vats are polished and the fermentation tanks are ready to go. Hub 55 owner Rick Semersky is ready to get brewing at his nearly completed Goldhorn Brewery on East 55th Street.

“We’re going to start small and try to win the neighborhood,” Hub 55 owner owner Rick Semersky said.

Warger, who previously brewed at Great Lakes Brewing Co., added, “Having a good liquor attorney is very, very important.”

To that end, he was in a good place this week. The conference was presented by the Ohio Beer Counsel, Freund, Freeze & Arnold’s brewery and distillery practice group. The attorneys assist breweries through the maze of regulatory compliance, permits and other related challenges.

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