Platform Beer Opening Downtown Brewery & Brewpub
Platform Beer is headed to Columbus in a big way. The Cleveland-based brewery announced this morning that they’ll be launching a production facility and tasting room at 408 North Sixth Street in the Discovery District in Downtown Columbus.
“Columbus was the most logical next step for us,” said Paul Benner, Owner and Chief Brewing Officer at Platform. “The beer scene in Columbus is developed already. This is also exciting for me because I’m originally from Columbus and grew up there.”
The 12,000 square foot facility will be divided up for production, distribution, a brewpub and some outdoor patio seating that includes a rooftop patio. The location of the facility might seem a bit off the beaten path, but Benner said that the skyline views from the rooftop patio is one of the things that sold them on the spot.
“The standalone location is kind of like what we have in Cleveland — so we’re not reinventing the wheel,” he stated. “Plus, it’s a half mile from the convention center with easy access to highways for distribution purposes. There’s no foot traffic there, but we think it will be a destination.”
Benner first launched Platform at 4125 Lorain Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood in Cleveland back in 2014 with a small three-barrel brewing system. In January of 2015 he upgraded to a 10 barrel system, and just two months ago expanded to a 30 barrel system in a new production facility nearby. The brewery sells kegs to many bars in Northeast Ohio, and cans select beers for retail sales as well.
“It’s been going gangbusters up there,” said Benner.
Distribution from the Columbus location is planned to begin in late Spring with on-site brewing and the tasting room slated to open later this year. Benner said that they also plan to use the Columbus space for barrel-aging some of their products.
For more information, visit www.platformbeerco.com.