For his first brewpub Cleveland restaurateur Zack Bruell partnered with brewer Luke Purcell to open Collision Bend opened in April 2017.
Located on the East bank of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland’s Flats District. The brewery is housed in the newly renovated Hausheer Building on Old River Road. Built in 1863, the site first served as a chandlery, where Civil-War era-merchant ships stockpiled supplies before setting sail onto the Great Lakes. Luke Purcell, formally of the Great Lakes Brewing Company and a 21-year veteran in the local brewing scene, specified the 14,000-square-foot brewery and its state-of-the-art equipment to be the premier brewing and dining venue in Northeast Ohio.
Beer is handcrafted by Purcell, who helped launch the Great Lakes Brewing Company into national fame. A 15-barrel fermenter from Oregon was put in place in with a pair of 30-barrel fermenters along with a 30-barrel brite tank for holding or kegging.
Luke, and his team of brewers, carefully pair a variety of beers with an eclectic menu of food prepared from scratch that includes small plates to share and pizza from a wood-fired oven. Many of the brewing and food ingredients are locally sourced. A menu of fresh, natural food was designed specifically to complement the unique flavors of beer and will continue to change as Luke releases new batches.
Collision Bend Brewing Company was named for the mighty commercial ships that navigate the narrow and crooked passages up and down the Cuyahoga River.
For over a century, large barges and commercial vessels have painstakingly navigated these twists and turns with surgical precision in order to receive and deliver their precious industrial cargo to foundries and mills.
In the early years of the Industrial Revolution, at one point on the river at a very tight turn, was scene to several accidents involving bridges and other ships, thus the name Collision Bend was born.
While great big ships still slowly and precisely navigate the crooked river delivering tons of cargo, teams of engineers and seamen have all but eliminated the risk for weary sailors.
Across an expansive, waterfront patio, diners can watch iron-ore freighters carefully inch themselves around the infamous Collision Bend – a U-shaped turn in the Cuyahoga that has tested ship captains for more than a century and sparked citywide debates about redirecting the river.
Collision Bend Brewing Company was named for the commercial ships that navigated the narrow and crooked passages along the Cuyahoga River. Hand-crafted artisanal beers and Southern California street food comprise this unique dining and social experience. The Brewery will set new standards with an unrivaled fresh, natural menu and beers destined for national awards.