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Sunday, May 29th 2016

Brewery Spotlight:
Q & A with Platform Beer Company

In less than two years, Cleveland's Platform Beer Company has gone from setting up shop in a former Czechoslovakian social hall to having a resounding impact on the Ohio craft beer scene. Brewing a few thousand barrels last year, the brewery is expecting to make the jump to over 20,000 this year thanks to an additional production space on the city's west side. Creativity and a desire to be open and collaborative have enabled Platform to partner with homebrewers as well as other craft brewers and offer a wide range of beers to thirsty Ohioans. 

One part of the team behind Platform Beer Company is Justin Carson - also owner of JC Beertech. We swapped a few emails with Justin in an effort to learn more about Platform and what was behind the quickly growing craft brewery. He was nice enough to answer all the questions we threw at him, cheers Justin! We hope to make it out to Cleveland (or Columbus) and have a few beers at the brewery soon...

(CC) Tell us a little bit about Platform Beer Company? 

(JC) We opened July 4th 2014. We wanted to create a Platform that did not exist in the brewing industry by connecting home brewers and retailers in the process of designing and creating beers. Justin Carson and Paul Benner are the partners.

(CC) What's the story behind the brewery name and logo? Who does most of the design work the brewery?

(JC) The logo came about to signify the art of collectively collaborating. This is why we decided to include the light bulb. We also wanted a very simple clean design. We have had multiple designers since opening. Currently we use Studio 5 Design.

(CC) Is it still relevant to ask the question, why cans?

(JC) We decided to do cans because of the quality aspect as well as we thought we could best show the art of design on cans.

Photo: DoublEE Beertography

(CC) Platform's Brewery Incubator program sounds very cool. What can you tell us about it?

(JC) The incubator project is a opportunity to give more advanced home brewers the opportunity to create and brew on a commercial system for release to their friends and family. This is also a way to incorporate groups we have done multiple collaborations with chefs, grocery stores and even crowd sourced.

(CC) Where are Platform's cans distributed?

(JC) We currently distribute in Cleveland and Columbus.

Orange Blossom Gose is a collaboration between
Platform Beer Company and Old City Soda

(CC) Looking at current draught list in your taproom there are some really unique beers. There's a Mango Pink Peppercorn Berlinerweisse and a beer brewed with Cherimoyo fruit and Pomelo. If you could describe Platform's brewing mantra, what would it be?

(JC) We strive to make a consistent quality product. We also have a 3, 10, 30, and soon 60 bbl BrewHouse so we can try exciting beers at the brewpub before they make it to the productions facility. We have also started a comprehensive souring program. We like to think all opinions matter and work together to create unique beers. (Hence the light bulb)


The Cherimoya Project is a series of pale ales brewed with cherimoya
fruit and other exotic fruits such as Bergamot oranges

(CC) What are some of the beers the brewery is most proud of?

(JC) Some of the beers we are most proud of in the first two years we have been open are Orange Blossom Gose, Cherimoya Project Pomello, Hubris Quad iced IPA, Speed Merchant, and our Black Eagle Gratzer that won a gold medal at GABF.


You guessed it...

(CC) I really have to ask about your Frank Stallone Pale Ale. Growing up watching SNL when Norm MacDonald was doing Weekend Update, that is just priceless. Whose idea was that? 

(JC) Paul Benner (co-owner of Platform Beer Company) came up with the idea due to the appreciation of this skit. (watch it here)

(CC) What does the next year hold in store for Platform Beer Company?

(JC) We are opening our 3rd location in Columbus in the Fall. We have plans to continue to develop our distribution footprint and look for future opportunities.

(CC) What's the best thing about the Cleveland beer scene?

(JC) Ever changing opportunities and the great sense of camaraderie. There is also a extreme sense to push the bar to the next level in Cleveland. We are extremely happy to be a part of such a great beer town.

Posted by Russ