With its patio overlooking the Cuyahoga River and the Main Avenue Bridge, Collision Bend is the Flats hot spot you saw popping up on your Instagram all summer. But when the weather cools, the 15-barrel brewery is worth more than a social media follow. Brewmaster and Great Lakes Brewing Co. descendant Luke Purcell has impressed with a range of styles from the not-too-sour Saison de Bruell ($6.50 for 16 ounces), named after partner Julian Bruell, to the East Bank IPA ($6.50 for 16 ounces). And now that the young brewery has its bearings, Purcell is experimenting with a barrel-aging program, which will include a wheat wine, similar to a barley wine, aged in red wine barrels and a heavy imperial stout aged in a bourbon barrel. “As brewers, we want to have that kind of fun,” Purcell says. Our Pick: The refreshing Lake Erie Sunset ($6.50 for 16 ounces), a blood orange American wheat ale, is perfect for a hot day on the patio or a dreamy summer escape on a cold January evening.
1250 Old River Road, Cleveland, 216-273-7879, collisionbendbrewery.com