CLEVELAND — Platform Brewery, a local brewery known to push the creative envelope to produce unexpected, yet delicious beer has brewed up another creative idea with an outdoor beer garden made up of themed shipping containers to emphasize social distancing.
The outdoor space called The Lot is made up of themed shipping containers such as The Lodge, Coral Room and Mod, all aimed to offer different surroundings and experiences to guests.
The Lot is located next to Platform Brewery’s taproom, 4157 Lorain Avenue. It will have an on-site beer truck, which will offer beers customers have come to know and love at the taproom. Guests can also order wings from Platform’s new PBC Wing Co. Kitchen, which offers air-fried wings with an assortment of sauces and platforms version of potatoes called roasties, along with a vegan chicken option.
A spokesperson for Platform said The Lot was inspired by the owners' travels to Brooklyn, New York and Austin, Texas, where they saw similar uses of urban buildings and spaces.
“At Platform, we’re always looking for ways to continue to best serve our customers. We’ve been planning these beer gardens for a while, and since we turn six this month, we thought now would be a great time to open them,” said Justin Carson, Platform co-founder in a news release.
There will be contactless ordering in place and guests will be asked to stay seated to maintain a safe 6-feet social distance.
The soft opening for The Lot will be Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m, followed by an official opening for the brewery’s six-year anniversary on July 4.
Currently, the shipping containers are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Platform Brewery will also open a beer garden at Phunkenship, the brewery’s facility designated for sour beer production. The Phunkenship Beer Garden includes two outdoor bocce courts, amply seating and an outdoor bar. Guests can also take a seat next to a refurbished abandoned ship.