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Cleveland City Council took action recently to help restore a remnant of the defunct Leisy Brewing Co., once the largest and longest-operating brewery in the city.
Council authorized $380,000 in loans to a small-scale local brewing company to help restore the vacant Leisy bottling building on the city’s near West Side.
Justin Carson and Paul Benner of the Platform Beer Co. on Lorain Avenue, have purchased the building at 3506 Vega Ave. to start a “contract brewing business.”
Their aim is to brew craft beers for small brewers or restaurants that can’t afford brewing equipment or labor, but want their own recipes and labels.
City Council also approved legislation Wednesday designating the Leisy building a historical landmark, which makes the project eligible for tax cuts and assures the preservation of the five-story, brick building.
Isaac Leisy and two of his brothers started Leisy Brewing Co. in 1873 and became the largest brewer in the city, building a complex of facilities on six acres at Vega and Fulton avenues.
The business closed in the 1950s and by the 1970s all buildings but the bottling building were demolished.
The new owners are calling their business Gypsy Brewery.