Collision Bend Brewing Company in The Flats, named for the narrow and crooked passages along the Cuyahoga River navigated by large commercial ships, is comprised of crafted artisanal beers and a menu inspired by Cleveland’s melting pot for a unique dining and social experience. Collision Bend is where expertly crafted beer and food collide. With seating for 200, the brewery features a wood-burning pizza oven, three bars, outdoor seating with amazing river front views and a brewer’s room that accommodates private parties, tastings and events. Boats can dock along the patio, and parking is adjacent to the property with an onsite valet.
Collision Bend Brewing Team
Top: Mark Norris, Ben Northeim | Middle: Phil McCarthy, Marisa Ellis | Bottom: Rory Schecter, Luke PurcellCollision Bend Brewing Company
Ben developed his initial passion for brewing when he started making beer in his garage. After a few dozen batches, and a couple of awards, he decided to make it a career. Ben started his brewing career at Brew Kettle, where he did a little bit of everything – from packaging beers to working in the cellar. With a growing love for the craft, Ben became an integral part of the brewing team. In February 2017, Ben joined forces with Luke Purcell to kickstart Collision Bend Brewery. For Ben, it’s not just a job; it’s about living his brewing passion authentically.
Luke began home brewing in 1984 and fell in love with the process. Shortly after, he was introduced to Andy Tveekrem at Great Lakes Brewing Company. In 1996, Luke joined the GLBC team, where he brewed for 21 years and made many additions to their lineup, including the popular seasonal Alberta Clipper Raspberry Porter. He helped introduce the barrel-aging process to GLBC with their Blackout Stout, which debuted in 2004. Luke moved to Collision Bend Brewing Company in The Flats in 2017, where he brews what have become local craft beer staples. Luke is a graduate of The Siebel Institute of Technology of Chicago and Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany.