Leisy Brewing Company

The Leisy Brewing Company was established by Iowa brewer Isaac Leisy and his brothers August and Henry, when they purchased Cleveland’s Frederick Haltnorth Brewery. Isaac had come to Cleveland in June of 1873 to attend the Brewers Congress, and purchased the brewery the following month. Located at 3400 Vega Avenue on Cleveland’s near west side, Leisy Brewing Company earned a reputation for high quality. It became Cleveland’s largest independent brewery, and was the city’s oldest brewer, and one of the longest surviving family-owned breweries in the nation when it closed in 1959.

Isaac Leisey’s mansion, built in 1892, located just east of the brewery was demolished in 1974. The 1882 building, now home to a paper recycling plant, is largely demolished. The 1917 building at 3506 Vega, the home of Downing Exhibits, from 1972 to 2000, is currently under renovation as the future home of Gypsy Brewing.

Leisy Brewery, 3504 Vega Avenue (south and east elevations).
Leisy Brewery, 3504 Vega Avenue (south and east elevations at Fulton Avenue).
Leisy Brewery, 3504 Vega Avenue (west elevation).
Leisy Brewery, 3504 Vega Avenue (west elevation seen from Train Avenue).
Leisy Brewery, 3504 Vega Avenue (north elevation).
Leisy Brewery, 3504 Vega Avenue (north elevation as seen from beneath the Fulton Avenue overpass on Train Avenue).
Remaining exterior north wall from beneath West 35th Street overpass.
Remaining exterior north wall from beneath Fulton Avenue overpass on Train Avenue.
Inside the Leisy Brewery 1917 building.
Inside the Leisy Brewery 1917 building.
Inside the Leisy Brewery loading dock 1917 building.
Inside the Leisy Brewery loading dock 1917 building.
Roof-top view of light shafts.
Roof-top view of light shafts.
Graffiti inside light shaft.
Graffiti inside light shaft.
Graffiti inside Leisy Brewery 1917 building.
Graffiti inside Leisy Brewery 1917 building.
Graffiti inside Leisy Brewery 1917 building.
Graffiti inside Leisy Brewery 1917 building.
Unidentified building immediately east of location of Leisy Mansion thought to be a part of the Leisy estate.
Unidentified building immediately east of location of Leisy Mansion thought to be a part of the Leisy estate (at the intersection of Vega Avenue and West 32nd Street.

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Leisy Brewing Company”

  1. It’s just been purchased by Platform Brewing folks to be a brewery again! It’ will be available for individual craft brewers to use the facility to brew their beer.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Wendy. It will be called Gypsy Brewery. Photographs of the repurposing will follow! Check back often!

  2. Great. I love what was done repurpose wise to their brewery. Can’t wait to see what they envision for Gypsy. I grew up on Clark so I’m very excited to see these buildings get new life!

  3. So familiar! Nice project! I photographed the Lembeck and Betz Eagle Brewery in Jersey City, NJ many years ago and the interiors, particularly, are reminiscent. So good to hear it’s returning to use, and as a brewery again no less. Sadly, Lembeck is long gone, as are so many breweries and other industrial buildings in JC and Newark.

Please leave a comment! I am looking forward to your thoughts!