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Local breweries welcome return of football with plenty of Brown ales

Aug 10, 1999 - Cleveland Browns fans have plenty of choices when it comes to locally brewed beer to celebrate the return of their team to the National Football League.


Cleveland Brown Ale, Expansion Draft, Stadium Lager and Dawg Pound Brown are some of the choices.

The Great Lakes Brewing Co. has served Cleveland Brown Ale since 1988 in its restaurant on the city's west side. Now the brewery has begun to bottle and distribute the beer to bars and retail outlets. The beer is also being featured at the Winking Lizard chain of sports bars this month.

The company originally thought it would have to brew about 900 barrels for bottling, but demand has forced the company to double that production to 1,800 barrels.

Dawg Pound Brown is a product of Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in the Flats, while Crooked River Brewing Co. has had Expansion Draft on the market since February. "It continues to sell very well," said Crooked River President Chris Livingston. "It's right up there with our flagship brands."

Crooked River plans to debut another brew later this month called Stadium Lager that will be sold at Cleveland Stadium during Browns games, Livingston said. Neither beer is officially sanctioned by the Browns and Livingston said his company has been careful not to link itself too closely to the team. "We are not producing a beer for the franchise," he said.

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