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Beyond the Dish (Greenhouse Tavern); Ohio Beer History; The Hermit Club

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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When it comes to owning a restaurant, most chefs like to have a signature dish or style that keeps their customers coming back. In this edition of Beyond the Dish, we visit award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer at The Greenhouse Tavern, who is known for his efforts in environmental sustainability.

While at the Greenhouse Tavern, you might be inclined to partake in a cold beverage like a beer. If you do, chances are you’re choosing from among one of the many craft beers made in Ohio. The state is the 7th largest exporter of beer in the country. The industry employs some 44,000 people, and has an economic impact of about $3.9 billion. Within our broadcast area, there are dozens of craft brew manufacturers who are part of northeast Ohio’s long history of making beer. We take a look into the local beer industry.

The future of beer making in Cleveland looks as promising as it’s past. Construction is underway for a Hofbrauhaus, a German-style beer garden being built in Playhouse Square, but not everything about the complex is brand new. The design will wrap around a century-old Tudor Mansion located behind the State Theatre which serves as the clubhouse for the Hermit Club. The Club members have agreed to allow the Hofbrauhaus to incorporate their clubhouse into the design in exchange for having the building renovated. So who are these crafty Hermits? Some secret society? Not quite… we’ll explore.


Chef Jonathon Sawyer, Greenhouse Tavern
Rick Armon, Akron Beacon Journal
Pat Conway, Owner, Great Lakes Brewing Company
Robert . A. Musson, M.D., Brewing Beer In the Buckeye State
Robert Finley, President, The Hermit Club

Additional Information

Greenhouse Tavern
Rick Armon, Akron Beacon Journal
Great Lakes Brewing Company
Robert . A. Musson, M.D., Brewing Beer In the Buckeye State
Robert Finley, President, The Hermit Club


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Special thanks to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College for the use of their Steinway Piano.

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Production of arts and culture programming on ideastream is made possible by grants from:


By residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

The Cleveland Foundation; The Dominion Foundation; Eaton; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Kulas Foundation; The John P. Murphy Foundation; Stroud Family Exempt Trust; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; and The Nord Family Foundation.


The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

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