It's kind of a bike-boat-bar thing
The BrewBoat is a self-propelled 31-foot long catamaran that travels along the Cuyahoga River. Their website describes it as a hybrid bike-boat-bar thing which is probably the best way to describe it.
I’ve been wanting to ride the Brewboat for a few years, another of my Cleveland Bucket List items, and got the opportunity as a birthday present from my friend Jewels. The BrewBoat can seat up to 14 so I put out a call on Twitter to see who would want to join me for a relaxing afternoon on the water.
Let’s work our way backward in unpacking that. The bar… Yes you can drink on the BrewBoat. In fact I kind of think that’s the whole point. The boat has a bar with coolers to keep your drinks cold as you “cruise” along the river. While it's called the BREW boat you can bring wine as an alternative to beer.
It’s a cycleboat. There are 10 bicycle seat/pedal stations for you to sit at and pedal the boat along the river. Yes, it can be a bit of a workout but the more people in your boat the less work. Let’s keep it real, if your not a fan of bike seats or an hour + of pedaling this may not be the boating experience for you. Grab some friends to share the pedaling or so that you can be one of the 4 people that gets to sit and watch the others pedal. By the way, there is a captain to steer the boat so you’re not out on the river alone.
Where is the BrewBoat?
The first thing to know, finding the Brew Boat can be a bit tricky if you’re not familiar with the local marinas. The boat departs from Channel Park Marina located on Whisky Island (near Edgewater, if you’re not familiar) The marina is kind of hidden so look for the Channel Park sign. If you don’t want to drive because you’ll be drinking, you’ll have to take an Uber or Lyft since there’s not RTA option to get you there.
What else do I need to know
You’ll have to sign a waiver to go on the BrewBoat. It’s online for you to complete before you arrive. Also you’ll need to bring your ID for check-in.
There are no bathrooms on the boat but the marina has a clean restroom to use before and/or after you return from your cruise.
The boats do have Bluetooth speaker, so you can link up your phone to play music as you pedal. We jammed out to 90s tunes.
After the cruise remember to tip your captain and staff
So how do I go?
The 2018 cruise season is over but the website is already set up with cruise dates for next summer. You can purchase individual seats on the Brew Boat or get a bunch of people together and reserve the whole boat.
I cannot say how much fun I had on the BrewBoat. Being on the water with friends, gossiping, talking about celebrities, drinking, all while seeing the Cleveland skyline from a new perspective. I’m hooked. I am already trying to figure out when to do it again next summer and stay tuned I may do another social media invite so you can join me.
Have you been on the BrewBoat? What Cleveland adventure is still on your bucket list? Comment below.
Thanks to Nicole Lynch for all providing the photos for this blog