Shores & Islands Ohio Cheers Trail

Raise A Glass To Shores & Islands' Cheers Trail

Looking for your next favorite craft beverage? The Cheers Trail makes it easy to find suds, ciders and other sippers made with local ingredients while visiting Ohio's fun coast, which also has agricultural roots that run deep. That means you can take a peach to the beach, but also wash it down with a cold beer at the pier or a wine among the vines.

Thrill-inducing roller coasters, island hopping, waterparks, beach escapes and agritourism destinations are just a few of the highlights of a visit to Shores & Islands Ohio. No matter what a perfect getaway to the region looks like, you're bound to get a thirst for the local flavor. Luckily, there is a growing number of craft breweries, cider houses and distilleries joining the already well-established wineries in the region. It’s easy to find them all, with the new Cheers Trail, a guide to more than 20 palate-pleasing craft experiences delivering a taste of the local culture and, often, the region's agricultural history. While there is a prize for making qualifying purchases at five or more locations, you'll be doubly rewarded if you slow down and savor your free time at the places where new ideas flow daily.

pib brewery distillery

The Rebirth of Breweries

Bottle on crate in orchard

How About Them Apples?

PIB Winery wine glasses

Unwind In Ohio's Historic Wine Country

The Rebirth of Breweries

Almost a century after the National Prohibition Act, known informally as the Volstead Act, wiped out Sandusky's robust beer industry, the craft-beer movement is once again hitting its stride in the city and beyond. Local entrepreneurs have poured their passion into creating distinctive brews that satisfy not only casual drinkers, but also beer enthusiasts, who make it their mission to seek out new and unique flavor profiles wherever they go.

Along the Cheers Trail, you will also find beers made with ingredients that have historical ties to the region. Bait House Brewery in Sandusky, for example, uses Ohio-grown hops to create its Bicentenni-Ale, which toasts the city's recent milestone. Meanwhile, Twin Oast Brewery is a true farm-to-glass operation that uses produce grown at its 60-acre heritage fruit farm on Catawba Island, including the apricots used in the seasonal ApriCatawba, a summery fruit-forward beer. Ice Shove, a Belgian-style white IPA, incorporates home-grown apples and rosemary.

 

How About Them Apples?

The proximity to apple orchards is one of the key factors that inspired Josh Raboin and Joe Burnham IV to establish Redhead Ciderhouse at Burnham Orchards in Berlin Heights.

With Burnham's apples and Raboin's knowledge of making hard cider, the two friends were able to take advantage of the fastest growing segment of the beer and malt beverage industry. Now when visitors stop into the orchard's market, they can also get a taste of what Redhead Ciderhouse is all about.

Besides Redhead Original Hard Cider, Raboin has had success experimenting with different ingredients. Jalapenos add a kick to Hot Chick; cascade hops are used in Smooth Hoperator; but the favorite flavor by far, though, is the cinnamon-infused Apple Pie, which tastes just like the dessert.

Unwind In Ohio's Historic Wine Country

Wine producers along Lake Erie's grape belt have been in the business of making customers feel good for nearly two centuries. Well before tourism was the Bass Islands' main source of income, wine was a major industry. Concord and Catawba grapes grown on the Bass Islands — nicknamed the Wine Islands — were particularly sought out because of the island's unique ecosystem that lengthens the growing season and insulates vines from spreading diseases. Founded in 1888, Heineman's Winery, Ohio's oldest family-run winery, keeps the wine-growing tradition alive to this day on South Bass Island, better known as Put-in-Bay. While you're there, step inside Crystal Cave. The discovery of the world's largest geode on the Heineman property helped the business survive the Prohibition years.

Back on the mainland, some vintners are making wines from heritage grapes, while others have established new plantings of cool-climate varietals, such as Rieslings and Chardonnays. With all the possible choices, you're bound to find the perfect varietal to enjoy in a unique setting, whether it's a heritage barn at Sandy Ridge Vineyards and Mercantile, by the koi pond at Chateau Tebeau or surrounded by Quarry Hill Winery's orchards and vineyards with a distant view of Lake Erie.

If you don't know where to start your adventure on the Cheers Trail, or if you plan to visit several locations in one day, let someone else guide the way. Besides the custom trips that Scarlet Transportation & Adventure Tours organizes, Sawmill Creek Resort offers winery tours on Saturdays.

Visitors, who have been to five locations and completed the Cheers Trail requirements, can head over to one of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Centers for a choice between a pint glass or stemless wine glass, both of which have the Lake Erie Love logo on one side and the Cheers Trail logo on the other. Visit all 20 locations for a chance to win a future getaway to the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region.

Let's toast to that!


wine glasses

Getting Started:

Make the Cheers Trail part of your Shores & Islands Ohio experience. There is no charge to get started! Simply start by visiting one of the Shores & Islands Ohio Welcome Centers or any of the locations listed in the Cheers Trail. Pick up a brochure and present it at each location to receive a sticker. Once you have visited ten locations, you will receive a free gift! If you finish the trail and visit all 21 locations, you will be entered into a drawing for a Shores & Islands Ohio getaway and receive another free gift (two gifts total)! Getaway package is drawn yearly on March 31. This trail is self-guiding and does not have to be completed all in the same day.

How to Use the Cheers Trail Brochure:

  • Visit any of the locations listed in this brochure
  • Make a qualifying purchase
  • Ask your server to place their Cheers Trail sticker on your brochure
  • Visit ten or more locations and redeem at either Welcome Center for first free gift
  • Claim your free gift by presenting your completed Cheers Trail brochure at one of the Shores & Islands Ohio Welcome Centers
  • Complete all 21 locations, claim a second free gift and get entered to win a Shores & Islands overnight package (drawn on March 31)

 

Sip Responsibly!

Please take your time and enjoy your craft beverages responsibly. Our Cheers Trail is self-guiding, and does not have to be completed all in the same day. The legal drinking age in Ohio is 21, so you must be at least 21 years old to participate in the Cheers Trail. If you decide to visit several locations in one day, designate a driver or utilize a hired driving service. 

When you make the decision to purchase a locally-made, craft beverage, you are choosing to support the local economy. Each maker on the Cheers Trail is a small business located in Shores & Islands Ohio. As with any small business, these beverage makers are essential to the local economy. They support local employment and bring people to the region to explore everything it has to offer.

Cheers!!

Shores & Islands Ohio Welcome Centers

East - 125 E. Water St.
Sandusky, OH 44870
419.625.2984, 800.255.3743

West - 770 S.E. Catawba Rd. (SR 53)
Port Clinton, OH 43452
419.734.4386, 800.441.1271

Cheers Trail:

Avon Lake

1. Klingshirn Winery

33050 Webber Rd.
440.933.6666, klingshirnwine.com

Klingshirn has grown and produced some of Ohio’s finest grapes and wines since 1935. Twenty acres of vineyards, manufacturing, bottling, sampling, and a retail store are all on site. Open year-round; closed Sundays and major holidays.

Berlin Heights

2. Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard

8403 Mason Rd.
419.588.3179, quarryhillwinery.com

Enjoyable wine tastings, light menu, retail wine sales, wine bar, outdoor patio, and on-site orchard and farm market. Live entertainment on weekends. Open year-round.

3. Redhead Ciderhouse

8019 SR 113 E
419.396.5995, redheadciderhouse.com

Producers of unique hard ciders in northern Ohio. Redhead Ciderhouse is an estate cidery who grows, presses, and ferments on site. Hard ciders can be sampled in the tasting room or purchased to-go inside Burnam Orchards. Tasting room open year-round, Mon-Sat. Carryout only on Sundays; closed major holidays.

Catawba

4. Gideon Owen Wine Company

3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd. (Port Clinton)
419.797.4445, gideonowenwine.com

Gideon Owen Wine Company is a 150-year-old winery on Catawba Island. A perfect blend of historic charm
and modern flair with an 1872 European-inspired wine cellar. Relax around the fire, enjoy patio seating, or sample wine in
the Tirage Wine Bar. Open year-round.

5. Twin Oast Brewing

3630 N.E. Catawba Rd. (SR 53)
419.573.6126, twinoast.com

Experience great beer crafted by people obsessed with making unique flavors derived from the 60-acre farm on which it resides. Open year-round.

Helena

6. Chateau Tebeau

525 SR 635
419.638.5411, 419.680.0386
chateautebeauwinery.com

Experience the French Chateau featuring a wide selection of wines and cider. Walk the vineyards, sit by the koi pond, or have a glass of wine by the fireplace in the tasting room. You’re sure to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Food menu, craft beer, live entertainment, and tours available. Open year-round.

Kelleys Island

7. Crooked Tree Vineyard

715 E. Lakeshore Dr.
419.746.2200, crookedtreevineyard.com

A three-acre working vineyard on Kelleys Island with a small tasting room serving wines made on site. Come in for a quiet and relaxing retreat from the sun while enjoying a glass of island-made wine. Open late-May through Labor Day with limited fall and winter hours.

8. Kelleys Island Wine Co.

418 Woodford Rd.
419.746.2678, kelleysislandwineco.com

A family-friendly establishment specializing in hand-crafted island wines. A boutique winery featuring up to seven wines at a time. Restaurant offers house-made, fresh options like small plates, sliders, and pizzas. Family-owned for over 35 years. Two acres of family fun including corn hole, bocce, and horseshoes. Private groups by reservation. Catering available. Open daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day with limited hours spring, fall, and winter.

9. Monarch Winery

604 Division St.
419.746.2899, monarchki.com
A small, family-owned operation specializing in fruit wines and wine slushies. Offering an array of wine-related gifts, souvenirs, and snacks. Come shop, sip wine, and enjoy the wine garden! Call for hours.

Marblehead

10. Rocky Point Winery

111 W. Main St.
419.515.1494, rockypointwinery.com

Named for the rocky point at nearby Marblehead Lighthouse, providing visitors with a small-town touch, local wines, and unique gifts. Open year-round.

Norwalk

11. D & D Smith Winery

401 W. Main St.
419.577.0242, ddsmithwinery.com

Relax in this 1870 house-turned-winery or outside with wine, wine slushies, beer, or mixed beverages while trying the new homemade pizza crust and sauce baked in brick ovens. With 37 different wines and after 12 years in business, you’ll find something you like! Open year-round.

12. Sandy Ridge Vineyards and Mercantile

180 SR 61 E
419.504.8884, sandyridgevineyards.com

A community viticultural destination set in a historic 1890s barn. Highlights include chef-inspired dining offerings, a beautiful terrace, antiques, unique shopping and gifts, and award-winning wines. Craft beer and organic sodas are also available. Private events by reservation. Open Apr through mid-Dec.

Port Clinton

13. Catawba Island Brewing Company

2330 E. Harbor Rd. (SR 163)
419.960.7764,
facebook.com/catawbaislandbrewingco

Family-owned, craft microbrewery located in Port Clinton. Indoor and outdoor seating, kid-friendly, games, and live entertainment. Open year-round.

Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island

14. Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave

978 Catawba Ave.
419.285.2811, heinemanswinery.com

Founded in 1888, Heineman’s Winery is a fifth-generation winery and the oldest family-owned and operated winery in Ohio. Visit the tasting room and wine garden, sample award-winning wines, and tour the world’s largest celestite geode at Crystal Cave. Open mid-Apr through Oct.

15. Put-in-Bay Brewery & Distillery

441 Catawba Ave.
419.285.4677, putinbaybrewery.com

Enjoy fresh-brewed beer at the island’s only brewery and distillery. Great food at a great price, plus a friendly brew crew. Growlers and crowlers of beer available to-go, as well as their own island vodka and rum. Patio seating and children’s menu available. Open May through mid-Oct.

16. Put-in-Bay Winery at The Doller Estate

392 Bayview Ave.
419.285.3343, putinbaywinery.com

Enjoy a guided wine-tasting tour of the Valentine Doller Mansion and experience island life as it was in the 1800s. Enjoy breathtaking views of Put-in-Bay’s waterfront while enjoying a world-class glass of wine or a hand-crafted, ice-cold beer. Accessible. Open Apr-Oct.

Sandusky

17. Bait House Brewery

223 Meigs St.
419.502.HOPS (4677), baithousebrewery.com

Although there’s “nothin’ fishy about it,” when you stop by the Bait House Brewery you’ll soon be “hooked.” Sandusky’s hometown brewery not only offers their own specialty in-house brews, but also a full bar menu and delicious walleye platters, Bait House burgers, pizza, and other fantastic bites. Pet-friendly patio. Open year-round.

18. CLAG Brewing Company

216 Columbus Ave.
419.202.8199, clagbrewingco.com

Located in the heart of downtown Sandusky, adjacent to Small City Taphouse. Brewing small batches of a variety of beer from IPAs to stouts right on site. Open Feb-Dec.

19. Everwild Spirits

212 Hancock St.
419.408.6069, everwildspirits.com

A craft bourbon distillery, located in downtown Sandusky, crafting unique, hand-made and distinctive bourbon whiskeys that represent the local land, oak, and grains of Ohio. Full bar and lounge seating area, both indoors and out. Check website for information on tours, tastings, bottle releases, classes, events, and live entertainment.

20. Firelands Winery

917 Bardshar Rd.
419.625.5474, 800.548.9463
firelandswinery.com

Producing fine Ohio wine since 1880. Retail shop, tastings, light fare, home wine-making supplies, and gifts. Outdoor covered patio. Restaurant available; call for information. Open year-round; closed major holidays.

Vermilion

21. Paper Moon Vineyards

2008 SR 60
440.967.2500, papermoonvineyards.com

Tastings and sales of quality regional and viniferous wines, covered outdoor patio area with seating for 60 people, grassy courtyard with fire ring, and lawn games. Food menu available. Open year-round; closed major holidays.

Wineries

Explore our wineries and sip never-ending varieties of wine, from award-winning merlots to small batch fruit wines. Cheers!

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