First look: the Schnitz Ale brewery, the first brewery in Parma, which opened this week

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  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.

“It is the first brewery in the history of Parma”, proudly declares Goran Djurin.

He is hanging out with his son Igor in the Schnitz Ale Brewery (5729 Pearl Rd.), A dazzling new brewery that opened this week in Parma. The building is right across from Das Schnitzel Haus (5728 Pearl Rd., 440-886-5050), which the same family opened in 2005.

When the two-story building became available in 2019, the family quickly got it back with plans for the brewery already in mind. Over the past two years, they have transformed every square inch of space into a distinctive brasserie-brewery that harmoniously blends the old world, the industrial and the contemporary – with every detail coming from Djurin’s creative mind.

“It’s not just a brewery, but a beautiful brewery,” he says. “I wanted to make it something special for Parma.”

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The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.  - DOUGLAS TRATTNER

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  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.

The 10,000 square foot brasserie can accommodate around 200 people over two floors, the second of which is a mezzanine that overlooks the main lobby. The front row of windows open onto Pearl Road and in the spring a beer garden style patio will emerge from the southwest side of the building.

The 7-barrel brewery, visible from the main dining room, is run by master brewer Jerome Moore, who also happens to be a first-generation Polish American. Already ten house beers on tap.

“We brew all varieties, but focusing on German beers,” says Moore. “We don’t want to discourage someone from coming because they don’t think we have a draft beer or a hazy IPA.”

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The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.  - DOUGLAS TRATTNER

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  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.

Flagship beers include kolsch, marzen, stout, and dunkel, which Moore describes as a dark-style kolsch. Smoke Stacked is a rauchbier, a slightly smoky red ale. Home pourers will be joined by hard seltzers and a sour and cider guest. Beers are served in flights, standard half-liter mugs and snifters for the tougher stuff. A wall in the main room is devoted to lockers containing mugs, the brewery version of a mug club.

“We call it the stein mannschaft, which means the stein team, ”Igor explains, adding that the membership includes stein, merchandise, discounts and an end-of-year party.

For those who pass on beer, there is wine and alcohol.

There are no plans to distribute the beer outside of the neighborhood at this time, the family said.

“We have some interest in the city, but at the moment we are only focusing on supplying beer for the brewery and the restaurant,” Igor explains.

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The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.  - DOUGLAS TRATTNER

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  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.

The family has no worries about the brewery cannibalizing the restaurant business across the street.

“The main draw here is beer,” notes Igor. “If people want a full meal, it’s at the Schnitzel Haus.

Customers can expect pub-friendly food made with the same ‘from scratch’ mindset that has supported Das Schnitzel Haus for over 15 years. On the menu are homemade Bavarian pretzels with beer cheese, meat and cheese planks, a lamb burger and a sausage platter featuring the work of Djurin.

For now, the Schnitz Ale brewery is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. They plan to open for lunch in the coming weeks.

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The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.  - DOUGLAS TRATTNER

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  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.

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The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.  - DOUGLAS TRATTNER

  • Douglas trattner
  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.

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The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.  - DOUGLAS TRATTNER

  • Douglas trattner
  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.

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The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.  - DOUGLAS TRATTNER

  • Douglas trattner
  • The Schnitz Ale brewery is now open in Parma.


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