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4057 Erie Street
phone: (440) 975-0202
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vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $
Was super excited to check out Willoughby, for the mere fact that some of my peers and I thoroughly enjoyed Cosmic IPA and Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter at SAVOR in NYC this Summer. When we realized that we would be traveling past Willoughby back from our road trip to Chicago for Goose Island Black Friday releases, we were ecstatic to grab some flights to try other beers, and come home with growlers of the Cosmic and PBCC.
When we arrived on Saturday night, 12/1, we were seated at the bar and shown a chalkboard of what was on tap. The place was absolutely jumping, with more people there for the food (and parties- apparently everyone has their party here, there must have been 4 or 5 going on) than the beers. Much to our dismay, Cosmic IPA was listed, but when we ordered our flights, it was left off- we inquired about it (as we were specifically there to buy growlers).. we were told that they were out of it. In fact, our biggest issue with the situation was not that they were OOS, but that we had called ahead, and were basically laughed at when we told them how far we had travelled to get some of their beer. Very unprofessional; and while one bartender offered us a pint of our choosing on the house because she felt bad, when we received our tab prior to leaving, we were charged for everything- food, growlers of PBCC, Flights, everything. So it was an empty offer, and while we didn't bring it up, it seemed to further our thoughts that beer was not a priority at this "brewpub".
All in all, we are still big fans of WBC's beer, specifically the Cosmic IPA, PBCC Porter, their Kolsch (really nice) and the Winter beer, Wenceslas. Unfortunately, it seems as if you can only get their beer at this brewpub, and I'd be hard pressed to find myself yearning to go back. I know they are in the process of working on a production facility, and hopefully this allows me to get their beer without driving 9 hours and have a shitty restaurant/brewpub experience.
Message to WIlloughby- you are a Brewing Company first! Take care of the people who love your great beers... otherwise you will lose them, and end up ONLY being a restaurant/party hall!
12-04-2013 19:02:23 |
More by cestlavie
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5 | $$$
If you want to get some descent food in a historic railroad building in downtown willoughby the the WBC is for you. Personally I've not had a bad meal there however the cost for me was a bit much. But overall I'd recommend the food.
Now the beers. If you'd like to wait 20 minutes for a beer on a Thursday-Saturday that won't blow your skirt up then this is the place for you. The willoughby wheat used to be a good beer to get a growler of but that beer left with the old brew master. Since then I can say I have not had one worth the wading through a sea of people.
08-07-2013 04:14:15 |
More by SlovenianMight
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited on way through Cleveland. Was a bit tricky to find since address lists it as Erie st and its actually behind all the store fronts. Once you go around to the public parking lot, its right in front of you. Was there a bit after lunch time and there was almost nobody inside, several groups outside.
Ordered the Peanut Butter Porter and was pleasantly surprised, especially after it warmed up. Why does everybody serve thee beers so cold???
Anyway, ordered a half sandwich and a salad and they were both very tasty. server was Randy and he was extremely helpful. Offered samples of whatever I wanted to try.
Got a growler to go and will definitely stop when going through. Felt prices were appropriate. Like I said,, place was a bit empty so can't speak to atmosphere when crowded.
06-24-2013 22:23:29 |
More by Docrock
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Well I finally made it to Willoughby Brewing after four years of wanting to try Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. I went twice this weekend. I stopped Saturday before a Captains game. The bar is located in downtown Willoughby in a neighborhood with plenty of bars. The inside walls of the bar are brick and it has high ceilings. There is a dining area and a bar area. The brewing operation is visible behind glass directly behind the bar. They were brewing on Saturday.
They had eight in house beers on tap as well as three guest taps. I went straight for the Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. It was delicious. It tasted like it belonged in Southern Tier's Black Water series. I had five other beers and all were of good quality. The bartender was extremely friendly and even pointed me to a great bottle shop that I hit on Sunday.
I ate there on Sunday and my friend had an appetizer on Saturday. He ordered the bbq bacon wrapped shrimp. Bacon=good. Shrimp=good. The bbq bacon shrimp was not impressive at all. It was $12 or $13 dollars for five tiny shrimp wrapped in bacon. I tried one, and I think that I could have taken a frozen shrimp and wrapped in with a piece of bacon and yielded an equal result. I had a spinach dip the next day which was good and being a Sunday it was half price.
On Saturday I asked if they gave brewery tours. The bartender asked the brewer. After completing his tasks the brewer took us behind the scenes. The brewer and assistant brewer were great guys. We got to sample an incomplete IPA and taste some malted barley. It is a small operation.
Overall, I absolutely loved this place. I would avoid the bbq bacon shrimp. There are plenty of other worthwhile appetizers and entrees and even pizza. The staff was friendly and helpful. It did get very crowded after eleven o'clock and loud. I would highly recommend this place.
05-27-2013 00:37:59 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere - it's a pretty cute place. It's got trains all over the place, because this used to be the Willoughby Train Station. Half of the place is a devoted restaurant, including an enclosed porch. There's also an open air porch, both porches share a two-way fireplace. Typical Willoughby (which means old pictures of town) and pub (stencils of beers of by-gone eras) decor, with a few individualized accents. Huge booths at the expense of walking space.
They play really awful techno remixes of rap and R&B late at night. There's a dance floor and its devoid of life every time I've ever been there. They play it in the restaurant side, too, and about half as loud - so you can't really get away from it.
Quality - Most of that 3.5 rating is tied up in the food. They have really very good food. The beer, on the other hand, is pretty lackluster. The sole exception being the Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter. Which is mostly coffee. It's not well balanced, but with a name like that I hope you're not expecting balance. Everything else is a pretty solid 3.0. That's always depressing when you're in a place that has Brewing in the name.
Service - The host/hostesses I dealt with on both days (and a day prior) I feel were not that great. Some seemed either burnt out or disinterested. I came in once (prior to having a reservation) on a fairly unbusy night, was told it would be a two hour wait (which is about what it is at Melt on a Friday night to put that in the ridiculous context it rightly deserves). There was no offer to check out the bar or anything like that. That being said, they may leave tables open in the dining room for last minute reservations through their online system - which is probably a tough feature to cater around.
As I said, didn't go to the bar so I can't really say anything about bartenders.
The waiters/waitresses appear to be pretty on top of things. They're all very nice and open to questions. The food comes out fast, surprisingly fast in fact. I went two days in a row - once during dinner and another time during lunch, we had both in about 10-15 minutes.
This place is a restaurant (attempting to be a bit more upscale than it is) first and a brewery second. So that's what you'll get.
THE FOOD: Nothing here is vegan-friendly, just an FYI. Vegetarians can find plenty to eat, though. Nothing on the menu is specifically gluten-free, but they have things like soup that probably qualifies. Theres a good selection of salads, meat entrees, appetizers, pizzas, and sandwiches.
THE BEER: If you're going to WBC as a restaurant, you will likely only be drinking WBC beer. They only keep about 3 or 4 other local beers on tap, and they also have Oskar Blues in cans. That's it. I guess if you're going to WBC, you're planning on getting WBC beer which isn't store sold or bottled. Still, it would be nice to have some more options.
Food - I can only speak to the vegetarian stuff I've had here. The pizzas are all pretty good, and for the size/taste are the best value items on the menu (comparable to a medium). You'll probably take half home and they range between 11-15 dollars a pizza.
I had the butternut squash soup and a portabello sandwich, both of which were absolutely delicious and well put together. No notably strong negatives to food.
Value - For what you get, its pretty expensive overall. You can easily blow about 20 bucks on a sandwich and a beer. Good sandwich, okay beer. This place has a pretty strong identity crisis. I feel like if they dropped the brewing moniker they would make a pretty good straight-off restaurant or club if they tried.
As it is, they straddle all of those categories, so it doesn't come out strong in any one field.
12-29-2012 19:43:13 |
More by MudDrinker
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Got there around Lunch time so the atmosphere wasn't really booming, There were a few people scattered around the place but that was it. I sat down at the bar and the bartender informed me of some issues they were having with their beers so they only had a few to choose from. After driving 6 hours just for a pint of the Peanut Butter Coffee Porter I was very thankful that was one still available. I believe that they only had about 4 beers to choose from that day. It was 2 porters, a Quad and a Kolsch style that were there at the time. The service was actually awesome, I didn't catch the bartenders name but he was a really good dude. I got good vibes from him and he gave me a round on the house since he knew I was from out of town. The food I ordered was very good, it really hit the stop after being on the road for so long. The value wasn't too bad, I actually ended up getting a Home Brewers discount too which was really awesome! I would definitely hit up Willoughby again in the future. I enjoyed it there a lot! Definitely check it out!
10-03-2012 02:25:41 |
More by Knapp85
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$$
I normally would be very lenient when reviewing a brewery. And this is usually because I am visiting the brewery for the first time and don't know if its just an "off" night or not.
I have lived through two different ownerships and brew masters at the Willoughby brewing company and have seen little to no change in quality.
I have yet to have a beer that really "wows" me from this brewery. The best beer I've had here was recently with the Oatmeal Stout. But either the beer is too extreme: The Trendy "we have more hops than you do" beer. Or just plain doesn't taste like beer: Lets add a ton of Peanut Butter and Coffee in a beer.
What I would really like to see is just a good staple beer. The closest thing I've had to a staple was the Willoughby Wheat. But that was the previous owner.
Everything else about this brewery is great. The food is good. The service is good. There are fun events: Comedy tours, live sports broadcast ect. All they need is better beer...
02-18-2012 02:05:16 |
More by lastb33rcall
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Let me tell you about Willoughby's, and why I fell in love at first sip.
Siege06nd and I stopped in on our way out of town on Tuesday January 17th, immediately following the BA Blackout release. To say that our trip to that point was frustrating would be kind. Here's a taste:
- Fat Heads: No Head Hunter IPA. Really?
- Brew Kettle: Some of the worst customer service I've seen in ages.
- Great Lakes: Spending $30 on an event where you serve Ritz crackers and pre-sliced cheese? Seriously?
Batting a meager .250 (if you'd even call it that), we stumble in to Willoughby's, and perk up immediately. This place is gorgeous! It's tucked back behind the buildings on the main drag, so it's easy to miss. But once inside, this is really a site to behold. Tidy and clean, big booths, walls of glass encasing the brew area. A beautiful, big ass bar with big ass stools for big asses like mine sit right in front of the bright tanks, so you can watch them brew as you quaff.
Literally every single person we spoke to or dealt with was friendly and more then helpful. Smiles from ear to ear.
We got a taster tray and found not one, but all of the beers they brew to be at the very least drinkable and most to be insanely tasty. Their Razz Wheat and Peanut Butter Cup Porter were the standouts.
After a few, the brewmaster Tom came over and kicked it with us. From the way he initially behaved, you'd think him a waiter, as he was grinning and more then eager to fetch us a couple glasses of water. Once we all got to chatting, we found he has big plans for the future of Willoughby's, and even game us a sample of an upcoming IPA. After we ate, Tom took us on a personal tour of the brew space and the back area, and schooled my muchacho on the intricacies of the brewing process. And when all was said and done, Tom even handed us a couple copies of the current Beer Advocate magazine and brand spankin' new keychain bottle openers from Willoughby's. Heck, John was so grateful he went into his personal stash of craft goodness in his trunk and gave Tom a mixed sixer as a thank you.
The food was very good. My salad had a few too many tortilla chips layering the top, making it hard to see the actual contents of my Southwestern Salad. And John's fish sandwich was massive.
The only knock was the cost of growler fills: $15 if I'm not mistaken.
Willoughby's is an absolute must-stop destination. I will not hesitate to recommend this spot, or stop back in if I'm in the area. Highly, highly recommended - two BIG thumbs up.
Thanks again, Tom!
01-25-2012 22:19:38 |
More by Rhettroactive
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The Willoughby Brewing Co will always be a great memory....and hopefully a place I can visit again. The atmosphere is amazing....huge dining area and kick ass bar area....there seems to be a constant buzz going on....and I love the overhead model train. The quality of the food and beer was amazing! Bring your appetite and designated driver...you'll want to stay for a long time. Our server was so patient and attentative it made the experience great. We had 20+ in our party and she and her support KICKED ASS! The food menu and beer selection was great...I had buffalo chicken egg roles...F'ing great! I don't care what it cost....our experience was great and therefore it got a reasonable rating! when near this place...visit it!!!
01-22-2012 03:16:12 |
More by WoodBrew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Stopped in on a recent road trip...
Atmosphere: The brewery is in a renovated rail car repair warehouse. A large and open floor plan with plenty of seating, including booths, tables, high tops. A large bar with a glass wall providing an excellent view of the fermenting tanks. Lots of nice touches on the walls and floors, including a model train running on a track suspended from the ceiling. A really well put together place, they spared no expense.
Quality: Top notch. They had 7 or 8 beers on tap, most of which were their main line-up. I have to say that it is some of that ounce for ounce, this is one of the most impressive year-round lineups I have experienced. A porter, peanut butter porter, imperial stout, pale ale, raspberry wheat, IPA, and blonde ale are all finely crafted. Raspberry Wheat, IPA, and Peanut Butter Cup Porter are definitely standouts. These brews are obviously created with a lot of love and high quality ingredients.
Service: Top notch again. Our bartender was attentive, happy to answer questions, and very knowledgeable. The real treat was having the head brewer, Tom, come over and chat with us. He was happy to talk about his beers and his experience at the brewery. He also swung by a few minutes later with a sneak preview of an IPA he is working on. As if that wasn't enough, he offered us a private tour of the facilities and gave me a tutorial on the brewing process. Just a great guy all around. This is what it's all about.
Selection: Plenty of options on tap, about 7 or 8. Most were straightforward styles but they covered all the bases. Anyone with a Peanut Butter Cup Porter commands a high score here.
Food: The two dishes we had were great. Huge portions and high-quality. I had a grouper sandwich that was about the biggest thing I've ever seen. Thought there was no way I could eat it all, until I did. My buddy got a salad that was equally huge and delicious. Most of the menu looked like straightforward pub fare, though I think that changes at dinner time as they roll out some more extravagant dinner entrees. But portions and palate were fantastic.
Value: Here is the only nit. Food was a little pricey for NE Ohio. And growler fills ran fairly high too. But for the quality, I felt it was mostly justified.
01-20-2012 03:10:22 |
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