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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 2,197
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 39 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]
8377 Pearl Road
phone: (440) 239-8788
AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 66 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
I went to college in Berea, and while there the first few years my friends and I would always pass by the BrewKettle while on the way to Chipolte, which is the way we chose to celebrate both our athletic achievements and failures. I always figured it was just another macro-swill joint like nearly everywhere else in the area.
But finally I got up the nerve to go in there after reading a review or two on this site. I had been to the Great Lakes Brewing Company, who everyone and their mother in Northern Ohio seems to think or at least believe is the only brewpub/local place making craft beer. The BrewKettle blew me away though. The meals I have had there range from smoked Prime Rib to one of the best pulled pork sandwiches I have ever eaten. The restaurant is not only non-smoking but it is also child friendly - I saw more than a few families - and The BrewKettle is decorated with plenty of beer accessories and merchandise, almost all of which is far enough off the beaten path to elicit some form of excitement greater than the darn Bud and Miller neons everyone else has.
The wait stuff is knowledgeable and helpful. The brews made on premise are very good, and the guest beers include harder beers in the area like Arrogant Bastard (around 25 taps total). My favorite beers from the house Ringneck Brewing Company being the super Imperial Stout and also the Ringneck Barleywines.
Go and enjoy the BrewKettle. It's a real place to come to if you want someplace casual and well priced with good brews. I also recommend the brew on premise experience they offer. I received one from my girlfriend for Christmas, and I couldn't be more happy with my beer.
06-27-2005 18:31:00 |
More by edmundfitzoil
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I thoroughly enjoyed The Brew Kettle and have no complaints. I found this little bar on Beer Advocate and I'm very glad I gave it a shot, especially since I went to Great Lakes Brewing last night. I had an awesome beer experience there and thought about going back tonight.
For all in Cleveland, you must go to both, but I will focus on The Brew Kettle now. This a place I would like to hang out at if I lived here. The atmosphere is inviting: a long bar with TVs on 1 side and booths lining the other side of the skinny space. The back houses the "brew your own" area, where people can use the equipment provided to make there own beer. I stuck to the house beers (Ring Neck) - Chief's Rye, All American Pilsner, and Imperial IPA - all EXCELLENT. I bought a 22oz Alt Beer to take with me and look forward to opening it. The food is true beer lovers fare - smoked meats, sausages, beans, etc. I had the brat w/kraut and was very pleased. Happy hour until 7pm - $2.25 pints!
Highly Recommended - I will go back next time I'm in Cleveland.
10-05-2004 23:37:30 |
More by willytime
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
On a rainy day in Cleveland, we decided to make the trek across town from 45 minutes away.
Beers: Being that we brought the kids, ages 2 and 4, I could not
examine the menu of beers on tap as closely as I hoped(it actually was a very kid-friendly place. Good to know.). So in a glance, I chose an Ringneck Old 21Imperial IPA, off of their in-house brewed list. what I missed was it to be a 10.5 ABV! (On an empty stomach to boot). An 1/2 hour we decide to eat. It was bitter(90 IBU), definitely not one to have a bunch of. Not much of a head or carbonation, but very cold on a hot day, it worked. May get one again at the end of a night out. Get some food down there, as I'm on my second, the Ringneck Chief's Rye Ale, feeling pretty good, I
realize this has a much nicer taste, smell and drinkability. Not too bitter, smell of rye, regret not coming home with a few. I will soon.
Food: All good. Wings: great sauce and huge, grilled beauties. Hot dogs and fries for the kids: huge, grilled to perfection. Pulled Pork sandwich: Good and a LOT of meat. Ask for extra sauce. Beer Brats: Excellent, according to wife. Very good prices on everything(Hello Great Lakes...).
Setting: Beer trays and mugs line the long hall of the place, as well as many beer ads, old and new. The brewery is in the back of the place, as mentioned in other reviews. I dropped many hints to my family about what I'd like for my birthday coming up; a brewing party there (fingers crossed).
If you could'nt tell, we really liked the place, and would recommend anyone a visit, alongside Great Lakes. You will feel like this place is a real bargain( $5.00 pitchers on Sundays. Saw that too late too).
07-27-2004 16:38:21 |
More by Manos
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
I absolutely fell in love with this place, despite being suspicious when we first pulled up to it. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It's in a slightly industrial-looking strip mall and looks like it'd be really tiny. All that changes when you walk in the door. It keeps a bit of the warehouse-like feeling inside, especially in the back, but it opens up. It is long and narrow, but it's not cramped and there's plenty of room. The bar section takes up about 2/3 of the length. The bar is sizeable, but not huge and there appeared to be about 25 taps. There were 7 Ringneck (the brewpub beers) brews on tap and the rest were guest taps like Stone and Dogfish Head. Excellent selection. In the back, the space gets wider (the must have taken next door's back room) and off in the corner is the brewpub's equipment. The rest of the space is devoted to the brew on premises and homebrew store. They have several very nice steam kettles and bottling machines. I would have loved to have had time to try their stuff out, but I only had a few days in town.
The house beer is excellent; not a bad beer in the bunch. The FOTB Barley Wine was exceptional, as was the Old 21 Imperial IPA. The brewer here is apparently a hop head and it shows in his beers. He also seems to have a way with hops that leaves his American-style hoppy beers with a juiciness that just makes my mouth water. Quite possibly the best brewpub in Ohio.
06-10-2004 01:40:59 |
More by aracauna
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
When you walk into The Brew Kettle, you notice it is really long and narrow. The bar is great. Behind the bar they have a board listing all of the beers that they have on tap.
Since the Brew Kettle is a brew on premise, they have a lot of different beers ready to dispense. They actually hide the brew on premise part pretty nicely. You could walk in, grab a booth or sit at the bar, and never even know that at the back there is a rather nice brew on premise setup.
Being a brew on premise, it seemed as if everyone there had a pretty good idea of the brewing process and their beers. They had some interesting beers. I was looking forward to the smoked porter, but was a little disappointed since there was more hope aroma and flavor than smoke flavor. The other beers were excellent though.
I didn't want to eat much so I just got an order of barbeque wings and they were excellent as well.
This is a really interesting place as it has the atmosphere of a small town bar, but with the added benefit of great beers and lots of knowledge. If you stop in, be sure to head to the back and check out the brew on premise area.
03-27-2004 19:51:48 |
More by darklager
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
The Brew Kettle has over eighty different recipes that you can brew yourself. Simply call ahead to reserve a kettle, pick your style of beer and start brewing. They also have a knowledgeable staff that will help you with every aspect of the brewing process.
The pub has over twenty-four different styles of beer on tap, ranging from six Ring Neck Brewery beers, which is the name of their brewery, to eighteen other micro beers. Their eighteen micro beers change all the time but I have had beers from Avery Brewing Company (Avery Salvation), Kalamazoo Brewing Company (Bells Oatmeal Stout), and Victory Brewing Company (Hop Devil Ale). They also follow glassware etiquette, which is a huge plus. The bar is a smoke free establishment, which is great for all you non-smokers.
The food is very good and everything is reasonably priced. The Brew Kettle has a friendly and comfortable environment for all ages. I STRONGLY recommend this place.
12-27-2003 20:26:58 |
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