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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 2,193
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)
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| Reviews: 66 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I was a customer of The Brew Kettle way back in their infancy in the mid-90's. They were one of the pioneers in "brew-on-premise" where you can go and brew your own batch of beer. They still offer brew-on-premise at their current facility. Chris, the owner/brewmaster definitely has a passion for his craft.
They have a huge selection of beer on tap, which includes a half dozen or so of their own, and a bunch of guest taps. Bottles of their beer are also available. They recently opened a separate production facility and are cranking out beer like never before. Many of their beers are now available at Ohio retailers.
I've never had a Brew Kettle beer that I didn't like. White Rajah, Old 21, 4C's, and Tunguska being standouts for me. Jack Hammer is also a great barley wine.
I am surprised to hear some say that the service Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse is bad. I have never received anything but great service at the bar or at tables. The servers and bartenders have always been friendly and attentive, even when the place is very busy (which it usually is). The owners, Chris and Pam are also great people and love to talk beer with customers.
The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. The pulled pork is great. The burgers, ribs, and wings are also really good. I have taken my family of five there for dinner for just over $50, which includes beer for my wife and I. Outstanding!
11-22-2012 17:15:56 |
More by rubicat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Visited this place at the beginning of a road trip and was so impressed that I had to go back on the way home.
Atmosphere is really great. 2 seating areas, a long bar, spacious, but at the same time homely. Just really nice. Like the neighborhood bar, but with better beer.
Quality overall is also really good. Again, clean, friendly, with a rustic, but at the same time, energetic and lively feel.
The service was really good. I went once during lunch and once during dinner and the waitresses never made us wait long for the food, drinks, menus, or checks.
About 20-25 guest taps with 5 house beers on at all times. Kegs are replaced with something new as soon as they kick. Surprisingly to me, their hous beer blows away their guest taps. On top of all that, they have bottles of their own beer to sell for take-away or to drink there also.
Food is impeccable. Get the pulled pork and enjoy the ride! Best pulled pork that I've had in recent memory. Their ribs and burgers are no slouches either.
2 lunches, 5 drinks, and 1 growler to go came out to less than $50. Coming from NYC, I felt like I was robbing the place. Prices are outrageously cheap.
This place is not to be missed if you ever find yourself travelling through Ohio and its the best brewpub I've been to this side of California. Just unspeakably awesome!!
06-19-2012 18:35:24 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been to the Brew Kettle many times and I have never been disappointed. This review is based on my notes from a visit last Spring.
The atmosphere is simple, but clean and neat. Overall it has the feel of a sports bar, but it feel a lot more spacious now that they have opened a new dining room and wine bar adjacent to the original bar area.
This is now an entire complex dedicated to fermentation. In addition to the drinking and eating areas, there is a brew-your-own beer facility and a make-your-own wine facility, all under one roof. Despite all the capabilities here, if you just want to drink a beer it still has a relaxed, welcoming feel.
Although the place has expanded recently, there is no loss of the focus on beer. The dining area is definitely dominated by the bar, taps and beer chalkboard. The selection is consistently outstanding, with an emphasis on "big" beers, mostly American but with some surprising imports as well. The night I was there they had 30 beers on tap, and none of them were commonplace. I had a sampler tray with 5 beers of my choice: Avery Collaboration Not Litigation, Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine, The Brew Kettle Tunguska Imperial Stout, Victory Old Horizontal, and New Holland Dragon's Milk. I was in the mood for dark strong beers and they did not disappoint. Wow! Whenever I'm here I see many beers that I've heard of and want to try. The problem is that I can't because I'd never make it out the door if I even had a small sample of all the awesome beers I see. Choosing among all the outstanding options is the problem here.
The food is always excellent (far better than you'd expect from the bar & grill look of the place) and cheap. Service is usually great, and never worse than average.
Go for the world class beer. Go for the food. Go to brew your own beer. Go to make your own wine. If you are in the Cleveland area and you are interested enough in beer to be looking at BA, just go!
11-13-2011 00:19:35 |
More by Radome
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
This is hands down the best beer destination in the Cleveland area. Located just south of the Cleveland airport and just north of I-80, it is ideal even if your just passing by Cleveland.
It was our first stop on a 10-day road trip through OH, PA, MD, and D.C., and was among the top 3 beer highlights of the trip.
We arrived at about 4 on a Thursday afternoon and there were about 10 others there. By the time we left, 3 hours later, it was packed with about 5 groups waiting for seats. The atmosphere has a nice wood pub kind feel with lots of brewrania on the walls (and a deers butt rather than head mounted above the bar). The draft list (both on the chalkboard and printed) is up to date and highly informative, giving info on brewery, style, abv, and IBUs. Their prices are very good, only 3.75 for their beers (2.50 at happy hour) and good prices on guest beers as well.
Their own beers included a hefeweizen (tasty but too hoppy for the style), a double IPA (very hoppy and full of Simicoe grapefruitiness), a smoked Porter (too subtle with the smoke but a full roasty quality porter regardless), a Maibock (the best of show IMO with classic maibock flavors but darker and more caramelly than most), and a fifth I can't recall. All were solid and ranged from good to exceptional.
Their 12+ guest taps were the best you will find anywhere near Cleveland. Highlights included Stone Ruination, EKU 28, Spezial Rauchbier, Bluegrass Brewing Bourbon Stout, Jolly Pumpkin BAM on Cask, Clipper City Saison, and many others.
The food selection emphasizes their smoked meats. We had a solid pulled pork sandwich and a smoked brisket cheesteak that was excellent.
We noticed they have a slow smoked Prime Rib special on Saturdays.
The owner came out and talked with us and many other patrons, and even called his buddy at Rocky River brewing for us to ask what seasonals he had on tap.
We liked the place so much, that we hit it again on our return drive back through Cleveland. They had a 2-year-old Barleywine on tap that was very good, and ALL their own beers (even the barleywine) are $2 on Sundays. We also picked up a bottle of their Belgian-style Trippel to take home.
I'm a fan of Great Lakes Brewing, but this place has better food and blows all other places in the area away in terms of quality beer selection on draft. It's a must stop even if your just driving by Cleveland on the I-80.
I am only sad that Beeradvocate does not list this place under "Cleveland", which is why I missed it last Fall when I stayed just a couple miles away in Berea.
06-19-2006 19:53:52 |
More by Tbone
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
What a great place. No surprise it has been rated Cleveland's #1 brewpub... even with GLBC right there! Me and my sisters stop in here on the way into town and again on the way out. We show up around 8:45 on Friday night and are told it's about a 45minutes wait. No problem, plenty of stuff on tap. Actually, 24 to be exact. About 8 of their on brews and the rest is a great variety of guests from the typical APA, IPA, Stout, RIS to lesser seen and/or exotic like Altbier, Belgians(including Saison), and Rye beers. It ended up only taking about 25minutes to be seated which was a bonus. Service was very fast, friendly, accurate, and new quite a bit about their beer and just beer in general. The food was like the place... laid back and comforting. A few unique fares like BBQ Spaghetti(which looked great) and Andouille(sp?) Mac and Cheese, to traditional pulled pork, fish and chips, and burgers. Food was damn good and nicely uniquely done... the fish and chips weren't even nearly boring.. horshraddish cole slaw, cajun breading, dill tartar sauce. Everything was more than reasonably priced. I stopped in again on our way out for another pint and to pick up some bombers. A case of bombers for $32? Couldn't beat that if I tried. I'd recommend this place to anyone. They also had Brewing on Premises available.
04-07-2008 02:06:55 |
More by pwoods
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Great joint to take in some Unique and ABOVE avg. bar food..excellent tap selection & great "in-house" too.
Sometimes the service up front (in the bar area, cld be a bit bttr, but...) add in the fact that there is a Killer area in back that you can brew your Own (with their recipes & ingredient's..or bring your own) it's a Definite if you're in the Strongsvle area of Clev., 2 check out!
-- Everyone that I tell about this place, that's never heard if it/or been there b4, says its a Great "idea" for where ever "they" might be located (because it IS..4 a business idea) only prob. is, in That aspect ..it's a Franchise, & extremely expensive 2 "buy into"..
BUT, as a "spectator" per say, it's kicka**!!
05-26-2013 20:39:48 |
More by baconman91
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A fantastic Brew Pub / BOP / Grub Pub in suburban Cleveland. "Cleveland" searches may miss this place since it's in Strongsville.
24 Taps (typically 6 or so of their Ringnecks with Guest Brews rounding it out). No bottles except some Ringneck for carry-out. A great guest selection. Avery, Rogue, Bear Republic, Bell's, New Holland, Southern Tier, Lefthand and more. Varied style offerings with stout, lager, pilsner, porter, IPA, mead, maibock all on tap this week.
Personally, it's the guest brews that make the place for me. The Ringnecks are pretty good but thy don't ring me up that much.
The food is great...pub fare for the most part with some real effort into many dishes (smoked meatloaf, etc).
My buddy brewed a batch of Helles Bock that came out real well and we're going back to brew some Belgians this summer. Yeah Baby!!
All in all, a very relaxed and welcoming vibe with barkeeps that know their stuff. Everything is served in a proper glass for the style and tastes are available for the asking.
At The BrewKettle, it's all about the beer. No pretense, no haute cuisine, no dress code, no American Macros.
Love this place. When in metro Cleveland, don't miss it. Within 2 miles of the I-80 (OH Turnpike) and I-71 interchange.
05-19-2007 21:47:43 |
More by BierDave
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Moved to strongsville about 6 months ago and discovered this place per a recommendation.
The outside isnt much to look at as its in a very nondescript strip center. But once you get inside and discover the 24 taps of TBK beers and craft brews from all over, you will change your mind about this place(as I have). The beer menu changes weekly which is a great way to sample beers from all over.
The service is very friendly and the staff is quite knowledgable about beer. That part was most impressive to me. And the smoked wings are some of the best Ive ever had. I go back almost on a weekly basis so you know I like it.
Until I discovered this place, I never knew what a beer was outside of the mega domestic brewers...now I rarely ever drink those types of beer.
03-31-2010 17:02:35 |
More by Toeey1
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm lucky that I don't live closer to this bar, or else I'd be there all the time. First and foremost, this is a non-smoking establishment, so you can actually taste and smell your beer. Tons of awesome beer memorablia hangs throughout the restauarant, that will definitely put you in the mood to suck back a couple (if you weren't already). There's a spacious BOP room in back, and although I haven't brewed here, friends of mine have done so with much satisfaction. There's usually about 6-7 house brews on tap of a wide range of styles, as well as many other brews from high quality breweries (Weihenstephaner Hefe, DFH Raison d'tre, Bigfoot, Old Ruffian, etc.). There isn't a huge selection on tap, but the quality and wide variety of the offerings make up for this. I haven't had too much food here, and the menu is small, but the deep fried lake perch that I ordered was excellent, and I've talked to other patrons that raved amount the smokehouse output. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and despite the packed house, prompt. Highly recommended.
03-18-2006 16:21:01 |
More by klewis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Made a recent visit (Feb. 08) for the 4th annual Ogre Fest. I was so pleasantly surprised by the entire operation, from the friendly atmosphere, great selection of fine brews (24 taps), outstanding food (in both quality and quantity) and service. My friend, who accompanied me, and myself, both agreed that it is *definitely* one of the nicer brewpubs we've visited. If you're in the area, this is a "must visit" stop for you. I cannot recommend it strongly enough. Very impressed.
02-17-2008 12:33:03 |
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