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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Active Beers: 55
Beer Ratings: 2,217
Beer Avg: 3.68
Taps: 39 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]
8377 Pearl Road
phone: (440) 239-8788
AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 66 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Well to Start off,
Fortunately, Its a really long sliver bar.
Unfortunately its in a mini plaza.
Fortunately its in a town where it needs it.
Unfortunately, it in a town that doesn't appreciate it. .
Fortunately, it has a great selection.
Unfortunately, they don't have more of their own beers. .
Fortunately, it has a full menu
Unfortunately, the food isn't all that exciting
Fortunately, They are an "on brew premisis"
Unfortunately, they charge the same as regular beer, which defies half the reason for brewing your own.
Fortunately, Its a nice place for some good beer.
Unfortunately, I cant go there instead of my job.
02-17-2006 04:20:05 |
More by quasimoto
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in on Monday January 16th with siege06nd, on our way to the BA Blackout release.
Not too hard to find, it's in a small shopping strip, right next to an Entenmann's bakery outlet. Clean and well kept from the outside.
It's a pretty big place. You've got the restaurant in the center of the small plaza, with their wine making shop next door. Walk in the doors and head back, where after five minutes plus of waiting for a hostess, we finally get seated in a booth by the bar.
When hitting the men's room, I noticed a cooler in the back with bottled beer to go. It's also where a group of folks were bottling their own concoction. Really, this is a big place all things considered.
Sadly though, this is where it all fall apart. Sure Brew Kettle makes some great beers, their White Rajah being the crown jewel. But when your staff of over six waiters and waitresses walk by us time and time again, not once looking our way for over fifteen....yeah, FIFTEEN minutes then there's a problem. Even walking up to the bar, the bartender never once looked at or asked my friend what he'd like to drink. And it's not like the place was busy. It was a Monday night!
We eventually got served, and the beer list (including guest taps) was quite extensive. Prices were fair. Never noshed. And when trying to cash out, it literally took us waving our hands in the air to get our waiter's attention.
The next afternoon we begrudgingly headed back for a growler fill. And wouldn't you know, the bartender was rude, and took more then ten....TEN minutes to fill our damn growler. We literally stood there and watched her dump over a gallon of White Rajah down the drain while trying to fill the growler WITH A TUBE!
MONDO FAIL + MEDIUM FAIL + GOOD BEER - SERVICE = GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER, BK
Great beers, terrible service. Be forewarned.
01-25-2012 21:28:12 |
More by Rhettroactive
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I love BBQ, almost as much as Beer, so places that feature both are a must visit for me.
Things started a little iffy for me, as the wait to be seated was over 35 minutes, while locals were pooring in and getting seated before us.
We eventually got a booth, right in front of the blackboard with the Beer selection. Whoh, lots of Barleywines on the menu! My only problem was that I had to drive, so I went for a bunch of samplers, half of them were in-house brews. Their Dunkel was excellent, the IIPA also quite good, the wet hop I wasn't so hot on, but two out of three ain't bad. My boss, a big witbeer fan, had slim pickens for her.
I took the sampler plate which was really good. But then again, I'll eat anything if it's splattered with enough BBQ sauce. Prices for Beer and food were quite fair.
There seemed to be some bottling party in the brew-your-own section in the back, looked like a good time.
All in all, I liked it here, but it's more of a local's place, I didn't feel really welcome, but the Beer and food were good, and there was local hockey on the tube, so I can't complain too much.
02-27-2009 12:19:02 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for some White Rajah, The service was quick and attentive but not overly friendly. It was pretty typical of most bars. The bartender was busy shooting the shit with the "regulars" and not with people who were just popping in. The beers were really quite nice here from all the ones I drank/sampled. The selection was impressive, very large amount of beers on draft. I didn't order any food but I did see people getting wings and other stuff and it all looked and smelled great. The value was pretty decent I thought, nothing over the top but still not too bad. I would stop in again if I was in the area.
10-03-2012 02:34:13 |
More by Knapp85
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I visited the Brew Kettle late Saturday afternoon. With the many facets of the Brew Kettle, it's not the easiest place to score. This place is a brewpub, beerbar and brew-on-premesis all in one place. How do you score it?
We stepped in from the parking lot to find a long, narrow room. A long, metal topped bar stands on the left side of the room. The right side is lined with boothes. A great collection of beer trays and signs cover the walls. The BOP is at the back of the store. It's got a nice, old-school bar vibe.
The Brew Kettle serves beer from Rogue, Dogfish Head, Southern Tier and many other good beers along with their own Ring Neck brews. There were more than two dozen taps of which three were their own. The Ring Neck beers I tried were solid, but not spectacular. The guest beers had a wider range.
I really like the Brew Kettle. It's a place the locals seem to dig, and it was welcoming to a beer traveler like me. Next visit I'm getting some bbq too.
08-18-2008 01:14:07 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
After learning that The Brew Kettle was just minutes from our hotel, my brother & I stopped through on a Saturday afternoon for lunch and brews.
Atmosphere: a bit much going on for my tastes. We sat at a booth just down the way from the bar, and there's just a whole lot of crap on the walls...tons of beer paraphernalia + XMas lights = sensory overload. But no biggie, the focus is on the beer.
Quality: their beers are well crafted. We tried the White Rajah (especially awesome!), Red Eye, and Blackjack...enjoyed all three. See below for why we didn't try more.
Service: OK. Again, no biggie because it's not why I'm there, but this was a classic example of a server overcompensating personality for her lack of efficiency.
Selection: This is what sticks with me most about our experience. They have 30 draft lines...awesome! But, of the 30 draft lines they had, only *four* were brews made in-house. Now I'm all about guest drafts, but 26?!? C'maaaan! We were eager to sample more of their wares, so that was a big letdown.
Food: Ehhh. The highlights were the cole slaw and the hot mustard that comes with the pretzel appetizer.
Value: Awesome. Food prices are average, but the beer is super-reasonable. On the way out I picked up a couple bombers for $4 each (!!!) - can't wait to try the Imperial Weizen.
06-20-2011 19:19:05 |
More by exitmusic00
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
The Brew Kettle is located in a small shopping center with just a couple other stores. The front of the "Kettle" is small and looks to be disappointing based on the glowing reviews from this site.
Once inside the two doors, the pub space is much larger than the facade would have you believe. The space is long and narrow. There is a bar of decent length along one wall and booths along the other wall. There is also room for a few tables toward the back. There are a few televisions placed around the bar but they do not distract from the overall experience. After getting into a booth, the primary focus of the place starts to become clear. Brewerania is everywhere.
They have a total of 24 taps with about 6 of those being from the Ringneck Brewing Co. Guest taps included selections from Rogue, Founders, Barrelhouse, Stoudts, Stone, and Dogfish Head. Service is typical for a BBQ / bar establishment. Atmosphere is very casual and laid back. Even if service is a little slow, it is completely appropriate for the vibe of this place. The food is good if you go for the pork or something else along those lines. Looking at some of the sandwiches ordered by my party, I have to knock the food score down a point of two.
The back of the "Kettle" houses the BOP and a small desk with shirts, glasses and bombers. During my visit the BOP was quite busy. Of course, those people are working at brewing their own beer so I didn't mind standing around for a bit to let the crowd thin out. If I lived closer to the "Kettle" I would give the BOP a try. They carry a selection of bombers from the Ringneck Brewery for carry-out. I ended up with a Rye Ale, ESB, and the Big Woody Lager. I would recommend stopping by if in the Cleveland area.
04-27-2008 01:08:08 |
More by csmiley
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
An interesting place. Large and leading into the brew your own. Everyone knew their beer, the bartenders who pointed out maybe the best tap list in the city if not the state, the lady selling ingredients. Cheap food for my mates. Very long large bar, and you can take the snifters with you to bottle or to brew. All kinds of people here and stuff going on.Tasty soft drinks too.Their own taps were hit and miss, but getting barrel aged Thirsty Dog Siberian Night an the like was worth noting. I'll be back.
07-10-2011 03:09:04 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
I've been married for 5 years, and my mother-in-law lives 2 miles from the Brew Kettle, yet I'd never been there until this week! I met the owner and had a fantastic DIPA at the Great Taste of the Midwest in August 2007 and had been planning on visiting ever since. Great food and an excellent beer experience geared towards your typical user of this site
Your placemat is also your beer list, and gives you a description, pricing, ABV, and IBU for all 24 draft beers, which is a beer reviewers dream (beats quizzing a frequently ill-informed waitstaff). 5 oz samples are available. There is a small selection of beers brewed on-site; I had one (the winter warmer) which was very good. Unfortunately, the DIPA I had over the summer was not available. Guest taps are great and all beer I had was served at appropriate temperature and with correct glassware.
Food was great. I had a "backyard sampler" which was ribs, wings, brisket, and fries. All was delicious and quite smokey. Pricing was quite reasonable.
My only ding on the place is quite a small one; the place was busy and service could have been quicker. Also, my server didn't seem all that well-informed on the beers, but my placemat answered all my questions.
A great place, and I will be back with each visit to the in-laws.
11-24-2007 17:27:53 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Brew Kettle is located in the middle of a small strip mall in south Strongsville. You will find the restaraunt when you step in, with lots of brewerainia on the walls and bar. Keep walking down the corridor to find the brew-on-premise facility.
The staff of the brewery are approachable and friendly. They don't mind chating with you about what you are brewing at home, and what ingredients you used. Seemed like a good place to have someone make a batch for you.
The barmaids were not only knowledgeable, but courteous and informative. I counted over 11 taps on my most recent trip. The price for house beers were quite modest, and the imports/domestic craft were definatly affordable. $8 to fill a growler on most beer. The food is superior to your average pub grub, but in no way outstanding. Try the amber ale chili.
A great place to spend a lazy sunday afternoon ($2 pint happy hour), or to have someone take the hard part out of making your own beer.
06-27-2006 19:24:07 |
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