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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]
8377 Pearl Road
phone: (440) 239-8788
AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In Ohio, somewhere; and Witzel will take what credit and/or blame will be (fucking Witzel), we’ll know what’s what in a bit. Driving in from Cleveland, you can tell Ed is getting a bit tense; his GPS telling us we’re growing more minutes away as we get physically closer. And of course, the snow unexpected didn’t help any. Circled a small strip mall looking for parking, hoping to stay dry...
Seems a double wide, but damn it runs deep. Entered from the near side, and moved through the seating, dodging the hostess twinkie, to the far side bar side. Your usual strip mall industrial space, exposed piping & ductwork above. Beige walls with brewerania galore! 2 or 3 rows of old trays lined above placards, pictures, prints & pieces, and then growlers, glassware, and bottles running the length atop. All sorts of shit. And holiday lighting strung as it is the season, or was then, anyway.
On the far wall, a long “L” shaped stained copper topped sheet bar with a wood lip and piping foot rail. Seating for 18 or so on backed chairs. Barback is copper counter space with a pair of bar towers of 12 each and a 6 pack more alongside, over drainage with slight tiered boozings in between and glassware and keggery below. A trio of blackboards dangle above the taps listing beer, ABV’s, IBU’s, serving size & price. I put a lookin’ on them. Tap handles displayed atop to both sides of a (ahem) mounted deer tail. Wood shelving on both ends of the barback unit with glassware, a few football helmets displayed, and shot glasses lining the up high. Flatscreens in the bar corners, and another to the rear. Sad handpump on the bar doin’ nothing.
A dozen booths along the wall adjacent to the bar running to the rear, plus a ½ dozen tables down past the bar. Drop pan lamps over the seating. Bottling commotion of some sort to the rear of the rear. I went back there to investigate and it was a Crazytown brew on premise scene. No, no, serious. Front room holds about 2 dozen booths & tables, in the front windows, up and around the door and around past, as leads to the wine side of things. And I’m hearing there’s some distillery action happening here, too. Busy busy.
30 taps in all, 1/5 of them are house offerings (TBK Dark Helmet Black Lager, Red Eye Pale Ale, Big Woody Helles, Irish Red, 4 C’s Pale Ale, Copper Head Red), and the remainder are a mix of mostly American craft beer from coast to coast (Ommegang Seduction, Southern Tier Unearthly, Weyerbacher Winter Ale, Victory Storm King Stout, DogFishHead Chicory Stout, Thirsty Dog Wee Heavy, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Avery Joe’s Pilsner & The Czar, Bells Double Cream Stout, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, Dark Horse Too Cream Stout, 21st Amendment Allies Win the War, North Coast Old Rasputin, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Wild Ale, Lucky 13 Alt, & Old Gnarlywine, Coronado Orange Ale Wit, Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, Stone/Bruery/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado Pumpkin Ale), with a few imports (De Proef To Ol Snowball Saison Ale, St Bernardus Christmas Ale), and a single cider (Wyders Dry Pear Cider), thrown in the mix.
You can play the sampler game, 5 minimum, each beer priced on a scale of $1.50-$3.50; I will be doing just that. Planned on sampling all 6 house beers but the Copperhead Red had kicked so there will be 5, which would be not as many (Dark Helmet, 8%, boozy for a black lager; Red Eye Pale Ale, a hoppy amber, citrus, good malt backbone; Big Woody, a nice clean German Helles, I do like; Irish Red, malty, caramel, sweety; Four C’s Pale Ale, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, decent bite, not bad). The Big Woody helles, Red Eye Pale Ale, and Irish Red were the best of ‘em. Ed drank an Ommegang Seduction (Yep, came to a brewpub and didn’t sample their wares). He had wanted to go to some place he saw on a TV show when he was a kid and always dreamed of going to, and I squashed that dream and ran us here. To be fair, the place he wanted to hit was in the wrong direction from everything everywhere ever.
Enjoyed most of what I had in the way of their beer, and apparently this is some kind of a BBQ house. We could’ve done better homework and started our day here, is all I’m saying. Good fun crowd barside. Nearly everyone there has made beer in that back room. I need to revisit this again sometime.
03-13-2012 01:54:08 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Brew Kettle is located a short distance off I-71 in Strongsville. There is parking both in the front and rear, but getting the right driveway is essential as you can't get to their lot if you choose any of the other driveways into the surrounding strip malls.
The space is narrow with the bar on the left side with an impressive chalkboard beer list, a big mirror with the Ringneck logo and a stuffed deer hindquarters (?). There is seating along the right side and in the back. In the rear end of the Brew Kettle is the BOP area, which was far busier on a Tuesday afternoon than the bar itself. An impressive collection of breweriana covers almost every available spot, from serving trays to growlers from other brewpubs.
The beer selection is impressive. There are around 24 draft beers with about 8 of them being Ringneck brews. Other brewers like Stone, DFH, Clipper City, Barrelhouse and Lagunitas are represented too. I just missed Stone 10th Anniversary on draught. As for bottles, there are Ringneck brews to go in the BOP area, around 8 different beers. There are 3 levels of samplers you can try, $4-$6-$10 depending on the beers, each with 5 selections.
Service here is good. The bartender clearly knew the beers and was kind enough to go outside the lines of the standard sampler to accomodate what we wanted to try.
The food here is standard pub fare. All we tried was the hot pretzel but it was actually very good. The mustard on it was eye-wateringly spicy but tasty.
Overall this is definitely a good place to visit either when visiting Cleveland or on the way there via I-71. I will definitely make it a regular stop in my travels to the northern part of the state.
09-14-2006 04:04:19 |
More by Dogbrick
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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I have had a couple of The Brew Kettle's beers since we moved to Ohio, so I was curious to see their brewpub/taproom in Strongsville...
We stopped there on a Saturday night after 10pm. What a great place! In a desolate road in a desolate suburb (or so it seems) south of Cleveland, you find this wonderful cozy beer joint.
Nice neighborhood atmosphere, a warm shotgun-style bar/restaurant.... Would definitely hang out there if I were a local!
Service was good but not great. Our nice waitress looked a little confused, probably not used to the late-night shift. But efficient enough!
Their beer list is quite amazing, with lots of their own brews and a ton of other offerings (Southern Tier Iniquity, Avery Kaiser, Great Divide Tripel). Prices are very reasonable; only their tastings (averaging at $3.00 a piece) looked a little pricey.
Their food is WOW! My wife had a delicious platter of gourmet meats and cheeses. I didn't expect much and was blown away. This is not your average Board's Head meat board!
The barbecue here is also outstanding. I had a gigantic pulled-pork sandwich that was very close to perfect, and nicely priced at $10 with two sizes and the works.
We also got a growler for $14 and, all in all, had happy times!!!
The Brew Kettle rocks. Long Live Ohio!!!
09-27-2010 05:37:14 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Fourth and final stop on my west Cleveland suburb tour. A truly great place and a destination for beer, despite being lodged in a strip mall.
Atmosphere: Long, narrow bar and eating area gives way to a warehouse/BOP area. Nothing special. Brewerania dots the walls. Bombers of their home brews sit in a cooler in the back. There are lots and lots of taps.
Selection/Quality: 5 home brews, none of them are very interesting with perhaps the exception of their 88 IPA. Guest Taps? Yeah, hell yeah, tons of em and many are very, very exciting. In addition to the 5 home brews, I drank the following: Raison DEtre, Stoudts Double IPA, Avery 14, FFF Gumball, BJs Porter, and SN Torpedo. They also offered Red Rocket, Shiner Hefe, Fort Collins Chocolate, Scrimshaw, Redstone Rasp, Straub Laer, Red Seal, Cane and Abel, Celis, Ruination, SN Summer, Sirius, and Blackthorn. Prices are really low for most of these.
Service: Fantastic. I spoke at length with three different bartenders who all knew there brew. They were super prompt, they threw sample after sample at me, and made great recommendations. They also had a wonderful pricing system. For the most part, beers were A, B, or C. A being the smaller, more common beers and C being the really big, rarer beers. You could buy 4 oz samples of each ranging in price from $.80 to $2.00. I drank a ton of samples and a couple full brews and my bill was only like $11 or $12. I couldnt believe it. This place is a steal!
I would go back in a heartbeat and can honestly recommend it as a destination, on its own, for travelers in and residents of Cleveland. The fact that it is 5 minutes from Cornerstone, which is only 7 minutes from Rocky River pretty much makes these three a must for visitor to Cleveland and beer geeks who call that city home year round.
06-19-2007 22:39:36 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I love BBQ, almost as much as Beer, so places that feature both are a must visit for me.
Things started a little iffy for me, as the wait to be seated was over 35 minutes, while locals were pooring in and getting seated before us.
We eventually got a booth, right in front of the blackboard with the Beer selection. Whoh, lots of Barleywines on the menu! My only problem was that I had to drive, so I went for a bunch of samplers, half of them were in-house brews. Their Dunkel was excellent, the IIPA also quite good, the wet hop I wasn't so hot on, but two out of three ain't bad. My boss, a big witbeer fan, had slim pickens for her.
I took the sampler plate which was really good. But then again, I'll eat anything if it's splattered with enough BBQ sauce. Prices for Beer and food were quite fair.
There seemed to be some bottling party in the brew-your-own section in the back, looked like a good time.
All in all, I liked it here, but it's more of a local's place, I didn't feel really welcome, but the Beer and food were good, and there was local hockey on the tube, so I can't complain too much.
02-27-2009 12:19:02 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in this past summer, when we arrived before going to see a concert this little shopping plaza looked very unassuming so much that it would have been easy to pass by with out good directions. Atmosphere is great long bar down the left side when you walk in with big wooden booths along the right side of the wall. Walk further back past the restrooms and you will it the Brew on Premise area where craft beer enthusiasts unite to brew their own along with coolers of some of their experimental and go to beers bottled in bombers for sale. Service was great was on the ball and friendly can't ask for much more along with directions to our next desination and friendly conversation. Selection of taps is very nice with 6 in house Ringneck brews and 18 guest micro taps very nice well selected hand picked beers (somebody knows their beer). When I was there they had 3F's Gumballhead, Founders Raspberry concoction, Victory Whirlwind Wit, Great Divide Imperial IPA and Stout, and slew of other fine beers check their website they keep sampler list on their pretty well updated. Food was great and affordable ordered a Reuben very tasty, but I heard good comments about their BBQ when I was there. Great experience stopped in during happy hour quite a gem outside of Cleveland.
11-29-2005 23:19:36 |
More by WVbeergeek
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I enjoyed stopping here with BA friends Phatz, witbier and his girlfriend. We sat down for lunch and some ale eager to try one of the many menu offerings.
Atmosphere - The place has charm with a nice barbecue joint vibe. There is a massive collection of Breweriana, too much to list by name I was seated near an old tray by Esslinger of Philly. They have great tapboards which are chalkboard w/ abv/style/price listed for each selection on tap. The place is spacious and clean, I liked the saying on the garage door near the brewhouse "Be Nice Or Leave-Thank You"
Selection - They have about 26 taps w/out any crap - all very good craft selections and house brewed ales including Pale, Red, Helles, Frambozen and Rye.
Service - The service really sets this place apart. They have warm friendly waitstaff and Bartenders who know a good deal about what they serve. The food is served quickly and they were helpful to the traveling sort we were.
Quality - Nice attention to detail w/ glassware that is appropriate. They have food that is well prepared w/ a detailed menu and descriptive information. The dining and bathroom areas are clean and the beer served tastes fresh.
Food - The ham and bean soup rocked, just great w/ sweet tomato and slightly smokey ham w/ a light cream and celery taste in the broth. I found the overall value of the establishment to be great considering everything you get for what you pay. They have a handle on how to please craft beer drinkers.
05-02-2008 15:14:03 |
More by Slatetank
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: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner with the family while on vacation to Cleveland. Long, skinny area with a decent sized bar and a bunch of booths. They also have a small patio out back with about six tables. All the way in the back is the brew-on-premise set-up and beer to go. I really wish we had a place like close by. The decor inside is all about beer. Lots of beer signs, mirrors, etc., and tons of beer trays on the walls. I love the look and feel of it all...feels like a place I could hang out at everyday for hours. The people were all very friendly and quite helpful. The food we had was very good. I had the chicken sloppy joes, my son had the big pig sandwich, and the wife had the fish and chips. Great portion sizes and quick service. We also had the pretzels for an appetizer and that mustard is freakin' awesome! I had a Bell's brew and three of their house beers. All were very tasty and fresh. I would definitely come back here if I'm in the area again. Highly recommended.
07-02-2010 19:01:33 |
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