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Willoughby Brewing

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Willoughby BrewingWilloughby Brewing
Based on:
41 Beers
544 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 70
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: n/a
Taps: 8
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

4057 Erie Street
Willoughby, Ohio, 44094
United States
phone: (440) 975-0202

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Although this brewpub has an Erie Street address, the building is located off the street and is located behind the businesses that face Erie Street adjacent to a city parking lot.
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Reviews by MudDrinker:
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3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Selection -
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dcbobcat
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of Ohiovania
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of doppleb
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Very good beer, good food, inviting atmosphere and extremely friendly staff.

Photo of MANix73
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Great big, spacious bar & restaurant. Ambience is great! This is the kind of place you can go for parties, dates or just beers & football. Very nice & versatile place.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Mothergoose03
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

This was stop #10 for my wife and I on a 9-day East Coast pub crawl and a family visit. The brewery is located in a busy retail area of downtown Willoughby but is difficult to find because it is situated behind the stores that front the street and is not visible from a drive-by. We got lucky and noticed it at the end of the large city parking lot where we were turning around to take another look during a fourth pass along the street.

We had heard about the Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Stout, so we planned our trip home on the last night of our pub crawl to have dinner and to see why all of the excitement about this beer. There were 9 beers on tap so we ordered a sampler flight of all of them to accompany our meal. They were served in small snifters, which made a pretty picture when they were all lined up on our table. It was tempting to start right away with the Peanut Butter Cup Stout, but we have a favored order to follow when evaluating beers. So its tasting came in the middle of the pack.

It was worth the wait, and the same could be said for most of the beers. They are all brewed very well to style, and even beyond style. We even liked the fruity Razz Wheat, and normally we don’t like fruity beers. Our scoring system gave an overall grade of a B+ to these beers, and we gave the Peanut Butter Cup Porter the obligatory A grade. (Yeah, it deserves it.)

The food was also very good, so kudos have to be given to the kitchen folks as well as the brewing group. This place would definitely receive a return visit from us when we’re back in the area again.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of hghops
2.31/5  rDev -40.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Somewhat disappointed on our last visit to the Willoughby Brewing Company. The food was decent, but once the orders were taken, the food took a while to appear, and then once it was served, our waitress disappeared. The food is a bit pricey for what you get. The presentation was good, but the Walleye sandwich at least was completely devoid of flavor.
I would suggest that a microbrewery that has a few good IPA's like this one should ALWAYS keep at least one on tap!
Mandatory valet parking was a bit hard to swallow, since the parking lot was only half full when we left. The parking attendants were a bit snobby when we refrained from using their services. The food here is decent, the beer average or better (when an IPA is on tap), the service just OK, but not worth paying for mandatory valet parking! The whole idea of this mandatory valet parking eluded to a bit of arrogance to say the least!
This was likely our last visit to the Willoughby Brewing Company. The food, service or beer are simply not good enough here to sacrifice my car to snobby, rude valets!

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Willoughby Brewing in Willoughby, OH
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.