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Willoughby Brewing

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Willoughby BrewingWilloughby Brewing

Type: Brewery, Eatery

4057 Erie Street
Willoughby, Ohio, 44094
United States

(440) 975-0202 | map

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: 49 | Ratings: 91
Reviews by MudDrinker:
Photo of MudDrinker
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of slander
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

drove up without Ed, much to his displeasure.
10 beers on tap and none of them an IPA, not so much a bother to me you understand but it's what the kids want these days. did catch the Peanut Butter Cup Porter, their flagship, not too shabby. But the kolsch was the best of the lot, me thinks. Cool old train space out east of Cleveland.

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Photo of J455K
4.06/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great spot. Vibe was very laid back even though they were doing a big bottle release. Jim was our waiter today and he did a great job for the amount of people that were in the dining area. Food was solid, I had a burger and it tasted great. Guest taps were awesome today as well. Bottle release went very smoothly. Had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RayOhioFelton
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Nice brewery with something for everyone. Food is solid and with peanut butter cup porter on tap non stop worth the trip. Also have a crowler machine! Call ahead and give them a heads up if you want more than 2 or 3.

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Photo of Brian29
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BigAlofOrion
4.49/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gregf51
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jds16
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of OGFGabv
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First time visit was for the Nutsmasher release so it was a mad house. They did the best they could to try and keep up with serving, but I would have to guess on a non event day, this place would be really chill. Great beers and great apps. I do plan on returning to get a full meal and more of that great beer!

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

My first visit to Willoughby's was for the Nut Smasher release. Given the large turnout, service was extremely slow; however, the bar/restaurant was very nice, and I would definitely return for a non-event visit.

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Photo of Ns2361
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Hit the WBC during a biz trip through NE Ohio. It was my 2nd visit and was very pleased both times. The Daisy Cutter is a must have for the IPA fan and their Christmas Ale is one of the best of breed. They generously brew that as part of a 'Christmas in July' celebration, which coincided with one of my visits.

Food here is also excellent; you can really do well if you show up @ Happy Hour, when appetizers are 1/2 price. Service was very friendly and accommodating.

Kudos to the owners on the fine job of converting a former railroad station to a pub/restaurant use which provides a very appealing and comfortable setting to enjoy WBC's good works.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ryand14
3.98/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

I only had the Peanut Butter Porter, which was pretty good. I really enjoyed the food. I had the pretzel, chicken spring roll and their version of a corn dog (a kielbasa with a jalapeno & corn batter).

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Photo of Shandycan
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Nlandi27
4.06/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Outside patio is awesome when the weather is nice. Cool space.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of toppoop
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Brewski
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of _morandi_
3.86/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of dcbobcat
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of Ohiovania
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Willoughby Brewing in Willoughby, OH
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