Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 414
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 8 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by siege06nd:
4.68/5 rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Stopped in on a recent road trip...
Atmosphere: The brewery is in a renovated rail car repair warehouse. A large and open floor plan with plenty of seating, including booths, tables, high tops. A large bar with a glass wall providing an excellent view of the fermenting tanks. Lots of nice touches on the walls and floors, including a model train running on a track suspended from the ceiling. A really well put together place, they spared no expense.
Quality: Top notch. They had 7 or 8 beers on tap, most of which were their main line-up. I have to say that it is some of that ounce for ounce, this is one of the most impressive year-round lineups I have experienced. A porter, peanut butter porter, imperial stout, pale ale, raspberry wheat, IPA, and blonde ale are all finely crafted. Raspberry Wheat, IPA, and Peanut Butter Cup Porter are definitely standouts. These brews are obviously created with a lot of love and high quality ingredients.
Service: Top notch again. Our bartender was attentive, happy to answer questions, and very knowledgeable. The real treat was having the head brewer, Tom, come over and chat with us. He was happy to talk about his beers and his experience at the brewery. He also swung by a few minutes later with a sneak preview of an IPA he is working on. As if that wasn't enough, he offered us a private tour of the facilities and gave me a tutorial on the brewing process. Just a great guy all around. This is what it's all about.
Selection: Plenty of options on tap, about 7 or 8. Most were straightforward styles but they covered all the bases. Anyone with a Peanut Butter Cup Porter commands a high score here.
Food: The two dishes we had were great. Huge portions and high-quality. I had a grouper sandwich that was about the biggest thing I've ever seen. Thought there was no way I could eat it all, until I did. My buddy got a salad that was equally huge and delicious. Most of the menu looked like straightforward pub fare, though I think that changes at dinner time as they roll out some more extravagant dinner entrees. But portions and palate were fantastic.
Value: Here is the only nit. Food was a little pricey for NE Ohio. And growler fills ran fairly high too. But for the quality, I felt it was mostly justified.
01-20-2012 03:10:22 | More by siege06nd
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4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-07-2014 19:24:58 | More by Mothergoose03
2.31/5 rDev -39.8%
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!
03-30-2014 00:17:16 | More by hghops
Willoughby Brewing in Willoughby, OH
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.