Buckeye Beer Engine
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by adamette:
4.13/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
There is a great S shaped bar with about 30 chairs, 27 taps and 129 bottles available for purchase. In addition there are 12 tables and 4 booths for an estimated seated capacity of about 125 with a complete capacity of about 150. This is a MUCH smaller place than I thought it might be when I read about it online. My wife and I made a special trip to check it out tonight.
A Very good for a small place. Lots of beer signs, bottle lined the walls and current selections were clearly listed on a chalkboard above the bar. We arrived at about 6 30 pm on a Friday and there were still 7 to 8 tables available. That was not the case 45 minutes later as there were people waiting to be seated in this place that was the size of maybe a McDonald's. I could have done without the neon signs but really a nice atmosphere awaits.
Q Fair to good in my opinion. There is "bar food" but they make their own potato chips (get them!) and they had a nice "Oktoberfest" special list of German foods. The food was pretty good but portions were small I thought. The quality of the beer, however, raises the bar and it is excellent.
Service: It was fine. Our waitress Linda was pretty good, kept our water filled nicely and was attentive to the four beers that I ordered. She even provided a good description of cask ales upon my request.
Selection. Beer: excellent. Food fair to good again. They make their own potato chips (a big plus since they are so good!) but otherwise they have a basic selection, not unlike the Winking Lizard which is a chain bar/restaurant. Again, I did appreciate the German offerings in celebration of Oktoberfest. Beer selection is really very good. See the numbers above. Out of the 27 taps I had previously had two of them and out of the 129 bottles I had maybe 30 of those. Really great beer selection.
Food. I have been commenting on it all along...I will let you read above.
Value: Wife and I had sandwich and fries/chips and I had 4 premium beers and the tab was $43.00. I think that is very good. No beers and it would have been about $20.
Addendum 10 11 09: The selection of on tap beers and available bottles at Bucheye Beer Engine is world class. Anything less than a 5.0 rating is wrong. I am updating my rating from the previous (and wrong) 4.5 to the correct 5.0
10-18-2008 02:03:21 | More by adamette
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I have been here several times - where oh where did my review go. Last night’s visit proves this as a long time premiere destination, arguably the best in cleveland. Sizable friendly bar, astute service, reasonable bottles to have or bring home. Good sized patio. Very decent brews of their own. Good sometimes great guest taps
08-02-2013 13:17:47 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This place is built like an old Jack-in-the-Box converted into a brewpub. The interior is maroon with wood stained highlights. It is decorated with various bottles and tap handles, beer flags, tin advertisements, and neon signs. In the center is a half-moon tarnished wooden bar, supported by a few wooden tables, and ample patio seating. Classic rock that pre-dates all the staff plays on the overhead. The scene is completed by a few televisions, a juke box, and an ATM machine.
Behind the bar is an island that holds most of the bar’s glassware. There are a few tulips available, but it’s mostly shakers. This landmark is flanked by a couple dozen draft handles. Above the facets are televisions that give a live update of everything on draft. There are two casks and an impressive bottle list. The draft list includes Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Southern Tier, Rogue, Victory, Lagunitas, and Epic. They also have six of their own “Buckeye” beers (they do no brew on-site).
I asked the friendly bartender for a local recommendation and all they had were their beers and one from Columbus Brewing. I had the Buckeye IPA and it was awful. That was kind of disappointing, but overall this is a pretty good beer bar. The certainly had enough handles to be respectable, and a decent bottle menu. I’d come again, but I’d think twice before I ordered another house beer.
06-22-2013 05:24:15 | More by mhaugo
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
When I visited: May 2012.
What I had: Stoudts Pils (draught), North Coast Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale (draught), Creamy Cheddar & Ale Soup, Garden Salad and cocktails for the lady.
What I liked: mind-blowing tap list, two cask engines, many hard-to-find draughts and bottles, large comfortable bar, Stanley Cup Playoffs on the flatscreen, good crowd, capable servers, awesome breweriana throughout the interior.
What I disliked: food was average.
Would I go back? Definitely.
Overall Rating: 92
07-22-2012 18:57:06 | More by cratez
5/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I don't have a bad thing to say about Buckeye Beer Engine and highly recommend it to anyone looking for some great beers.
I landed in Cleveland and remembered reading about a couple of bars near the airport and decided to check one out before heading down the road for the week. I opened Google Maps on my phone and simply searched "beeradvocate" to discover Buckeye Beer Engine just a few miles north of CLE.
Madison Street wasn't looking too promising and upon seeing the bar I had my doubts, but they all left my mind upon opening the door and seeing the giant U-shaped bar.
It was just after 5 o’clock and I took a seat at the bar; I was immediately greeted and given both draft and bottle lists in addition to the food menu. The draft list was a more detailed list of their beer board and offered ABV, style, serving vessel, and cost of 4 ounce samples. The bottle list was eight pages long and was separated by style. Both lists included local, national, and international craft beers in all styles.
I ordered the “Hippie Burger” with shoestring fries, both of which I recommend. The burger came with a “breaded pickle” (a fried pickle) which was a bonus and made me think of my Texas home.
By the time I left the bar had started to fill up with all walks of life, both old and young, eating and drinking their fill in a fantastic bar with friendly staff, excellent food, and fantastic beer.
03-14-2012 00:08:25 | More by codyhaskell
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Have been to Buckeye Beer Engine many times,including three times on my recent visit to the Cleveland area.
First off,I have never encountered the short pours the previous reviewer was complaining of.Never.As a matter of fact one of the days we went was my anniversary,and when the bartender heard us toast each other,she gave us both a free beer.And we arent locals.Pretty classy.
The beer selection is great,and prices are pretty reasonable.They always have had a fantastic selection,and a few things I have not tried,which is not easy in my case.
Service is friendly,food is fantastic.
12-14-2011 18:44:09 | More by wingedeel
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