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Buckeye Beer Engine

Not Rated.
Buckeye Beer EngineBuckeye Beer Engine

43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 61
Avg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Taps: 30
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

15315 Madison Ave
Lakewood, Ohio, 44107-4020
United States
phone: (216) 226-2337

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Place added by: irishmoss on 03-15-2007

Beers brewed by Buckeye Brewing:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1837 
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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 61
Reviews by klewis:
Photo of klewis
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nice "new establishment" look. Clean and without the clutter of beer memorabilia that you find at most places. A large, centrally located horseshoe shaped bar and a small patio are huge perks. Our server was fast, friendly, and knowledgable. The food was good, and although our burgers were undercooked, we were promptly made new ones with no questions asked. The 29 beers available offered a huge range of styles and represented some of the best breweries. Prices were a bit on the high side of reasonable. Highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PhillipHKairis78
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of slasich
4.04/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Nuggetz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.6/5  rDev +7%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StoneJackBaller311
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mxsluis
4/5  rDev -7%

Cuban wrap was awesome. Beer selection good. I look forward to returning.

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Photo of Kels0418
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of Beerpiggie
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of MaxPowers
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of austina3214
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of throwback
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of mhaugo
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of cratez
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of codyhaskell
5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of wingedeel
4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of alebird
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

SHORT POURS. Need I say more? I'll say it again: SHORT POURS. I sat at the bar recently and watched pint after pint after pint be filled with at least an inch of foam, which effectively made each glass about a 12 oz serving. I even continued to watch the glasses around the bar to see how low the foam settled, just to be sure of what I was seeing. (I was drinking out of snifters.) SHORT POURS on top of prices already on the pricey side don't leave a good taste in one's mouth. SHORT POURS suck. I've been here a half dozen times and the beer selection is above average, the burgers are great, but the beers are a tad on the pricey side. SHORT POURS are the reason Alebird wont be back anytime soon. There are too many alternatives out there for drinking fine beer and not getting a SHORT POUR. Not slamming this place out of malice. Many good things about this place, but if you're going to charge me for a pint of beer, I better get a pint of beer. Without actually measuring one, I suspect the snifters were SHORT, too. If your money is tight and you're looking for a couple of pints of beer, all you'll get here are SHORT POURS, so be warned.

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Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
95 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.