Buckeye Beer Engine
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 43 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by scoobybrew:
4.08/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped here with my wife on a recent trip to Cleveland. The outside looks like it was a fast food joint previously. As it was around lunchtime, the interior had a lot of natural lighting from the large windows along the front and partially along the sides. They have quite a large bar with plenty of table seating as well. The walls are decorated with a variety of craft and micro signs and banners, giving it a pseudo-sports bar feeling. There was only a manager and one waitress working that afternoon - with the manager seemingly tending to some business with a distributor - so the service was a little slower than perhaps desired. However, this doesn't mean the service was negligent, quite the opposite, but very busy. They had about 30 beers on tap ranging from wheats to Belgians to double IPAs - you name it. There own 'house beers' (smoked kolsch & altbier) were buried in the list and perhaps they should be emphasized a little more because they were tasty. Aside from the taps, there was a very large selection of bottled beers available. The food was very tasty: I had the fried bologna and veggie chips that went extremely well with their house altbier.
Overall, I'd recommend the place if you're stopping for a drink or want to get a sandwich with a beer.
06-21-2008 11:36:05 | More by scoobybrew
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4.04/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
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 -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This place is built like an old Jack-in-the-Box converted into a brewpub. The interior is maroon with wood stained highlights. It is decorated with various bottles and tap handles, beer flags, tin advertisements, and neon signs. In the center is a half-moon tarnished wooden bar, supported by a few wooden tables, and ample patio seating. Classic rock that pre-dates all the staff plays on the overhead. The scene is completed by a few televisions, a juke box, and an ATM machine.
Behind the bar is an island that holds most of the bar’s glassware. There are a few tulips available, but it’s mostly shakers. This landmark is flanked by a couple dozen draft handles. Above the facets are televisions that give a live update of everything on draft. There are two casks and an impressive bottle list. The draft list includes Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Southern Tier, Rogue, Victory, Lagunitas, and Epic. They also have six of their own “Buckeye” beers (they do no brew on-site).
I asked the friendly bartender for a local recommendation and all they had were their beers and one from Columbus Brewing. I had the Buckeye IPA and it was awful. That was kind of disappointing, but overall this is a pretty good beer bar. The certainly had enough handles to be respectable, and a decent bottle menu. I’d come again, but I’d think twice before I ordered another house beer.
06-22-2013 05:24:15 | More by mhaugo
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
07-22-2012 18:57:06 | More by cratez
5/5 rDev +15.2%
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 +5.5%
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.
12-14-2011 18:44:09 | More by wingedeel
3.8/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
12-09-2011 15:04:20 | More by alebird
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