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Buckeye Beer Engine

Not Rated.
Buckeye Beer EngineBuckeye Beer Engine
BA SCORE
95
world-class

54 Ratings
Ratings: 54
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.64%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
Beers brewed by Buckeye Brewing:  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1837 

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Got there early Sunday evening and it was a bit busy, walked right in and sat outside. Went inside later and sat at the bar. Signs everywhere (I loved the old Blatz sign by the front door), tap markers on the wall. Kind of small, but loved it. I knew that they had a great beer list, but it had to take me 20 minutes to read over all the bottles. The menu was up to date. The server and bar manager knew tons. They had to love and/or hate me, I kept ordering rarer big bottles that they had to find downstairs. The food, my my, chips and dip, a good starter. Then a Fatty Melt, chicken and bacon sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Bleu cheese slaw on the side. This might have been the closest to heaven I have ever been. Prices were good, I can't complain on a big bar tab, I knew what I was ordering and if it was in Pittsburgh, it would have been double. I can't wait to go back!!

OWSLEY069, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%

A: I dropped in as a pit stop on my way from Rochester, NY to Grand Rapids, MI. The place is decorated with tap handles, beer tins, and rare bottles. The music was awesome, with jazz ringing through the air.

Q: I hate this category, do I comment on the quality of the food? the selection? Oh well, I guess I will just tell you that this place strives for quality.

S: My server was very helpful, and knew the Buckeye beers well.

S: 27 taps, 2 casks, and a great bottle selection including several hard-to-find brews. Not only is their tap count impressive, but it is eclectic; there seems to be at least one example of every major style. My brother asked for a bud light, and was politely told that it wasn't on the list. They also have a handful of their own brews, which are delightful.

F: I had the Hot Italian, which was a tad salty, but still enjoyable overall. Their food is interesting, but don't expect anything that is on the light side.

V: 8-9$ for a sandwhich or burger, 4-6$ for a normal draft. Very reasonable I would say. I definitely suggest stopping by this place for a good brew.

Avagadro, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%

The is one of the better beer places in Cleveland, if not the best. What it lacks in atmosphere it makes up in selection and quality. The room feels like any other west side bar, and it leaves a lot to be desired. But take a look at the taplist and all of that quickly changes. Servers were attentive but not annoying and overall it was a nice place to have an evening of drinking. Cleveland has an emerging beer scene and this place really seems like a cornerstone of that. I'd like to check it out next time they have a special event tasting as well.

squaremile, May 31, 2010
Photo of BurnBlueSky
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

Hands down one of my favorite places to go. I live in Akron, OH, but try to make the forty minute drive at least once every couple weeks.

Although it might involve a wait I tend to sit right at the bar(keep an open eye they go fast). The bartenders knowledge is impressive and are always willing to answer any questions. The owners themselves are readily available and generally fun to talk beer with.

The food is great. Nothing fancy, but I have enjoyed everything I've tried. I recommend the deep fried sausage bites, onion rings, and any burger.

The ever changing beer selection is still primarily the reason I return again and again. With over twenty taps and two beers on cask at all times and an extensive bottle list, finding a beer that fits your taste is easy. Be sure to try one of the "House Brews"(Buckeye Brewing Co.). I suggest the "Buckeye Hippie IPA".

And for all you beer geeks out there this is the place to meet fellow geeks. I have turned to the stranger next to me at the bar many times and had long talks about everything beer. People come here to drink good craft beer!

BurnBlueSky, May 27, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

To cut to the chase - for anyone from out of town, the Beer Engine is the best place to visit in Cleveland.

The atmostphere is all about beer. Not a sports bar or english pub atmosphere - beer signs, taps and bottles are the decoration. Always a number of people trying new beers, and their special events are fun and full of cool people.

Quality is wonderful. I'm as beer geeky as they come and I can always find a few things on the list I'm super psyched to try.
Service is good. All the servers are Ciccerone certified beer servers, so they know their stuff. But sometimes they're understaffed.

Selection is awesome. With 25 taps and about 500 bottles, it's easy to find something great.

Food is awesome too. Nothing too gourmet, but great burgers (everything can be subbed with a veggie burger too!), and I LOVE the Italian Torpedo and the Fatty Melt!

This place can get pricey. For me and the Mrs. it can run about $60-$100 depending on how many beers we have. About $6 for a good beer on tap and $10 for a burger.

The Wrights have created one of the best beer joints around. If you're checking this to find where to visit in Cleveland, this is the best place hands down!!

jampics2, May 18, 2010
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%

While trapped in Akron under very depressing circumstances I saw a program on local PBS about the Beer Engine and was intrigued. I had to go through Cleveland on the way out of town so I made the short detour off of HWY 90 to visit. From the outside the place looked more like an abandoned pizza hut than a brewery but the patio filled with smiling patrons hoisting pints assured me that I had found my destination.

Inside we were greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable bartender who quickly sat us and took a drink order. Service was excellent throughout our experience. Although the small interior didn't stand out as particularly interesting, we greatly enjoyed the large patio out front.

The draft list consisted of some 25 tapped beers and 2 casks. Three house brews started out the menu and were followed by a well chosen, wide variety of local and national crafts, and several imports including a few Belgian and German gems. The bottle list really stood out. I would count it in the top 5 bottle lists I've seen in America. It only contained 100-150 beers but they were very well chosen and geared toward my tastes - lost of geuze, lambics, farm house ales, and funky stuff. Still, if you want a great IPA, Buckeye's bottle list probably contains 9 of the 10 best available in Ohio. The same goes for any other style one might prefer. The list was clearly chosen by people that love to drink great beer and are as geeky about it as any hardcore Beer Advocate. All bottles are available to go at very reasonable prices.

The food menu consisted of a number of salads and appetizers, several interesting sandwiches, and tons of burger options. Buckeye is clearly a burger joint. Though I found the burger patties themselves to be a touch on the bland side (in need of some serious seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, anything...), the toppings were fantastic. My burger, the Tuscan, came with well caramelized onions, rep peppers, and rosemary goat cheese on a toasted bun. I really enjoyed it as well as the pub chips and complementary fried pickle that accompanied it. The Caesar salad I started with was just average. The appetizers I saw served at other tables all looked amazing.

I will return to the Beer Engine on all of my future trips to the Cleveland area and highly recommend it. As much as I love visiting GLBC, I have to say that the waits are just out of control there and I am happy to find a quieter spot with even better beer at reasonable prices.

Also worth noting is the sample system. All tap beers are available in sample sizes for between $1 and $2.50, or something like that. It mirrors the system that I was very impressed with at the BOP that shares some connection to the Beer Engine.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of rwdkosak
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Did some searching before a trip to Cleveland and this place seemed like it had the best tap selection and good food as well.

Much better than I could have imagined. A fantastic draft selection, the burger I had (Cajun) was great and service was spot-on for a busy place. They've got an impressive number of bottles to sample or take home and I ended up with a great haul of beer I can't get in MO. If this were in my hometown, I'd frequent it often.

The worst part about the place is that I may not ever get back to that area again...quite a shame because there were a number of other items on the menu that I would have loved to sample...

rwdkosak, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%

Today was my first visit to the Buckeye Beer Engine. After enjoying their beers which I bought at local retailers; I thoght Id give this place a try. Let me tell you I'm glad that I did.

The atmosphere is inviting. More like a neighborhood bar than a high end beer pub. They have a horseshoe bar with tables along the walls, and an dining area off to the side. The back wall behind the bar has around 30 taps and a price list for what they have on tap.

The quality and selection were both outstanding. The day I went they had 27 beers on tap, two being cask conditioned. Besides having their own beers on tap they had selections from Bells, Bear Republic, Brew Dog, Dark Horse, Dogfish Head, Grimbergen, Ithaca, Lagunitas, Left Hand, North Coast, Ommegang, and others I cant remember. Besides a great selection of draft beers they also had around 200 different bottled beers from around the world. Only two were macros, Pabst and Schlitz.

The service and food were also very good. I would go just for the burgers.

As for the value, I had a glass of beer, a plate of sliders with fries and breaded pickle, a couple samples, and took home a 64 oz growler for under $30 with tip.

I highly recommend this place.

Update:

Ive been back several times and all I can say is this place is dedicated to beer. They have beer dinners, beer breakfasts, Ive had vintage/aged beers there, not to mention 420 Hop Fest is coming up. This really is a great place.

sitarist, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Telix
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%

I lived in Lakewood until I was 18, and my family still lives in town, so I get back a few times a year. For most of my life, the BBE location was a normal-looking restaurant. When I discovered that the Beer Engine had moved into the location, I was pleased... when I saw their beer list I flipped! The Beer Engine is another great example of the rise of the craft beer and brewing scene in Cleveland - a bar that focuses on getting great drafts from all over the country and keeping things interesting.

The biggest draw to the Beer Engine, of course, is the beer! A great selection of their own beer, rotating drafts from around the country, and a fantastic bottle list, and all at fair prices. They routinely have fairly rare or interesting releases that other bars would never bother getting. The food is really solid and routinely great, and they have a good variety of food for vegetarians. If you want to have a food experience, go for the Fatty Melt - a half-pound patty in between two grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches.

The Beer Engine isn't the most attractive place in the world, but it has nice sturdy wood tables and a nice big wooden bar to sit at. It's kinda rowdy at certain hours but I've been there plenty of times and it's really laid back. The bartenders are really nice and the majority of the servers are younger women who seem to like what they do and usually know their stuff.

The Beer Engine is a great asset to any beer lover in the area. I go there nearly every time I'm back in town.

Telix, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of littleg
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

The food was very good with very ample portions. My first choice of beers was unavailable but they had everything else. Very good selection and even bought some beer to go. Everything was reasonably priced. The service was good and the staff were very knowledgeable about the beer and the Cleveland beer scene. Very much a bar atmosphere but was no problem taking my four year old daughter and didn't get any odd looks or anything. Highly recommend this place to anyone in the area. My family really enjoyed this and I hope to return on my next visit.

littleg, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

When I first visited the Beer Engine in Lakewood, I was upset by two things. One, because I arrived late to a 10 am tapping of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and Canadian Breakfast Stout and had missed my opportunity to try the highly acclaimed CBS... which is probably my own fault, but I'll never admit to that.
And B (ha!), because on that particular morning they were serving breakfast 'til 2pm and I was not able to try their deliciously-sounding burger of the month that I had been dying to try ever since I heard of it. How can peanut butter and beef NOT entice you?!

However, after the handful of times I have revisited the Beer Engine during Cleveland Beer Week, I have been blown away by how excellent their food is their vast selection of craft beer. Along with having about 30 awesome beers on tap at a time, usually including 1 or so on cask as well as a few of their own Buckeye Brewing Co. beers, they have a multiple page list on every table describing the beers they have in back that are offered to go as well.

The vibe is great, tons of brewery memorabilia, bottles and posters as well as a few flat screen TV's. An awesome place to hang out and definitely one of the better brewpubs in the great city of Cleveland.

TheViolator666, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of bamadog
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%

Checked this place out on a recent trip to Cleveland for the BA Blackout Stout release. Not bad, but probably wouldn't be a place I'd frequent.

Atmosphere: It wasn't awful, but kind of reminiscent of a college-type kind of bar, something that I'm just not really interested in frequenting a whole lot. A little loud and there were some folks getting pretty hammered on hard liquor next to us that insisted on spinning trays on their fingers.

Quality/Selection: Pretty nice overall with a really solid variety on tap. This would be what would keep me coming back if anything would. They've also got cask brews available as well, so for me, that's pretty interesting as there's not really a ton around me here in the greater Cincinnati area. They've also got beer to go and a pretty well-stocked cooler, so even if I didn't look to hang out here, it would likely be a place I could swing by for some decent beers to stock my fridge with.

Service: Hard to judge this especially accurately because I've only been there once, but they weren't especially busy and we seemed to be largely ignored because of the table full of people getting hammered next to us (mentioned above). I'd like to think that all tables would get some form of service though.

bamadog, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of gunnerman
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Stopped by after a Indians game. Before walking into this place you knew that you were stepping into an amazing beer bar. Rogue, Oberon, Delirium umbrellas were open in the front patio. Walking into the bar the signs were up from all the beer goodness, a nice 15 seat bar with tables throughout. The draft selection was on a board behind the bar, beers ranging from Buckeye Brewing to Founders to New Holland, also 2 cask ales. I had the Jolly Pumpkin Cask and about 8 different samples ranging from Buckeye Brewing to special edtion Rogue. The sevice was spot on, we were treated pretty good. I know other reviewers slammed the service but I thought it was pretty good. Overall the atmosphere to the beer to the service this place is excellent.

gunnerman, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Stopped in here for a couple of pints after dinner at Great Lakes. What a great spot!

A nice local pub feel, nicely dark, with about a 25 seat half-octagonal bar and tables all around. Close to 30 taps, with a couple of casks, all displayed on a lucite board behind the bar. Nice emphasis on Buckeye Brewing beers, which we can't get in PA, and otherwise nicely diverse. The bottle list was quite extensive but unnecessary on this visit given the great tap selections on our visit.

Service was warm, welcoming and friendly. I look forward to my next visit.

HV

sholland119, May 04, 2009
Photo of Dogbrick
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Finally stopped by the Beer Engine on a visit to Cleveland and encountering an hour plus wait at GLBC. BBE is located just a few miles from Cleveland in on Madison which is not too far from I-90. They have a small private lot and there is metered street parking right out front and in the surrounding blocks.

The Beer Engine is pretty small inside, and has a cozy feel. The bar is toward the center and runs in a semi-circle, with high table seating all around. There is also a small nook to the left with more traditional table seating. Great collection of bottles, steins and breweriana throughout the brewpub. There is a marker board behind the bar showing what is on tap and what price tier the beer is, and a printout is on each table with the same info.

Beer samples come in groups of 4 and run from $1.25-$2.75 each. There are around 25 taps with beer from Buckeye, Bell's, Brooklyn, Southern Tier, etc, as well as 2 cask beers. They also have around 100 bottles. There was a "Christmas In Belgium" event going on during our visit which was evidenced by the large number of holiday-themed Belgian beers both on tap and in bottles.

Service was good on a busy Friday evening. Our server was quick with everything and somewhat knowledgeable about the beers.

Our food was really good. Two pages of the menu are devoted to burgers but I went with pulled pork and was not disappointed. My wife got the Hippie Burger and loved it.

Overall I highly recommend a stop here, and not only if the wait at GLBC is too long. This is an ideal spot with great atmosphere, house beers, guest taps and food. I will definitely be putting in many visits to this place on future visits to Cleveland.

Dogbrick, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%

We stopped by here late last August on a run through Cleveland and we had such a solid time that I wanted to drop a positive BeerFly on them. The outside of this place is kind of unassuming from the outside, looking like a former Pizza Hut, but we were quite surprised by the inside. The interior screams "beer bar" with a lot of bright light and wood with tons of breweriana on the walls that gives off a welcoming vibe. A nice looking half-circle bar sits in the middle with plenty of seating and a couple of TVs for sports watching. This is just a nice all around atmosphere for enjoying beer.

The beer selection here was very good. 27 taps in total with 2 cask offerings and a fairly extensive bottle list. The tap list consisted of a nice mix of American Craft beer (including at least 4 beers from Buckeye Brewing) along with some solid Imports as well. I was pleased to see that all was served in appropriate glassware as well. Prices varied with the local Buckeye brews going for around $3.75 a pint while some of the Imports were more expensive. I think I paid around $6.24 for a 10 oz of Alvinne Extra Restyled IPA. As far as food went, we were lucky enough to be able to stop in on a Sunday morning and take advantage of the brunch that they offer. Lots of good options but I went with the BBQ omelet with pulled pork, mustard BBQ sauce, and pepper jack cheese. It was very tasty and filling and worth the $7 I paid for it considering that it also came with potatoes and toast. Service was commendable as well, being both knowledgeable and prompt despite it being quite busy at times during our visit.

This was a solid stop that exceeded our expectations and I would recommend it to anybody that is passing through the Lakewood area. Heck, you can team it up with a trip to the nearby Rozi's for a great local beer experience. I know that we'll be definitely be stopping back by again.

Kegatron, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

A small but well laid out place. A nice U shaped bar with plenty of table seating around in little nooks and crannies. Brewerania stuff abounds on the walls.

The bartender was pleasant and responsive when we needed another round. More than happy to give us a sample of this and that when asked.

Everything we had seemed fresh, no problems concerning the quality.

With 27 taps, 2 beer engines and 125+ bottles how could you go wrong. Maybe a few more taps and this place would get a 5 from me. Nice to see a few, 3 or 4, Buckeye beers available along side some real heavy hitters. Clipper City Peg Leg Stout on cask, a few Rogue offerings and nice, Ommegang Rouge!

In addition to drinking in they offer good pricing on beer to go as well.

We had eaten lunch erlier up the street at Melt so food was not in the cards during this visit, maybe next time.

FOOD EDIT:Visited on a our return trip from Michigan on 12/1/08. Hit the BBE at lunch and enjoyed the $5 sandwhich and a side menu. For $5...and that includes tax...you get to choose from one of half dozen sandwiches and the same amount of sides. I got a BLT wrap and spicy tomato bisque. Both of which were full sized and very tasty.

Overall a very good beer bar I will certainly visit again when in the area. With close proximity to Rozi's, Melt and I-90 how could you go wrong?

Deuane, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

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

adamette, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of frazbri
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Buckeye Beer Engine is a brewpub & beer bar located a few miles west of downtown Cleveland and a short drive off of I-90. The building stands alone on the south side of the road, and parking is plentiful.

As you walk in, you'll see a wide open floor plan. The heart of the room is the long, u-shaped bar. Tables ring the outer edges of the tastefully decorated room.

The food at BBE is sandwiches, burgers and comfort food. The monthly specials were german themed for October. Schnitzel and a huge brat & smoked porkchop platter were highlighted. I opted for the cyclops burger. It was a three napkin special and was darn tasty. All burgers are served with homemade chips, and they are a hit.

You'll have plenty of great beer to chose from. There are 27 taps, 2 casks, and 5 pages of bottles listed. I tried a couple of their house beers, Sasquatch and Madison. The Sasquatch is a very drinkable 6% IPA. Madison is Buckeye's Kolsch. A wise man once told me to judge a brewer's ability by the quality of his lightest beer. Buckeye Beer Engine's brewer passes the Kolsch test. It was flavorful, flawless, and drinkable.

It took me too long to get to Buckeye Beer Engine. I will make it a point to return next time I'm in Cleveland.

frazbri, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
4.45/5  rDev +3%

The Buckeye Beer Engine is a must stop if you're in the Cleveland area.

Sporting a wall of over 19 beers on tap, there was more than enough of a selection to keep one satisfied. When I stopped by, there was at least 7 different Oktoberfests (i.e. Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Avery Kaiser, etc.) plus several other quality beers (i.e. Bell's Two Hearted Pale Ale, Bear Republic Racer 5, Chimay, etc.). Besides all this, there was a list of bottled beers that went well into the 30's. I ended up leaving the brew engine with 2 bottles of AleSmith Speedway Stout in hand.

Overall, this place offers a great selection beers with a great atmosphere. The bartenders are very knowledgeable about their beers and the food is pretty decent. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.

rhinos00, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Yetiman420
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Stopped in on a Wednesday evening while in Cleveland on business. Seems like a nice neighborhood that might be moving from working class to the younger set.

Compared to some of the world-class beer bars I've visited in the past week, Buckeye comes in at a B.

Compared to the BW-3's I stopped at for a quick pint in Medina (s. of Cleveland) prior to calling it a night, Buckeye comes in at an A+.

The positives are cool neighborhood vibe, adequate tap list, 4 oz samples (which I'm a huge fan of), amazing bar food. In fact, the portabello burger with roasted red bell peppers and rosemary goat cheese is enough to convince you to become a vegetarian. The perrogis (sp?) were also awesome. Some of the best bar food I've encountered.

The negatives, which are hard to ignore, are the Buckeye beers and the strong representation from Barrel House out of Cincinnati. I had a couple 4 oz samples of Buckeye beer and don't have anything positive to report back.

They were doing a Christmas in July theme with their beers which I thought was interested. I wanted to ask how that was going over (one of my requests was out so I imagine well).

I went with their best offerings..

Buckeye Wheat 4oz
Buckeye 76 IPA 4 oz
Buckeye Yuppie 4 oz
an IPA sample
Cask Pint of Heavy Seas
Cask Pint of Bells Porter
Jolly Pumpkin Noel 4 oz
Hivernation 4 oz
Winter Beer (?) 4 oz
Weberbacher Winter 4 oz

Yetiman420, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%

Although we had a tough time finding it, we arrived at BBE in the early evening on a Saturday. There was plenty of people there but it wasn't overly crowded. We sat and I immediately ordered a Double Simcoe. The burgers were phenomenal and the service was exceptional (however we did luck in to some bar seats so getting the waitresses attention wasn't hard). There were a good 30 quality selections on tap in addition to a lengthy bottle list. The burgers were also enormous, so don't expect to have a ton of room for beer if you intent to finish the whole thing. I learned that lesson the hard way. In any case we had a great time and I will certainly return. No complaints at all. I'm a Pittsburgh guy but from what I hear it doesn't get much better than this place as far as Cleveland is concerned. Give it a try.

letsgopens, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

scoobybrew, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of ShareANevada
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%

What a treat!

Friends brought me here on a recent visit, and I have to say, I was quite impressed! Cleveland obviously embraces real beer culture much more than Cincinnati (with all its German brewing heritage, even).

I expected : A Brewpub, a selection of their local offerings.

I got: Much, much more.

On a weekend night, it was fairly busy, somewhat noisy, and possibly the crowd was a bit younger than me. Not the ambiance of a true 'date spot', but who cares! I was here for beer!

Besides a number of tap handles featuring local and micros, and some great imports, I was really impressed when
I got my hands on the beer list. Nothing fancy, a computer-run-off packet, stapled together. I think it was organized by state or country. The real beauty is that they show both the bar price, and the carry out price, both striking me as pretty darn reasonable. Maybe a bit more for carryout than what you might find in a store, but not much. And they offered beers that can hardly be found in a store. I'm sure I've never found Pannepot available for carryout before!

As soon as I got to the second page of the list, I realized I needed a pen! I made my list, and presented it to the bartender, who knowledgeably informed me that they were out of one of my choices, no biggee. I was glad to not have your average CMB barmaid looking at you disgusted for ordering beers she can't pronouce. She quickly filled my request, and totaled me up, while serving my in house choice alongside. Dandy.

Although we didn't eat, (saving room, right?) my friend noted that the food was very good here as well.

Will I be back? Sooner than later.

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Second visit:

Man this place makes me wish I lived in cleveland! On tap last night:
Barrel Aged Bigfoot
Boon Oude Geuze
Lindemanns Framboise
St Louis Framboise
Heavy Seas Below Decks
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
Simcoe Stoopid
Victory Hop Wallop
Bells HopSlam
Buckeye Brewing Beers (Hippie, Heidi, 76, Gold Smoke)
Magic Hat
Hop Rod Rye
Mojo Risin
Hop Sun

Two Hearted and another Bells on Cask
Not to mention the availability of Cantillon, both Pannepots, t'Smisje, a number of De dolle's (including specials), and so so much more available in bottles (and priced for carryout, THANK YOU)

ShareANevada, Feb 12, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

A friend of mine recommended we go to the Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood to enjoy a drink with the Ohio State game. I had no clue what I was getting into.

Walking in I saw a row of 28 (someone double check for me) taps of the most amazing micro/imported brews. If you're looking for Miller, Bud or Coors, go somewhere else. My friend James said it best: "These guys celebrate beer."

I enjoyed a Spaten Oktoberfest followed by a sentimental favorite, Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

Jason, who selects the beer list, actually sat down with us to talk about his selections. The man knows his stuff. He was impressively hospitable and allowed us a sample or two (as we were good paying customers) and personally invited us back.

Oh, and the food. A blackened cajun burger that I will NEVER forget!

It is not overly inundated with big tv's but you can enjoy the game. The Buckeye Beer Engine is a place that respects and celebrates beer. Perfect for any true BeerAdvocate!

LeftonJackman, Oct 20, 2007
Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
95 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.