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Buckeye Beer Engine

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Buckeye Beer EngineBuckeye Beer Engine
BA SCORE
96
world-class

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 7.39%
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 

(Place added by: irishmoss on 03-15-2007)
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Photo of frazbri
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of rhinos00
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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

Photo of letsgopens
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of ShareANevada
3.94/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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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UPDATE:
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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)

Photo of LeftonJackman
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of Nipitato
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

If you have friends that you are trying to turn on to beer other than BMC this is the place to go. The Buckeye Beer Engine is an above average beer bar/brewpub cloaked as a sports bar. The bar is located in a building that used to be some chain restaurant. My brother, who lives in Lakewood, mentioned that he has seen several places come and go here. Anyway, as mentioned on the inside this place kind of looks like an average sports bar - lots of tvs, jukebox, etc. The only thing that really gives away this place's craft beer leanings are micro/craft beer signs that adorn the walls.

The beer menu was pretty solid and the prices were excellent. I had a New Holland Dragon's Milk (great) and tried some of the Beer Engines house beers (decent). Drinking compatriots had Duvel, Bells, Great Lakes and others. I did not see Bud, Miller, or Coors on the menu (the did have PBR). As far as am concerned that takes some balls in Lakewood - the demise of the Warren St. Tavern an obvious example of why. Didn't eat there so can't comment on the food.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Well, after Warren Tavern was forced to leave Lakewood, I was pretty depressed. The nearest brew was at Der Braumeister, which is still my fav place, but I am very glad to see this new bar and it's even closer to me than the Warren was!

Anyway, the place is clean, the selection is large and the service is good! They have a huge, easy to read board with their current draft choices along with a printed sheet with a blurb about each brew.

We have had lunch and the food is good, but overpriced. However, the prices are on par with their competition, Melt, just a couple blocks away.

If you are in the Cleveland area, I would definitely check this place out. This summer, just look for the DT pink elephant umbrellas.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Buckeye Beer engine is located in Lakewood,Ohio. A clean establishment that caters to the brew lover in each of us. Service is prompt and curtious. The staff was very infomative about the selection of beers available. The Beer Engine has twenty seven taps that provide a wide array of interesting brews from around the globe. I was very impressed with the selections on tap. The food was nothing more than a step up from the normal bar fair. They specialize in gourmet burgers and offer a range of sandwiches for varying tastes. Prices were a tad pricey but nothing to quibble over.
All said, the Buckeye Beer Engine is a must visit when in the Cleveland area. Cheers!

Photo of klewis
4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I visited this establishment for the first time last night, mainly to try some cask ale. Four friends and I stopped here for a beer and a bite before heading to a concert in Parma. The selection of beers they have are excellent. No BMC offerings to be found here! The have 27 beers on tap at all times and also have a good number of bottled beers available and two cask offerings. My friends and I were all going to get Bell's Amber ale from the cask but they had just run out of it. Instead we all got a tasty Double IPA, but it was so busy in there and so noisy, that I couldn't hear the name of the beer clearly from our waitress. I am not even sure it was a cask offering or one of their fine offerings from the tap. The only thing I didn't enjoy about my experience there was that this bar had a sort of sports bar feel, with 2 large flat screen TV's above the bar showing sorts games. Some of beers on tap include: PBR, Buckeye Chinook IPA, Stone Pale Ale, Stone Ruination, Buckeye Amarillo IPA, Blanche de Chambly, Rogue I2PA, Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, Monty Python Holy Grail Ale, etc. The food portions were large enough, but the fries I received were thin and stringy. The service was excellent. I will revisit this place again soon at a time when it is not so busy and I will be sure that I get a cask offering!

Eric

Photo of AltBock
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Buckeye Beer Engine is located on the corner of Arthur Ave and Madison. It's 3 blocks on the left from Warren Rd. I had a hard time finding this place because they didn't have any sign out near the street stating what business this is. Oh, they had a big white pole near the road, but there was nothing on it. They didn't even have any letters on top of the building. I later found out that all they had was just a little black flag in the window. The only thing that caught my eye from the road after I passed it the second time was the few neon craft beer lights they have in the window. I'll tell you what, it doesn't look like a bar on the outside. It looks more like a fast food joint (it probably was before the Beer Engine took it over) that Buckeye Brewing turned into their brewpub/bar. They have a relatively small free parking lot on the left side. If it's full, you can park for free on Madison, but I wouldn't do that, unless you like your car being smashed by another car. It looks small on the outside, but it's bigger on the inside. On the inside, they decorated the place with the usual beer signs and neon lights. Above the bar, their lights are made out of old Buckeye beer bottles. They have a big old wooden bar that can probably seat up to about 10-20 people. If you don't want to sit at the bar, they have some of those high tables and chairs around the bar. I noticed they have a small alcove on the far left that looks very similar to what an authentic German beer restaurant would look like. It had small wooden tables, wood booths, and a wall that was decorated with German beer signs, banners, and beer bottles. Good luck if you're trying to find the bathroom. You have to go down two flights of stairs to a hallway filled with kegs, pass the room that's going to be their sports bar (?), down another hallway, and then it will be on your right.

Their service was great. When I went, it was almost dead in there. When it finally started filling up with beer loving patrons, they still were pretty fast serving beer pints and burgers as fast as they could. The 2 bartenders that were there when I went, knew a lot about the beer they sell and even one of them gave me a small history lesson on cask conditioned beers. They also offer a bar tap list that lists all the beers they have, information about the beer, and even tasting notes. If you ask nicely, they MIGHT give you a free sample.

I didn't have any food this time, but their menu is just filled with a few appetizers, burger/sandwiches, and a few dinners. Not the biggest menu around, but it's OK. I didn't see how big the burger/sandwiches were, but I thought were pricey. They range from $6 to $10, with the average price of $8.50. They better be some big tasty hamburgers for that price.

I counted 27 taps and 2 firkins. They usually have 2 firkins every day all day and not a once a week treat. When I was there, their firkins were Jolly Pumpkin's Madrugada Obscura Dark Dawn Stout and Bell's Two Hearted Ale. The day I went, their tap list consisted of Spaten Optimator and Bock, Avery Czar, Ommegang Witte, Rogue Chipolte Ale, Jolly Pumpkin's Oro de Calabaza, DFH 90 Min, Victory Hop Devil, Old Engine Oil, North Coast's Red Seal and Old Rasputin, De Ranke XX, Two Brothers Bitter End, Original Sin, Wolaver's, Breckenridge 471, Franziskaner, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Arcadia's Hopmouth, Small Craft Warning, a few Buckeye Brewing beers, and Pabst. You need to have something for the masses. They rotate their beer list daily, so get your favorite beer while you can. The prices for their beers are from $1.75 for Pabst to $6 for the St. Bernardus Abt 12, with the cask beers at $5. The average price for a beer is about $4.

It was overall a great place to go to for a pint of Buckeye Brewing beer, imported craft beer on draught, beer on cask, or a good ol' American craft beer on draught. That is, if you can find this place. Maybe they will soon have a a big sign up that you can see from the road. One can only hope! Until that time, look for a place that looks like a fast food joint with craft beer neon lights in the window.

Photo of DuqTroops
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

My wife and I wanted to try something new on the east side for dinner one evening. We came over here last week (looks like Buckeye Beer Engine) has been open less than a month. The service was the best part of our experience.

The food was not overly great as other people have mentioned it. I am a huge fan of bbq and meat. The brisket, hog wing and cheeseburger was not up to what they made it out to be. The popcorn shrimp was too unique for the establishment, too. The shrimp were soaked in an asian sauce without indicating so on the menu - surprise!

The beer was decent. Most of the offers you can get in other areas, the rarest beer would have to be the North Coast on draught.

Service was awesome. The bartender was extremely nice as well as the wait staff. Establishment still needs to be renovated a little more, too - restrooms are in a weird spot (downstairs).

Photo of jezmund714
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I used to be a regular at the original site for the Buckeye Brewery in Bedford. Knowing Garin, Kevin, Bob and crew as I do, I know this was the culmination of many nights of beer-fueled planning. They really did refine their ideas very well and I think they have the makings of the next Cleveland-area BA pilgrimage site.

The room is dominated by a large U-shaped bar that lets most everyone see the two HD TVs, the beer list and view of the liquor stand. There are a few tables between the front windows and the bar as well as a side seating area and a couple of patio tables out the front door. 28 taps, 1 of which being the beer engine for casks or firkins. All but one or two taps were very good craft beers. PBR was available for the least adventuresome.

The menu prices seem steep until your food arrives. The burgers are very good sized, juicy and delivered quickly after your order. The topping ingediants are fresh and plentiful. The fried pickle in the basket with every sandwich is something you don't find at the typical beer bar.

Buckeye beers are all well balanced and within BJCP guidelines. Being a former Buckeye regular, I believe these beers deserve more recognition than they get. There were three or four Buckeye offerings which should increase as the brewers get back to brewing instead of setting up a bar. Both times I've been here, there has been a Bell's ale on cask. I had the Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter during the pre-opening weekend. From what I've been told, they want to rotate taps frequently. The current offerings run the spectrum and every BA should find something they enjoy and haven't tried before. The beer list shows price, glass type, ABV and IBU (for some). 4 oz tasters are offered for a price.

The staff seems new to beer bar bartending and have little information about their current taps. They are friendly and responsive to requests. Food arrived quickly after ordering.

Photo of irishmoss
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This is the new Buckeye Brewing pub & restaurant that opened up on March 13th.
Now to the important part of the review, the beer. I counted 27 taps & two beer engine handles for the casks. They had the Buckeye 76 IPA, Fuggle Ale, & Mammoth Stout on tap; they also had the 76 on cask which unfortunately ran out when I ordered it. They say this place with be a test or pilot brew spot for Buckeye, so I’m looking foreword to trying some of those brews, along with some Hippie IPA. The other taps are going to rotate often, today’s selection included: Anchor Steam, Avery Hog Heaven, Bells Double Cream Stout, Founders Black Rye, New Holland Goat & Poet, Celebrator, Delirium Tremens, DFH Aprihop & 90, Flying Dog Gonzo, Hebrew RIPA, Ommegang, Hoegaarden, Kulmbacher Schwarzbier, Lagunitas IPA, Maredsous 8, Mojo Risin, Murphy’s, Original Sin, Pabst, Rogue Chocolate Stout, & Spaten.
Very nice initial selection, I can’t wait to see what they get in. Beers were served in snifters, goblets, pilsners, & pints. Growlers to come in the near future.
Now the food. Went there for lunch with a co-worker. I had a burger that had bacon, bbq, & coleslaw that was made with blue cheese, I thought it was very good. Co-worker had a Portobelo & roasted red pepper sandwich with goat cheese, she thought it was excellent as well. Both sandwiches were served with fresh made, thick cut potato chips and a deep fried pickle, very good with the homemade ketchup that they served. Went back for dinner and had a smokehouse sampler that included beef brisket, shredded BBQ pork, a large BBQ rib, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. Everything was exceedingly excellent, the mashed potatoes were awesome. The lunch service was by a very excited, friendly, and knowledgeable woman named Lisa, her enthusiasm was very impressive. Dinner was a little more crowded and consequently service to our booth was little less impressive, but not really that bad considering that the place just opened up.

Overall, I was very impressed and can’t wait to come back as often as possible, after all it’s a whole 8 minutes from my apartment.

Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
96 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.