Buckeye Beer Engine
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4.16/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
09-17-2007 17:30:53 | More by Nipitato
4.47/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
06-16-2007 19:15:49 | More by babyhobbes
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
06-12-2007 02:38:49 | More by Tyrawlings
4.33/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-28-2007 21:01:28 | More by klewis
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
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!
05-06-2007 20:08:04 | More by neenerzig
4.14/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
04-19-2007 05:37:37 | More by AltBock
3.75/5 rDev -13.4%
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).
04-04-2007 01:25:47 | More by DuqTroops
4.7/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
03-22-2007 09:05:13 | More by jezmund714
4.63/5 rDev +6.9%
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 Im looking foreword to trying some of those brews, along with some Hippie IPA. The other taps are going to rotate often, todays 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, Murphys, Original Sin, Pabst, Rogue Chocolate Stout, & Spaten.
Very nice initial selection, I cant 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 cant wait to come back as often as possible, after all its a whole 8 minutes from my apartment.
03-16-2007 14:18:32 | More by irishmoss
Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.