Buckeye Beer Engine

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BA SCORE
95
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60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.33
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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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 44
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.

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