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Buckeye Beer Engine

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
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 

(Place added by: irishmoss on 03-15-2007)
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Photo of austina3214
5/5  rDev +15.7%

austina3214, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of codyhaskell
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

codyhaskell, Mar 14, 2012
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 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 throwback
4.75/5  rDev +10%

throwback, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of LeftonJackman
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
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 jezmund714
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

jezmund714, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Kels0418
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

Kels0418, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of irishmoss
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

irishmoss, Mar 16, 2007
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Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
95 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.