Buckeye Beer Engine

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

56 Ratings
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
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 +15.5%

Photo of codyhaskell
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Avagadro
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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!!

Photo of throwback
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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 sitarist
4.72/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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 Kels0418
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of wingedeel
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Have been to Buckeye Beer Engine many times,including three times on my recent visit to the Cleveland area.

First off,I have never encountered the short pours the previous reviewer was complaining of.Never.As a matter of fact one of the days we went was my anniversary,and when the bartender heard us toast each other,she gave us both a free beer.And we arent locals.Pretty classy.

The beer selection is great,and prices are pretty reasonable.They always have had a fantastic selection,and a few things I have not tried,which is not easy in my case.

Service is friendly,food is fantastic.

Highly recommended.

Photo of cratez
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

When I visited: May 2012.

What I had: Stoudts Pils (draught), North Coast Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale (draught), Creamy Cheddar & Ale Soup, Garden Salad and cocktails for the lady.

What I liked: mind-blowing tap list, two cask engines, many hard-to-find draughts and bottles, large comfortable bar, Stanley Cup Playoffs on the flatscreen, good crowd, capable servers, awesome breweriana throughout the interior.

What I disliked: food was average.

Would I go back? Definitely.

Overall Rating: 92

Photo of TheViolator666
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of BurnBlueSky
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of Dogbrick
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of rwdkosak
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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...

Photo of littleg
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

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.

Photo of Kolsch
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Friday evening, not that busy as you might expect. Arrived around 6pm and got 4 seats at the bar. Hurray!

Atmosphere: U-shaped bar with tables surrounding for drinking/dining pleasure. Small gathering of tables to left of bar for additional seating. Comfortable atmosphere and looks like most people are there for good beer.

Selection: I have been here before so I know the tap selection is stellar but this weekend they were promoting Xmas in July with 10 to 12 taps devoted to Xmas beers. Sorry, but I was not in the mood for high alcohol beers when the temp outside was 97 that day. Bottle selection was pretty outstanding though and that is what I stuck with mostly. I particularly liked thier own Buckeye Brewing Hippie IPA, so much so that I got some to go.

Service was good, no complaints. They did give us samples to try before buying which is a plus.

Food: was good as I remember from my first visit but did not rate on this visit.

Overall: I really like this place and highly recommend for beer geeks. I was disappointed with my visit that coinincided with Xmas in July event but that will not stop me from returning again.

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