Buckeye Beer Engine
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
3.73/5 rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
This place is built like an old Jack-in-the-Box converted into a brewpub. The interior is maroon with wood stained highlights. It is decorated with various bottles and tap handles, beer flags, tin advertisements, and neon signs. In the center is a half-moon tarnished wooden bar, supported by a few wooden tables, and ample patio seating. Classic rock that pre-dates all the staff plays on the overhead. The scene is completed by a few televisions, a juke box, and an ATM machine.
Behind the bar is an island that holds most of the bar’s glassware. There are a few tulips available, but it’s mostly shakers. This landmark is flanked by a couple dozen draft handles. Above the facets are televisions that give a live update of everything on draft. There are two casks and an impressive bottle list. The draft list includes Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Southern Tier, Rogue, Victory, Lagunitas, and Epic. They also have six of their own “Buckeye” beers (they do no brew on-site).
I asked the friendly bartender for a local recommendation and all they had were their beers and one from Columbus Brewing. I had the Buckeye IPA and it was awful. That was kind of disappointing, but overall this is a pretty good beer bar. The certainly had enough handles to be respectable, and a decent bottle menu. I’d come again, but I’d think twice before I ordered another house beer.
06-22-2013 05:24:15 | More by mhaugo
3.74/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Checked this place out on a recent trip to Cleveland for the BA Blackout Stout release. Not bad, but probably wouldn't be a place I'd frequent.
Atmosphere: It wasn't awful, but kind of reminiscent of a college-type kind of bar, something that I'm just not really interested in frequenting a whole lot. A little loud and there were some folks getting pretty hammered on hard liquor next to us that insisted on spinning trays on their fingers.
Quality/Selection: Pretty nice overall with a really solid variety on tap. This would be what would keep me coming back if anything would. They've also got cask brews available as well, so for me, that's pretty interesting as there's not really a ton around me here in the greater Cincinnati area. They've also got beer to go and a pretty well-stocked cooler, so even if I didn't look to hang out here, it would likely be a place I could swing by for some decent beers to stock my fridge with.
Service: Hard to judge this especially accurately because I've only been there once, but they weren't especially busy and we seemed to be largely ignored because of the table full of people getting hammered next to us (mentioned above). I'd like to think that all tables would get some form of service though.
10-21-2009 04:07:16 | More by bamadog
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).
04-04-2007 01:25:47 | More by DuqTroops
3.79/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $
Stopped here after Fat Head's on my random trip to Cleveland. It was a sleepy, windy Monday afternoon.
This place is tough to spot. Its very unassuming and barely has any signage. Luckily it has its own parking lot.
The interior is nothing to write home about. Kinda dim, full of dark wood and corny, old chairs and bar stools. The beer menu is one of those black dry erase boards. The place is small-ish. I really did get envious over the beer related decorations that adorned the walls. The outer walls display empty bottles and tap handles. Being the nerd that I am I enjoyed looking at them all. There are awesome, and probably very rare, posters and signs all over the place from breweries from all over the world.
Again, it was a Monday afternoon so there were only a handful of other people and one bartender. We had no problem being helped though.
When we sat down we were given the beer list. And what a list it is! I've heard that this place has the best bottle list in the state. That's no undersatement! The bottle list was 9 pages! There's so much beer on that list that I could almost never come to a decision. The prices on this list seemed all over the place. Looking at the to go prices, some bottles were very cheap. Often times around $2-$3 less than what I'm used to paying. But other times a bottle is around $4 MORE than what I'm used to seeing. Its pretty strange, but might have to do with turn over and specifics that pertain to each certain beer.
Either way, that bottle list blew me away. Some things were there that I've never once seen on shelves in Columbus.
The tap list was good too. Mostly house brews but they had a lot of guest taps, many of which I was unfamiliar with. They seem to enjoy bringing in very obscure beers, and they do a good job of it. They had many Buckeye beers that are not bottled. Prices for the tap stuff was very low, especially for house beers.
I had the only selection from their cask that was pumping that day. It was Buckeye Engine Mild and it was the single best mild I've ever had. Down right stellar.
This is another one that I'll never again miss when I'm up on the lake. The atmosphere is pretty dive-ish but these people know beer.
03-18-2011 05:35:02 | More by MbpBugeye
3.8/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
SHORT POURS. Need I say more? I'll say it again: SHORT POURS. I sat at the bar recently and watched pint after pint after pint be filled with at least an inch of foam, which effectively made each glass about a 12 oz serving. I even continued to watch the glasses around the bar to see how low the foam settled, just to be sure of what I was seeing. (I was drinking out of snifters.) SHORT POURS on top of prices already on the pricey side don't leave a good taste in one's mouth. SHORT POURS suck. I've been here a half dozen times and the beer selection is above average, the burgers are great, but the beers are a tad on the pricey side. SHORT POURS are the reason Alebird wont be back anytime soon. There are too many alternatives out there for drinking fine beer and not getting a SHORT POUR. Not slamming this place out of malice. Many good things about this place, but if you're going to charge me for a pint of beer, I better get a pint of beer. Without actually measuring one, I suspect the snifters were SHORT, too. If your money is tight and you're looking for a couple of pints of beer, all you'll get here are SHORT POURS, so be warned.
12-09-2011 15:04:20 | More by alebird
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.
Man this place makes me wish I lived in cleveland! On tap last night:
Barrel Aged Bigfoot
Boon Oude Geuze
St Louis Framboise
Heavy Seas Below Decks
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
Victory Hop Wallop
Buckeye Brewing Beers (Hippie, Heidi, 76, Gold Smoke)
Hop Rod Rye
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)
02-12-2008 20:51:25 | More by ShareANevada
4.03/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The is one of the better beer places in Cleveland, if not the best. What it lacks in atmosphere it makes up in selection and quality. The room feels like any other west side bar, and it leaves a lot to be desired. But take a look at the taplist and all of that quickly changes. Servers were attentive but not annoying and overall it was a nice place to have an evening of drinking. Cleveland has an emerging beer scene and this place really seems like a cornerstone of that. I'd like to check it out next time they have a special event tasting as well.
05-31-2010 16:26:40 | More by squaremile
4.04/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
I have been here several times - where oh where did my review go. Last night’s visit proves this as a long time premiere destination, arguably the best in cleveland. Sizable friendly bar, astute service, reasonable bottles to have or bring home. Good sized patio. Very decent brews of their own. Good sometimes great guest taps
08-02-2013 13:17:47 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
06-21-2008 11:36:05 | More by scoobybrew
4.1/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
We stopped by here late last August on a run through Cleveland and we had such a solid time that I wanted to drop a positive BeerFly on them. The outside of this place is kind of unassuming from the outside, looking like a former Pizza Hut, but we were quite surprised by the inside. The interior screams "beer bar" with a lot of bright light and wood with tons of breweriana on the walls that gives off a welcoming vibe. A nice looking half-circle bar sits in the middle with plenty of seating and a couple of TVs for sports watching. This is just a nice all around atmosphere for enjoying beer.
The beer selection here was very good. 27 taps in total with 2 cask offerings and a fairly extensive bottle list. The tap list consisted of a nice mix of American Craft beer (including at least 4 beers from Buckeye Brewing) along with some solid Imports as well. I was pleased to see that all was served in appropriate glassware as well. Prices varied with the local Buckeye brews going for around $3.75 a pint while some of the Imports were more expensive. I think I paid around $6.24 for a 10 oz of Alvinne Extra Restyled IPA. As far as food went, we were lucky enough to be able to stop in on a Sunday morning and take advantage of the brunch that they offer. Lots of good options but I went with the BBQ omelet with pulled pork, mustard BBQ sauce, and pepper jack cheese. It was very tasty and filling and worth the $7 I paid for it considering that it also came with potatoes and toast. Service was commendable as well, being both knowledgeable and prompt despite it being quite busy at times during our visit.
This was a solid stop that exceeded our expectations and I would recommend it to anybody that is passing through the Lakewood area. Heck, you can team it up with a trip to the nearby Rozi's for a great local beer experience. I know that we'll be definitely be stopping back by again.
10-27-2008 15:56:21 | More by Kegatron
Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
95 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.