The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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Active Beers: 59
Beer Ratings: 2,584
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 39 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 68 | Show All Ratings:
3.88/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of my favorite breweries/restaurants/bars in the Cleveland area. Only a few miles from the Cleveland airport and plenty of parking. The beer menu consists of 30 on-tap, usually 8-10 of the BKs own and the rest local and national brands. The list is updated daily and is part of your placemat - of course, if a keg kicks during the day, the list becomes wrong, but your waiter/waitress informs you. Samplers are available, usually in groups of five, but your server may look the other way and get you some other combination. The food is good - well prepared, plentiful, and reasonably priced. Hell, my wife would rather come here than Great Lakes. Check their website for food listings; the beer listings aren't quite as accurate.
Make sure you visit the back end of the bar (past the restrooms). The reefer back here has some bombers not available in the front. Also, the back is where you can brew your own beer, something worth checking out if you have the time.
03-14-2014 15:11:12 | More by Ozzylizard
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went in a few months back with no idea what I was walking into. Place is a sports pub by design, all sorts of beer paraphernalia on the walls. Dining room and bar seating is not overly cramped. Food is pub style, lots of tasty beers to choose from though, TBK originals plus visitors. Have been going back every couple of weeks due to the tap rotation!
01-14-2014 04:30:57 | More by kdlz
4.73/5 rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Great joint to take in some Unique and ABOVE avg. bar food..excellent tap selection & great "in-house" too.
Sometimes the service up front (in the bar area, cld be a bit bttr, but...) add in the fact that there is a Killer area in back that you can brew your Own (with their recipes & ingredient's..or bring your own) it's a Definite if you're in the Strongsvle area of Clev., 2 check out!
-- Everyone that I tell about this place, that's never heard if it/or been there b4, says its a Great "idea" for where ever "they" might be located (because it IS..4 a business idea) only prob. is, in That aspect ..it's a Franchise, & extremely expensive 2 "buy into"..
BUT, as a "spectator" per say, it's kicka**!!
05-26-2013 20:39:48 | More by baconman91
4.36/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
I can't believe I didn't stop at the Brew Kettle sooner on my many trips back and forth from DC. Maybe it was just because I wanted to just keep going...regardless, I'm glad I found it!!
A: typical American style bar, however, it has a nice buzz from the great beer menu and brew your own facility in the back
S: decent, nothing unusual
S: how could you go wrong with 30 beers on tap to include their own (which are well-made), and Goose Island Pep Nero, Tripel Karmeliet, Victory Smokin' Oats, Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barleywine, Geants Goliath Tripel, Ithaca Apricot Wit, Victory Old Horizontal, etc.
F: very good with a wide selection of specialties with emphasis on BBQ -- I recommend the Barbecued Spaghetti
V: all-in-all very good, prices are very reasonable with a nice ability to sample any beer on tap for prices that range from $1.25 to $3.50
04-27-2013 02:56:50 | More by wisrarebeer
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is located in a strip mall area off of I-77 In strongsville OH
A- Nothing too impressive about the atmosphere. Pretty plain and simple. Bar/restaurant. Some dark wood and old brewery/beer and travel signs all around.
The beer- 30 taps- at least 5 are of brew kettles own beers and the rest are guest taps. But this isn't your run of the mill guest taps- its stuff thats hard to find. The current taplist contains Stone 12.12.12 AND 11.11.11, Jolly Pumpkin, Ommegang Art of Darkness, Columbus IPA-enough to make a beer geek want all 30 of them-because their own beers are really good too. They list description and price-so you are never surprised on the bill.
The food- They have a lot of options depending on what you are in the mood for and everything from salads, to burgers, to ribs, to wraps, to tacos. The food, to me was great-but here's what really impressed me. My fiance is really into burgers- rare burgers- he sends back burgers all the time. The burger came out right the first time for him and he really enjoyed it. Thats important.
This place also has a B.O.P. and a lot of other cool stuff to.
One of my favorite places so far.
01-02-2013 23:27:50 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.85/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I was a customer of The Brew Kettle way back in their infancy in the mid-90's. They were one of the pioneers in "brew-on-premise" where you can go and brew your own batch of beer. They still offer brew-on-premise at their current facility. Chris, the owner/brewmaster definitely has a passion for his craft.
They have a huge selection of beer on tap, which includes a half dozen or so of their own, and a bunch of guest taps. Bottles of their beer are also available. They recently opened a separate production facility and are cranking out beer like never before. Many of their beers are now available at Ohio retailers.
I've never had a Brew Kettle beer that I didn't like. White Rajah, Old 21, 4C's, and Tunguska being standouts for me. Jack Hammer is also a great barley wine.
I am surprised to hear some say that the service Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse is bad. I have never received anything but great service at the bar or at tables. The servers and bartenders have always been friendly and attentive, even when the place is very busy (which it usually is). The owners, Chris and Pam are also great people and love to talk beer with customers.
The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. The pulled pork is great. The burgers, ribs, and wings are also really good. I have taken my family of five there for dinner for just over $50, which includes beer for my wife and I. Outstanding!
11-22-2012 17:15:56 | More by rubicat
3.8/5 rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for some White Rajah, The service was quick and attentive but not overly friendly. It was pretty typical of most bars. The bartender was busy shooting the shit with the "regulars" and not with people who were just popping in. The beers were really quite nice here from all the ones I drank/sampled. The selection was impressive, very large amount of beers on draft. I didn't order any food but I did see people getting wings and other stuff and it all looked and smelled great. The value was pretty decent I thought, nothing over the top but still not too bad. I would stop in again if I was in the area.
10-03-2012 02:34:13 | More by Knapp85
4/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The Brew Kettle is another great example of a small, local business doing well and being able to grow in a turbulent economy. TBK has succeeded to grow and expand and the demand for their product continues to rise. The original location has expanded and the operation just announced the opening of a larger production facility down the road. TBK is located in a small strip mall in Strongsville and is easily accessible by I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.
TBK's atmosphere is like many craft beer joints...simple seating arrangements (2 dining rooms and a moderate size bar), the smell of hops in the air, and a large variety of brewiana along the walls, hanging from the ceiling and arranged nicely on overhead shelves throughout the place. Every TBK brew that I have tried were above average. My favorites include White Rajah, Black Rajah (new), Jackhammer Barleywine (regular and BA), Irish Dry Stout and 4C's. Their firkin' specials are also unique, creative spins on regularly rotated beers (like Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout). Service is very attentive and they are always well staffed. My success has always come from sitting at the bar, which allows for your glass to never hit empty before another one is there waiting for you (thanks to an awesome core of bartenders). In terms of selection, TBK generally has 5-8 of their beers at any given time. The guest beer selection is always superb and they are one of Cleveland's best purveyors of kegs that are rare to the market (ie there have been guest such Lost Coast and rare FFF that are otherwise unavailable anywhere in Ohio). Like other fine establishments, TBK does not offer bottled beers so you won't see any Bud, Miller, or Coors. Food is decent and about par for a brewhouse but I don't typically eat here because there's so many good beers to be consumed (read Liquid Diet 101). The smokehouse wings are always a good choice. The overall value is reasonable. As one may expect, TBK beers are always cheaper than the guests. Some of the guest beers, depending on the rarity and ABV of them, can range in price from $5-10/glass. TBK beer prices are slashed nicely during the daily happy hour so one can expect to pay about half of the usually price. TBK also offers samplers and each beer on the daily menu is categorized A-D in terms of price, with D class beers being the most expensive.
Overall, TBK is a place to visit and visit often. If you like variety and a comfortable environment, this is the place for you.
09-07-2012 14:01:53 | More by Stinger80OH
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I decided to stop by The Brew Kettle on my way back to Buffalo after Hoppin' Frog's Barrel Aged Naked Evil release. I was already familiar with a few of their wonderful beers, and who can turn down a brewery/smokehouse to begin with?
The atmosphere was decent (typical watering hole), but we were seated right away. The waitress took awhile to come over and take our drink order, but she was attentive the remainder of the meal.
I started off with a White Rajah, and finished with the Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout. The White Rajah was pretty darn good, but the Kitka was outstanding.
I ordered the Fish & Chips, which were solid. The homemade tartar sauce with dill was a pleasant surprise.
If you ware ever in the Cleveland area, I highly recommend stopping off for a bite to eat at the Brew Kettle.
06-24-2012 21:10:23 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Visited this place at the beginning of a road trip and was so impressed that I had to go back on the way home.
Atmosphere is really great. 2 seating areas, a long bar, spacious, but at the same time homely. Just really nice. Like the neighborhood bar, but with better beer.
Quality overall is also really good. Again, clean, friendly, with a rustic, but at the same time, energetic and lively feel.
The service was really good. I went once during lunch and once during dinner and the waitresses never made us wait long for the food, drinks, menus, or checks.
About 20-25 guest taps with 5 house beers on at all times. Kegs are replaced with something new as soon as they kick. Surprisingly to me, their hous beer blows away their guest taps. On top of all that, they have bottles of their own beer to sell for take-away or to drink there also.
Food is impeccable. Get the pulled pork and enjoy the ride! Best pulled pork that I've had in recent memory. Their ribs and burgers are no slouches either.
2 lunches, 5 drinks, and 1 growler to go came out to less than $50. Coming from NYC, I felt like I was robbing the place. Prices are outrageously cheap.
This place is not to be missed if you ever find yourself travelling through Ohio and its the best brewpub I've been to this side of California. Just unspeakably awesome!!
06-19-2012 18:35:24 | More by SpeedwayJim
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works in Strongsville, OH
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