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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production WorksThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
79 Beers
4,950 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 76
Visits: 162
Avg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 39
Bottles: --
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]

8377 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio, 44136
United States
phone: (440) 239-8788 | map
www.thebrewkettle.com

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works
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Reviews: 76 | Visits: 162
Reviews by csmiley:
Photo of csmiley
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Brew Kettle is located in a small shopping center with just a couple other stores. The front of the "Kettle" is small and looks to be disappointing based on the glowing reviews from this site.

Once inside the two doors, the pub space is much larger than the facade would have you believe. The space is long and narrow. There is a bar of decent length along one wall and booths along the other wall. There is also room for a few tables toward the back. There are a few televisions placed around the bar but they do not distract from the overall experience. After getting into a booth, the primary focus of the place starts to become clear. Brewerania is everywhere.

They have a total of 24 taps with about 6 of those being from the Ringneck Brewing Co. Guest taps included selections from Rogue, Founders, Barrelhouse, Stoudts, Stone, and Dogfish Head. Service is typical for a BBQ / bar establishment. Atmosphere is very casual and laid back. Even if service is a little slow, it is completely appropriate for the vibe of this place. The food is good if you go for the pork or something else along those lines. Looking at some of the sandwiches ordered by my party, I have to knock the food score down a point of two.

The back of the "Kettle" houses the BOP and a small desk with shirts, glasses and bombers. During my visit the BOP was quite busy. Of course, those people are working at brewing their own beer so I didn't mind standing around for a bit to let the crowd thin out. If I lived closer to the "Kettle" I would give the BOP a try. They carry a selection of bombers from the Ringneck Brewery for carry-out. I ended up with a Rye Ale, ESB, and the Big Woody Lager. I would recommend stopping by if in the Cleveland area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of glass_house
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Notes are from 12/28/15, second time I've stopped there off of I-80 between OH and NY

Settled into a parking lot just off the thruway on a main strip in Strongsville, it's got a new brick/old school feel to it as part of a small strip next to an affiliated wine shop. It's bigger on the inside, or so it seems, as it takes up continuing space you can't really see from outside. It's cluttered by in a homey sort of way. In front is the merchandising, host's desk, counter with the register and some beer coolers behind it, to the left and middle the booths and tables. A large industrial steel door, open when the brewpub is, separates a large bar area with more tables and a lot more clutter. A large chalkboard displaying Brew Kettle beers on tap and in bottles as well as the dozens of guest taps and bottles is on a wall in each section.
The service has been good both times I've been, and the staff is both friendly and generally quick. It can be very busy in there, and they still come back pretty regularly.
The beer was excellent, and there was a great selection to choose from of great quality both from Brew Kettle and otherwise. The sample paddle was great, with an informative numbered list that made selection fast and simple, and you can then correlate the number on the paddle with the numbers on the list in front of you.
The food exceeded expectations by a wide margin. I was prepared for good food, but this went beyond that. It is some of the most impressive food, smoked or otherwise, that I've had at a brewpub.

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Photo of Brian29
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of capt93
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of erk0607
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Love the Brew Kettle, if it weren't for the wait, I'd go there all the time. Unfortunately, it's always packed and there is almost always a wait, no matter when you go in and whether you opt of the bar or for a table somewhere... which I guess is a good indicator of what they offer. That said, I don't quite think it's worth a 45 minute wait or more to get a beer and a meal. The food is really good, decently priced, and there's a lot of options, especially when it comes to some of the more unique things like BBQ spaghetti w/ pulled pork or the messy pulled pork salad.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of DrJGR629
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of a_beckman25
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of blisscent
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of TominGermany
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The ultimate mess salad (topped with pulled pork and cole slaw was excellent (according to my wife) and the smoked wings were also very tasty (according to my taste buds). I sampled four of their beers with the Big Woody Lager coming out on top. They have a good selection of other beers that you can sample. All in all a good place to stop if you are driving along I-80.

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Photo of Gregf51
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of OGFGabv
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Overall great experience. Great line up of beers on tap, and great food. Last time I was there, brewer was actually behind the bar and served me my beer. I wouldn't have known otherwise, but my wife and I were having a beer at the bar and talking about our upcoming homebrew recipe, which we were going to buy there before we left. Next thing I knew, he was chatting it up us, and helped us complete our recipe. Very cool!

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Overall a cool place and I enjoyed my visit. Food was terrific. The service was quick and friendly. Our waitress seemed knowledgeable . . . My only complaint about The Brew Kettle was the lack of house brews. They carried a lot of beer from many respected breweries but only had about 7 or so house taps. If in the area I would go back again for sure though.

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Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Always a worlds class tap list that includes over 30 beers, with more than half being guest brews. They do growler fills for cheap. You can brew and bottle you own home brew in the back. They have carry out sales. Food is excellent. Not the best BBQ, but very good. Don't leave without a Whie Rajah, and if you are lucky, El Lupulo Libre.

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Photo of azazel762
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works in Strongsville, OH
94 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.