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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
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4,142 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 140
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 39
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store ]

8377 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio, 44136
United States
phone: (440) 239-8788

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4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In Ohio, somewhere; and Witzel will take what credit and/or blame will be (fucking Witzel), we’ll know what’s what in a bit. Driving in from Cleveland, you can tell Ed is getting a bit tense; his GPS telling us we’re growing more minutes away as we get physically closer. And of course, the snow unexpected didn’t help any. Circled a small strip mall looking for parking, hoping to stay dry...

Seems a double wide, but damn it runs deep. Entered from the near side, and moved through the seating, dodging the hostess twinkie, to the far side bar side. Your usual strip mall industrial space, exposed piping & ductwork above. Beige walls with brewerania galore! 2 or 3 rows of old trays lined above placards, pictures, prints & pieces, and then growlers, glassware, and bottles running the length atop. All sorts of shit. And holiday lighting strung as it is the season, or was then, anyway.

On the far wall, a long “L” shaped stained copper topped sheet bar with a wood lip and piping foot rail. Seating for 18 or so on backed chairs. Barback is copper counter space with a pair of bar towers of 12 each and a 6 pack more alongside, over drainage with slight tiered boozings in between and glassware and keggery below. A trio of blackboards dangle above the taps listing beer, ABV’s, IBU’s, serving size & price. I put a lookin’ on them. Tap handles displayed atop to both sides of a (ahem) mounted deer tail. Wood shelving on both ends of the barback unit with glassware, a few football helmets displayed, and shot glasses lining the up high. Flatscreens in the bar corners, and another to the rear. Sad handpump on the bar doin’ nothing.

A dozen booths along the wall adjacent to the bar running to the rear, plus a ½ dozen tables down past the bar. Drop pan lamps over the seating. Bottling commotion of some sort to the rear of the rear. I went back there to investigate and it was a Crazytown brew on premise scene. No, no, serious. Front room holds about 2 dozen booths & tables, in the front windows, up and around the door and around past, as leads to the wine side of things. And I’m hearing there’s some distillery action happening here, too. Busy busy.

30 taps in all, 1/5 of them are house offerings (TBK Dark Helmet Black Lager, Red Eye Pale Ale, Big Woody Helles, Irish Red, 4 C’s Pale Ale, Copper Head Red), and the remainder are a mix of mostly American craft beer from coast to coast (Ommegang Seduction, Southern Tier Unearthly, Weyerbacher Winter Ale, Victory Storm King Stout, DogFishHead Chicory Stout, Thirsty Dog Wee Heavy, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Avery Joe’s Pilsner & The Czar, Bells Double Cream Stout, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, Dark Horse Too Cream Stout, 21st Amendment Allies Win the War, North Coast Old Rasputin, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Wild Ale, Lucky 13 Alt, & Old Gnarlywine, Coronado Orange Ale Wit, Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, Stone/Bruery/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado Pumpkin Ale), with a few imports (De Proef To Ol Snowball Saison Ale, St Bernardus Christmas Ale), and a single cider (Wyders Dry Pear Cider), thrown in the mix.

You can play the sampler game, 5 minimum, each beer priced on a scale of $1.50-$3.50; I will be doing just that. Planned on sampling all 6 house beers but the Copperhead Red had kicked so there will be 5, which would be not as many (Dark Helmet, 8%, boozy for a black lager; Red Eye Pale Ale, a hoppy amber, citrus, good malt backbone; Big Woody, a nice clean German Helles, I do like; Irish Red, malty, caramel, sweety; Four C’s Pale Ale, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, decent bite, not bad). The Big Woody helles, Red Eye Pale Ale, and Irish Red were the best of ‘em. Ed drank an Ommegang Seduction (Yep, came to a brewpub and didn’t sample their wares). He had wanted to go to some place he saw on a TV show when he was a kid and always dreamed of going to, and I squashed that dream and ran us here. To be fair, the place he wanted to hit was in the wrong direction from everything everywhere ever.

Enjoyed most of what I had in the way of their beer, and apparently this is some kind of a BBQ house. We could’ve done better homework and started our day here, is all I’m saying. Good fun crowd barside. Nearly everyone there has made beer in that back room. I need to revisit this again sometime.

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works in Strongsville, OH
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