Cornerstone Brewing Company

Cornerstone Brewing CompanyCornerstone Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Eatery

58 Front Street
Berea, Ohio, 44017
United States

(440) 239-9820 | map

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 35
Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Had a chance to drop by this place on a recent trip to Cleveland. It's got a nice warm feel to it, bar an open kitchen with a good amount of sports fans watching the Cavs as well as families enjoying a nice dinner.

The beers and food were both above average. I could see coming for just the food and being pleased. The beer hits the spot with a small range of styles, but Cleveland has better to offer, so this might be a one-time trip if that is your only reason for going.

Service was solid if slightly overwhelmed. Nothing took too long and the wait staff was happy and friendly.

As mentioned above, decent selection of beers and it seems like they rotate a couple taps seasonally. Food menu is one page but manages to cover several bases. All the food I had was quite tasty.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Not a bad place with decent food. Service is usually good but the beer leaves a lot to be desired. Limited offerings, no guest beers and average quality craft beer. Great patio but not a go to for me. With Fat Heads and The Brew Kettle within 15 miles its not normally on my radar.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was working in the area and rolled into the CBC late one weekday afternoon. I was very impressed with the appearance and detail of the place; it's situated in a very attractive building Berea's central business district. I started with the '7' IPA, which has that great initial hops rush, full body and pleasing finish. I could sip that one all day. I also had the Pilsener they had on which was a very appropriate for a hot summer afternoon. I ordered a salad off the menu and was very pleased with that as well, in quality, content and presentation. Good place to which I'd readily return.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What I liked about this place: convenience to airport; good accoustics so that you can hold a conversation without shouting; well lit; mid sized yet lots of seating available including at bar, andat lunchtime; and very decent beer though nothing extreme. My favourite beer was a fruit beer with real fruit an higher abv (6.7%) than the rest of the more sessionable choices. A passable homemade root beer. Nice tables and chairs, very good service.
Want some guest taps, and a little extreme seasonal.

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Photo of headbucket
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A: a nice, small and somewhat cozy little place. The whole area is open and you can see the kitchen area while you are sitting. A nice sized bar for a small place and a number or tables in the main seating area. THey have a little patio out front that I have yet to sit in, but it looks like it would be nice on a warm spring or summer night.

Q: Food and beer are both good quality. I haven't had anything spectacular here, but I am always happy to come back. The food is mostly good bar food, burgers, pizzas, some nice entrees like fish and steak. The beer has improved over the last few years I feel.

S: About average. It is a relatively small place and sometimes not too many customers in it, at least at some of the times I have been there. Since it isn't a huge place, they don't have a huge staff, not usually a problem, but it seems like sometimes there can be a lot going on for the small staff.

S: Food selection is average, but I feel the beer selection is above average. They don't have a very big menu, but it is full of a lot of above average to good choices. The buffalo chicken rolls(appetizer) are very god. I have had 2 pizzas that were both very good. The beer selection I feel has grown over the years in variety and quality. They have three beers that are always on tap, one lighter lager, a marzen, and their IPA. Tonight they have these three beers and six other beers available. A variety of styles, and more lagers than I am used to seeing at a place like this, which is nice. None of the beers are mindblowing, but many are above average and something that I wish I could drink on a more regular basis.

F: Not the largest menu, but many solid offerings. Many burgers, sandwiches, about 5-6 pizzas(the buffalo chicken and western are both pretty good). Maybe 7-8 entree inner selections.

V: Pretty good, especially at happy hour, Reasonable to good prices on beer-under $4 a pint most of the time, especially at happy hour, and they have a larger size that is nice and cheap at happy hour too i Believe. Food is a good value in the quality vs. price area.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

came for lunch. Atmosphere was nice long bar in a long skinny room . They were having an oktoberfest special so there were several traditional german meals on the menu. Waitress wasn't too interests in explaining any thing about their beers. " they're all on the board". Was the only explanation. So I had to ask what style each one was.. Beer by beer.

IPA which was pretty good
Pumpkin which was average
Smoked rye

Beer was solid but nothing special. Food is definitely your typical bar food but done well.

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Photo of Will46andbrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The beer selection was very good. It wasn't the typical selection of most Brew Pubs, Larger, Pale Ale, Red, Porter, IPA. The Cornerstone had a wide selection of typical american beers; Larger, Red, IPA, but they also had a few Belgian style ales as well. I had the Angry Gorilla and the Liquid Soul, both very good.

The atmosphere was very nice, historic with a touch of elegance, very comfortable.

I didn't have the food, but it smelled and looked excellent next time I will eat there as well.
I would definately recommend this place to anyone looking for good beer!

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Cornerstone Brewing is located in downtown Berea just a couple miles from I-71. Street parking is fairly plentiful in the surrounding Berea Triangle area.

The brewpub is long and relatively narrow with the bar running almost the entire length of the establishment on the right side. Table seating takes up the rest of the space. There are a lot of windows on the left that let in sunlight. The kitchen is also open. There is a board showing all the current beers on tap behind the bar as well.

The beer selection is decent and pretty well-rounded, and Cornerstone has a sampler of their 7 beers available. The beers range from Lager to Dry Stout with a couple interesting choices like a Tripel and Spring Wine. Overall the beers are average with one or two standouts.

Service was decent on a weekday evening. The server knew the beers well enough but it seemed like the longer we were there the harder it was to find her, especially when we were ready for the check. No big deal though.

The food here is above average pub grub. I tried a burger and found it very tasty, and my friends also enjoyed their sandwiches.

Overall this is a worthwhile stop considering how near the interstate it is. Definitely worth a visit to anyone traveling to or from Cleveland on I-71.

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Photo of klewis
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Pleasant, old-fashioned sort of latmosphere. For once, music was kept at a level in which it was audible, but below normal conversation level - definite plus. About 7-8 beers on tap of varying styles, yet most were around 5% range and only one (Seven IPA) above 7%. Our server was friendly, however, the restaurant seemed extremely understaffed, and the service and kitchen were both quite slow considering our off-peak, weekday visit. Both the beer and the pizza that I ordered were tasty. The beer came at a a good price, but overall, the menu seemed a bit pricey. Worth a visit if in the area.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Third stop on my west Cleveland suburb tour. Quaint and popular little bar in a small downtown of a small suburb.

8 beers on tap: Oktoberfest, Gold, Stout, Belgian Dark, Hefe, Apricot, IPA, and Wit.

All range from average to good. Oktoberfest and IPA were stand outs for me.

Staff was absolutely fantastic – friendly, talkative, informative, prompt, etc…Unfortunately, I missed meeting BA Quasimoto, one of the brewmasters, because my girlfriend was being a bit impatient and I was being forgetful.

Food looked good but I didn’t try any.

The atmosphere was great, very small town tavern but cleaned up and nicely modernized. The chalkboard beer list is attractive and lists all the pertinent info about the beers, which is a nice touch.

Worth a trip from Cleveland. If you go be sure to hit up the Brew Kettle also, as it is just a few minutes away from here.

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Photo of mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped here while on a journey to GLBC to pick up some Lake Erie Monster. Very nice restaraunt/bar in a nice little town. Big and open. The bar was quite large. There were to sets of tap towers each with probably 10 available taps unfortunately only one of these were put to use. The bartender was a female who didn't seem too excited to be waiting on us and didn't seem to know much about their product. We only had an appetizer of soft pretzels one of which was stuffed with pepper jack and was very good. Beers were average to good. I'd like to go back in the future when more beers are available and are more my style.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Two good buddies of mine and I took a ride out to this fine establishment this past Saturday to meet Jay (quasimoto), who is the assistant brewmaster there. Our main reason for going was to purchase a 6 pack of the Dog Fish Head World Wide Stout from him that he had acquired from out of state. This beer is illegal to sell in Ohio due to its 18% ABV content. He sold it to us for a very reasonable price and I doubt he made much if any profit from the transaction. Thanks for the hook up Jay!

When we walked into the establishment the first thing that caught my eye was that there was an IBU listing for all the different beers ( 8 in total) available on tap. First time I have ever seen that. There was a nice, diverse selection and all the beers available are brewed on site in the back part of the building. You can get growlers filled to go as well. It was quite busy inside when we arrived. It is all brick inside and there are two big plasma screen TV's. Besides the bar there are somewhere between a dozen and twenty tables you can sit at. Looking at the prices of the beer, and the price to get a growler filled, it was quite reasonaly priced indeed. I thought the food was a little expensive. My friends and I didn't have any food until our second trip out there. The food is good, but nothing extraordinary. They have good pub grub such as fries, soup, potato skins, and pretzels, as well as actual meals. My friends and I all got pub grub. The beers brewed here are all quite good indeed, but nothing exceptional. However I do think that their Christmas Ale is better than Great Lakes'.

Shortly after arriving we asked to talk to Jay and as it turned out he was standing almost right next to me. After exchanging greetings he took us in the back where he works, brewing the beer and immediately offered all of us a very generous sample of this year's batch of the pumpkin ale, unfiltered and not even available on tap in the bar yet at the time. Even though the 3 of us had just met him he treated us like old friends, just talking with us about our mutual love of craft and micro beers. He gave us a tour of the brewery area and explained the brewing process to us as he went from one piece of brewing equipment to the other in order that they are used in the brewing process. If you decide to take a trip out there I suggest beermailing him in advance and telling him when you'll be heading out there. If he isn't too busy I bet he'll be happy to take some out some time to just kick back and talk beer with you during your visit.


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Photo of olacub
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First time here since it was the Quarryman three or four years ago. The atmosphere is fairly upscale, yet comfortable. The slate bar and the plasma screens are very nice. Service was quick, friendly and efficient - darn near perfect. The food was good as well. I had the pizza margeritte, my wife had the buffalo chicken wrap, and we split the pretzel appetizer.

Beer selection was decent - they had 7 or 8 on tap. I tried the Seven (whew, very hoppy), Sandstone Lager (I liked this one alot, a nice Vienna style), Gorilla Hefe (pretty good), a seasonal Witte (not up to par with the Hoegaardens of the world) and the Liquid Soul (a Belgian style that a big orange flavor, with a touch of malt sweetness and hop bitterness on the finish - interesting). Above average brews, but not oustanding.

Cornerstone is now on my list for the monthly beer day-trips in Cleveland. It's an all-around nice place.

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Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After visiting the Berea Mayfest, I thought I'll go visit Dave's Army Navy Store. When I got to the corner, I looked up with a sign saying Cornerstone Brewing Company. I completely forgot this brewpub was even here. It's located on a corner in historic Berea Triangle next to the Army Navy store, a Chinese Restaurant, and a bookstore coffee house. There is plenty of free parking behind the building. Great Location!!!!

The brewpub itself is all brick inside and has plenty of places to sit at the bar, dinner tables in front of the bar and only 2 tables outside of the brewpub. The brewpub is not too big and narrow with a nice size bar with 2 flatscreens above the bar. There was 7 (when I went) of their beers on tap, no outsider beers, and plenty of the hard stuff. The kitchen is directly next to the bar where you can see your food getting made. Down the small hallway is the bathrooms, an office, and behind a big metal door is where they make the beer.

I had to give their service a 5 because the bartenders there were fast and courtesy and very knowledgeable of their beer. Not only that, but when I asked about a tour of their facility, the bartender took me behind the big metal door in the back and introduced me to the assistant Brewmaster. He then gave me a personal tour of their brewing facility. It's not too big, but it was great to get a personal tour of their facility!

I don't remember what I had, but I do know that their food was very good. They had an average selction of foods (check the website for yourself) ranging from the usual foods of pizza and burgers to other stuff, like fish and steaks. I found the prices to be very reasonable for this location. If your wondering, they do offer Growlers at $12 and $9 for re-fills.

Overall a great place to grab some grub and a fresh pint of beer. When you're there make sure you ask for a tour and see if you get one.

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Photo of BuckeyeHoppy
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place could be called by the sickest among us "the corner drug store" since it is good for what "ales" ya and provides a handy cure. The nice thing about the cure is that it doesn't come with a heavy sticker shock.

Cornerstone Brewing is located in the tidy confines of Berea Commons, the "downtown" section of Berea which is home to Baldwin-Wallace College, Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel and the Ohio Turnpike Commission.

This is the second attempt at a brewpub at this location (the first people who renovated the storefront perhaps were undercapitalised to run the operation). That notwithstanding, this place is rather pleasantly appointed for beer hounds or casual diners. The restaurant seats about 60 and the smallish bar only seats a dozen. The building also retains virtually all of its original character, with brick walls and classic windows surrounding the corner store front with natural light to give the place a nice open feel.

On the night I was most recently here, I was on my way to a church fish fry so I didn't partake in any of the food. On a previous trip, however, I had a portion of the Brewer's Pretzels which are a nice offering for any brewpub. The small, open-facing kitchen appears to have a good handle on their reasonably priced fare and the selection is a cut above what you would get at a Bennigan's or TGIFridays in both quality and price.

The beer selection is generous for such a small facility, although they were out of the Rowan Scotch Ale on this most recent trip. Too bad. That might have been a worthwhile try.

The beers I did try were most well-rounded and non-embarrassing. Nothing spectacular, but the product profile for the offerings I imbibed was consistently of meaty character and were, for the most part, not overwhelming.

The best of the three I had was the "Seven", a 7.5 ABV IPA with a strong hop presence and a gargantuan bent toward the bitter end. This one wasn't too heavy at the beginning or the end but did make a hearty statement throughout. This was the most note-worthy of their offerings.

The "Hopfentreader" is a 5.8 ABV German Alt that was the steadiest of the vessels I tried. This one went down the easiest of the three sampled and had a good balance of hoppiness and bitterness enough to get the attention of the most surly of aleheads and those who prefer a lemon twist with their wheats.

The 5.8 ABV Sandstone Lager contained a robust copper hue with a creamy texture to render a smooth and mellow profile throughout. It's nice to know that Cornerstone has a good handle on the tempestuous art of lager making.

The service was friendly and efficient, if not entirely prompt. On the other hand, it was Friday Happy Hour so some leeway will be given on this occasion.

The place had some artwork for sale throughout and the offerings lent a nice style to the substance of the rest of the facility.

Also of note is that they have growlers to go (I took home the "Seven") and that the place is easily accessible by the #86 RTA bus line which will drop off/pick up passengers right on the Church St. side of the bar for a short stumble to and from. For a $3 all day pass, a reasonable ride can be had to avoid the heavy hammer of The Man.

All in all, Cornerstone Brewing is a tidy brewpub that serves with pride and a good sense of itself. It might not be Great Lakes Brewing. Then again, very few are. But Cornerstone is definitely worth the trip for those sampling Cleveland area brewpubs.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I like this place alot. It is in an old section of town that is slowly being rebuilt and has a very classy sense to it. The bar itself is a long, dark-wooded place that has classy written all over it. The bar has all of the usual liquors around, but that is not why I went there. Mind you if your party is not made up of all beer lovers then this is an easy choice to make. The taps have several year round standards that they always keep. Then it has several otheres that are just randomly made up by the brewmaster Erick, as to what he sees fit. It has nice big bathrooms, and clean mind you. They are eventually going to have music there in the form of jazz singers and some folk players which would be nice. What else is nice about htis place is that it isnt a college bar even though it is in a college town. I give it a thumbs up.

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Cornerstone Brewing Company in Berea, OH
3.69 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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