Rocky River Brewing

Rocky River BrewingRocky River Brewing
Rocky River BrewingRocky River Brewing
Brewery, Eatery

21290 Center Ridge Road
Rocky River, Ohio, 44116
United States

(440) 895-2739 | map

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Ratings by schoolboy:
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Rocky River Brewing, though a well established brewpub, is more of a restaurant with their own brews than a destination for exceptional beers. To qualify that slightly harsh statement, I did not go there frequently even though I used to be in that neighborhood a lot for work. In fact, I had to make a point of going there just to say I had (when I quit my job in Westlake).

The service was very good, and they had a number of taps with a variety of middle of the road brews. Nothing I tasted was a standout. The menu is more complete than most brewpubs.
Mar 31, 2018
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.78 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Aug 22, 2020
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Rated by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
Nice place for beer drinkers to meet nonbeer drinking friends. Friendly atmosphere and good food go along with the good beer. Staff always friendly.
Mar 22, 2020
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Reviewed by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Big old roadhouse brewpub on the main drag with classic speakeasy woodwork throughout. Large shallow U-shaped bar opposite the entry seats about 30 with tables along the perimeter, a dining area to the left, and further left an outdoor deck with umbrella seating. 8 beers on tap, I had the Hop Goblin, tasted more Marzen than IPA, though still enjoyable. Friendly bartender. I did not try the food.
Sep 16, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by Matt23 from Virginia

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by erk0607 from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5
Easy to miss driving by unless you have it programmed in your maps app on your phone. Long building with brewing equipment flanking the front doors and you're greeted by the bar just behind the greeter/seater podium. It was very loud when I was there, but the food was really good and the sampler I got was good as well... eight of there different brews in 4 oz glasses. I'm not a huge IPA guy, so some of the offerings in the sampler were a little on the strong hoppy side for my liking, but they were really good none-the-less. The menu selection was really good, as was the food we got.
Jan 01, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by mpolewan from Ohio

Dec 10, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 28, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by imdabuzzard from Ohio

Feb 17, 2015
Rated: 3.7 by dcbobcat from Ohio

Jan 05, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by Nuggetz from Texas

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by FaradayUncaged from Michigan

Nov 05, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by whitenads from Michigan

Oct 14, 2014
Rated: 4.8 by jay_schrock from Ohio

Oct 10, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by MaxPowers from Michigan

Jul 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Big-Daddy from Alabama

Jun 22, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by spoggy from Ohio

Jun 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by coombski from Maine

Mar 29, 2014
Rated: 4 by throwback from Ohio

Feb 25, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by cathomae from Illinois

Feb 20, 2014
Rated: 3 by Rfrick11 from Ohio

Jan 23, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by AGHolmes from Ohio

Jan 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Hacksaw99 from Ohio

Oct 29, 2013
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
I hadn't been to Rocky River Brewing in at least five years, so I decided to revisit this joint. It has a chain restaurant feel to it, except a tad nicer. They have a deck to enjoy the weather, but I heard children out there as I approached, so my date and I sat at the bar. They have a pretty long bar and plenty of tables to accommodate a good sized crowd. I arrived about noon on Saturday. I was promptly greeted by the bartender. They had seven in house beers on tap. I choose a sampler of six of them. I passed on the Pirate Light. I had an IPA, an altbier, a blueberry ale, a vanilla porter, a kolsch, and a peanut butter amber, which was interesting.

There menu had several interesting appetizers and some good pub fare. We started out with Asian nachos which were tasty and different. My date ordered a chicken sandwich, which she enjoyed and I got buffalo chicken egg rolls since I ate most of the nachos. The buffalo egg rolls were amazing. Spicy, buffalo chicken and blue cheese. It don't get no better! The food was really slow coming out. The bartender said that ticket times were 45 minutes and the place was not even full.

Overall, I would say the food outweighs the beer. They did have three or four guest taps that I failed to pay attention to. I highly recommend this place for a meal. Don't expect to be blown away by the beer though. It is definitely worth a stop. It was family friendly because there were a lot of people there with their children.
May 20, 2013
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Reviewed by ndolover from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Stopped here during St. Patty's day.

It is located in a inner burb off a main drag. The building outside is unassuming. The inside is the typical brewpub, with brass, wood, brick and fermentation vessal cased in glass.

The service was outstanding. They met me right away introduced themselves and shook my hand. I had 2 servers do this at the bar. It seemed a bit like the BJ's chain, but I like the formula! When I asked what is the one beer I should try, he asked if I liked hops (with a positive repsonse) he poured me Hoptimus Prime. Which almosted seemeded like a single Simcoe Hop IPA. A bit too much celery and soap, but good none the less.

They did seem to have an interesting selection of beers for a fair price.

In short, I liked the vibe and it was easy to get to. Check it out if you are in the area.
Mar 21, 2011
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Reviewed by KYBrewgrass from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Stopped by the RR Brewpub for lunch and a couple drinks on a Sunday afternoon in June 2010 when Great Lakes was closed downtown. My wife and I sat out on the patio and enjoyed some nice shade on a warm day. The bar outside was pretty cool and the place was pretty busy, actually, considering the late lunch.

We started with some Asian nachos that were quite tasty (and different). I had the California Chicken sandwich and it was good. Drawing a blank on what my wife had but she was happy with it I remember.

As far as the beer - I loved the peanut butter brew, it stands out in my mind. I wish I could get more! I'm not even finding this on the BA listings, so I suppose it was a very limited batch. My wife tried the blueberry ale and enjoyed that as well. I believe we had a couple other regular offerings that were solid, too. Nothing that stood out too much, but definitely worth trying.

I can see potential in this pub. The food was good and so was the brew. It's in a pretty busy suburban location, so that wasn't anything special, but it was a good experience nonetheless.
Mar 14, 2011
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Reviewed by wingedeel from Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -27%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
I have stopped by Rocky River Brewing several times,although I really dont know why.

The atmosphere is nice enough,huge dark wood bar, and some of the nicest brewpub restrooms around.

Service varies from awful to slightly above average.

Food is ok, some decent choices but nothing you'll be telling your friends about.

Beers are pretty bad,really. On my last visit I had an Agier (sp?)IPA, a Christmas Ale, and a Reindeer Red.They all looked the same. They all tasted very similar,including the IPA.The maltiest IPA I have ever had. I actually asked the bartender if she was sure I got the correct beer. Maybe they ran out of hops.

I should have caught on when everyone else at the bar was drinking the guest taps.

I have finally convinced myself not to bother returning.
Jan 11, 2011
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Reviewed by Dogbrick from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
Rocky River is located on Center Ridge Road not too far off I-90. There is a private lot on the side and rear of the building.

The inside is a mustard yellow and brick motif. The bar is immediately past the host stand/merch cabinet and is partial wrap-around. Dining areas are on either side of the bar, which offers a view of brewing equipment behind glass, as well as a chalkboard listing what beers are on tap. They also have beer menus at the bar.

As for the beers, Rocky River carries 8 house brews plus 4 guest taps. The RR beers range include a Light, Kolsch, Blueberry, Amber, Oktoberfest, Brown, Stout and Pale. Guest brewers include Left Hand, North Coast and Dogfish Head. The beers are available in a sampler too. All in all they were average to above average, with nothing really standing out.

Service on a weekday afternoon was good. The bartender was friendly and somewhat knowledgeable about the beer.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall this place is a worthwhile stop for anyone visiting the area or passing by on the freeway.
Oct 24, 2010
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Reviewed by Kolsch from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Stopped on Friday night right after visiting Buckeye Brewing. Plenty busy with parking at a premium in back. Had an hour wait inside so opted for outside even though the temp was hovering 95 that day.

Atmosphere: Large bar upon entering with dining room to left and right of bar. Sat outside around tiki bar and not too bad considering temp was like Africa hot. Only downside, restrooms are clear on the other side of the building.

Quality/Selection: I have been here before and always thought their beer was decent. Had the IPA and it was tasty for the low ABV. Also had a stout and enjoyed this as well. Most of their beers are around 5%, which is nice change of pace for a brewpub. They also carried several guest beers, which were more on the higher alcohol range.

Food: had the soft pretzels and asian nachos. Both were very good and would highly recommend the asian nachos.

Service: was just Ok, our server kept bringning us food we did not order. No big deal, just kinda funny after the 3rd time we said we only order the nachos and pretzels.
Jul 26, 2010
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3
Not as well known to the beer geeks I have met in Cleveland, perhaps because of its due West location. They are missing something indeed. The two brewers' products were fresh and tasty. The owner is right there as a coach to the people, motivating them in a can-do attitude. Very nice place, this would be upscale even for the chains for a very well-lit location, patio and an enormous long bar. Only criticism is that there was a limited selection and I did not notice guest taps nor real ale (something lacking in Cleveland altogether). However if you are nearby, its worth going out of the way for and its not too far from the Buckeye Beer Engine.
Sep 22, 2008
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Me and the wife picked this place over Great Lakes to visit on our way thru Cleveland only because of the relative ease to get to compares to GLBC and I have had a few of their wares and enjoyed them here in B-LO.Easy to find near the busy street it was quite packed early in the afternoon with most of the patrons outside on the patio the bar was relatively dead only a few people around.The bartenders were one a hot minny skirt wearing early 20-something female and a large ,loud annoying Jerseyite who kept tryin to sell us ribs,we settled on some jalepeno stuffed pretzels wich were warm,soft and good.There were 8 tap selection ranging from a blueberry wheat to a moch java porter,I had that and a few others with the Punched in the Rye being the highlight.The bartender forgot to put a beer on our tab and tried to make feel didnt work.All in all high quality beer Iam sure the food is decent and its not expensive in a nutshell.
Jul 03, 2007
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Reviewed by DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3
First stop on my beer tour of Cleveland's west suburbs.

Atmosphere: pretty generic brew pub vibe with shiny metal tanks everywhere. Nothing special.

Staff: Very friendly and prompt bar service.

Food: Decent burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas. Nothing special.

Selection/Quality: Eight beers on tap. I started with a sampler and then followed up with a couple tappers of Oompa Loompa and Hop Goblin. Those two and their light lager stand out as the best of the day. The blue berry wheat was also interesting. All of the beers were average to good.

Prices were very good. 7 oz taps were only $.93 each.

I was jealous to see a tripel bock fermenting. That sounds like something I would like to try, but alas, they didn't have any big beers on the day I was there.
Jun 18, 2007
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Reviewed by klewis from Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5
Quickly seated at 5:00 on a Saturday night. The atmosphere feels less like a brewpub and more like an Appleby's, but not bad. The service was friendly but less than stellar. The server took too long to take our order and didn't seem to know anything at all about beer. The beer also failed to impress. It was nice to see a kolsch and a keller being offered, but they both were quite mediocre; an attempt at a Belgian pale ale was a bit off, and the only thing worth drinking was a coffee porter. Out of seven beers offered, five were under 5% ABV. A bit more variety in styles would have been nice. The food was typical American cuisine, but was pretty decent. I'd go back here again, but only if I just happened to be in the neighborhood.
Mar 13, 2007
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Reviewed by Bones54 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I finally made it here after talking about having to go here for so long. This place is easy to pass up, its very unassuming from the outside. The inside is decievingly big with tables hidden in every possible corner, and they appear to have a large outdoor deck as well. RRB had a geniune brewery feel inside. Cozy, comfortable, and all about beer. Matt Cole (the head brewer) had banners all around the place displaying past victories at beer fests.

As far as the beer goes, they only had 5 on tap- most seemed to be summer type beers (kolsh, blueberry, light) along with a red and a milk stout. The blueberry and light left a little to be desired, but the kolsh, red, and milk stout were all solid brews. My score though is based more on what I know they have, and we were just unfortunate to catch them at an off time for the taps.

The service left a little bit to be desired. The waitress was very friendly and timely. However, she seemed to think that everything on the food menu was amazing. So much so that it her talk was obviously a lame attempt at just trying to get us to pick something. I hate it when servers are so fake. Its one thing if someone asks a server for their opinion on the food, but its another thing when the server tell you that everything on the menu is to die for. Give me a break. Also, being a brewery, I would think the servers would be familiar with their beers. She had no idea what was on tap and seemed annoyed when questioned. She also said that they had a porter on tap- which turns out was actually a milk stout. The brews name even has Stout in it. So long story short- the service staff needs some coaching.

Overall though, RRB is a great place and I look forward to going back when some of their bigger beers are on tap.
Nov 06, 2006
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Reviewed by mcallister from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5
This is a weird review. I went to Rocky River on October 9th. Unfortunately every beer I was looking forward to trying was not there. They only had all "spring" style beers and nothing for the fall season accept an O-fest (which was damn good).

The service was slow very slow and we happened to meet the owner who seemed a little pompous and arrogant.

Although the beer selection was very lackluster 6 beers all very similar in body, the beers I did try were damn good. Very solid, balanced and complex.

The menu had much variety and was damn good. I will definitely review this place again when I make it back in a few months and try some of there beers that are more to my liking.
Oct 10, 2006
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Reviewed by DuqTroops from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
My fiance found this place and she really wanted to try it (now, she is not a beer drinker, rather enjoys unique food). It was, in fact, what she predicted -- very unique. A hidden gem in the Cleveland area. Lots of great food and different styles of beer. The service was lousy, but I think this was because it was a Friday night; I will allow this. Also, it was very loud, again, probably because of the Friday night crowd.

Big Bar. Large area for smokers and non-smokers.

Food was excellent and unique. Spicy mac/cheese; bucket of burgers or pretzels; big salads; brew their own root beer.

Lots of good beer. Should come here.
Feb 20, 2006
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Reviewed by Ahhdball from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
My fantastic wife took me there for our anniversary and it was worth the 2.6 hour drive and $6 cab ride.
The atmosphere had the normal pub feel to it. The tanks are on either side of the glass entrance so they're viewable on entry. The bar is about 10 feet in front of the entrance and I'll guess it's very conveniant on slow nights. Dark wood decor and floor with occassional beer memorabelia. Plenty of seating (smoking and non-smoking).
Our server (Katie) was great. Very fun,happy to be there and gave good food suggestions.
They had 6 beers available and for the most part they were OK except for the Monster Mash and Oompa Loompa Stout. Both of these selections are fantastic, especially the Monster Mash (reviewed later).
We started the meal with the Buffalo Egg Rolls (very good), then went to the Bucket of Burgers and Fish & Chips. When we saw the burgers we expected White Castle Sliders, wrong, good cheese burgers. The Fish was ok. I liked the fish but the batter was somewhat tasteless and rubbery.
All in all we had a great time with food and alcohol (no desert, we were stuffed and a bit loopy from the beer and drive from Columbus) for around $60. I'd love to hit this place again and hope I can come back for the Christmas Ale.
Oct 24, 2005
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Reviewed by quasimoto from Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
I love this joint. First off I went there based on the fact that I wanted to try beers. THIS IS A BREWPUB! Not a gourmet resturaunt. I can't stand people saying "Oh my creme brulee' was not glazed properly for two minutes exactly!" Guess what, go there to try beers, and eat an half-way decent sandwich. Enough of my rant, though. The beers were rather tasteful. Some were a little off, but that is my opinion. The Kolminator bock, has a nice smoked flavor to it. The I.P.A. (one on tap 10/4) had a nice wheat grass flavor to it. almost a sugary hop. Very pleasant. The Kolsch was hopped well and probably my favorite. Their blond ale was a little lagging in flavor, but compared to the hazel nut stout, and oompa loompa stout every thing else had less flavor. The bar area was nice, very nice. Huge oak bar, very cool. As for the food. mini-burgers in a bucket. Best little burgers I've ever had.They come in a bucket on top of fries, and they are equally as good. So Its a nice place, Go for the beers, and not the salmon crouqet....
Oct 06, 2005
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Reviewed by olacub from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5
I've been here many times, but it'd been about a year since my last visit before the wife and I stopped on Sunday. First and foremost, they brew good beer here - maybe not spectacular stuff, but pretty solid. I tried a delicious Artisan Saison, and followed it up with a decent Smoked Bock. My wife had a good Hefe, and a surprisingly hopped Kolsch.

The food was far from great IMO - starting with a crap appetizer and finishing with a mild go-around with one of the owners regarding a chicken vs. turkey issue (I won't bore with the details). All in all though, a decent stop that gets overlooked in beer-rich Cleveland.

Oh, and the bar itself is a gorgeous old dark wood bar that gives the place a good dose of character.
Aug 31, 2005
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Reviewed by AltBock from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This a place that if your ever in the Cleveland area this one brewpub you should visit. This place is barely in Rocky River, it's right on the border with Fairview Park. When you first enter through the side doors, on your right and left is where you can see where they brew their beer. If you sit at the right table you can actually see them brew the beer. The quality is excellent because their beer is so flavorful. They don't make a bad beer. Their knowledge of beer is excellent too. You ask for a beer and they give you a small book with their beer and information of the beer and they ask you if you have any more questions. They brew alot of beers there at different times. You go one day and another day they have something different to try. They also have selection of other beers on tap, just in case they run out of their beer. They have good food that can be somewhat pricey. But compared to other restaurants in Rocky River it's not that bad. If your ever in the area and you want a good brew, then stop at the Rocky River Brewing Co. You won't be disappointed.
Aug 16, 2005
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