Willoughby Brewing

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3.77/5
Willoughby BrewingWilloughby Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery

4057 Erie Street
Willoughby, Ohio, 44094
United States

(440) 975-0202 | map
www.willoughbybrewing.com

Notes:
Although this brewpub has an Erie Street address, the building is located off the street and is located behind the businesses that face Erie Street adjacent to a city parking lot.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
48
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
1,029
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
92
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Taps:
8
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by siege06nd:
Photo of siege06nd
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped in on a recent road trip...

Atmosphere: The brewery is in a renovated rail car repair warehouse. A large and open floor plan with plenty of seating, including booths, tables, high tops. A large bar with a glass wall providing an excellent view of the fermenting tanks. Lots of nice touches on the walls and floors, including a model train running on a track suspended from the ceiling. A really well put together place, they spared no expense.

Quality: Top notch. They had 7 or 8 beers on tap, most of which were their main line-up. I have to say that it is some of that ounce for ounce, this is one of the most impressive year-round lineups I have experienced. A porter, peanut butter porter, imperial stout, pale ale, raspberry wheat, IPA, and blonde ale are all finely crafted. Raspberry Wheat, IPA, and Peanut Butter Cup Porter are definitely standouts. These brews are obviously created with a lot of love and high quality ingredients.

Service: Top notch again. Our bartender was attentive, happy to answer questions, and very knowledgeable. The real treat was having the head brewer, Tom, come over and chat with us. He was happy to talk about his beers and his experience at the brewery. He also swung by a few minutes later with a sneak preview of an IPA he is working on. As if that wasn't enough, he offered us a private tour of the facilities and gave me a tutorial on the brewing process. Just a great guy all around. This is what it's all about.

Selection: Plenty of options on tap, about 7 or 8. Most were straightforward styles but they covered all the bases. Anyone with a Peanut Butter Cup Porter commands a high score here.

Food: The two dishes we had were great. Huge portions and high-quality. I had a grouper sandwich that was about the biggest thing I've ever seen. Thought there was no way I could eat it all, until I did. My buddy got a salad that was equally huge and delicious. Most of the menu looked like straightforward pub fare, though I think that changes at dinner time as they roll out some more extravagant dinner entrees. But portions and palate were fantastic.

Value: Here is the only nit. Food was a little pricey for NE Ohio. And growler fills ran fairly high too. But for the quality, I felt it was mostly justified.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jpinoniemi
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of slander
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

“I saw a thing on a TV show about this place years ago, like when I was first getting in craft beer, and I’ve always wanted to go there”. So said Ed, back in I think ’13 when we were on the ‘burgh-Cleveland roll. Mind you, I had somewhere else to go in mind and he didn’t put up any scrap about it so we didn’t go. Or maybe I was all about denying him his boyhood dream & breaking his spirit, by making him go a place not here, where he will refuse to drink the house beer in open Ed defiance...

Massive standalone hidden in the back of things on the main drag Erie and what is the purpose of a complimentary valet exactly? Enter in the dining side, barside, side barside, and outside something going on. It’s a massive structure, a big brick space, used to be a train repair shop in the once ago. Vaulted rafter ceilings with red I-beams & piping, and a large hook dangling over the brew room. Slat wood floorings, save the block tiling around the bar. Blinded arched windows and the big big arch to the next room.

We take up at the bar, naturally. Half a hex long cornered wood laminate topped with a lip, panel base, & piping foot rail. Seating for 18 on wood chairs. Barback is counter space with tiered booze and 8 tap stainless steel towers on the ends, plus another on the bar. Glassware & growlers below the bar shelved. Glass wall behind the bar offering brew room views, logo copper kettles & barrels there.

10 beers on tap tonight, the Cosmic IPA having kicked. Went through most of them on sampler or shorty (Pucker Up Porter, 4.6%, kettle sour brown porter, more Flemmish Red than porter; Snowbird, 7.7%, Winter Warmer, malt, malt, & malt, sugar, sugar; Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter, 5.5%, their flagship beer, coffee, yes, chocolate, sure, peanut butter, maybe not really; Gutterpup, 5.5%, American Porter, tasty, but a bit thin; Kaiserhof Kolsch, 4.9%, fruity esters, a nice clean kolsch, best of show; Third Planet Pale Ale, 6%, APA, bitter, piney, resin; Pumpkin Ale, 5%, okay, they have a pumpkin beer in February, what gives? It’s more gourd than pumpkin pie; Dave says otherwise, citing allspice and nutmeg and shut up; Wenceslas, 8% spiced ale, cinnacinnamon, Harpoon Winter Warmer circa 1996, milk in the bottom of a bowl of apple jacks nostalgia, thank you; Railway Razz, 5.2%, raspberry ale sweety but not too much so, Kaffee Kolsch, 4.9%, coffee kolsch; just did not sound like I wanted to try it).

Large horizontal framed board over the entrance listing tap selections; beer, style, ABV, IBU, & pricing. Happy hour gets you $3 pints. Question: can you dig it? 3 flats over the bar and more on most walls, and old beer labels painted. Drop dunce hat cone lamps over the bar tracing, drop spots & mounted lamps, and chandeliers down center the length. Model train track running around the room above, most fitting for this space, and a stage in the corner for band play.
Behind me, a half dozen barrel tables, a hightop shared, and 4 tables in a raised pen. Across the room, upwards of a dozen tables & booths. On the dining side up front, a dozen booths across the floor and a dozen tables in the raised area on the end below the massive windows there. I wrote ‘5 car train advertising rail cars’ in my notes but now have no idea what I meant by that, maybe you will. Through to the side bar, a 12 seater with 8 hightops adjacent in two rows up against the garage doors opening over the parking lot. And through the indoor/outdoor to the full on aforementioned outside space behind the fireplace.

Beers weren’t outstanding but some of them were pretty good. The selection is oddball, though. 3 porters, a pumpkin, Winter Warmer, & spiced holiday ale, 2 Kolschs, an APA and fruit beer. Witz mocks the crowler process, he speaks of the crimping. Lots of Dave Matthews (tribute to Ed) and 90’s stuff otherwise. Food menu looked good but it was late and we’d been on the road a long while with Cleveland ahead of us still. It’s a cool old train space out east of Cleveland.

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Photo of J455K
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great spot. Vibe was very laid back even though they were doing a big bottle release. Jim was our waiter today and he did a great job for the amount of people that were in the dining area. Food was solid, I had a burger and it tasted great. Guest taps were awesome today as well. Bottle release went very smoothly. Had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of RayOhioFelton
4.56/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Nice brewery with something for everyone. Food is solid and with peanut butter cup porter on tap non stop worth the trip. Also have a crowler machine! Call ahead and give them a heads up if you want more than 2 or 3.

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Photo of Brian29
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BigAlofOrion
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gregf51
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jds16
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of OGFGabv
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

First time visit was for the Nutsmasher release so it was a mad house. They did the best they could to try and keep up with serving, but I would have to guess on a non event day, this place would be really chill. Great beers and great apps. I do plan on returning to get a full meal and more of that great beer!

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Photo of indianabeerman
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

My first visit to Willoughby's was for the Nut Smasher release. Given the large turnout, service was extremely slow; however, the bar/restaurant was very nice, and I would definitely return for a non-event visit.

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Photo of Ns2361
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of SudsTerkel
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Hit the WBC during a biz trip through NE Ohio. It was my 2nd visit and was very pleased both times. The Daisy Cutter is a must have for the IPA fan and their Christmas Ale is one of the best of breed. They generously brew that as part of a 'Christmas in July' celebration, which coincided with one of my visits.

Food here is also excellent; you can really do well if you show up @ Happy Hour, when appetizers are 1/2 price. Service was very friendly and accommodating.

Kudos to the owners on the fine job of converting a former railroad station to a pub/restaurant use which provides a very appealing and comfortable setting to enjoy WBC's good works.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ryand14
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

I only had the Peanut Butter Porter, which was pretty good. I really enjoyed the food. I had the pretzel, chicken spring roll and their version of a corn dog (a kielbasa with a jalapeno & corn batter).

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Photo of Shandycan
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Nlandi27
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Outside patio is awesome when the weather is nice. Cool space.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of toppoop
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Brewski
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of _morandi_
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of dcbobcat
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Photo of Ohiovania
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

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Willoughby Brewing in Willoughby, OH
89 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.
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