Buckeye Beer Engine

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

64 Ratings
Buckeye Beer EngineBuckeye Beer Engine
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

15315 Madison Ave
Lakewood, Ohio, 44107-4020
United States

(216) 226-2337 | map
buckeyebeerengine.com

Notes:
Beers brewed by Buckeye Brewing: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1837

Added by irishmoss on 03-15-2007

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
45
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
6.06%
 
 
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Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

While trapped in Akron under very depressing circumstances I saw a program on local PBS about the Beer Engine and was intrigued. I had to go through Cleveland on the way out of town so I made the short detour off of HWY 90 to visit. From the outside the place looked more like an abandoned pizza hut than a brewery but the patio filled with smiling patrons hoisting pints assured me that I had found my destination.

Inside we were greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable bartender who quickly sat us and took a drink order. Service was excellent throughout our experience. Although the small interior didn't stand out as particularly interesting, we greatly enjoyed the large patio out front.

The draft list consisted of some 25 tapped beers and 2 casks. Three house brews started out the menu and were followed by a well chosen, wide variety of local and national crafts, and several imports including a few Belgian and German gems. The bottle list really stood out. I would count it in the top 5 bottle lists I've seen in America. It only contained 100-150 beers but they were very well chosen and geared toward my tastes - lost of geuze, lambics, farm house ales, and funky stuff. Still, if you want a great IPA, Buckeye's bottle list probably contains 9 of the 10 best available in Ohio. The same goes for any other style one might prefer. The list was clearly chosen by people that love to drink great beer and are as geeky about it as any hardcore Beer Advocate. All bottles are available to go at very reasonable prices.

The food menu consisted of a number of salads and appetizers, several interesting sandwiches, and tons of burger options. Buckeye is clearly a burger joint. Though I found the burger patties themselves to be a touch on the bland side (in need of some serious seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper, anything...), the toppings were fantastic. My burger, the Tuscan, came with well caramelized onions, rep peppers, and rosemary goat cheese on a toasted bun. I really enjoyed it as well as the pub chips and complementary fried pickle that accompanied it. The Caesar salad I started with was just average. The appetizers I saw served at other tables all looked amazing.

I will return to the Beer Engine on all of my future trips to the Cleveland area and highly recommend it. As much as I love visiting GLBC, I have to say that the waits are just out of control there and I am happy to find a quieter spot with even better beer at reasonable prices.

Also worth noting is the sample system. All tap beers are available in sample sizes for between $1 and $2.50, or something like that. It mirrors the system that I was very impressed with at the BOP that shares some connection to the Beer Engine.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Classic beer bar with a half circle wooden bar and a very respectable number of taps, as well as bottles. Some seated areas around the bar as well as in a smaller seated section, with some TVs playing sports, and a bloody mary bar, but the focus here is the bar and the beer, and they do a good job of bringing in some rare or good beers.

However, the food does a good job of competing and/or pairing with the beer, as the list is pretty expansive with some twists on some classics, as well as the basics, and all seems to be very well made and tasty. There are some formidable dishes, but not too large.

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Photo of whitenads
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of PhillipHKairis78
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of slasich
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of Nuggetz
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of StoneJackBaller311
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Mxsluis
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Cuban wrap was awesome. Beer selection was very good making the decision delightfully hard. I look forward to returning, in spite of the "buckeye" in the name; GO BLUE.

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Photo of Kels0418
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Beerpiggie
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of MaxPowers
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of austina3214
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of throwback
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I have been here several times - where oh where did my review go. Last night’s visit proves this as a long time premiere destination, arguably the best in cleveland. Sizable friendly bar, astute service, reasonable bottles to have or bring home. Good sized patio. Very decent brews of their own. Good sometimes great guest taps

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Photo of mhaugo
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

This place is built like an old Jack-in-the-Box converted into a brewpub. The interior is maroon with wood stained highlights. It is decorated with various bottles and tap handles, beer flags, tin advertisements, and neon signs. In the center is a half-moon tarnished wooden bar, supported by a few wooden tables, and ample patio seating. Classic rock that pre-dates all the staff plays on the overhead. The scene is completed by a few televisions, a juke box, and an ATM machine.

Behind the bar is an island that holds most of the bar’s glassware. There are a few tulips available, but it’s mostly shakers. This landmark is flanked by a couple dozen draft handles. Above the facets are televisions that give a live update of everything on draft. There are two casks and an impressive bottle list. The draft list includes Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Southern Tier, Rogue, Victory, Lagunitas, and Epic. They also have six of their own “Buckeye” beers (they do no brew on-site).

I asked the friendly bartender for a local recommendation and all they had were their beers and one from Columbus Brewing. I had the Buckeye IPA and it was awful. That was kind of disappointing, but overall this is a pretty good beer bar. The certainly had enough handles to be respectable, and a decent bottle menu. I’d come again, but I’d think twice before I ordered another house beer.

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Photo of cratez
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

When I visited: May 2012.

What I had: Stoudts Pils (draught), North Coast Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale (draught), Creamy Cheddar & Ale Soup, Garden Salad and cocktails for the lady.

What I liked: mind-blowing tap list, two cask engines, many hard-to-find draughts and bottles, large comfortable bar, Stanley Cup Playoffs on the flatscreen, good crowd, capable servers, awesome breweriana throughout the interior.

What I disliked: food was average.

Would I go back? Definitely.

Overall Rating: 92

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Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
4.29 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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