Buckeye Beer Engine

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

44 Reviews
Buckeye Beer EngineBuckeye Beer Engine
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(216) 226-2337 | map
www.buckeyebeerengine.com

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

Added by irishmoss on 03-15-2007

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
63
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
6.05%
 
 
Taps:
30
Bottles/Cans:
200
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 63
Reviews by OWSLEY069:
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Got there early Sunday evening and it was a bit busy, walked right in and sat outside. Went inside later and sat at the bar. Signs everywhere (I loved the old Blatz sign by the front door), tap markers on the wall. Kind of small, but loved it. I knew that they had a great beer list, but it had to take me 20 minutes to read over all the bottles. The menu was up to date. The server and bar manager knew tons. They had to love and/or hate me, I kept ordering rarer big bottles that they had to find downstairs. The food, my my, chips and dip, a good starter. Then a Fatty Melt, chicken and bacon sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Bleu cheese slaw on the side. This might have been the closest to heaven I have ever been. Prices were good, I can't complain on a big bar tab, I knew what I was ordering and if it was in Pittsburgh, it would have been double. I can't wait to go back!!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of whitenads
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of PhillipHKairis78
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of slasich
4.04/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Nuggetz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.6/5  rDev +7%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StoneJackBaller311
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mxsluis
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +8.8%

Photo of Beerpiggie
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of MaxPowers
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of austina3214
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of throwback
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of rcjennings
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -6%
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 -13.3%
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 +6.5%
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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Photo of codyhaskell
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I don't have a bad thing to say about Buckeye Beer Engine and highly recommend it to anyone looking for some great beers.

I landed in Cleveland and remembered reading about a couple of bars near the airport and decided to check one out before heading down the road for the week. I opened Google Maps on my phone and simply searched "beeradvocate" to discover Buckeye Beer Engine just a few miles north of CLE.

Madison Street wasn't looking too promising and upon seeing the bar I had my doubts, but they all left my mind upon opening the door and seeing the giant U-shaped bar.

It was just after 5 o’clock and I took a seat at the bar; I was immediately greeted and given both draft and bottle lists in addition to the food menu. The draft list was a more detailed list of their beer board and offered ABV, style, serving vessel, and cost of 4 ounce samples. The bottle list was eight pages long and was separated by style. Both lists included local, national, and international craft beers in all styles.

I ordered the “Hippie Burger” with shoestring fries, both of which I recommend. The burger came with a “breaded pickle” (a fried pickle) which was a bonus and made me think of my Texas home.

By the time I left the bar had started to fill up with all walks of life, both old and young, eating and drinking their fill in a fantastic bar with friendly staff, excellent food, and fantastic beer.

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Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, OH
95 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.
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