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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production WorksThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store

8377 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio, 44136
United States

(440) 239-8788 | map

AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works

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Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Notes are from 12/28/15, second time I've stopped there off of I-80 between OH and NY

Settled into a parking lot just off the thruway on a main strip in Strongsville, it's got a new brick/old school feel to it as part of a small strip next to an affiliated wine shop. It's bigger on the inside, or so it seems, as it takes up continuing space you can't really see from outside. It's cluttered by in a homey sort of way. In front is the merchandising, host's desk, counter with the register and some beer coolers behind it, to the left and middle the booths and tables. A large industrial steel door, open when the brewpub is, separates a large bar area with more tables and a lot more clutter. A large chalkboard displaying Brew Kettle beers on tap and in bottles as well as the dozens of guest taps and bottles is on a wall in each section.
The service has been good both times I've been, and the staff is both friendly and generally quick. It can be very busy in there, and they still come back pretty regularly.
The beer was excellent, and there was a great selection to choose from of great quality both from Brew Kettle and otherwise. The sample paddle was great, with an informative numbered list that made selection fast and simple, and you can then correlate the number on the paddle with the numbers on the list in front of you.
The food exceeded expectations by a wide margin. I was prepared for good food, but this went beyond that. It is some of the most impressive food, smoked or otherwise, that I've had at a brewpub.

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Photo of erk0607
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Love the Brew Kettle, if it weren't for the wait, I'd go there all the time. Unfortunately, it's always packed and there is almost always a wait, no matter when you go in and whether you opt of the bar or for a table somewhere... which I guess is a good indicator of what they offer. That said, I don't quite think it's worth a 45 minute wait or more to get a beer and a meal. The food is really good, decently priced, and there's a lot of options, especially when it comes to some of the more unique things like BBQ spaghetti w/ pulled pork or the messy pulled pork salad.

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Photo of TominGermany
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The ultimate mess salad (topped with pulled pork and cole slaw was excellent (according to my wife) and the smoked wings were also very tasty (according to my taste buds). I sampled four of their beers with the Big Woody Lager coming out on top. They have a good selection of other beers that you can sample. All in all a good place to stop if you are driving along I-80.

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Overall great experience. Great line up of beers on tap, and great food. Last time I was there, brewer was actually behind the bar and served me my beer. I wouldn't have known otherwise, but my wife and I were having a beer at the bar and talking about our upcoming homebrew recipe, which we were going to buy there before we left. Next thing I knew, he was chatting it up us, and helped us complete our recipe. Very cool!

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Overall a cool place and I enjoyed my visit. Food was terrific. The service was quick and friendly. Our waitress seemed knowledgeable . . . My only complaint about The Brew Kettle was the lack of house brews. They carried a lot of beer from many respected breweries but only had about 7 or so house taps. If in the area I would go back again for sure though.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I like this place as the service is usually good and the draft selection can beer great but the pricing is out of hand. A lot of guest beers are at the $1.00 an ounce or more price point. At times their draft lines yield flat beers. The food and atmosphere is good. Just can't get over the pricing so I Andy go occasionally now. Worth a try but has taken a step back since the ownership change.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Always a worlds class tap list that includes over 30 beers, with more than half being guest brews. They do growler fills for cheap. You can brew and bottle you own home brew in the back. They have carry out sales. Food is excellent. Not the best BBQ, but very good. Don't leave without a Whie Rajah, and if you are lucky, El Lupulo Libre.

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Photo of kjb32812
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Brew Kettle is a great place to have a beer. The only problem I have is that the place just isn't that great. It's small and generic and doesn't have a craft brewery feel to it. I would love to see them get out of the strip mall type space and build a nice, rich stand alone. Despite that, Brew Kettle is great. They have an excellent selection of crafts and you can brew your own beer in the back.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

This is a great brewery to try. While my only criticism is it's small size (you'll be waiting a while on the weekends to get a table), it's really quite inexpensive given the excellent quality of the beer ($1.50 for a sample of the awesome White Rajah!). It's a casual place, with good (but not outstanding) barbeque, very helpful service, and a wine section where you can hang out (and also sample beers) while waiting for a table. Oh, and even though they have awesome Brew Kettle beers, they also have other great beers just so for those who feel like they need even more. Excellent brewery and restaurant!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is one of my favorite breweries/restaurants/bars in the Cleveland area. Only a few miles from the Cleveland airport and plenty of parking. The beer menu consists of 30 on-tap, usually 8-10 of the BKs own and the rest local and national brands. The list is updated daily and is part of your placemat - of course, if a keg kicks during the day, the list becomes wrong, but your waiter/waitress informs you. Samplers are available, usually in groups of five, but your server may look the other way and get you some other combination. The food is good - well prepared, plentiful, and reasonably priced. Hell, my wife would rather come here than Great Lakes. Check their website for food listings; the beer listings aren't quite as accurate.

Make sure you visit the back end of the bar (past the restrooms). The reefer back here has some bombers not available in the front. Also, the back is where you can brew your own beer, something worth checking out if you have the time.

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Photo of kdlz
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Went in a few months back with no idea what I was walking into. Place is a sports pub by design, all sorts of beer paraphernalia on the walls. Dining room and bar seating is not overly cramped. Food is pub style, lots of tasty beers to choose from though, TBK originals plus visitors. Have been going back every couple of weeks due to the tap rotation!

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Photo of baconman91
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great joint to take in some Unique and ABOVE avg. bar food..excellent tap selection & great "in-house" too.

Sometimes the service up front (in the bar area, cld be a bit bttr, but...) add in the fact that there is a Killer area in back that you can brew your Own (with their recipes & ingredient's..or bring your own) it's a Definite if you're in the Strongsvle area of Clev., 2 check out!

-- Everyone that I tell about this place, that's never heard if it/or been there b4, says its a Great "idea" for where ever "they" might be located (because it IS..4 a business idea) only prob. is, in That aspect ..it's a Franchise, & extremely expensive 2 "buy into"..

BUT, as a "spectator" per say, it's kicka**!!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

I can't believe I didn't stop at the Brew Kettle sooner on my many trips back and forth from DC. Maybe it was just because I wanted to just keep going...regardless, I'm glad I found it!!

A: typical American style bar, however, it has a nice buzz from the great beer menu and brew your own facility in the back
S: decent, nothing unusual
S: how could you go wrong with 30 beers on tap to include their own (which are well-made), and Goose Island Pep Nero, Tripel Karmeliet, Victory Smokin' Oats, Stone Old Guardian Belgo-Barleywine, Geants Goliath Tripel, Ithaca Apricot Wit, Victory Old Horizontal, etc.
F: very good with a wide selection of specialties with emphasis on BBQ -- I recommend the Barbecued Spaghetti
V: all-in-all very good, prices are very reasonable with a nice ability to sample any beer on tap for prices that range from $1.25 to $3.50

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is located in a strip mall area off of I-77 In strongsville OH

A- Nothing too impressive about the atmosphere. Pretty plain and simple. Bar/restaurant. Some dark wood and old brewery/beer and travel signs all around.

The beer- 30 taps- at least 5 are of brew kettles own beers and the rest are guest taps. But this isn't your run of the mill guest taps- its stuff thats hard to find. The current taplist contains Stone 12.12.12 AND 11.11.11, Jolly Pumpkin, Ommegang Art of Darkness, Columbus IPA-enough to make a beer geek want all 30 of them-because their own beers are really good too. They list description and price-so you are never surprised on the bill.

The food- They have a lot of options depending on what you are in the mood for and everything from salads, to burgers, to ribs, to wraps, to tacos. The food, to me was great-but here's what really impressed me. My fiance is really into burgers- rare burgers- he sends back burgers all the time. The burger came out right the first time for him and he really enjoyed it. Thats important.

This place also has a B.O.P. and a lot of other cool stuff to.

One of my favorite places so far.

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Photo of rubicat
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was a customer of The Brew Kettle way back in their infancy in the mid-90's. They were one of the pioneers in "brew-on-premise" where you can go and brew your own batch of beer. They still offer brew-on-premise at their current facility. Chris, the owner/brewmaster definitely has a passion for his craft.

They have a huge selection of beer on tap, which includes a half dozen or so of their own, and a bunch of guest taps. Bottles of their beer are also available. They recently opened a separate production facility and are cranking out beer like never before. Many of their beers are now available at Ohio retailers.

I've never had a Brew Kettle beer that I didn't like. White Rajah, Old 21, 4C's, and Tunguska being standouts for me. Jack Hammer is also a great barley wine.

I am surprised to hear some say that the service Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse is bad. I have never received anything but great service at the bar or at tables. The servers and bartenders have always been friendly and attentive, even when the place is very busy (which it usually is). The owners, Chris and Pam are also great people and love to talk beer with customers.

The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. The pulled pork is great. The burgers, ribs, and wings are also really good. I have taken my family of five there for dinner for just over $50, which includes beer for my wife and I. Outstanding!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here for some White Rajah, The service was quick and attentive but not overly friendly. It was pretty typical of most bars. The bartender was busy shooting the shit with the "regulars" and not with people who were just popping in. The beers were really quite nice here from all the ones I drank/sampled. The selection was impressive, very large amount of beers on draft. I didn't order any food but I did see people getting wings and other stuff and it all looked and smelled great. The value was pretty decent I thought, nothing over the top but still not too bad. I would stop in again if I was in the area.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Brew Kettle is another great example of a small, local business doing well and being able to grow in a turbulent economy. TBK has succeeded to grow and expand and the demand for their product continues to rise. The original location has expanded and the operation just announced the opening of a larger production facility down the road. TBK is located in a small strip mall in Strongsville and is easily accessible by I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike.

TBK's atmosphere is like many craft beer joints...simple seating arrangements (2 dining rooms and a moderate size bar), the smell of hops in the air, and a large variety of brewiana along the walls, hanging from the ceiling and arranged nicely on overhead shelves throughout the place. Every TBK brew that I have tried were above average. My favorites include White Rajah, Black Rajah (new), Jackhammer Barleywine (regular and BA), Irish Dry Stout and 4C's. Their firkin' specials are also unique, creative spins on regularly rotated beers (like Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout). Service is very attentive and they are always well staffed. My success has always come from sitting at the bar, which allows for your glass to never hit empty before another one is there waiting for you (thanks to an awesome core of bartenders). In terms of selection, TBK generally has 5-8 of their beers at any given time. The guest beer selection is always superb and they are one of Cleveland's best purveyors of kegs that are rare to the market (ie there have been guest such Lost Coast and rare FFF that are otherwise unavailable anywhere in Ohio). Like other fine establishments, TBK does not offer bottled beers so you won't see any Bud, Miller, or Coors. Food is decent and about par for a brewhouse but I don't typically eat here because there's so many good beers to be consumed (read Liquid Diet 101). The smokehouse wings are always a good choice. The overall value is reasonable. As one may expect, TBK beers are always cheaper than the guests. Some of the guest beers, depending on the rarity and ABV of them, can range in price from $5-10/glass. TBK beer prices are slashed nicely during the daily happy hour so one can expect to pay about half of the usually price. TBK also offers samplers and each beer on the daily menu is categorized A-D in terms of price, with D class beers being the most expensive.

Overall, TBK is a place to visit and visit often. If you like variety and a comfortable environment, this is the place for you.


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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I decided to stop by The Brew Kettle on my way back to Buffalo after Hoppin' Frog's Barrel Aged Naked Evil release. I was already familiar with a few of their wonderful beers, and who can turn down a brewery/smokehouse to begin with?

The atmosphere was decent (typical watering hole), but we were seated right away. The waitress took awhile to come over and take our drink order, but she was attentive the remainder of the meal.

I started off with a White Rajah, and finished with the Kitka Chocolate Coconut Milk Stout. The White Rajah was pretty darn good, but the Kitka was outstanding.

I ordered the Fish & Chips, which were solid. The homemade tartar sauce with dill was a pleasant surprise.

If you ware ever in the Cleveland area, I highly recommend stopping off for a bite to eat at the Brew Kettle.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited this place at the beginning of a road trip and was so impressed that I had to go back on the way home.

Atmosphere is really great. 2 seating areas, a long bar, spacious, but at the same time homely. Just really nice. Like the neighborhood bar, but with better beer.

Quality overall is also really good. Again, clean, friendly, with a rustic, but at the same time, energetic and lively feel.

The service was really good. I went once during lunch and once during dinner and the waitresses never made us wait long for the food, drinks, menus, or checks.

About 20-25 guest taps with 5 house beers on at all times. Kegs are replaced with something new as soon as they kick. Surprisingly to me, their hous beer blows away their guest taps. On top of all that, they have bottles of their own beer to sell for take-away or to drink there also.

Food is impeccable. Get the pulled pork and enjoy the ride! Best pulled pork that I've had in recent memory. Their ribs and burgers are no slouches either.

2 lunches, 5 drinks, and 1 growler to go came out to less than $50. Coming from NYC, I felt like I was robbing the place. Prices are outrageously cheap.

This place is not to be missed if you ever find yourself travelling through Ohio and its the best brewpub I've been to this side of California. Just unspeakably awesome!!

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Photo of millermason
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I live in Cinci, but I am from Cleveland. Brew Kettle is one of my favorite brew pubs and I always go there when I visit home 2 or 3 times a year. Brew Kettle is much better now that it is expanded and there aren't long waits for tables. Food is typical "pub food" and of reasonable quality.

Beer selection is very good. Always 30 beers on tap with several Brew Kettle beers, but the majority are "guest beers". I always get the sampler and am rarely disappointed. There are always a few beers that I have not seen before. If they have it, TBK White Rajah is a favorite.

TBK beers are very good and I get bombers to go. I have recommended this place to others and all have found it worth the trip.

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Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In Ohio, somewhere; and Witzel will take what credit and/or blame will be (fucking Witzel), we’ll know what’s what in a bit. Driving in from Cleveland, you can tell Ed is getting a bit tense; his GPS telling us we’re growing more minutes away as we get physically closer. And of course, the snow unexpected didn’t help any. Circled a small strip mall looking for parking, hoping to stay dry...

Seems a double wide, but damn it runs deep. Entered from the near side, and moved through the seating, dodging the hostess twinkie, to the far side bar side. Your usual strip mall industrial space, exposed piping & ductwork above. Beige walls with brewerania galore! 2 or 3 rows of old trays lined above placards, pictures, prints & pieces, and then growlers, glassware, and bottles running the length atop. All sorts of shit. And holiday lighting strung as it is the season, or was then, anyway.

On the far wall, a long “L” shaped stained copper topped sheet bar with a wood lip and piping foot rail. Seating for 18 or so on backed chairs. Barback is copper counter space with a pair of bar towers of 12 each and a 6 pack more alongside, over drainage with slight tiered boozings in between and glassware and keggery below. A trio of blackboards dangle above the taps listing beer, ABV’s, IBU’s, serving size & price. I put a lookin’ on them. Tap handles displayed atop to both sides of a (ahem) mounted deer tail. Wood shelving on both ends of the barback unit with glassware, a few football helmets displayed, and shot glasses lining the up high. Flatscreens in the bar corners, and another to the rear. Sad handpump on the bar doin’ nothing.

A dozen booths along the wall adjacent to the bar running to the rear, plus a ½ dozen tables down past the bar. Drop pan lamps over the seating. Bottling commotion of some sort to the rear of the rear. I went back there to investigate and it was a Crazytown brew on premise scene. No, no, serious. Front room holds about 2 dozen booths & tables, in the front windows, up and around the door and around past, as leads to the wine side of things. And I’m hearing there’s some distillery action happening here, too. Busy busy.

30 taps in all, 1/5 of them are house offerings (TBK Dark Helmet Black Lager, Red Eye Pale Ale, Big Woody Helles, Irish Red, 4 C’s Pale Ale, Copper Head Red), and the remainder are a mix of mostly American craft beer from coast to coast (Ommegang Seduction, Southern Tier Unearthly, Weyerbacher Winter Ale, Victory Storm King Stout, DogFishHead Chicory Stout, Thirsty Dog Wee Heavy, Great Divide Hibernation Ale, Avery Joe’s Pilsner & The Czar, Bells Double Cream Stout, Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza, Dark Horse Too Cream Stout, 21st Amendment Allies Win the War, North Coast Old Rasputin, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Wild Ale, Lucky 13 Alt, & Old Gnarlywine, Coronado Orange Ale Wit, Rogue Yellow Snow IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA, Stone/Bruery/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado Pumpkin Ale), with a few imports (De Proef To Ol Snowball Saison Ale, St Bernardus Christmas Ale), and a single cider (Wyders Dry Pear Cider), thrown in the mix.

You can play the sampler game, 5 minimum, each beer priced on a scale of $1.50-$3.50; I will be doing just that. Planned on sampling all 6 house beers but the Copperhead Red had kicked so there will be 5, which would be not as many (Dark Helmet, 8%, boozy for a black lager; Red Eye Pale Ale, a hoppy amber, citrus, good malt backbone; Big Woody, a nice clean German Helles, I do like; Irish Red, malty, caramel, sweety; Four C’s Pale Ale, Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, Columbus, decent bite, not bad). The Big Woody helles, Red Eye Pale Ale, and Irish Red were the best of ‘em. Ed drank an Ommegang Seduction (Yep, came to a brewpub and didn’t sample their wares). He had wanted to go to some place he saw on a TV show when he was a kid and always dreamed of going to, and I squashed that dream and ran us here. To be fair, the place he wanted to hit was in the wrong direction from everything everywhere ever.

Enjoyed most of what I had in the way of their beer, and apparently this is some kind of a BBQ house. We could’ve done better homework and started our day here, is all I’m saying. Good fun crowd barside. Nearly everyone there has made beer in that back room. I need to revisit this again sometime.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in on Monday January 16th with siege06nd, on our way to the BA Blackout release.

Not too hard to find, it's in a small shopping strip, right next to an Entenmann's bakery outlet. Clean and well kept from the outside.

It's a pretty big place. You've got the restaurant in the center of the small plaza, with their wine making shop next door. Walk in the doors and head back, where after five minutes plus of waiting for a hostess, we finally get seated in a booth by the bar.

When hitting the men's room, I noticed a cooler in the back with bottled beer to go. It's also where a group of folks were bottling their own concoction. Really, this is a big place all things considered.

Sadly though, this is where it all fall apart. Sure Brew Kettle makes some great beers, their White Rajah being the crown jewel. But when your staff of over six waiters and waitresses walk by us time and time again, not once looking our way for over fifteen....yeah, FIFTEEN minutes then there's a problem. Even walking up to the bar, the bartender never once looked at or asked my friend what he'd like to drink. And it's not like the place was busy. It was a Monday night!

We eventually got served, and the beer list (including guest taps) was quite extensive. Prices were fair. Never noshed. And when trying to cash out, it literally took us waving our hands in the air to get our waiter's attention.

The next afternoon we begrudgingly headed back for a growler fill. And wouldn't you know, the bartender was rude, and took more then ten....TEN minutes to fill our damn growler. We literally stood there and watched her dump over a gallon of White Rajah down the drain while trying to fill the growler WITH A TUBE!


Great beers, terrible service. Be forewarned.

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Photo of TomTwanks
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love this place. These people call be by name, which is always great when the people remember you. It's a smokehouse/brewpub in which you can make your own beer in the back. Selection of taps always changes and they always have a beer that blows me away. Great selection from all over, including recentely FFF Dreadnaught and various BBA beers. They also make great IPA's and a delicous Imperial stout. Ask for josh or paul, great bartender/manager and they know what they are talking about. Highly recommended for someone stopping into NE Ohio!! PS - get the bbq spaghetti!!

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Photo of cps98
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a cool place. Service was very slow to seat us even at 1:30 in the afternoon. The host/hostess was nowhere to be found. The place didn’t seem to be busy (post-lunch rush) so I am unsure why we had to wait so long. Besides that we had a great time. Server was on top of our food and beer orders. Burgers and sandwiches were really good. Tap list was amazing although they had just kicked the Backwoods Bastard so my buddy had to wait for the lines to be cleaned and the new keg tapped (no-worries). Overall a great place for a bite and beer. I would recommend to anyone who wanted a good burger and beer while traveling on the turnpike…easy off and back on! We checked out the brew on premises bottling operation in the back. Lots of hustle and bustle kind of neat to see.

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Photo of Radome
4.78/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've been to the Brew Kettle many times and I have never been disappointed. This review is based on my notes from a visit last Spring.

The atmosphere is simple, but clean and neat. Overall it has the feel of a sports bar, but it feel a lot more spacious now that they have opened a new dining room and wine bar adjacent to the original bar area.

This is now an entire complex dedicated to fermentation. In addition to the drinking and eating areas, there is a brew-your-own beer facility and a make-your-own wine facility, all under one roof. Despite all the capabilities here, if you just want to drink a beer it still has a relaxed, welcoming feel.

Although the place has expanded recently, there is no loss of the focus on beer. The dining area is definitely dominated by the bar, taps and beer chalkboard. The selection is consistently outstanding, with an emphasis on "big" beers, mostly American but with some surprising imports as well. The night I was there they had 30 beers on tap, and none of them were commonplace. I had a sampler tray with 5 beers of my choice: Avery Collaboration Not Litigation, Lagunitas Olde Gnarly Wine, The Brew Kettle Tunguska Imperial Stout, Victory Old Horizontal, and New Holland Dragon's Milk. I was in the mood for dark strong beers and they did not disappoint. Wow! Whenever I'm here I see many beers that I've heard of and want to try. The problem is that I can't because I'd never make it out the door if I even had a small sample of all the awesome beers I see. Choosing among all the outstanding options is the problem here.

The food is always excellent (far better than you'd expect from the bar & grill look of the place) and cheap. Service is usually great, and never worse than average.

Go for the world class beer. Go for the food. Go to brew your own beer. Go to make your own wine. If you are in the Cleveland area and you are interested enough in beer to be looking at BA, just go!

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