The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production WorksThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production WorksThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew, Beer-to-go

8377 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio, 44136
United States

(440) 239-8788 | map
thebrewkettle.com

Notes: AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works
BEER STATS
Average:
4.08
Beers:
90
Reviews:
1,400
Ratings:
5,698
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.29
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
180
pDev:
8.39%
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Blogjackets from Ohio

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

Good selection of beer and often quality visiting handles. Service is always good and bartenders are helpful to new visitors. The food is very good, far above typical pub food. The smoked wings are fantastic. One of my favorite places for a quick beer or lunch.

Mar 16, 2020
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

A pretty well known spot. Some of their beers bring home major silverware. I was really excited to visit the taproom. I was kinda let down. It's just a restaurant. Nothing really special about it. I'd already tried all the beers they had on tap. Those beers are solid, but I was hoping for something you can't pick up at the grocery store. It's still a big time spot everyone should visit.

Sep 06, 2019
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Overall, a decent place. They serve their own beers as well as some other breweries. Brew Kettle beers were good. I had a salad, and it was fine. Service was as expected.
Can't really say anything bad about this place, but to be honest, nothing really stood out either.

Oct 26, 2018
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We stopped here on a Thursday afternoon for a late lunch and to try their beers. The pub is located inside a strip mall that appears to be mostly occupied by Brew Kettle. Ample parking is at the front. The interior has great vibe to it with brewerania covering much of the wall space, and you could smell beer brewing. I noted a small patio behind the building. The place was not busy at mid-afternoon on a Thursday so we had very good service.

There are 30 taps here, but only 10 are house beers and the rest are guest taps, some of which were tempting but we came here to try the house beers. We ordered sampler glasses of 6 beers to try to arrive at an overall evaluation. All of them were brewed very well to style so that we ended up giving an overall 4.0 rating to them. We didn't place any in an exceptional category, but the notable ones were the Kitka Milk Stout, the Trebu Cliche Belgian Saison (which tasted almost like a Trippel to me), and Black Rajah IPA.

We liked the food that we ordered. They have great BBQ here. This place has been on my radar to visit for 5+ years, so a vacation trip passing through this area was reason enough to hop off the turnpike to visit here. Highly recommended.

Aug 21, 2017
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mkyer from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A real gem. A good selection of house beers as well as a variety of guest beers, including some from Ohio. The smoked chicken wings are great, and the walls are lined with a collection of beer trays.

Jul 03, 2017
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Brenden from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jan 20, 2016
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Jan 01, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The building is a little confusing at first. Where is the entrance--front or back? Once you realize the entrance is in the front, where is the door? Well the door is to the left, but not the leftmost door. Where the hell is the bar once you enter the door? It's a very odd set up, with a wide open and awkward seated area directly next to a checkout counter in front of the entrance. This area is strewn with brewing tchotchkes to keep your eyes busy if you happen to be waiting in line for something special.

The bar is a short walk to the left in a separate room, and it seems relatively long when it's not busy, with a dividing wall that leads into a different room with additional space. When it's busy, the bar area will get jam packed, so scooch on up and get settled. Once you do this, The Brew Kettle grows on you as you realize the respect they have for quality brews, which allows them to have a strong draw for the rarer, finer things out there.

Their tap list largely consists of half their own stuff, sometimes even less, which is all top notch. The other half includes a few ciders and meads, often a few of those are either not easy to come by or else are things you might not have wanted to buy off the shelf due to price. The rest of the tap list is a good, strong selection of highly regarded, smaller batch brews from elsewhere--state-, country- and worldwide. They very often have a lineup of at least three or four beers from a single brewery, which is pretty cool if you want to see how they stack up to the Brew Kettle's work. Service is attentive and knowledgeable, as well.

Food here is "bbq" and is plentiful, but having spent a lot of time in the South, I wouldn't necessarily call it authentic or good. Is it edible, even enjoyable? Sure. But anyone coming from the South would be highly disappointed by the lack of smoke and the dryness of most of it. The chicken wings were my favorite, but you're safest sticking with chili and burgers and the like. There are plenty of options on their huge menu either way.

Dec 15, 2015
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TominGermany from Germany

3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Aug 26, 2015
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OGFGabv from West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Jul 09, 2015
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GOBLIN from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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.

May 26, 2015
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Apr 08, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Apr 02, 2015
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kjb32812 from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

May 25, 2014
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DeFaz from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

May 10, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Mar 14, 2014
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kdlz from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

Jan 14, 2014
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baconman91 from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
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**!!

May 26, 2013
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wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Apr 27, 2013
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Jan 02, 2013
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rubicat from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Nov 22, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Oct 03, 2012
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Cheers

Sep 07, 2012
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trxxpaxxs from New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Jun 24, 2012
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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!!

Jun 19, 2012
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works in Strongsville, OH
Brewery rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 5698 ratings