The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Homebrew Store

8377 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio, 44136
United States

(440) 239-8788 | map
www.thebrewkettle.com

Notes:
AKA - The Brew Kettle Production Works

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BEER STATS
Beers:
77
Reviews:
1,288
Ratings:
5,221
PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
167
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
5.2%
 
 
Taps:
39
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 167
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Got back from visiting this place about 30 minutes ago. My wife and I went there for dinner and, of course, to sample their beers.

Atmosphere: Walking in there are 2 booths to the left and 13 booths to the right down the long, deep dining area at the end of which is the brewery itself. There are about 13 bar stools near the bar to the immdediate left as you enter with a chalkboard above the bar with the current tap list. There are an additional 20 seats with tables on the left just beyond the bar.
There are multitudes of beer signage, metal trays, empty growlers, bottles (including a presumably empty oaked arrogant bastard 3L bottle), glasses (including a few of those german "Das Boot" glass boots). I can recall many signs for Belgian beers but also Schlitz, DFH, Bell's, Great Lakes and many, many more. Maybe 300 signs. I really like this atmoshpere. It has the immediate impression of being a Beer Advocate location. I did also notice the "Rate Beer" sticker on the front door. The Menu states that it was a local Magazine's choice as Cleveland's Favorite Brewpub.

Quality: Really good. Beers presented with care in correct glassware (although most correct glassware were simply pint glasses). Brewery in the back is pretty much open to the public as there is a small shop in back where you can watch people working on the brews, buy some clothing and buy some bottles to boot. This is a high quality place for BA's.

Service: Just fine. Our waiter Doug was patient and helpful.

Selection: Out of the 24 taps there are 9 that are brewed in house which leaves the rest of them for quality taps from around the country. Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Raison d'Etre, Left Hand Snow Bound Winter Ale, Great Divide Hibernation, Founder's Breakfast Stout, SN Celebration, Bell's Winter White, Straub Lager, Barrelhouse Belgian Winter Ale, Wyder's Dry Pear Cider, Rogue Paul's Black Lager, Lagunitas IPA, Boulder Never Summer, Victory Old Horizontal, BJ's PM Porter.

Food: Quite good as well. I had the pulled pork BBQ sandwich and a bowl of Sausage Ale Soup (?). My wife had a meatloaf sandwich and some fries. Both of us really liked our meal. I really liked the cole slaw which was both sweet and peppery. The food, while good, is just a bonus after you get a load of the beer list.

My sandwich (with broccoli on the side) was $5.50 and the bowl of soup was $4.49. My wife's sandwich was $6.49 or something. This is simply an inexpensive place. Oh, the beers are $3 before 7pm (in house brews only).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LaGuarns
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of bcgeiman
3.68/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ineburg
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

friggin awesome place! I love TBK

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Photo of TrapJaw77
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Overall great experience.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of glass_house
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

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 Brian29
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of capt93
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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 Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of DrJGR629
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of a_beckman25
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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 Gregf51
4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of scott2269
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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 indianabeerman
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of fredmugs
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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 Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works in Strongsville, OH
3.74 out of 5 based on 5,221 ratings.
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