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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production WorksThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
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3.7/5
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5,436 Ratings
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production WorksThe Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
PLACE INFO

Type: 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

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BEER STATS
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83
Reviews:
1,318
Ratings:
5,436
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.29/5
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
174
pDev:
8.16%
 
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Reviews by csmiley:
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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The Brew Kettle is located in a small shopping center with just a couple other stores. The front of the "Kettle" is small and looks to be disappointing based on the glowing reviews from this site.

Once inside the two doors, the pub space is much larger than the facade would have you believe. The space is long and narrow. There is a bar of decent length along one wall and booths along the other wall. There is also room for a few tables toward the back. There are a few televisions placed around the bar but they do not distract from the overall experience. After getting into a booth, the primary focus of the place starts to become clear. Brewerania is everywhere.

They have a total of 24 taps with about 6 of those being from the Ringneck Brewing Co. Guest taps included selections from Rogue, Founders, Barrelhouse, Stoudts, Stone, and Dogfish Head. Service is typical for a BBQ / bar establishment. Atmosphere is very casual and laid back. Even if service is a little slow, it is completely appropriate for the vibe of this place. The food is good if you go for the pork or something else along those lines. Looking at some of the sandwiches ordered by my party, I have to knock the food score down a point of two.

The back of the "Kettle" houses the BOP and a small desk with shirts, glasses and bombers. During my visit the BOP was quite busy. Of course, those people are working at brewing their own beer so I didn't mind standing around for a bit to let the crowd thin out. If I lived closer to the "Kettle" I would give the BOP a try. They carry a selection of bombers from the Ringneck Brewery for carry-out. I ended up with a Rye Ale, ESB, and the Big Woody Lager. I would recommend stopping by if in the Cleveland area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mothergoose03
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of will23188
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Marzen_Fan
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of mkyer
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.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Coho11
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of LaGuarns
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of bcgeiman
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ineburg
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +1.2%
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 -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Doublicious
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.99/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
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.

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Photo of Brian29
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of capt93
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of erk0607
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of DrJGR629
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of a_beckman25
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of TominGermany
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.

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Photo of Gregf51
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works in Strongsville, OH
Brewery rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 5,436 ratings
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