(Visited 09/2006): Brew Keeper, which used to be a joint venture with Buckeye Brewing Co, is apparently a separate entity now. The establishment is located not too far off I-271 and is pretty easy to spot. There is a small front parking lot.
Inside there is a small room devoted to homebrew supplies, then a door leads into the warehouse/bar area. It’s kind of dark and industrial-looking. The bar is along the left side, and a wall full of homebrew stickers adorns the right.
The beer selection includes around 12 taps with Brew Keeper and Buckeye (for how long, it remains to be seen) along with some other selections like Summit and Barrelhouse. The bottled selection is pretty limited, with only around 5 available. Samples are available upon request.
The service here is pretty good. We got kind of a cold response upon asking about the disappearance of the Buckeye name from the building. However I was treated to a free beer for my birthday so who can complain?
Food here is not really an option outside of cashews and chips.
Overall I was pretty disappointed that Buckeye is evidently moving elsewhere. However the beers presented by Brew Keeper hold their own and are worth trying again.
Sammy (661) Toronto, Ontario | June 12, 2005| Updated September 22, 2008
Off-the-wall. If your in Cleveland, overshadowed by the all-star Great Lakes, but if you’re in the Eastern part of Cleveland, its worthwhile. A few excellent imports.
Wouldn’t take a client here, as its a below-average bar hidden in back of the brewery, and you got to get a stool. Plain, for the 18-35 crowd. Dark but not too loud.
New place relocated in Lakewood is great, and so nely re-rated
This is one of those odd places that defy catigorization. It is a BOP tucked behind a home brew store in a micro brewery. When I walked in, I still didn't know I was in the right place. Once through the green door you see the bar and all the people. Drew told me it looked like some guys basement, and it does. Very friendly/quick service with a great selection of Buckeye beers and a few other geek kegs and British casks the night I was there. It is a great place to gather with friends or to hang out and drink good beer.
MikeF (204) Cleveland, Ohio | March 11, 2004| Updated January 2, 2006
Where do I begin? This is basically the only bar I patronize on a regular basis. Typically, they’ll have a few of their own brews on tap and a few world-class outsider brews on tap. One thing that clues you in to the fact that this place is serious about good beer is that they are not afraid to serve their brews next to the best beers in the world. Most micros I have been to serve exclusively their own beer, which reveals their lack of confidence. The beer is always very fresh and the prices are very good. I have found Buckeye to be the best brewery in Ohio, period. They never fail to concoct a truly unique brew every season. The brewmaster is no less than a brewing genius, a Willy Wonka of beer. He always takes time to chat with customers even though he appears to be one of the busiest people I have ever seen. On Friday evenings the brewery offers free samples of Western Reserve Bakery Bread to compliment the beer. The bread is excellent. Do not miss this local gem when in the area.
Wonderful hidden treasure. As soon as we set foot in the bar area and it was learned that we traveled from out of town to visit, Garin (head brewer) came over and chatted with us. Never has a brewer been so enthusiastic about the art of brewing or more welcoming to outsiders! It was a little smoky in there, but on the far side, they had the back door open and a fan blowing towards the bar, so we were able to be in a smoke-free-like environment. For 4 taps, it costs us $8 - apparently happy hour prices are in effect no matter which day you visit. I grabbed every bottle of their stuff that was available to bring back with me, and for just $3 a bottle, this place is by far one of the best craft beer establishments in the country. Thanks again for a wonderful recommendation, Drew!
This is a great place to grab a beer. It lacks the food and wide selection of The Brew Kettle, but it does have a few quality guest taps and the beer brewed here is usually a bit better than the Ringneck beers at The Brew Kettle (although Ringneck’s pretty good in its own right). The atmosphere is kind of cool, but it kind of feels like a really cool basement bar more than a brewery tasting room. Staff is cool and they know their stuff.
Visited for the Hoptoberfest. As described before, like walking into someones basement bar. Except there are a butt-load of great beers available for your pleasure. Tons of great Buckeye beers. Guest taps including Two Brothers, Rogue Old Crustacean, DFH 90 min and more. Great service, Garin is a great guy to talk beer to. Highly recommended.
This place is a "Must See" for any respectable beer lover/geek. The bar will probalby remind yoiu of someone's basement. You'll find about 6 - 8 Buckeye brews and 6-8 guest taps - selection ranges from De Dolle to Stone to 3Floyds (Yes, Dreadnaught is a frequent guest). Stop by at an off time, brewer Garin is a fantastic person to talk beer with. Absolutely ESSENTIAL.
The owner at this location is no longer Buckeye Brewing according to the new owner that I spoke with on a recent visit. As I understand it, Buckeye is building a new production oriented brewery elsewhere in town. The new establishment is called The Brewkeeper. My brother was a frequent visitor when it was operated by Buckeye, and he indicated that little, if anything had changed. Brewkeeper brews their own beers, and had 5 or 6 on tap. Additionally, they still have a close relationship with Buckeye, and had several fo their offerings as "guest brews." They had several other taps, imports and domestics. This is primarily a small pub brewery with a "Brew on Premises" facility that is very nicley equipped. The owner was extremely friendly and helpful. No food, just beer in a rather quirky atmosphere, but well worth a visit if all you’re interested in is beer. For locals, it would be an excellent way to spend an afternoon brewing your own beer, and enjoying the offerings on draft. If you’re hungry, the Winking Lizard, which has a decent selction of beers and great wings, is right next door.
JasonG (36) Salt Lake City, Utah | May 16, 2005| Updated May 21, 2005
Buckeye is an awesome beer haven. No attempt has been made to make this place look like anything but what it is . . . a brewery. You sit at the bar surrounded by copper kettles as the brewer walks past you with scoops of hops. If you come expecting much besides good beer, you might be dissapointed, but otherwise you will fall in love.