Overall Buckeye is just about the beer which with them is not a bad thing. They have a great selesction of taps from buckeye but Delerium when i was there. I hade arrogant bastard on tap there and then my favorite martian marzen. Well worth a try sometime.
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.
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!
Sammy (645) 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
I went here with a fellow whos been brewing beer there for the past six years. Great place, somewhat under-developed, but with the cases of raw malt visible in the back from the bar, it makes it a nice touch. I met the owner who got offended by my Ruinatuion shirt and said I need to be drinking Ohio brews. Needless to say he was drunk, because he owned a brewery I think thats his profession. Tap list was quite respectable, pleanty of guest taps [the fav for me was a casked Two Hearted.] There was some party trays of bread, crackers and spread for eating, but there was a take out place right next to it for a serious meal.
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.
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.
kujo9 (32) North Ridgeville, Ohio | October 15, 2004| Updated May 25, 2006
Buckeye is in a bit of a transition period at this time. They are still brewing the beer at their current location, but they are no longer the owners of the B.O.P. Brew Keeper. The new owners have anywhere between 2-4 of Buckeye’s beers on tap, along with a few of their house offerings and guest taps. The new brewery should be open by September 1 2006 if everything goes as planned. It’s still a decent place to stop for a beer, but the selection of Buckeye Brewing beers is limited at this time and will be until the new brewery is up and functioning. On the positive side at the moment, more bottled Buckeye beer is available at many stores.
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.