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.
A brewery primarily. The bar is like a patio or a deck, with a hanging trellis covered in christmas lights. It always has the enchanting aroma of boiling wort and bitter hops. Great house beer and high end guest beers that span a very wide variety. Great "theme" parties such as "Hoptoberfest" and "X-Mas in Belgium". Good growler prices, with specials changing all the time. As for service, how can you beat having the guy that brewed the beer pulling your pint and planting himself down next to you to talk beer and "shop"? Feels like home.
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.