My oh my. Where to start? Well, when we walked in there was a real mental break between what all of my senses were taking in. First thing that greeted me was the warm cereal smells of brewing. Awesome smells, and as we walked into the main bar area we could see back into the brew area and watch someone brewing. The split however was that aside from our party of six, the bar was inhabited by one other gentelman, and then about 20 or so tweens with mocktails having a birthday party. It was kind of creepy having that many young underaged kids faux drinking. They eventually posed for all of their fancy drinking pictures and piled into the stretch limo out front and it was quiet again. The beers...there were a few decent ones in the mix, but the overwhelming terribleness of a few of them really ruined any fond memories I had of the rest. It was a nice enough selection of styles, but the bad ones were just utterly horrible. Big nasty vegetable flavors, overly sweet and...ugh. Iíd go into further detail, but itís early in the morning and I just ate breakfast, and Iíd like to keep that down. Service was pretty good, and the bartender was quite amiable. Not worth stopping in for good beers, but I guess if you like trying the bad stuff for whatever reason, you know where to go.
This brewpub happened to be on the same street than our hotel and on the way to Great lakes so it was impossible not to stop by, but I would not recommend going over any more road than 0.1 mile to get here. While it seemed like an okay, almost classy steak house restaurant with tasty decorations, beautiful tiles and good service and might be good at preparing food (I have not tried), itís a pathetic brewery with an extensive beer range on draught (12 or so), but none of the ones I tried came close to scoring a 3, most were sub-2 material. Was there a brewer change or something explaining the discrepancy of my experience with that of previous raters?
Went in here for a quick pop-in before we headed off to Fat Heads and it was worth it if only to demonstrate the low points that brewing can sink to. The bar itself is pretty great-looking but itís kind of a shame that itís cranking out such bad stuff. There were a group of 13 year olds drinking kiddie cocktails when we walked in (which was pretty damn strange to say the least). They had a pretty wide selection on when we got there, with something like 13 different styles represented. We got a bunch of samplers to try and they were truly horrible. Dirty lagers, underattenuated ales and no hops in anything. It really is hard to overstate just how bad this brewery is, but I guess itís good to reset the bottom of the rating scale from time to time.
Best bet is to go for happy hour where all the tavern menu food items are $3 off and most 22oz house brews are only $3. The food is very good. They have a good number of their own beers on draft including some more complex styles. The beer is certainly above average and a few where very good. While not a destination, worth checking out if you are in the area for some reason.
Big, nice place in the warehouse district, had six typical brews on tap when I visited, nothing adventurous. Bar has a frozen ledge, ostensibly to keep your beer cold, frivolous and unnecessary, but neat nonetheless. Menu is a mix of pub grub and old school steakhouse fare, like a menu from the 1950s or something. Food was not bad, but nothing on the menu really sounded great, at least not on the lunch menu. Beers were average. Service was friendly and attentive at a slow bar.
Stopped in here after I got off the rapid from the airport, and boy did I need a beer - I walked in and felt kind of under-dressed, as this seems to be a pseudo-upscale steak house catering to the local business folks - everything inside seems to hearken back to the bygone days in Clevelandís history, with roaring twenties decor, and bartenders wearing crisp white shirts and fitted vests - the servers were quite helpful - it was fairly busy, and there was only one bartender, but he was quite attentive - I tried the pilsner, since it won a medal at GABF, but I was not terribly impressed by it, but it was decent - the crowd was mostly middle-aged blue collar folks, so it really wasnít my thing, but it seems like a nice place for dinner.
Nice remodeled building in warehouse district. Clean wooden older building with bar on left and tables on the right for food and beverages. Six standard and one seasonal on tap. All were solid drinkable brews. Freindly bartender with good knowledge. Did eat a burger and the menu of starters, salads, sandwiches, pastas and dinner entrees looked very good. Good location that had a good crowd for weekend football and baseball games. I will stop again.
Very nice place right on the street, nice wood decor inside everywhere with lots of seatings, bar is mid-sized, and a small patio in front outside is nice for the summer. Beers were all solid and there is always seasonals, staff was very nice. I see the complaints on food prices and it is pretty pricey but I did go for happy hour and all appetizers were half off, about 25 mussels for $5, spinach artichoke dip $4.25, and beers were $3 for 24oz, not only did I have a feast of food but a huge beer to go with it, sat on the patio and had a great view of downtown. Iíll be back again but it will be during happy hour.