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52 Weeks: Buckeye Beer Engine, Lakewood, Ohio

August 12, 2010 1 comment

The Buckeye Beer Engine: A must stop in Cleveland, OH

Week 29 of 52 ( I think we are almost caught up)

 

Buckeye Beer Engine

15315 Madison St.

Lakewood, OH 44107

216-226-BEER (awesome)

 

Rank: 3.5/5

 

Type of Establishment: Beer bar, local hangout, the kind of place that might get rowdy on the weekends

 

Visit: A stay at grandma’s during the hot, humid Ohio summer, I stop in the Buckeye Beer Engine, with mom in tow for a cold one.

 

BEERS ON TAP (at time of visit):

Boulder Looking Glass Mojo(NITRO)

Brooklyn Naranjito

BUCKEYE 76 IPA

BUCKEYE BEAUCOUP D’HOUBLON

BUCKEYE WHEAT CLOUD

BUCKEYE ZATEK 2010

Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA

Dieu du Ciel Aphrodite

Founders Cerise

Franziskaner

Great Divide 16th Anniversary

Hitachino White

North Coast Red Seal Ale

Ommegang Tripel Perfection

Ommegang Witte

Ommegang Zuur

The glorious list before me.

Original Sin Cider

Sierra Nevada Tumbler

St. Feuillien/Green Flash Biere De L’Amite

St. Louis Framboise

Stone Ruination

Stoudts Gold

Thirsty Dog Irish Setter Red

Victory Smaragd

Weihenstephaner Original


 

BOTTLED/CANNED BEER:

So many wonderful options- a booklet of densely written type. I was too focused on the tap beers and was in a time crunch after spending an hour picking out beers to bring back from Rozi’s Wine House. For the full bottle list, click here.

Little rings of onion friend to perfection!

FOOD OPTIONS: Its your average bar menu with some surprising twists. Wings graced the menu which is not surprising considering we are in the Midwest, a.k.a. wing mecca. With several flavors including your normal hot, atomic and honey BBQ, the Bourbon BBQ caught my eye. My companion and I settled on the onion rings, soft, flavorful onions engulfed by a crisp beer battered shell with chipotle mayo for dipping. Other note worthy menu items, Adobo Beef Egg Rolls, fried pickle spears and the burger of the day was Chicken Chorizo. If we were there during meal time, I would have done some serious damage.

 

BAR OPINION:

In a far off land in the “heart of it all” I find sweet corn, several family members and friends, amazing wings and a local beer culture that deserves some praise. Ohio. A place many never visit and many never leave.

From the outside, the Buckeye Beer Engine is bleak and reminiscent of a fast food joint. There is an outdoor seating area and if this place were in Seattle on a hot August day, it would be packed full. Instead, not a person in sight due to the humidity. I step inside and let out a sigh of relief. The inside does NOT match the outside. In fact, the inside is quite pleasant with plenty of seating, wooden tables and a wooden bar. The wooden bar is in the shape of an octagon and hugs the center which is where the magic happens. The wall directly behind the bar is home to the neon glowing tap list. Old tap handles hang from the walls- a tribute to all of the great beers that once graced the list at the Buckeye Beer Engine.

Le decor

Once home to the operations and production of Buckeye Brewing Co., the BBE represents with 4 of their beers on tap. I order a flight which includes Buckeye Brewing Co.’s ’76 IPA and Zatek 2010. Zatek on both beeradvocate.com and ratebeer.com is listed as a strong ale. At BBE, it is listed as an imperial stout and I must say, I agree with them. It is dark in color with a tan, chocolate colored head. There is a slight bitterness, like the bitterness from coffee followed by a sweeter finish. A great beer. I am kicking myself for not grabbing at bottle to take home with me. I snagged a bottle of ’76 (I purchased bottles from Rozi’s, not from the bar) but was able to taste it today- it doesn’t pack the hop punch I was hoping for and was slightly thin. I ordered a Great Divide 16th Anniversary which in my opinion was way more flavorful and left a lasting impression. Granted we are dealing with an IPA v. an Oak Aged Double IPA, so as far as a single IPA, the ’76 is worth your time!

I also ordered a Founders Cerise for my mom who drinks wine on most occasions. However, today, she happily sipped on this beer and I was a proud daughter. A quote from Founder’s website:

You’ll have a soft spot for this one. Using only fresh Michigan tart cherries, this beauty tantalizes with intense flavors combined with a no hesitation malt bill. Adding fresh cherries at five separate stages of fermentation achieves the ultimate balance between tartness and sweetness.

It reminded me of Cantillon out of Brussels- lambics that are not overly tart or sour, lack carbonation and have a subtle, yet flavorful fruit component without a sugary aftertaste. I really enjoyed this one as it brought me back to a place I adore. All in all a great place with friendly staff, loving patrons, a great bar menu and a showcase of amazing local beers as well as the great beers from around the world.

 

Beer Events: Week of August 9, 2010

August 10, 2010 2 comments

Don't Miss Lazy Boy Brewing at Alligator Soul on Thursday

We had a nice little Monday evening, enjoying some of great beer in the process.

One of our good friends received a nice care package complete with about 20 bottles of New Glarus Brewing‘s year-round ales. The Wisconsin brewer makes a couple great beers, and a couple rough ones. We really enjoyed the Moon Man Pale, Cracked Wheat Imperial Weizen (a seasonal) and the Fat Squirrel Nut Brown Ale.

After sucking down a few bottles, we decided to embark on a night of Pink Floyd over at Brouwers Cafe. Apparently, the Seattle beer mecca will be playing concert videos every Monday evening at 10:00 PM. I really enjoyed the show, coupling it with an Ommegang Zuur (a Flemish Brown, very similar to an Oud Bruin) and Mikkeller Frelser (a Triple Bock). Both are excellent beers that you need to try, before they are gone.

By the way, Jessica is over at the Beer Engine in Lakewood, Ohio today. She will be taking notes and letting you all know about it later this week. We are a bit jealous, Beer Engine has Dieu De Ciel Aphrodite, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, and Founders Cerise on tap!

We are also planning a trip to San Diego for the next beer week. Very excited to attend.

So here are the events for this glorious week…….

 

Monday, August 9, 2010

 

Concert Vids: Seattle, Washington

10:00PM-?? @ Brouwers Cafe

Since we are a day late, I wanted to call attention to Brouwers’ new Monday night feature – music video showings! Brouwers will dim the lights, boost the volume and showcase a different concert/music video each Monday night, starting at 10 PM. Last night’s showing of Pulse by Pink Floyd was epic.

 

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

 

Allagash Brewers Night: Brooklyn, New York

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Bar Great Harry

No cost to join Rob Todd’s festival of ale. Check out this list:

1. Blonde
2. Fluxus
3. Hugh Malone
4. Victor
5. Curieux
6. Black
7. Confluence
8. Odyssey
9. Victoria

Do not miss this if you are in Brooklyn area. The Bar Great Harry is an amazing bar and anyone in the area should certainly become acquainted. What better way to do that – than with a pint of Allagash Curieux.

 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

 

Blending Night to Benefit the Berkeley Humane Society: Oakland, California

6:00PM-10:00PM @ Beer Revolution

There are actually a few good brewers nights around the country on this Wednesday. But, the combination of charity and a really cool pub in Oakland – make this one the winner.

Beer Revolution is a very cool little spot in Oakland, where you can find about 12 beers on tap and a plethora of bottles. Beer Revolution does an excellent job of attaining little know, and hard to find beers.

Their blending night brings some blending pros over to show you how to make some fine concoctions from you already have in your cellar. They will be working with the following:

Green Flash Trippel
Green Flash West Coast IPA
Bockor Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge
Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
North Coast Old Stock

Stop by and check this out. You know why – its FREE!

 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

 

Lazy Boy Brewing’s Brewers Night: Everett, Washington

6:00PM-9:00PM @ Alligator Soul

Its a really slow beer night across our great nation. But, if you live in Seattle, like us, there is something great going on close to home.

Lazy Boy Brewing is holding a brewer’s night at Everett’s blossoming Alligator Soul. The Gator has a growing tap list and well-received food. Read this write up, done by Seattle Beer News’ Geoff Kaiser.

This Thursday, LBB‘s Shawn Loring and Timperial Stout will truck on over to the Gator to serve up some of their incredible beers. These days, LBB is showcasing a Nacho Pilsner (made with chillies), a NW Pale (packed with more hops than you typical IPA) and a NW Hefeweizen (for you men who like hops with their light beer). Check them all out – and remember to look for their Imperial IPA at next month’s Fremont Ocktoberfest.

 

Friday, August 13, 2010

 

Alpine Triple Threat: San Diego, California

5:00PM-1:00AM @ O’Brien’s Pub

I cannot express to you all – how damn good this beer tastes. Alpine Beer Company, of Alpine, CA (outside San Diego), is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. I would have no trouble considering them a part of my Top 5 US brewers today, and they are likely gain ground as I get my fill of more from them at San Diego Beer Week in November.

Alpine makes, what I believe to be, the top IPAs in the country. They are abundantly scented, daringly flavorful and perfectly intoxicating. But, I have also had their Barleywine, Flemish Red Sour Ale, and their Irish Red. They all bring tears to my eyes, in a good way.

This is your chance to get a look at 3 of the best of their beers. From the bar’s release:

O’Brien’s Pub will be releasing brand new batches of Alpine Bad Boy, Exponential Hoppiness and O’Brien’s IPA on Friday the 13th. We’ll also have Nelson Rye-IPA, Duet IPA and Tuatara on tap. A great night of rare hoppy beers from Alpine.

Don’t miss this.

 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

 

Great Taste of the Midwest: Madison, Wisconsin

1PM-6PM @ Olin-Turville Park

This might be the most sought-after ticket in all of the Midwest. The Great Taste has become a cult event, showcasing over 100 breweries from the wonderful Midwest, serving over 500 beers.

Tickets were priced at $40.00, but a tweet from Six Point Craft Ales, yesterday, indicated that tickets are going for almost $200.00 on eBay.

You can find the list of specialty beers that were available last year by following this link. Don’t slobber on your keyboard.

Expect to see Three Floyds, Founders, Bells, Great Lakes, New Glarus, Surly and other phenomenal brewers at this party – if you can get in.

 

Sunday, August 15, 2010

 

Strong Beer Festival: Las Vegas, Nevada

5:00PM-??? @ Aces & Ales (also Friday 8/13 and Saturday 8/14)

You never see anything good going down in the City of Sin. So I was very excited to see that a rather impressive beer festival will happen this weekend – and its for charity. In association with Ronnie James Dio’s ’Stand Up & Shout’ cancer fund, the festival will include silent auctions to benefit cancer research.

You can find out more about the event by visiting this link, Aces’ Facebook page.

Aces & Ales will spread the following list over the course of 3 days this weekend:

Dogfish Head:
Burton Baton
Red & White
Olde School Barleywine
Raison D’Etre
Midas Touch
Sah’tea
Theobroma

Stone Brewing:
2007 Old Guardian Barleywine
2010 Old Guardian Barleywine
999 Vertical Ale
13th Anniversary Ale

Noble Aleworks:
IPA
Alpha Red
Dark Sybian IPA

Moylans:
Kilt Lifter Port Barrel
Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout
Old Blarney Barley Wine
Hopsickle Imperial Pale Ale
Moylander Double IPA
Ryan Sullivan’s Imperial Stout
Old Blarney Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel

The Bruery:
Coton
Mischief
Saison Rue
Rugbrod
Autumn Maple

North Coast Brewing Co.:
Old Rasputin
Le Merle
Brother Thelonious

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.:
Union JAck
Parabola
13th Anniversary

Newport Beach Brewing Co:
A Fortnights Journey/14th Ann Barleywine

Tustin Brewery:
Old Town IPA
14th Anniversary Imperial Red

Ballast Point Brewing Co.:
Sculpin IPA

Deschutes Brewery:
Mirror Mirror 2009
 The Abyss 2009 Jubel 2010

Rogue Brewery:
XS Imperial India Pale Ale
Imperial Chocolate Stout
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner
XS Imperial YSB

 

If you attend an event, want us to post about your event, or anything beer event related, please leave a comment or email us at beerblotter@gmail.com. Cheers!

 

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