The Quest for the Holy Grain - Best Brew Pubs
Ohio

 

 

Main St. Grille & Brewing Company
8148 Main Street  
Garrettsville, OH 44231
(330) 527-3663

The Main Street Grill and Brewery is well off the beaten path in the small town of Garrettsville, Ohio. The bar area has a rustic motif... high wood-beamed ceilings, wood paneling all around, wood floors, and a dark paneled bar.
The bar itself is modest, but there are plenty of tables with lots of space in between. The separate dining area has a diner motif with plastic seat-covered booths and old diner tables.
Most of the brewing operation is visible on a small balcony; the rest is in the basement.
Main St. has 8 of their own beers on tap, and a varied dining menu.
The restaurant relies on the locals for food sales, but the beer is so good that beer geeks make the trip. Although others have asked to distribute or retail the beer, the small 3-barrel system can barely produce enough for the restaurant.

 

 

 

The Brew Kettle
8377 Pearl Rd
Strongsville, OH 44136
(440) 239-8788

Tucked away in a non-descript shopping center in Strongsville, a non-descript suburb of Cleveland, lies The Brew Kettle Taproom, Smokehouse, and Brewery.
"TBK" was recently featured in the Paste Magazine article "The Craft Beer Guide to Ohio: Eight Ohio Breweries to Try Right Now."
The White Rajah American IPA is what really caught my attention. White Rajah has won several "Best IPA" Awards. Since I was attending a meeting in Independence, around a half hour away, I headed there on a break between sessions.
TBK consists of several long, narrow rooms filled with beer memorabilia from wall to wall.
Behind each of the two bars are three chalkboards displaying the 30 or so beers on tap.
Normally, there are around a half dozen Brew Kettle beers, the rest guest beers. The placemats are printed daily and also show the beers on tap.
The White Rajah was worth the trip: a nice hops bite plus the right combination of pine and citrus.
TBK's food menu includes barbeque, sandwiches, burgers, and more.
The food is delicious, and servings are ample but not huge; Ohio is the land of giant portions.
Several varieties of beer are for sale. If that weren't enough, one can also brew one's own beer on the premises!
TBK... a "must visit" if in the Cleveland area!

 

 

Cleveland ChopHouse
824 W Saint Clair Ave  
Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 623-0909

Cleveland ChopHouse and Brewery is a brewpub in the warehouse district of downtown Cleveland. One enters into the spacious restaurant in an old brick building with dark paneling and lots of large windows, and can stay in the restaurant or go left to a very separate bar area.
The bar has perhaps a half dozen tables with lots of space in between, and an adequately-sized bar with part of the brewing operation visible through windows where the bar mirror would usually be.
ChopHouse has twelve of their own beers on tap. They are tasty, seem true to style, and are not particularly expensive.
The food was good and not overly priced, but as a steakhouse, some of the items seemed pricey.