The family and I went to Willoughby Brewing Company this past Saturday. We arrived at 6pm thinking we would beat the rush. Not so, apparently the place was full of prom kids. I know-ironic. We were able to get an outside table after I gave him my sob story, ” We came all the way from Akron!!!” Though the original hostess in the waiting area initially told us tough luck. The guy came through and found us a place to sit, it was outside and we actually preferred it.
We had an excellent waitress, one of the best burgers I ever had…and the rest of our food was pretty good too. The beers? Well….
Kaiserhof – A pretty decent, easy drinking Kolsch. If I was drinking pints this night, it would be this one.
Peanut Butter Cup – This was a chocolate, peanut butter, coffee porter. This was surprisingly a very good beer.
Gutterpup – Another porter. Good.
Railway Razz – Not a fan. Not balanced. It seems it was artificially sweetened on top of having an almost…slight vinegary tartness – halfway to a lambic. You can taste rasberry, but it was too much in my opinion. I prefer a light pilsner base with just enough raspberry to ‘know’. This was a little over-the-top.
Hop Jam – This was a black IPA. It was a good beer. I could taste the roasted malts.
Rosana – This is a ‘red rye’ ale. Another good beer.
And finally, the Russian Imperial Stout (BDA?) – If I liked Imperial Stouts, this would be a good one. Very nicely balanced. Nice creamy caramel head. It was just too much after the other beers.
Overall impression? OK selection of beer. I wish there were more easy drinkers – maybe a few lagers. No reason to have two porters either. I actually liked the food better than the beer and the atmosphere was more ‘restauranty’ than brewery with food. I will have to come back when the draft selection has changed as they do have many beers that aren’t all on tap at once.