Visit to the Brew Kettle in Cleveland October 2014

Our trip to The Brew Kettle wasn’t an intentional stop, but near a place where we were visiting for the day.  I couldn’t pass this up.  It’s located in a little strip plaza.  I wan’t sure what to expect but I was hungry.  The inside had a rustic feel to it with the raw wood boards for walls.  We went in around 6pm Sunday.  It was fairly busy.

The 'family' seating area.
The ‘family’ seating area.

I did immediately notice that this place is very family friendly and they did a nice job separating the family eating area with the bar.  I don’t think this was on purpose but due to the building constraints. – but it works.

The bar area.
The bar area.

The bar area leads back to the brewery.  Unfortunately AGAIN, I show up when that area is closed.  I couldn’t even see any part of the production brewery.  See, that’s why I come to these places, to see the stuff…but I usually never can.  Maybe only I care about this as I’m a brewer?

The beers

Anyways, I order a flight of five:

A Brew Kettle flight.
A Brew Kettle flight.

Though they have an extensive tap menu of others, I stuck with the Brew Kettle beers:

The Brew Kettle Imperial Red Eye – I really like this pale ale.  At 8.5% it was very balanced with the alcohol and malty backbone with just enough hops to balance it all out.  I could easily have a few pints of this.

The Brew Kettle Pumpkin Ale – Remarkably similar to the pumpkin I just made – which was great!

The Brew Kettle Big Woody – This was a Munich Lager.  This wasn’t something I cared for.  Paulaner has a good example of a Munich Lager, this fell short…perhaps not enough residual sweetness left which is what I remember Paulaner as having.  *Though I have to admit, being the lightest beer amongst the five, my palate may have been off.  Perhaps it’s a beer to evaluate on it’s own, or at least first (I wasn’t thinking, I had to try the pumpkin first!)

The Brew Kettle El Lupulo Libre – Primarily Mosaic hops in this Imperial IPA.

The Brew Kettle Old 21 – Another Imperial IPA but instead with Simcoe hops.

The last two beers were nearly identical in ‘body’.  I ended up preferring the Mosaic Hopped beer.  It had a better hop aroma and flavor.  They were both good IPA’s regardless.

The food

I ordered the pulled pork sandwich, my wife got the pulled pork nachos and the kids chicken fingers and fries.  My wife’s and I’s choice admittedly had a little to do with research.

My pulled pork sandwich.  It was smoked, but not nearly as smokey as Lagerheads.  The coleslaw was very good, although a little soupy for my taste.  The baked beans were good and the pulled pork was good.  It was moist meat.  Though the bottom bun did get a little soggy for some reason by the time I got 1/3 through it.  Overall a good meal.
My pulled pork sandwich. It was smoked, but not nearly as smokey as Lagerheads. The coleslaw was very good – crisp, although a little soupy for my taste. The baked beans were good and the pulled pork was good – moist meat. Though the bottom bun did get a little soggy for some reason by the time I got 1/3 through it. Overall a good meal.
Yes, that is a mountain of pulled pork.  If you like pulled pork with enough leftovers to make two sandwiches, get this.  My wife didn't care for the salsa though I liked it on it's own.  We preferred the BBQ sauce.
Yes, that is a mountain of pulled pork. If you like pulled pork with enough leftovers to make two sandwiches, get this. My wife didn’t care for the salsa though I liked it on it’s own. We preferred the BBQ sauce.

Overall, we had a good meal with some good beers.  A flight of five 5oz samples was a perfect amount for me through dinner – so about two beers worth.  The service was good too.  I would go back to The Brew Kettle again with my family.

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