The menu at The Brew Kettle is full of BBQ options, so many in fact that we decided to get the sampler platter so we could have a little taste of everything. My fiancee also ordered a simple house salad to start. The salad was basic romaine lettuce with with provolone cheese, grape tomatoes, red onion rings, sunflower seeds and croutons. Everything on the plate was fresh and tasted good, so this salad was a good start.
The platter we ordered came with 1/4 Slab of St. Louis BBQ ribs, BBQ pulled pork, and Smokehouse Wings It was served with a side of skin-on-fries and coleslaw. The flavor of the BBQ sauce on the ribs was tangy, sweet, with just a touch of heat in the end. It added some moisture to the ribs, but it couldn't overcome the moisture level of the meat itself. The meat on the ribs was dry and overcooked. The wings were much better in terms of the meat being moist. The wings had a crispy skin to go with the soft meat, and the smoky flavor was a nice change from the BBQ sauce of the ribs. Finally, the pulled pork also suffered from being somewhat dry. When dipped into the BBQ sauce that came on the side it helped, but not enough to overcome the fact that this pork was overcooked too. The fries could have been a little crispier and could have used a little more salt.
Brew Kettle has a fantastic 30 tap draft beer system that features not only 6-8 of their beers, but also a wide variety of other excellent craft beer options from across the country. This is definitely a destination for Clevelanders looking for a place south of Cleveland that offers a great selection of beer!
Avery Maharaja $2.50, Brew Kettle White Rajah $1.25, Otter Creek Alpine Black IPA $2.00, Brew Kettle Rauchtoberfest $1.25, and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA $2.50. The five samples ended up costing $9.50 total which I thought was a very fair price considering we could create our own sampler. My favorites were the Avery, Brew Kettle's White Rajah and the Stone Black IPA. The least favorite was the Rauchtoberfest which was filled with so much smokey flavor it was like drinking a cigarette. The selection, quality and price of the craft beer at the Brew Kettle is hard to beat and for that reason I give them a 5/5.
Atmosphere and Service
The Brew Kettle environment is clean, not overly noisy and made for a nice dinning experience with our group of 6.
Will I be going back to Brew Kettle, you bet I will. They do make some of the best beer around and I hope next time the food and service can be as good as the brews being made!