Drinking Local, Cleveland Style: Butcher and the Brewer

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On a recent trip to Cleveland I needed to find a place for dinner and beer that catered to a wide array of tastes and that was food allergy friendly.  After having contacted Executive Chef Jim Blevins I knew Butcher and the Brewer was the place for me.  My wife suffers from a variety of food allergies and often eating away from home is a challenge.  Mr. Blevins made himself available to go over the menu with us and pointed out the things that my wife could safely eat, and the variety of different and complimentary flavors available to her was impressive.  Pierogi Flatbread, Aged Beef Sliders, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Chorizo Tacos and Mac and Cheese make a pretty well-balanced and delicious meal in my book.

And then there’s the beer.  There were eight house-made, hand-built beers on tap when we visited, and each was great.  Probably the best-received by my trio was the Albino Stout.  I found both chocolate and vanilla notes in this smooth, full-bodied oat ale.  The Repeater is a German kolsch-style beer with a spicy but not too assertive hops presence and a good grainy texture.  Hasselhefe is a very drinkable hefeweissen/wheat beer with banana and clove notes and a mild sweetness.  Midnight Oil is a coffee stout, and the coffee is up front and in your face.  That’s a good thing.  Stop Hop Kaboom is an American IPA that is piney and delicious.  A long, dry and bitter finish keeps Kaboom gentle on your mind for a good while.  Hopfen Roggen is a tasty and spicy rye ale, beautiful in all its ruby-hued glory.  The Bravo IPA is another resinous beauty that  makes you want another, and at 4.8% ABV, it is one you could revisit a few times.  The most surprising beer to me was the Dunkelweizen.  It was more complex than most, with the banana/clove notes you’d expect, but also with additional layers of flavor, including toffee, roasted grain and a stunning vanilla cream note that really made it unique.  Generally dark wheat beer is a style that’s not high on my list, but if I had to choose only one of the eight brews I’ve described here, I’d have to flip a coin to decide between the Dunkelweizen and the Albino Stout.  With luck the coin would land on its edge and I could have the tastiest Black and Tan that was ever poured.

I don’t want this to sound like a commercial, but consider this a high recommendation:  if you are ever in Cleveland and are looking for a great dining and drinking experience, please treat yourself to  Butcher and the Brewer.  You will not be disappointed!

Butcher and the Brewer
2043 East Fourth Street
Cleveland, OH 44115



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