The BottleHouse – Cleveland, OH
The BottleHouse is a unique establishment in that it is a bar, a brewery, a mini arcade and a performance venue, at first glance existing in equal measure.
The large, open tasting room is more a neighborhood meeting hall with gorgeous long tables facing a bank of windows to the street. Those windows let a diffused, hazy light in during the early afternoon that is intoxicating enough on its own – and that’s before you get to the bar.
During Cleveland Beer Week they were offering a well-rounded assortment of house-brewed beers. The Oaked Vanilla Bourbon Porter was a standout pour. A bit on the thin side, with brisk malts and smooth, smoky bourbon. Their Kristall Weizen, a German wheat with the slightest tart and refreshing spritz of carbonation, was rich and golden and lived up to its namesake in cloudless appearance, with a very sessionable ABV that didn’t sacrifice flavor.
The big surprise was the BottleHouse’s own mead. Sweet Oaked Wildflower was as delicious to taste as it was beautiful to see, with the almost clear beverage imparting clean candy notes and ending in a dessert-like finish.
A quick tour of the production area revels the diminutive scale of BottleHouse’s operation. That small size does nothing to impair their ability to craft solid beer. With eight constantly rotating taps devoted to creative house brews, they are kept busy pushing the envelope and finding new flavors for Cleveland Heights patrons to enjoy.
And the AC/DC pinball? Forget about it.
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