During my senior year at Baldwin-Wallace, what came to be one of my favorite college town bars in Berea opened on the Berea Triangle. That bar was The Cornerstone Brewing Company. This past Saturday, Hans and I met his Aunt Solveig & Uncle Dave for an afternoon of beer, food, Masters coverage and laughs.
From their website, you get the vibe of the casual atmosphere they advertise. I love the large windows that let sunlight pour into the restaurant. You’ll also see from their beer listing, they are always developing new seasonal and specialty brews.
After the usual discombobulation of trying to get out of the house on a Saturday afternoon, we arrived around 3:00 to find Aunt Solveig and Uncle Dave perfectly positioned at a table near the bar between the two large screen televisions. The men were very concerned about making sure they didn’t miss A SINGLE MINUTE of the Masters coverage. Our waiter was very kind to us and caved into my husband’s sporting coverage needs. Overall, he was one SPEEDY waiter: we’d ask for a glass of water and he’d be back with it before you realized he was gone. When I asked the difference between portion sizes, he went and got the plates that they would be served on. Super polite and helpful, I give him two thumbs up.
Seeing that we were at one of my favorite local breweries, I had to partake in an adult beverage. I chose the Cornerstone Pale Ale: “A classic American pale ale, crisp & clean with a lively citrus and herbal hop flavor. Smooth and refreshing without that resiny bite associated with its brethern IPA”:
I’m not much of a drinker, but you can’t beat a cold beer on a sunny afternoon. It was just as tasty as I remembered.
Since it was mid-afternoon, I wasn’t very hungry. I stuck with the House Garden Salad, with “mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, croutons” with their house made apricot vinaigrette:
I ordered the small sized portion with the dressing on the side. I have to admit the dressing wasn’t quite as flavorful that I hoped for, but I appreciated the abundance of food for the “small” house salad.
Hans went golfing earlier that morning, so he was famished by the time he ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wrap: “crispy chicken breast spun in buffalo sauce and wrapped in a cheddar jalapeno tortilla with lettuce, tomatoes, mixed cheese and bleu cheese dressing”. He chose the brew fries as his side.
I managed to snag a bite before Hans devoured every single morsel of food. I love me some spice, and this wrap had plenty! I love a kickin’ buffalo sauce and theirs did not disappoint. The kick was only enhanced by the cheddar jalapeno wrap – which I plan to track down at my local grocery store ASAP. I didn’t get around to trying one of those fries, but Hans assured me that they were incredibly tasty.
Aunt Solveig and Uncle Dave shared an order of the Veggie Quesadilla: “A whole wheat tortilla grilled and stuffed with mixed cheese, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, onions, spinach, and avocado. Drizzled with sour cream and served with fresh Pico de Gallo”:
When ordering, they mentioned they would be splitting it and asked for no mushrooms. Noting the special request, the kitchen split the order accordingly and prepared two perfectly grilled pieces of tortilla goodness for each plate Score another bonus point for our service!
Uncle Dave took a quick first bite of the Pico de Gallo with the accompanying lettuce and noted its spice. He wanted me to mention he has a lower threshold for spice, so he wasn’t quite as prepared as he should have been for that first bite! They both said they really enjoyed the quesadilla, which had a great balance of cheese, veggies and just enough spice to keep it interesting.
LONG STORY SHORT: Considering we all practically licked our plates clean and rocked a few rounds of house made brews, I can again give my stamp of approval on my favorite Cleveland brewery. I love The Cornerstone’s laid-back/suburbia atmosphere, solid pub grub, tasty beverages and friendly service staff. When you find yourself craving a mid-afternoon beer, roll on over to Berea and into The Cornerstone Brewing Company – you won’t regret it!