Where Berea turns into Beerea
The Cornerstone Brewing Company is definitely restaurant over brewery, but is perfectly placed in historic downtown Berea, Ohio. Set in a rehabbed warehouse, right in downtown it has all of the look and feel of what a brewery/eatery should be. Exposed brick, duct work and one hell of a sweet looking bar. Northeastern has a collection of great breweries, but Cornerstone knows how to carry through on the fundamentals of being a successful one. Great atmosphere, great food, great building and of course great beer.
One thing I realized immediately, was there was no music playing. Ordinarily, this would be a big red mark for me, but for some reason it was okay. With the buzz of the dinner crowd humming, it was a comfortable setting. With a menu that has something for everyone, burgers and pizza are must-haves. I had a reuben attack when I opened the menu and saw the corned beef reuben because I had a taste for one. I wasn't disappointed as I got my sandwich loaded with shaved corned beef, sauerkraut, 1000 island dressing, swiss all topped on nicely toasted rye.
I needed a solid beer to wash down my tasty reuben. I'm a sucker for IPAs and went with their cornerstone brew (pun intended) named Seven. It was so good, I had four.
Seven IPA - A hoppy, but drinkable beer that was perfect for my reuben and would have accented a juicy burger as well.
Style: American IPA
Thank god for places like Cornerstone. Adding back to historic downtown areas and keeping old buildings alive. These types of places are becoming the 'cornerstone' of the craft beer trend.