Stopped in on a Tuesday afternoon. Drove right by the place the first time. It’s in an industrial park type area. The sign doesn’t draw much attention to itself. It is right on the highway, though, so if you know where you’re going, you wouldn’t have trouble getting there. They were bottling the day I got there. All the beer they have for sale is in a cooler right inside the entrance. They have about every beer they make available. The one I didn’t see in the cooler was the one they were bottling that day, and they pulled a couple off the line and gave them to me. Freshest stuff you can get, they said. How often can you say you have a beer with a bottling date of the day you purchase it? The service here was great. Pricing was about what you would pay at a bottle shop. I felt like I was paying a little less, bu upon further inspection, it was about the same. They had t-shirts and hats available as well. Pricing is about what I’ve seen at other breweries for the same thing. When I was talking to the guy that rung me out, he said they were working on adding a taproom to be open some time in the coming year. That will be awesome. I’ll have to come back to check that out.
Located in a warehouse, not too pleasing from the outside (and a little confusing to get to!) but nice spacious inside. They have an extensive tap list and hopefully you brought a DD. Almost all beers are heavy hitters, alcohol wise, with several barrel aged beers on tap, imperial versions of most styles, and even their fruity wheat beer is 7%+! Nonetheless, there is plenty to choose from. I got a grapefruit IPA and coffee peanut butter chocolate porter, which were both delicious. They offer 5, 8 and 16 oz of most beers. There were 2 guest taps and a large bottle list, including vintage and special release beers. The food menu is small but gets the job done. I had the pulled pork nachos, which were a bit cheesy but tasty, and a chicken BLT wrap which was delicious. Pricing is on the high side, but to be expected with high alcohol beers. A great place to go in Akron.
The Hoppin’ Frog Tasting Room is located in the same small industrial park as the brewery, just across the main drag from the Akron Airport. Not much from the outside, and they keep it simple on the inside: A large center bar with seating on both sides, and tables on both sides as well. The atmosphere is cozy. All bottles are in the coolers behind the bar. The place had a single bartender on a quiet afternoon, and she was friendly and attentive. The food is fine, a limited menu of average quality stuff. Prices are fair. But the amount of beer available here is staggering- 20ish house taps, 2 guest taps, 75ish house bottles (when you account for multiple vintages of some) that are all available for on-site consumption and to go, and plenty of guest bottles, too. That’s where this goes from a good brewery to essential visit status. There’s just so much good Hoppin’ Frog stuff available. The quality of the beer is good, too. I’ll always come by if I’m in the area - which is unfortunately rare.
Big gravel parking lot in the back. Went on a fairly busy Tuesday night, but far from full. Bar area when you first come in and a smaller beer garden in the back. I enjoyed the beer garden in the back on a summer evening. Only four entrees on the menu, but honestly I could have gone with any of them. My Cuban sandwich was a average portion and very good. Prices for the food were reasonable. They had a good selection of their beers plus some others. Prices for the beer are high. They have some rare bottles at inflated prices for take away.
This is in an industrial strip just outside of Akron. They have a great line up of their regular beers and a nice selection of fancy bottles (with fancy prices) if you want to get into the vintage and BA bottles. The were doing special treatments of some of the beers when I was there. This is a must stop if going to Akron.
Visited on a tower tuesday and the place was rather packed. We got a table out on the back patio. Great service and the food were alright. I liked that Fred where running around spinning plates and serving samples of special brews and talking to the guest. The only things I would like see changed of this place is better glasswear and give guest free wifi and not only one hour free as it is today. Would love to come back again someday and I envy those living close by this place.
Had a blast here on a quite busy Tuesday night. Got seated outdoors on the patio first, but it was really hot out there so we grabbed the chance to move inside when we got it. Good service all the way, and after a while the owner spent quite some time with us when he found out we were Europeans on a beer trip. Poured us a couple of specials too. Lots of good beers at Hoppin’ Frog, almost all north of 7% ABV, and we wanted to try everything possible so the next day was a bit unpleasant. Bottles to go option too. Be sure to stop by if you’re nearby.
I’ve been to Hoppin Frog 3 or 4 times. Always a great time. I see a lot of posts below bellyaching about ambiance, selection, prices, etc. Waaaa.... I base most of my rating on selection, service, and quality of beer. Ambiance is unique which I like. Service for me has always been superior. The selection is much more than most tasting rooms and the guests taps were significant. In addition you can buy copious amounts of bottles to go. Food I had once and the cuban sandwich was good. Overall value is solid. Fred Karm, the owner, is nearly always around greeting guests.
Quiet industrial park (standard craft beer geography) with several entrances - tasting and dining, distribution, brewing, sales, etc. Beer is really good, but pretty pricy. 5oz samples can be as high as $8 each for limited releases. I didn’t get to try the food, but they do have their BORIS BBQ sauce on every table.