Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Active Beers: 42
Beer Ratings: 11,131
Beer Avg: 3.99
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 24
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by buschbeer:
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I made a trip to Hoppin' Frog to get some BA DORIS. It is located in an industrial park at the production facility. I arrived 5-10 minutes before they opened. I was surprised to see to other cars with people waiting. A line actually formed.
The doors opened up promptly at 5p. I sat down and looked at the draft list and was amazed at the selection. They had about every beer that they made. There were several that I had not even heard of before. They also had some great guest taps, but who needs them when there is such a selection of house beers available. They also had bottled beer for onsite consumption or to go.
I, of course, went straight for the barrel-aged beers. I also happened to be there for "Tower Tuesday." They pick two beers each Tuesday to pour into 100 ounce beer towers over selected coffee beans. On the day that I was there the poured Cleveland Crusher over banana nut coffee beans, and Frosted Frog over southern pecan coffee beans. Both were fantastic.
The beers were available in 5, 8, and 16 ounce pours. I liked the fact that I could try small amounts of higher ABV beer and not get rocked. Their beers are not the cheapest. That is the reason I have limited experience with their beer given the widespread availability. An eight ounce pour of BA DORIS was $6.99. Although I was there for happy hour, and it was $.50 cheaper ($1 off 16oz pours).
They had a limited menu, but they were appealing dishes. I had a fall platter that consisted of pork tenderloins with apple chutney and mashed sweet potatoes. It was delicious. Frosted Frog was the recommended beer pairing. I had the pecan coffee infused version with my meal, and it was one of the best meals and pairings I have had in a long while.
Basically, what I am saying is that I loved my experience at the taproom. The food was great. The beer was amazing. There were no televisions which encouraged conversation which was easy to do because the place got packed quickly. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. The prices on the beer are a little high. The food prices were fine. I cannot wait to go back.
11-15-2013 00:38:38 | More by buschbeer
More User Reviews:
4.68/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I visited the brewery while in town last week, and was blown away by the experience overall.
First, it's right next to the giant Goodyear blimp hangar and inside what seems to look like an old garage/storage unit complex. It's quite ominous at first. I was wondering if I was at the right place. But once inside, whoa man, was it entirely different. Nice bar, nice floors; great lighting, televisions for both the menu and viewing, and an overall welcoming atmosphere.
Once we sat down (which was out back on the patio), we were quickly served and told about some "rare" out of town beers, which included Three Floyd's Man-O-Awe ($10). I was also directed to their Rare & Vintage menu, which was included in the back of the standard beer and food menu. That list of oddities was incredible and we shared a few bottles from it, none of which were as good as the 2011 BA Boris Royale for $50.
The standard beers ranged from $2-$4 a taster (4oz.) to $4-$8 for a pint, depending on the beer. The food offerings were also reasonably priced.
I'm planning a return visit in November, and next time I'm planning on bringing things home. Awesome place. Definitely one of the nicest overall breweries I've ever been to.
07-22-2014 14:14:34 | More by BKRMKR
Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, OH
97 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.