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Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.93/5
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44 Beers
12,269 Ratings
Place Score: 97
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 24
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1680 E Waterloo Rd
Ste F
Akron, Ohio, 44306-4523
United States
phone: (330) 352-4578

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hoppinfrog

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Place added by: AltBock on 10-23-2006

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by buschbeer:
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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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Let me just say I absolutely loved the Hoppin Frog taproom. I stopped in on my way back from Cleveland and while I didn't stay long, I did drink a few beers from their plethora of tapped offerings and picked up my fair share of barrel aged brilliance from Hoppin Frog's finest. I loved hoppin frog before, but now I'm almost certain this is my favorite brewery In the world. I have always been at odds with breweries releasing barrel aged beers 1 time a year. Why? You are brewers... why not brew your most highly rated stouts all year? What happens when big John works 350 days a year and happens to be working double time in which he can't afford to lose the pay to go to some special release party for the release of a Bourbon barrel stout? I'm almost certain the folks in Akron can drive to Hoppin Frog and find a BBA Boris any day of the year in a bottle. Now that's brewing at its finest. Hoppin Frog brewery, it's ownership, brewers, and employees are doing what craft beer is meant to be by brewing their best stuff as often as possible, keeping things small and welcoming anyone who can stop by. Other brewers should take note and beer fans as well, these guys and girls are doing some of the greatest stuff in our business and I personally enjoy every single minute of it. 2 hours from home? I'm already planning my next visit over the next few months. The people there were great as well! LONG LIVE HOPPIN FROG!! AND IT'S BREWING GENIUS.

Photo of kansascobleigh
4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Overall good experience, staff was eager to help, with exception of the bar manager, she was rude to most customers it seemed. The food was American Pub Grub but was better than average, and the beer was phenomenal. I managed to go through there entire draft list in one sitting (half pints) and was impressed by every beer. Gangsta IPA is especially underrated to me, it is amazing!! I was checking them all in on Untappd and noticed that most of the beer is underrated on the app. This place is worth the trip if you are visiting Cleveland as it is an hour south. I did GLBC and then went here, great trip.

Photo of MANix73
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Nice little tap room & friendly staff. Big variety of Hoppin' Frog & guest taps. One of my favorite Ohio breweries. For the beer geeks, I recommend hitting up Hoppin' Frog & Thirsty Dog on a Saturday afternoon. Only 15 minutes apart.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Stop #442 on my world brewery tour.

Standard industrial park tap room setting with world-class brews. Told the friendly and helpful server to bring me a representation of what I should be drinking (not something I normally do). Came back with a Scottish, OFest, Pumpkin, IPA, and Imperial Stout.

They had two infused beers - an IPA in lime peels and a stout in beans. I had the IPA. Also had lots of vintage/pricy bottles on the menu.

A gem in Akron which lives up to the high rating.

Photo of oldmankoch
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Stopped in this past Tuesday just as the tasting room opened (3pm) as I had about an hour to kill before flying out of Akron. Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. Really appreciate the 3 pour options they offer....5oz 8oz or 16oz. Also was pleasantly surprised to see most all of their heavy hitting Imp stouts on tap along with a wet hop IPA and two infusions. Will definitely stop in next time I'm in town.

Photo of BKRMKR
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.

Photo of mikepcarney
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

We arrived and were quickly greated by the hostess. We sat down at the corner of the bar and was greated by Ashley one of the bar tenders. We did a tasting of all beers the were in tap. She arranged them from light to heavy in flavor. Bat then became very busy, but she continued to give great service. Food did take awhile as the rub wasn't ready for the tacos we ordered. Great experience. The price for samples was a bit high ranging from 3-5. Thirsty dog is only a dollar.

Photo of EMB1960
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Knowledgeable staff, friendly, attentive. Chef came out and spoke with us as did one of the brewers. Nice mid-size taproom. Great beers. We would have tried the food as it looked awesome, but we had eaten earlier, so we passed and just enjoyed some brew.

Photo of toppoop
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The tasting room here is top notch. The food that comes out of that tiny kitchen is very good. Not only are you getting great Hoppin' Frog brews here, but there are several "guest taps" to choose from and a sold selection of rare and vintage bottles from HF and several other breweries. I really enjoy going here. Everyone is very friendly and you will almost always see the owner/brewmaster hanging out chatting with patrons.

Photo of kevin7912
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Stopped here in July 2013 on the way back to IL from an East Coast trip. Barrel Aged Boris on tap along with Bairille Aois. Picked up a mixed case of bombers to bring home and share with friends. Food, drink and service were really good. I hope to have a chance to stop again this year.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I've stopped by Hoppin' Frog several times, back when it was a brewery with no public areas. You would buy beer right there on the floor from the owners and leave.

How things have changed! They seem to have taken over the whole block in this industrial park-mall area, and there is a rather sizable tasting room open to the public. It was packed on a Friday evening after Thanksgiving, also the day Boris Van Winkle was released.

They had a half-hour wait for a table and the bar was packed so we left, but first I looked around... super nice service, very organized. You can buy bottled beer to take home at the counter without a wait, or buy it and sit outside in the covered patio.

Their mark-up for tasting room consumption is only one dollar, which is a good deal (although their beers are very expensive to start with).

They have a nice electronic menu with all their draft beer, which includes a ton of Hoppin' Frog of course plus a bunch of guest taps. I wish I could have tried Van Winkle on tap... (they had sold out of the bottles in the very morning).

25 Hoppin' Frog bombers to choose from, including BORIS Bairille, Barrel-Aged Frog's Hollow, Barrel-Aged Outta Kilter and Cafe BORIS.

I can't wait to come back and try the drafts and the food!

Photo of Langdad1
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

High end Tasting Room atmosphere. 24 beers on tap and a few more in bottles. Creative and ever changing. Tower Tuesday features various HF and other beers poured through hop towers over flavored coffee beans, spices and/or fresh hops as the mood strikes Fred Karm (brewmaster). Wednesday is blendsday making half and half combinations from a variety of selections. Other specials and promotions throughout the week.

Photo of aMILESupreme
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Stopped through wile on tour to grab a beer on our way to Cleveland. Their tasting room is great! Between their to-go beers and on tap they almost everything available. I stopped in particular for the Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S. which was amazing. Definitely recommend stopping by if your in the area.

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, OH
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