Portage Lakes Brewing Co.

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13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
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503 Portage Lakes Dr.
Akron, Ohio, 44319
United States
phone: (330) 644-2337

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Notes:
Despite the misleading name, they're not a brewery; they're a wine and beer store.

(Place added by: btorsdog on 07-07-2011)
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Photo of ThreeLeafClover
1/5  rDev -77%

Do you like overpaying for craft beer? Do you like IPAs that are more than a year old? Then Portage Lakes Brewing Company is the place for you!

They have a great selection and a good distributor, but you can expect to pay at least $1-2 more for everything in the store. About a month ago, they got Columbus Brewing Company's Super Fresh Hop on tap. Guess how much a 64 ounce growler was? $24.99. My local Acme had it for $12.99 for a 64 ounce growler. Are you kidding me? That's straight up extortion.

Also, CHECK BOTTLE DATES. Every time I've been there (5+ times), I have found IPAs that are well-past the best by date.

I've asked the owner about the prices and he denied they are any higher than other stores (ha). I've left comments on their Facebook page asking why prices are so high, but they delete the comments. So good luck getting a straight answer as to the reason for the excessive mark-up.

Do yourself a favor and drive to Bottles 101 in Kent, Mustard Seed in Fairlawn or any decent grocery store. This place is frustrating.

Photo of Talisy
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here while in the area. This is a great place to buy craft beer, very high quality selection. Wish I lived closer, this store is full of great beer, locals and even west coast. Picked up a speedway and a couple local singles. Owner very helpful and friendly. I will be back.

Photo of Voovanzi
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Have visited 'PLBC' three times, most recently Aug. 1st. This place has one of the best beer selections in the area. They also have a decent wine selection and two taps of hard cider. Kinda nice to sip a pint while perusing.

The selection is pretty wide, covering almost all american crafts with a solid foreign/belgian stock. I was able to find several coveted brews, such as 3 Floyds Drednaught and Fat Heads Headhunter IPA.

It was also cool to be able to meet both the owners while I was there. Jason and Tony are passionate about beer and eager to help/suggest. They were even willing to order me something as long as they could find it.(1/6 barrel kegs too!)

PLBC is definitely worth a try if you're in the Portage Lakes area.

Photo of Dan_Bowman
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Drove past this place a few times before stopping in. Certainly gald I did. My first stop here was 7/10/2012. They have an awesome selections of rare beers that I haven't seen in any other Ohio beer shop. Some examples.. 3 floyds, The Bruery, and rare Dogfish Head 22 oz's. All prices were reasonably priced. Had several coolers of six packs and a few coolers of single bottles (all micro QUALITY breweries) as well as several shelves of bottles and six packs. Have small wine and cigar rooms. Great stop for golfers that want to pick up a 6 pack and a cigars befor golfing. They offer a "rewards" program.. buy ten 6 packs or 22's and get a free "gift". They also offer delivery service in the immediate area for an additional $10. I am out of the deliery area but that is a pretty cool feature. Had a few glasses to purchase.

Will definately be visiting this place again. Highly recommend this place to anyone in the Portage Lakes, Coventry, Wadsworth, Copley area!

Photo of Jedischultz
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The name is a misnomer, it is only a retail store. I have heard that the original thought was to eventually have a brewery, will have to ask next time. In the heart of the Portage lakes area of Coventry down the street from The Harbor Inn and Hook, Line and Drinkers. South of Akron, Ohio.

The beer selection is impressive considering the limited amount of quality beer retail stores in the area.

Worker was knowledgeable and friendly. Probably the best place to get a specialty brew in the Coventry/Green/Franklin area.

Photo of btorsdog
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Not really a brewery but a very sweet selection of crafts available.

nice establishment hidden by the "clock" in the Potage Lakes area. Glad to have come across this place and it has become one of my very favorite brew stops! All locals available and quite a few off the wall rarities and seasonals. Large walk in cooler is where the bombers are kept and they got a pretty decent selection.

Everybody i've meet who works here is EXTREMELY COOL! Very knowledgable and awesomely friendly!

They also have a program where you get a reward(glass,opener etc..) after you buy 10 sixers of the good stuff... Pretty Cool!

Delivery is available and other goods are(charcoal , munchies etc..) also there for you;re convienience!

Great little place to check out when your in the area, you won;t be dissapointed! CHEERS :D

Portage Lakes Brewing Co. in Akron, OH
94 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.