Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Thirsty Dog Brewing CompanyThirsty Dog Brewing Company
Thirsty Dog Brewing CompanyThirsty Dog Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

529 Grant St. Suite B
Akron, Ohio, 44311
United States

(330) 252-BREW | map

Notes: The tap room will be open from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2-6 p.m. on Saturdays.
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Photo of jsquire
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This is the taproom at the Thirsty Dog Brewing facility. It is dog friendly, which is cool and theme appropriate. They do have most of their packaged beers on tap, and a few taproom only offerings. It is a neat factory space with attentive staff and and good beer.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Note: this review is of the production facility taproom, not the newer tasting room up the street)
Parking looks like it could be an issue at a busy time, and finding your way to the tasting room bar, though well marked, did give us a little pause as we seemed to go through production areas.

The bar looks like it could hold 20 or so people with a few extra tables around. You are pretty much in the middle of the brewery and barrel rooms, as I saw it. As such, it had a bit of a production room feel, like an after thought.

The brewery had on tap a decent selection of lighter and pale beers, combined with their stronger stuff, as well as barrel aged and sour offerings. The paler beers were ok, the bigger beers were better. Sours and BA stuff was hit and miss.

Service was adequate, on the ball and distracted at different times. The cash only policy is a tad strange.

Overall it seemed like a place to try out their beers and buy any you found - definitely a tasting room versus a taproom, if that makes sense. You can grab a couple pints, for sure, but it's not really too much of a meeting place.

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Photo of shanegatter
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great small bar vibe that was not very busy. you are actually have walk past the brewery into the warehouse (watch out for the passing forklift). They also offer cheap ($1) samples.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

This is a brewery experience so low level it's almost from a currently employed brewer's perspective. Walk through the fermenters, smell that stinky feet aroma, and, if you walked down the correct hallway, plop up to a sticky bar stool and seal your forearm to the bar-top and let the taps start flowing nothing but Thirsty Dog brews.

On top of all that, bring your own food if you so desire, and even your own, living, breathing, barking, begging, smiling, drooling dog.

Even though you can always find a bottle locally, they don't always have their year-round beers on tap here. Some days you won't be able to get a Leghumper, and others Whippet Wheat will be mysteriously missing. But at the same time, you'll see other offerings, like an "accidentally" soured Christmas ale or porter, a really hardcore new Belgian ale, or another experimental hop-forward IPA.

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Photo of jp32
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Hands-down the best brewery experience I have had to date. First, when you walk in the door you are right directly next to their brewing tanks. Then you walk down a short hallway to the taproom, and its located inside one of the barrel storage areas. All of this located in an old warehouse. It smells of a brewery like one should, with the ambiance of being right inside. Forklifts with grain beep in reverse as they haul a load by your table. I only wish I could rate them higher than a 5 for the "Vibe" category.

I felt a person would not have to inquire about a tour of this facility, as just being there is a tour itself. You can walk into barrel rooms, look around a little bit, and everyone is happy about it. This place doesn't have the uppity stuck-up (excuse me Sir, only VIP people can go in there) blah blah that a lot of breweries like to throw around. It was a welcoming experience, the opposite of many other breweries I've been to (including another one about 10-15 miles away).

Of course the beer is mediocre, but I was delighted to see 3 or 4 different barrel aged options on the chalkboard when I walked in, knowing instantly that they were trying to do cool things here.

The bartender purposely attempted to over-charge us, and it was so rehearsed you could tell she does this regularily and throws the extra in her tip jar.... However, she was so friendly and polite when I pointed it out (part of the game), that I won't hold it against them.

If you are in the area-- this is THE ONLY brewery worth a stop!

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Photo of Bonis
4.42/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

If aesthetics are your thing, this is not the place to go. If you want to be in the middle of an awesome historical production brewery, this IS the place to go. You won't find food, but the variation of beer was enough to make this my favorite stop on a recent brewery sweep thru NE Ohio area. They had about 16-20 taps of their own beers and everything I tried was quite good. There are tons of barrels lining the walls as well. Very cool brewery. Like other said, cash only, which is a little weird... oh, well.

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Photo of ryand14
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here on my way thru Akron to Cleveland. Any interesting place to visit with the tasting room set up in the middle of the brewery. There is not much parking around the building and I thought I was at the wrong place at first. I stopped on a Wednesday night so there wasn't many other people there, but it's not a very big space so seating could be limited on a busier night. They had a decent selection on tap and in bottle to go. They also only take cash here, so come prepared. Worth stopping by at and only a little bit away from Hoppin Frog.

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Photo of MANix73
4/5  rDev -5%

Not much parking. Good selection of beers on tap (only Thirsty Dog). A little pricey. Decent tour for free. Bottom line, a must stop for beer lovers big on hitting up breweries. Only 15 minutes from Hoppin' Frog. Hit them both up on a Saturday afternoon (neither is open on Sunday).

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This is my second time to the brew pub. Great experience as always. Promptly greated by both bartenders. We did a flight of all beers available. They pored 4 at a time so they would not sit. The only issue that I have is the atmosphere. The brew pub needs some work. No a/c, no credit cards, and it feels very unfinished. I hope this is corrected as I believe this is the best brewery in Ohio.

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Photo of Raleigh95
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I stopped in briefly while traveling - I grew up in Akron and had high hopes for this place. Good atmosphere, and they brew plenty of styles. Nice staff, pleasant with good service. They have lots of stuff available in bottles, and apparently they distribute fairly widely.

The beer, though - ugh. The Cerberus Tripel was drinkable, but far too sweet and fell way beyond the style. I tried samples of two others - the 330 Summit IPA and the Terrier Pale Ale. Undrinkable. My first homebrew attempts from kits were MUCH better than this. Too bad - I managed to get the samples down and split.

Anyway, they have lots of styles, so go try 'em, and support local beer! Caveat emptor...

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Excellent beer. Cool environment right inside brewery. Smells fantastic. I would rate higher, but they are cash only, have very limited hours, no food, and parking is an issue.

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Photo of Docrock
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Nice little tasting room. Had a ton of beers available to try. Samples are easily provided on all but Barrel Aged beers. There were 6 different Barrel Aged Beers available ( awesome ). Staff was friendly. Tasting room is small, probably can;t hold more than 40-50 people in total. Well worth the visit if you happen to be rolling through Akron as I was. Location is right off I-76 so its easy off and easy right back on.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

(Visited 03/2011): Thirsty Dog's brewery/tap room is located on Ghent Rd not too far off I-76. There is a decent-sized lot along the building.

The interior is long and narrow with the bar running along the right side and tables on the left. Rather large bottle collection as well as barrels add to the decor. They also have a cooler for to-go beer.

Thirsty Dog has around 12 of their brews on tap. Many of the standard offerings such as Labrador Lager, Old Leghumper, Cerberus, Irish Setter and Siberian Night. Some unique options as well such as Barrel Aged Siberian Night.

Service was good on a weekend afternoon. The staff knows the beers well and is courteous.

Overall I am glad there is an option for Thirsty Dog in Akron again so many years after the demise of the brewpubs. Definitely worth a stop in the Akron area.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Just opened as of early October 2010! 12 beers on tap served inside the brewery, at a rustic bar. Nice girl bartending, very helpful.

Not much atmosphere here (no music, decor, games, screens), very industrial. Just beer inside a working brewery! It is cool to see the forklifts going back and forth carrying hops, and it smells all over. I actually like this better than, say, a sports bar!

No food either (not even free pretzels or something like that), but they may have something in the future.

Among the beers on tap... Hoppus Maximus, Cerberus, Siberian Night, Old Leghumper, Orthus. Nice selection, I only missed an IPA or two.

Quality is very high. Everything is incredibly fresh and brewed right there, around you. Doesn't get any better!

Prices were maybe a little steep for a taproom. $4 for a pint, $5 for a snifter of the specialty beers, $5 for a growler plus $12 or $15 for a refill. It's almost like bar prices! But it is worth being at the source.

If you're in Akron, check the Dog room out!!!

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, OH
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