Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Hoppin' Frog BreweryHoppin' Frog Brewery
Hoppin' Frog BreweryHoppin' Frog Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1680 E Waterloo Rd
Ste F
Akron, Ohio, 44306-4523
United States

(330) 352-4578 | map

Notes: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is a small, hands-on brewery in Akron, Ohio making very flavorful beers in the most flavorful styles. We brew the highest quality beer with an uncompromising focus on detail, from the ingredient selection to the brewing process.

Hoppin’ Frog is the concept of owner and established brewmaster Fred Karm, who has designed and produced 22 award winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, the two most prestigious contests in the world. Hoppin’ Frog Brewery was established in 2006, and now distributes beer in 22 states and 38 foreign countries.
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beerookie from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The tasting room is a bit eclectic but the beers have always been spectacular and the basic foods have gone well with the beer.

I suspect that when they open back up they will be inundated with complaints about the direction Fred is taking the brewery. Hoppin Frog has always made stouts, porters, and barrel aged stuff that can hang with the best in the world. Now, for some reason, it's all about chintzy desert beers with names you could never remember, and why would you want to!

"Coconut Rum Barrel-Aged Peanut Butter Hazelnut Caramel Chocolate Cake Stout" Are you kidding? One of the many simply disgusting beers that Hoppin Frog has released recently.

Hopefully this fad of sickening sweet desert beers will soon pass and Hoppin Frog will go back to what they did very well!

Apr 21, 2021
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

These guys hands down brew some of the best beers I've ever had (and I've had tons). Their food menu is limited but great as well. Staff was really nice, can't wait till my next visit whenever this pandemic is over.

May 27, 2020
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Blogjackets from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

High marks for a very good tap list and plenty of current and older bottles. Limited menu but those items are good (eg charcuterie board). Food specials are usually the thing to get.

Mar 18, 2020
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KurtisCarman from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Really small space. Didn't have any food but I imagine this place would be way cooler if it was all bar and cocktail tables without food so you could just stand around and drink. Anyways, the beer is killer and the bartender was good which is what really matters. Would definitely go again.

Nov 17, 2018
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

I was very disappointed because I stood and waited for someone to help me for a few minutes with no avail. Finally ordered a barrel-aged barleywine to drink and it was phenomenal place was packed which there is opportunity to have a couple more.

Jul 29, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

I’m a big fan of their BA stuff so I was excited to see so many (Boris, Doris, Toris) on tap. Pretty cheap 4 oz pours too. Fun crowd, good ambiance. Nice merge and Togo beers

Apr 26, 2018
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dueserdo from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Just had a Bomber bottle of in-ten-sity. Enjoyed this Barley style at 12% ABV and an IBU of 70. Listed as Retired, no longe brewed. Makes me wonder how long it was sitting on the shelf. Regardless, it was very enjoyable.

Feb 26, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The quality of the beer here is enough to warrant a high review. The simple, no frills taproom is really awesome. Located just outside of town, the basically have a beer compound with the brewing, taproom and offices all together. Cozy up and get one of a ton of great beer on tap or in a bottle to go. Great place.

Oct 07, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I recently visited Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, Ohio. It is nearby Akron Fulton International Airport and is right off E. Waterloo Rd (224), but it is easy to miss. I had to make a U-turn. Next to the brewery there is a trailer & hitch company featuring a white building with red window frames and a blue building. It stands out. When you see that exit the road before you pass those buildings and the Hoppin’ Frog is right there.

I’ve had many of their beers previously, the various BORIS and DORIS Imperial Stouts and some IPAs and all the beers I’ve tasted have been top notch. On my visit I had a few beers including DORIS the Destroyer the Nitro version. It was probably the most smooth and creamy Imperial Stout I’ve ever had. We also bought a few bottles to take home. If you like Stouts this is the place for you. Unlike most breweries I’ve been to they served food in the tasting room (no food truck) and they had waiters serving on you. They had a quite good menu. I had the BORIS BBQ sandwich for ten dollars, and it was delicious and paired well with a BORIS Imperial Stout. The service was friendly and knowledgeable and the food and the beers came pretty quickly. Overall I think it was a very nice brewery with a good atmosphere.

May 26, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really enjoyed our evening at this brewpub. Seemed a little bit like a neighborhood bar.

We showed up, and there was a decent selection of about 10-15 beers, many of which were the stouts we get in DC. We asked the bartender to set us up with a sampler of non-stouts, and he did a good job (we ended up taking home 2 of the choices). The selections in general tended towards bigger beers (Wee Heavy, DIPA, Barleywines, etc), though they had a couple in the more normal range.

The service was nice, prompt, and friendly. The food was basically bar food, but with a few twists and oddities. What we had was quite tasty.

Would definitely stop by here again at any opportunity.

May 04, 2017
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BigGun from Tennessee

4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is an unusual location. An uninspired interior. Unusual but good food and unusual but great beers. I like to stop whenever I get a chance. If you have never had a turbo shandy that taste like and kicks like a whiskey sour, then you haven't been to Hoppin Frog Brewery.

Apr 07, 2017
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Beef_Curtains from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

The taproom isn't very big and looks like a pretty ordinary bar. You can't see any of the brewing equipment while you drink. They have about a dozen house beers on tap as well as a few guest taps. Most of their draft beers are also in bottles (which they sell to-go or drink-in), only a couple were draft only. Draft sizes are 5, 8, and 16 oz. and they also do flights. But no growlers. The food menu is small, mostly BBQ and chips. I had the pulled pork sandwich which was delicious and filling. The bartenders looked barely old enough to drink the beer, but were friendly and attentive. Overall, I'd say it's worth visiting you're in the area. Don't come here looking for a bunch of brewery exclusives, but it is a cheaper way to try a lot of their beers (which are quality) without having to buy their bombers.

Feb 03, 2016
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RayOhioFelton from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4

I was a huge fan of Hoppin Frog until a few poor experiences ruined this place for me. Don't get me wrong the beer is great and if that's what you are looking for you found it. However, I was in a while back to purchase a case of BA Doris (when they said it was brewery only and then 4 weeks later it hit the shelf.) I was also buying 2 snifters. I asked for a "taste" since they had it on tap. Not a sample not a glass...a taste. They charged me $1.75 for a one ounce pour on top of my $180 in purchases. I emailed Fred telling him I had this experience and he said he was glad his bartenders charged me because it is the law. Odd how any other craft bar or brewery provides tastes to assure you like a beer before you buy it. Never spent another dime on their beer since!

Jan 30, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The actual physical bar itself is one of the highest-end bars I've seen in a brewpub. The setting is a little open and bright compared to most bars, but it's not about coming in, sitting back, staying a while, and getting drunk. It's about experiencing high-end beers that are just about as fresh from the fermenters as you can get anywhere, and pairing it with unique food combinations, if you're so inclined.

Aside from their own extensive draft list, which is always well-distributed between styles and features numerous variations of their flaghips, they serve some of the rarest beers offered on draft in this state, some of which are direct competitors and rivals. For example, right now they have Bell's Expedition Stout, making it easy for the customers to directly compare it to DORIS; even better, since it was just IPA week, they had Jackie O's Mandala Citra, Brew Kettle El Lupulo Libre, Alpine Duet, Grapefruit Sculpin AND Sorry Not Sorry so the customer could directly compare them to Gangster Frog, Goose Juice, Hoppin to Heaven, and Teeny Tiny Test Batch Special Hop. Plus, they always have bottles of Thirsty Dog's Wulver in stock because that's the kind of respect they have for excellent beer, even though they brew and barrel-age their own Wee Heavy.

On to Frog's own beers on tap, as I said they always have a wide variety of styles to choose from, and they always make sure to put their freshest stuff on draft. Having had two of their IPAs the same day they were kegged, I have to tell you, this can be an absolutely amazing experience. What's funny about how delicious those are, their IPAs aren't even their best beers. They also like to get creative by infusing their beers every Tuesday in towers. Sometimes it can be a little weird, but other times, they really hit the jackpot and it's always worth trying out.

As far as the food goes, Akron is a burger and pizza town, but Frog eschews that. It's great that they put forth the effort to find local produce and meat purveyors and cook food few places around here offer. As long as you know you're not at a burger joint, and you'll be paying for premium brew, you're in for a treat.

Dec 15, 2015
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buzzy from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Loved this place. Sat at the bar and the service was exceptional. All the employees were interested in talking with the customers, especially about beer. I will stop again when back in the area.

Dec 04, 2015
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brewohio1 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place with world class beers and great food. Fred the owner is one nicest people you will ever meet. He is very knowledgable and loves to talk to you about his beers.

Jul 10, 2015
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ryand14 from Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I went thru Akron on my way to Cleveland to stop at Hoppin Frog & Thristy Dog. I really enjoyed this place. They had a great selection on tap and did 5oz pours which was great since I was driving but was still able to try a couple incredible beers. I did not try the food, but the menu looked decent. To go bottle selection was also very good. Would recommend stopping here to anyone passing thru Akron.

Jun 10, 2015
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BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Mar 16, 2015
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kansascobleigh from Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +3%
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.

Jan 10, 2015
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MANix73 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Nov 30, 2014
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

Oct 28, 2014
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Oct 09, 2014
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BKRMKR from Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Jul 22, 2014
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mikepcarney from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Jun 26, 2014
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EMB1960 from North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Jun 23, 2014
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