Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' Frog BreweryHoppin' Frog Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(330) 352-4578 | map

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Added by AltBock on 10-23-2006

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of dueserdo
3.69/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Chackman151
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of NMA
4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BigGun
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of EternalHoppiness
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Brian29
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

Photo of dergar
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of shanegatter
3.76/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

pretty good with great service, beer cost a little more that others in the area. and food was decent

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Photo of Pretendeavor
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of nelsonr_emi
3.99/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of RayOhioFelton
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
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!

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Photo of capt93
1.92/5  rDev -55.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Photo of Sabtos
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Shawnadams330
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, OH
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