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
hoppinfrog.com

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.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.1
Beers:
84
Reviews:
5,009
Ratings:
14,947
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.34
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
130
pDev:
9.22%
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Reviews by Sabtos:
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Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Dec 15, 2015
More User Reviews:
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Danzifer from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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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mpolewan from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

May 01, 2020
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Blogjackets from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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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themayorkoch from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Feb 16, 2019
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Djon1rpt from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Feb 06, 2019
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KurtisCarman from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -15.7%
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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Coho11 from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jul 28, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -6%
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 -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.

Feb 26, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

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

Feb 10, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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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Chackman151 from Arizona

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

Aug 04, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

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.

May 26, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

May 04, 2017
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NMA from Ohio

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

Apr 25, 2017
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CPAles from Illinois

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

Apr 24, 2017
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BigGun from Tennessee

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.

Apr 07, 2017
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EternalHoppiness from Ohio

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

Feb 20, 2017
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Brian29 from Ohio

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

Jan 06, 2017
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dergar from Ohio

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

Dec 23, 2016
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BubbleBobble from New York

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

Dec 21, 2016
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Bugsmcl from Ohio

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

Nov 26, 2016
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shanegatter from Ohio

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

Jul 09, 2016
Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, OH
Brewery rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 14947 ratings