Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.89/5
Hoppin' Frog BreweryHoppin' Frog Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(330) 352-4578 | map
www.hoppinfrog.com

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Added by AltBock on 10-23-2006

BEER STATS
Beers:
69
Reviews:
4,611
Ratings:
13,684
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
108
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
6.59%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
24
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 108
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I made a trip to Hoppin' Frog to get some BA DORIS. It is located in an industrial park at the production facility. I arrived 5-10 minutes before they opened. I was surprised to see to other cars with people waiting. A line actually formed.

The doors opened up promptly at 5p. I sat down and looked at the draft list and was amazed at the selection. They had about every beer that they made. There were several that I had not even heard of before. They also had some great guest taps, but who needs them when there is such a selection of house beers available. They also had bottled beer for onsite consumption or to go.

I, of course, went straight for the barrel-aged beers. I also happened to be there for "Tower Tuesday." They pick two beers each Tuesday to pour into 100 ounce beer towers over selected coffee beans. On the day that I was there the poured Cleveland Crusher over banana nut coffee beans, and Frosted Frog over southern pecan coffee beans. Both were fantastic.

The beers were available in 5, 8, and 16 ounce pours. I liked the fact that I could try small amounts of higher ABV beer and not get rocked. Their beers are not the cheapest. That is the reason I have limited experience with their beer given the widespread availability. An eight ounce pour of BA DORIS was $6.99. Although I was there for happy hour, and it was $.50 cheaper ($1 off 16oz pours).

They had a limited menu, but they were appealing dishes. I had a fall platter that consisted of pork tenderloins with apple chutney and mashed sweet potatoes. It was delicious. Frosted Frog was the recommended beer pairing. I had the pecan coffee infused version with my meal, and it was one of the best meals and pairings I have had in a long while.

Basically, what I am saying is that I loved my experience at the taproom. The food was great. The beer was amazing. There were no televisions which encouraged conversation which was easy to do because the place got packed quickly. The bartenders were friendly and attentive. The prices on the beer are a little high. The food prices were fine. I cannot wait to go back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of shanegatter
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
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 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of nelsonr_emi
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Beef_Curtains
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of RayOhioFelton
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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 -53.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.34/5  rDev -42.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.25 | food: 1

This place serves very great beer. However, that beer comes at a premium, and you must drink it while seated in what you would otherwise think is a subway restaurant. Terrible decor, terrible booth/table/seating situation, bad menu, etc... Two employees, who I am guessing to be bar staff management, stand and glare bad looks at the customers. They don't help at all, and really I'm not sure what their purpose is other than to give customers bad stares.

The whole place was uncomfortable. The bar area has the delightful feel of a Subway restaurant.... which is very strange considering their menu items are HUGELY overpriced and undersized. The food blows. Kid-sized serving sizes. Mediocre food quality. Fine dining prices. Basically-- the beer is perfect, but buying food here is a terrible idea.

Viewed from the outside their building is a huge pole-barn size structure with a 25+ foot roof... so again, I'm not sure why they are serving beer in such a tiny little restaurant-y type room. It looks bad and feels awkward.

If you like Hoppin Frog's beer, I agree with you whole-heartedly. If you're from out of town and considering stopping in to see their place, I'd advise against it. This isn't a place worth spending your time at.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
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 alcohol-serving establishments, 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.

But first, the beer selection, which is the primary focus of course. Aside from their own beers, they serve some of the rarest beers offered on draft in this state, some of which are direct competitors and rivals to Frog. 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.

There are VERY FEW breweries that are brave enough to serve their customers brews from other establishments, even huge breweries that have nothing to worry about don't offer outside brews. Frog also brings in a ton Belgian and other European beers that are hard to get at bars that consider their tap lists expansive.

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, it's pretty refreshing that they don't have a grill top and aren't doing burgers, fries, and pizza like just about everyone else under the sun that has a beer on their menu. That said, Akron is a burger and pizza town--very few establishments here make anything worth sitting down and taking your time to enjoy. So almost everyone that steps in looking for a simple beer and a burger gripes about the food, and the prices. From my point of view, the fact that they put forth the effort to find local produce and meat purveyors and cook something no one else around here offers is great. Consistency has been an issue since they lost their first superb chef and have had a few others come on and off.

Now, beware, Frog's location is terrible, ugly, hard to understand where to pull in, and downright dangerous being right on the highway. If you're not familiar with the area, you will be shocked when you finally realize that yes, that's the turn you're supposed to take. As long as you figure out where you're going, realize you're going to be spending some serious dough, and truly love high quality craft beer, you're in for a real treat.

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Photo of Shawnadams330
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of buzzy
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Brown120
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of scott2269
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JArt
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of kkdowning
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of brewohio1
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of OGFGabv
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Really enjoy this place. Great beer and good food. Be sure to get there early as it is not very big and it does fill up fast.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ryand14
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, OH
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