Portage Lakes Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good

18 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

503 Portage Lakes Dr
Akron, Ohio, 44319-2269
United States

(330) 644-2337 | map

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Added by btorsdog on 07-07-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
18
Reviews:
7
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
20.45%
 
 
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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of frasoftw
4.86/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Beef_Curtains
2.89/5  rDev -27.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I'll start by mentioning what I like about this place.They have a large selection. Thousands of bottles including some hard-to-find beers. They also have about 20 beers on tap I think, all $5 a pour. The guy working there seemed friendly and helpful.

Now let me tell you the problems I have with this place. The biggest problem is the prices. Every price tag I saw was at least $1 to $3 more than every bottle shop I frequent. They know what people are most interested in and mark that stuff up the highest. Maine Beer Co. bottles? $9.99! A single Alpha King? $5! The mark-up is nuts and I feel bad because some people probably pay this without knowing any better. Another complaint I have is the age of their bottles, I noticed some IPAs dated many months ago and they were still priced high. Definitely check the dates on everything here and don't buy any undated hoppy beers here. It's a shame because the selection and service both seem so good.

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Photo of Ns2361
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Brewski
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of drwatson32
5/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

We stopped buying from grocery stores and exclusively go here. Threeleafclover needs to grow up; this is an independent place and apparently doesn't have any concept of what that entails. That being said, the selection is more diverse than chain grocery stores and prices are much more, if at all, than the big guys. The only out-dated beers I've gotten there were discounted. The vibe is excellent and rewards program for beer glasses is a nice touch. $5 drafts now, no matter what it is!

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Photo of ggino
5/5  rDev +24.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of ThreeLeafClover
1/5  rDev -75.1%

Do you like overpaying for craft beer? Do you like IPAs that are more than a year old? Then Portage Lakes Brewing Company is the place for you!

They have a great selection and a good distributor, but you can expect to pay at least $1-2 more for everything in the store. About a month ago, they got Columbus Brewing Company's Super Fresh Hop on tap. Guess how much a 64 ounce growler was? $24.99. My local Acme had it for $12.99 for a 64 ounce growler. Are you kidding me? That's straight up extortion.

Also, CHECK BOTTLE DATES. Every time I've been there (5+ times), I have found IPAs that are well-past the best by date.

I've asked the owner about the prices and he denied they are any higher than other stores (ha). I've left comments on their Facebook page asking why prices are so high, but they delete the comments. So good luck getting a straight answer as to the reason for the excessive mark-up.

Do yourself a favor and drive to Bottles 101 in Kent, Mustard Seed in Fairlawn or any decent grocery store. This place is frustrating.

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Photo of Talisy
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Jasonchair
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Bjango
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of krevinrroyd
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ThaJokerWild
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.53/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here while in the area. This is a great place to buy craft beer, very high quality selection. Wish I lived closer, this store is full of great beer, locals and even west coast. Picked up a speedway and a couple local singles. Owner very helpful and friendly. I will be back.

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Photo of Voovanzi
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Have visited 'PLBC' three times, most recently Aug. 1st. This place has one of the best beer selections in the area. They also have a decent wine selection and two taps of hard cider. Kinda nice to sip a pint while perusing.

The selection is pretty wide, covering almost all american crafts with a solid foreign/belgian stock. I was able to find several coveted brews, such as 3 Floyds Drednaught and Fat Heads Headhunter IPA.

It was also cool to be able to meet both the owners while I was there. Jason and Tony are passionate about beer and eager to help/suggest. They were even willing to order me something as long as they could find it.(1/6 barrel kegs too!)

PLBC is definitely worth a try if you're in the Portage Lakes area.

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Photo of Jedischultz
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The name is a misnomer, it is only a retail store. I have heard that the original thought was to eventually have a brewery, will have to ask next time. In the heart of the Portage lakes area of Coventry down the street from The Harbor Inn and Hook, Line and Drinkers. South of Akron, Ohio.

The beer selection is impressive considering the limited amount of quality beer retail stores in the area.

Worker was knowledgeable and friendly. Probably the best place to get a specialty brew in the Coventry/Green/Franklin area.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Not really a brewery but a very sweet selection of crafts available.

nice establishment hidden by the "clock" in the Potage Lakes area. Glad to have come across this place and it has become one of my very favorite brew stops! All locals available and quite a few off the wall rarities and seasonals. Large walk in cooler is where the bombers are kept and they got a pretty decent selection.

Everybody i've meet who works here is EXTREMELY COOL! Very knowledgable and awesomely friendly!

They also have a program where you get a reward(glass,opener etc..) after you buy 10 sixers of the good stuff... Pretty Cool!

Delivery is available and other goods are(charcoal , munchies etc..) also there for you;re convienience!

Great little place to check out when your in the area, you won;t be dissapointed! CHEERS :D

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Portage Lakes Brewing Company in Akron, OH
4.01 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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