Lockport Brewery was the first brewery in Tuscarawas County in decades. The brewery has a strong list of great beers as well as a great deck overlooking a golf course and an outdoor beer garden. The entire operation is first class with a great group of people.
Hoodletown Brewing in Dover is in an old building that, at one time was used to service locomotives for the railroad. The owners have done a fantastic job of converting the space to a brewery and dining area. The patio at the front of the building is great for sunsets and early afternoon beverages as well as enjoying entertainment into the evening. The beer names are all named after “things” in the area. Which is a great way to start a conversation with the beertenders and wait staff…pay this place a visit. You will not be disappointed in the beer or the food.
The latest entry into the brewery scene in the county is 5 Barrel Bullet Brewing. The brewery is located next to the runway at Harry Clever Field, with an outdoor patio overlooking the runway so that you can enjoy the planes coming and going when the weather is permitting. The beer selection is solid and is expanding. The current food selections are several different burgers as well as “Grandma Zifer’s Pizza (which I recommend).
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery is one of those breweries that is interesting just because of its setting. The brewery is located on an old farm that truly raises “wooly pigs”. Sometimes the pigs are in a couple of pens up by the barn, sometimes they are loose in the fields. Everyone loves to get a pic or two of the wooly pigs while they are enjoying the “German style” beers that are available at Wooly Pig. The taproom is small with a lot of wood that came from trees right there on the farm. There is also an “outdoor” sitting area that has vinyl walls and heaters in the winter, not to mention the multiple heated huts on the grounds to get out of the elements.
Millersburg Brewing Company has been around since 2012. It is in an old 1920s building located in the heart of downtown Millersburg, Ohio. The atmosphere is very inviting…the establishment caters to the “Amish Country” tourism trade as well as craft beer afficionados and foodies alike. With their expansion into the adjoining space, seating isn’t usually a problem, and you can really enjoy your seating in the warmer weather by taking “window” seats that are actually doors
that open up for the open-air experience. While the drive seems a bit out of the way, it is worth a visit. You will not be disappointed.
Paradigm Shift is a small brewery located just off the downtown area of Massillon, Ohio. The bar décor is rich in the Massillon Tiger history. Paradigm Shift is a cozy taproom located in a concrete block garage attached to a brick home where the kitchen is located. Don’t let the outside appearance put you off. The brewery provides a strong tap list with some unique beers available.
Codex Brewing is one of the newest breweries on this list. Codex Brewing has a cozy little taproom that boasts comfortable furniture as well as some tables for larger groups. The brewery room is attached and is available for larger parties with advance notification. One of the unique aspects of this brewery is the drive-thru window where you can pull up in your car and order your favorite beverage to go. It will be given to you in a sealed can for you to enjoy when you get home.
Another interesting thing about the brewery is the tap station…it is an old Dewey decimal system. Also of interest are the names of the beers. Most of them are based on book titles.
No visit to Canton is complete without a visit to Royal Docks. Royal Docks has several locations in the Canton area. The taproom and restaurant on Fulton provide a great outdoor space (including a fireplace) as well as plenty of seating indoors. The first thing that you notice when you enter is the old English style phonebooth which is a tribute to the brewery’s beginnings.
R. Shea is one of my most visited breweries in the Akron area. R. Shea located in Canal Place in downtown Akron, is in a section of an old industrial building that has been converted to the brewery, restaurant, and taproom. It is quite large with a mural on the wall with the R. Shea logo. You can sit at your table and overlook the brewing area and if you are lucky, Ron will be around to answer any questions that you may have regarding the beers available of the brewing process.
Missing Falls is also located in the Canal Place building in downtown Akron. Missing Falls has an eclectic décor including high tables, couches and chairs as well as a horseshoe shaped bar. One of the highlights of Missing Falls is the large assortment of board games available for customers, as well as some old school pinball machines in the lobby area adjacent to the indoor entrance. The staff is always welcoming. The food is wonderful as are the assorted beers on tap.
Missing Mountain is a frequent stop for a lot of my riders. It is located on Front Street overlooking the Cuyahoga River. The brewery offers the best outdoor seating area with a view in my opinion. The outside patio has several tiers as well as umbrellas for shade at the tables and heaters for when there is a bit of a chill in the air. Make it a point to stop here in the fall and enjoy the patio.