Monday, April 14, 2014

Brew Review - Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., Akron

Dog Gone Good Beer

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. sits in an industrial area of downtown Akron, not too far from night life, restaurants and bars, but just far enough away to maintain the feeling of residing in an old warehouse.  You walk in to the tasting room through the brewery entrance which is the coolest part of the place.  The bar sits in between two main rooms of kettles, filled with brewery workers who are moving back and forth with fork lifts from room to room, honking each time they cruise through. The bar itself is pretty utilitarian, without food or flare, but with just an area to serve great beer and sit and enjoy it.

With shelves decorating the walls, holding old beer bottles and cans from years back and all around the world, you remember the reason why a place like this is here.  It gives you the understanding, this place is here to make great beer.  That's it.  Akron has revived itself with places like this and not being intimidated by other large breweries in other parts of the country.  It adds to Ohio making its mark in the craft beer world. 

The pooch theme helps keep everything light and fun while you're sipping your pint.  With names for their beers like Siberian Night and Old Leghumper, Thirsty Dog knows how to market and get their brand out in front of you.  The only additional item the tasting room was missing was a fire hydrant to take a leak on after a few drinks.  I tried one of their cornerstone brews with a similar dog name:

Citra Dog
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.5%
Packed with Citra hops, this IPA has a nice refreshing kick.  It has an average on Untappd of 3.7, but I gave it a 4.5.  So good, I had two.
If you're in the Akron area, make sure to check out the Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. tasting room during their limited hours.  I'm not barking orders at you, but I am suggesting you bone up on your beer experience.

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