Joshua and Nicole Bringman are ready to marry their passion for craft beer and pizza.
The Akron couple want to open the Brickoven Brewpub, a nanobrewery and tasting room that also will serve hand-crafted pizzas in a homemade brick oven.
The Bringmans are still early in the process and have yet to pick a specific site in Akron, although they are interested in South Akron. They have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise some capital for the venture. But as of Friday, they had only $940 pledged toward their $15,000 goal.
Even if the fundraising effort falls short, Joshua said, they plan to push forward with the combined brewery-pizzeria. He said they are purchasing a one-barrel Psycho Brew brewing system.
"We’ve been talking about it for years and years and we finally decided we’re going to put our money where our mouth is," Joshua said.
The goal is to open at the end of this year or beginning of next year.
Joshua, a truck driver and former restaurant manager, has been homebrewing for more than seven years and figured there’s never been a better time to launch his own operation given the popularity of craft beer.
With the Brickoven venture, the Akron area is suddenly becoming a hotbed of nanobreweries. MadCap Brew Co. opened earlier this year in Stow, and Trailhead and Mucky Duck, both in Akron, hope to open this year.
Joshua said he’s always enjoyed brewing.
"I’ve always thought in the back of my mind I’d like to do it for a living," he said. "Part of me always was worried that if I did it for a living I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. But I don’t think that’s the case. My job isn’t bad. I make a decent living. But ... we’ve always wanted to just do our own thing and how we want to do it. And we finally just got the nerve to say, ‘You know what? We’re not getting any younger we just need to just go for it.’ "
The couple, both 38, also targeted Akron because the community didn’t have a brewpub. (That is up until last week when Hoppin’ Frog Brewery opened its tasting room and gastropub.)
The Brickoven Brewpub will be small, with only about 12 to 15 tables.
Joshua said he wants to have four to six beers available on draft. The regular rotation likely will include a cream ale, porter, India pale ale and wit, he said.
The brewpub will sell only draft beer by the glass and growler, and there are no plans now to bottle.
Nicole, who’s in the construction field, is building the brick oven. She will serve as the cook and run the day-to-day operation. She even makes her own sausage and pepperoni.
The Brickoven Brewpub will be a simple beer and pizza joint, Joshua said, but they hope people appreciate their passion for craft beer and hand-crafted pizza.
To watch a video and see their Kickstarter campaign, click here.