Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron won two first-place awards in the Akron Beacon Journal's annual Beacon's Best competition, which involves readers voting on everything from "best pizza" to "best martial arts studio" to "best flooring company."
Hoppin' Frog was named best Ohio Brewery/Brewpub. Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland and Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron finished second and third, respectively. Honorable mentions went to: The Brew Kettle, Cornerstone, Fat Head's, Indigo Imp, Lager Heads, Main Street and Willoughby.
Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher topped the best Ohio Craft Beer/Microbrew list. Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. came in second and third, respectively. Hoppin' Frog also picked up five honorable mentions for its Frosted Frog Christmas Ale, Gangster Frog, Hoppin' to Heaven, Turbo Shandy and Wild Frog Wheat. Other honorable mentions went to Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold and Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas.
To check out all the winners in the various categories, click here. Overall, 207,324 votes were cast this year.