Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. is expanding. The Akron brewery, located on Grant Street near the University of Akron, is busy rehabbing and adding a roof onto an adjacent building that will be used for storage.
“Down the road, maybe tanks, bottling,” co-owner John Najeway said Monday. “It’s sort of a clean palette to decide how to use that space.”
Thirsty Dog needed more room because of growing sales, he said. The privately owned production brewery is known for its logo of a dog with floppy ears and beers such as Old Leghumper and 12 Dogs of Christmas.
The company now distributes to 14 states and is one of the largest craft brewers in Ohio. Thirsty Dog is capable of producing up to 23,000 barrels a year thanks to several expansions, Najeway said.
The company has been growing since it opened in the former Burkhardt Brewing Co. complex in mid-2007. That growth has coincided with the increasing popularity of craft beer nationwide.
Najeway estimated that the adjacent building — once used by Burkhardt as boiler space — hadn’t had a roof in about 50 years because it had decayed.
He declined to release the project’s cost, but said it’s a significant investment because of the age of the building.
“It continues with our motto of recycle and reuse,” he said. “What’s better for an old brewery than a new brewery?”