The Brick Brewing Co., Ontario, Canadaís first craft brewer, is using the Akron-Canton area as a springboard to launch its beers into the U.S. market. Local drinkers are getting the first sips of Waterloo Dark, IPA and Amber, and Laker Lager after the brewery teamed up with Esber Beverage Co. in Canton.

Esber, which sought out the brewery, is the only distributor in the country now selling the brands. Itís available in area bars, restaurants and many supermarkets. Brick President and Chief Executive Officer George Croft and Chief Technical Officer Russell Tabata met with bar owners and chatted with the Akron Beacon Journal last week during an Akron Aeros game at Canal Park, where their beer is sold.

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