The Summit Brew Path is back.

The Akron-based brewery trail kicks off its third season on Saturday with 22 stops this year, up from 18 last year.

The Summit Brew Path will feature: Akronym in Akron, The Brew Kettle in Hudson, BrickOven Brew Pub in Akron, Canton in Canton, Headtrip in Stow, HiHO in Cuyahoga Falls, Hop Tree in Hudson, Hoppin’ Frog in Akron, Ignite in Barberton, Lock 15 in Akron, MadCap in Kent, Magic City in Barberton, McArthur’s in Cuyahoga Falls, Missing Falls in Akron, Missing Mountain in Cuyahoga Falls, Mucky Duck in Green, Royal Docks in Jackson Township, R. Shea in Akron, Thirsty Dog Taphouse in Akron, Thirsty Dog Sour Haus in Akron, Two Monks in Akron and Wadsworth in Wadsworth.

For those unfamiliar, the trail works like this: People grab a passport at the participating breweries and then get them stamped at each location. Once beer drinkers collect all the stamps, they turn in the passport to be eligible for the finishing prize, which this year is a free entry to a new beer festival and a raffle for $2,000 in cash.

The drawing will take place Jan. 10 during the inaugural Summit Brew Path Bash at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. The brewery trail is organized by the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau and the participating breweries.

For more details, go to: www.summitbrewpath.com.

 

MadCap redesign

MadCap Brew Co. is looking to redesign its taproom.

The Kent brewery, 1422 Mogadore Road, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign, hoping to raise $20,000 toward an overhaul of its tasting room. Think of it as a major interior redesign.

“What we’re trying to do is improve the overall taproom experience,” MadCap co-founder Ryan Holmes said.

MadCap wants to build a new bar with seating (the current bar has no seating) and install some high-top tables with chairs. The taproom is now filled with wooden picnic tables, which won’t go away but will be spread out into other areas of the tasting room, Holmes said.

The brewery also plans to buy a Crowler machine and expand its barrel-aging program.

As of Monday morning, the brewery had raised $1,751 toward its goal. The brewery is offering a variety of incentives for donating, including a private party for 10 people for a contribution of $500 and becoming a brewer for a day for $1,000. People can permanently name a brite tank or fermenter for $2,000.

Holmes said he’d like the renovations to be completed by the end of the year.

For more details about the campaign or to donate, go to: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1984313313/madcap-brew-co-taproom-overhaul.

 

Best of show

Modern Methods Dub City IPA took home the "Best of Show" award Saturday at the Slice of the Valley's inaugural beer competition at the Metroplex Expo Center in Girard.

The event, organized by the Rotary Club of Warren, showcases pizza from the Mahoning Valley, but this year added the beer contest featuring local breweries. I had the pleasure of serving as a judge alongside Jim Cyphert of the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew and certified beer judge Dennis Lewis.

Modern Methods is located in Warren. Paladin D20 Cream Ale and Biker BrewHouse Piston Porter received second and third place, respectively. Paladin and Biker are located in Austintown Township.

Paladin D20 also took home the "Best Beer with Pizza" award.

Meanwhile, the People's Choice award for breweries went to Penguin City Beer. Modern Methods and Biker were second and third, respectively.

 

Top brewers

The Brewers Association last week released its annual list of the Top 50 craft brewers in the nation, with Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland and Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati once again finding a place among the sales volume leaders.

Great Lakes was ranked 20th, the same as the previous year. Rhinegeist moved up five spots to 28th. Boston Beer Co., which operates the Samuel Adams brewery in Cincinnati, is No. 2.

Artisanal Brewing Ventures, which includes Southern Tier and its Cleveland brewery, was ranked 11th.

The top five — which is unchanged from the previous year — were: D.G. Yuengling & Son, Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Duvel Moortgat.

The Boulder, Colo.-based group also released its list of the Top 50 overall breweries in the country. The top five were: Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Constellation, Heineken and Pabst. Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors operate breweries in Ohio in Columbus and Trenton, respectively.

Great Lakes was ranked 30th, while Rhinegeist was 38th on the overall list.

To see the full list, go to: http://tinyurl.com/y5ye7mxx.

 

Brewery updates

• Ohio Brewing Co. hopes to open at its new location at 2250 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, in May.

• Eighty-Three Brewery, the new brewery opening in the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters at 1201 E. Market St., Akron, has applied for its state brewing permit.

 

Drunk spending?

Finder.com reports in its latest "Drunk Shopping" survey that 26 percent of Americans admit to shopping while they are drunk, spending an average of $736 per person last year while under the influence. Add it all up and it totaled an astounding $39 billion nationwide.

So what are people buying? It should be no surprise that food tops the list. Shoes and clothing came in second.

To read the full report, go to: www.finder.com/drunk-shopping.

 

Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or rarmon@thebeaconjournal.com. Read his daily beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.