Eighty-Three Brewery is getting close to opening its doors.
The new brewery and tasting room — located inside the former Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. headquarters in Akron's East End development — received its state brewing permit from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control last week and hopes to open in late August. A specific date hasn't been announced yet.
"Really excited," co-founder and brewer Chris Surak said during a tour this week. "It's awesome."
The opening has been a long time coming for Surak and his wife, Stephanie Surak, who signed a lease for the space about a year ago.
The brewery is decked out in gray, black, white and teal colors and has a distinctive modern look. There's the quartz top on the L-shaped bar, exposed duct work in the ceiling and terrazzo floor.
The seven-barrel stainless steel brewing system and fermenters are on full display, with only a glass railing separating the equipment from the tasting room. The brewhouse is exposed to draw people into the experience.
"It's the whole reason we're doing this. To show it off," Surak said.
Eighty-Three — the name refers to the year that Surak was born — will feature eight beers when the brewery opens. Surak plans to offer a red ale, pale ale, saison, Berliner Weiss, a tropical stout and three IPAs at first.
He's a fan of sour and barrel-aged beers so customers can expect those in the future.
"I like everything," said Surak, who previously worked in graphic design and advertising and had been homebrewing for more than a decade. "I want to have a good variety and hopefully change the taps frequently."
There will be minimal food offerings and not a full kitchen.
The brewery occupies about 4,500 square feet on the first floor of the building, 1201 E. Market St. It's located just off the lobby and entrance for the Goodyear Theater and The East End apartments.
Eighty-Three will join a robust craft brewing scene in Akron. The city is home to nine other breweries — not counting all those in the surrounding suburbs.
You can follow the progress at Eighty-Three at its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/83Brewery/.
Thirsty Dog dinner
Thirsty Dog Taphouse in Akron will host a Christmas in July six-course beer dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday.
The event will feature Pineapple IPA as an introductory beer, then Dog Days Ale paired with spinach dip and pumpernickel bread; Ankle Biter IPA with smoked potato salad; Cerberus with summer gazpacho; Rail Dog with smoked turkey legs; Rum Barrel Aged Bloodhound Orange IPA with fruit cake; and 12 Dogs of Christmas with a blonde brownie.
Tickets are $35 per person, and reservations are required. Reservations may be made by emailing email@example.com or calling 234-571-1456.
New beer fest
A new beer festival is coming to Canton.
The inaugural Canton Hops and Harvest Festival is set for Oct. 12 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, 1101 Market Ave. N. There will be two sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. for general admission, with VIP ticket-holders getting in an hour earlier.
More details to come.
Scene Ale Fest
The 11th annual Scene Ale Fest returns to Lincoln Park in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.The event will feature more than 125 beers, along with live music and food.
General admission tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. VIP tickets, which get you in an hour earlier, are $65 in advance or $70 at the door.
For more details or tickets, go to: https://scenealefestival.com.
The Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s annual conference is headed back to Dayton.
The association, which represents craft brewers across the state, will hold the event Feb. 5-6 at the Dayton Convention Center downtown. The Gem City also hosted the conference in 2016 when Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch served as the keynote speaker.
The annual conference attracts hundreds of brewers and industry leaders for a yearly review, keynote speech, educational seminars and trade show. The event was launched in 2015, with the first one being held at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.
Since then, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton have served as hosts. The event is slated to return to Cincinnati in 2021. It likely will be held in Cleveland in 2022.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his daily beer blog at www.ohio.com/beer. Follow him on Twitter at @armonrickABJ.