Alcohol – perhaps the most celebrated perk of turning 21. Bars and nightclubs become legal playgrounds and you no longer think twice about staying out past 2:00am. But as quickly as this novelty affords itself to your lifestyle, it becomes redundant and lackluster. The bar scene rarely offers entertainment beyond mixed drinks, shots, and a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd. For those of you who can sympathize with the monotony of nightlife, consider the following exciting options in and around Akron, Ohio for your next night on the town.
The Tasting Room at Hoppin’ Frog: This brewery was rated the top brewery in Ohio, the top brewery tasting room in Ohio, produced the top beer in Ohio, and was voted the 17th best brewery in the world. The Tasting Room at Hoppin’ Frog features all of the available Hoppin’ Frog beers, both on tap and bottled, along with guest-taps from top breweries around the world. Additionally, it offers a deliciously thoughtful food menu, with each appetizer, entree, and side dish designed specifically to compliment the complex flavors of the beers from the Hoppin’ Frog collection. Its open Tuesday – Wednesday from 5:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday – Friday from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, and Saturday from noon-11:00pm.
Nauti Vine Winery: Located directly on the shore of beautiful Portage Lakes, Nauti Vine Winery is only a few months away from celebrating its one year grand-opening anniversary! This winery on the lake both features and serves “Nauti Vine” wines and “Mucky Duck” micro brewed beers. Their menu offers a variety of brick oven flatbread pizzas along with appetizers and dessert. The atmosphere at Nauti Vine Winery has a very Tuscan feel to it with an open indoor tasting room and an impressive outside deck, pergola, and deck on the lake! Visit them Tuesday – Thursday from 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday from 5:00pm – 11:00pm, and Saturday from 2:00pm – 11:00pm.
Great Lakes Brewing Company: A two-story brewhouse and brewpub located in Cleveland, Ohio, Great Lakes Brewing Company is the premier craft beer brewery in the entire Great Lakes region. What sets this brewery apart from others is its commitment to producing quality beers and its focus on environmental preservation during production. Great Lakes also goes above and beyond with expressing their appreciation to their guests; offering beer schools, brewmaster dinners, brewery tours, private tastings, and so much more!
It’s Your Winery: Perhaps the most unique experience available is at It’s Your Winery. Here guests are welcome to create and bottle their own wine! Using state of the art equipment, you are able to create a small batch of your very own wine and upon fermentation completion, return to bottle and label your vino masterpiece! Appointments are required for operation days (Tuesday – Saturday). The winery is closed on Sunday and Monday.