35 Ohio Breweries Worth the Drive From Cleveland For Some Tasty Brews

Yeah, Cleveland has a ton of great breweries within the city limits and in the nearby suburbs. But if you want to venture a little further out, places like Akron, Canton, Cuyahoga Falls and smaller, rural towns have breweries and taprooms serving up awesome locally crafted beer as well. Take a half day or day trip and check them out.

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 Two Monks Brewing Company
352 Massillon Rd., Akron
This no nonsense nanobrewery in East Akron that opened in 2016 is known for not messing around when it comes to beer. All their beers are “true to their style” with their Meancog Irish Stout as a standout. In addition to eight beers on tap, they serve light bar snacks.
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Two Monks Brewing Company

352 Massillon Rd., Akron

This no nonsense nanobrewery in East Akron that opened in 2016 is known for not messing around when it comes to beer. All their beers are “true to their style” with their Meancog Irish Stout as a standout. In addition to eight beers on tap, they serve light bar snacks.

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 Portage Lakes Brewing Company
503 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron
This Akron brewery has one of the best draught beer selections around, serving their own beer along with a strong selection of other microbrews. They don’t have a kitchen but occasionally bring in food from surrounding restaurants. 
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Portage Lakes Brewing Company

503 Portage Lakes Dr., Akron

This Akron brewery has one of the best draught beer selections around, serving their own beer along with a strong selection of other microbrews. They don’t have a kitchen but occasionally bring in food from surrounding restaurants.

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 Uniontown Brewing Company
105 West Main St., Ashland 
Uniontown Brewing opened in historic downtown Ashland in 2017. They opened in a 167-year old building and made it into their taproom and restaurant, where they serve up some of the tastiest food and brews in town.
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Uniontown Brewing Company

105 West Main St., Ashland

Uniontown Brewing opened in historic downtown Ashland in 2017. They opened in a 167-year old building and made it into their taproom and restaurant, where they serve up some of the tastiest food and brews in town.

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 Codex Brewing
6305 Whipple Ave. NW., North Canton
In North Canton, Codex Brewing opened in October of 2020. They have nine brews on tap with plans to eventually serve food as well. Codex is a book themed brewery, having a faux Dewey Decimal-system drawer behind the bar and their on tap beers displayed on old books.
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Codex Brewing

6305 Whipple Ave. NW., North Canton

In North Canton, Codex Brewing opened in October of 2020. They have nine brews on tap with plans to eventually serve food as well. Codex is a book themed brewery, having a faux Dewey Decimal-system drawer behind the bar and their on tap beers displayed on old books.

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 MadCap Brew Company.
1422 Mogadore Rd., Kent 
With games like pinball, ski ball, cornhole, giant jenga, and other board games, this Kent brewery is one of the more fun taprooms to hang out in. No food but they have delivery menus on-hand. Bullet, an American IPA and Gold Flash, a golden ale named for the Kent State school nickname, are two standouts. MadCap has been open since 2011.
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MadCap Brew Company.

1422 Mogadore Rd., Kent

With games like pinball, ski ball, cornhole, giant jenga, and other board games, this Kent brewery is one of the more fun taprooms to hang out in. No food but they have delivery menus on-hand. Bullet, an American IPA and Gold Flash, a golden ale named for the Kent State school nickname, are two standouts. MadCap has been open since 2011.

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 Shale Brewing Company
7253 Whipple Ave. NW., North Canton
Shale Brewing Company opened their taproom in the former Scenic Brewing space in 2018 after being in downtown Canton starting in 2015. They also have another location serving up their beers and barbecue (2700 Easton St. NE.) and a coffee shop as well.
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Shale Brewing Company

7253 Whipple Ave. NW., North Canton

Shale Brewing Company opened their taproom in the former Scenic Brewing space in 2018 after being in downtown Canton starting in 2015. They also have another location serving up their beers and barbecue (2700 Easton St. NE.) and a coffee shop as well.

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 Missing Mountain Brewing Company
2821 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls 
With beautiful views of the Cuyahoga River, Missing Mountain’s patio is one of the nicer places to enjoy a cold brew in Northeast Ohio. Missing Mountain, which opened in 2018, provides Cuyahoga Falls locals and visitors with an awesome atmosphere, great beer and tasty food. 
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Missing Mountain Brewing Company

2821 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls

With beautiful views of the Cuyahoga River, Missing Mountain’s patio is one of the nicer places to enjoy a cold brew in Northeast Ohio. Missing Mountain, which opened in 2018, provides Cuyahoga Falls locals and visitors with an awesome atmosphere, great beer and tasty food.

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 R. Shea Brewing
1662 Merriman Rd., Akron 
Located in Akron’s Merriman Valley, this brewery, which opened in 2015, is known for the maltiness of its beers and has 12 of them on tap. The West Coast Citra IPA and Dunkelweizen, a darker wheat beer, are two of the standouts. There is a food menu as well, consisting mostly of delicious sandwiches.
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R. Shea Brewing

1662 Merriman Rd., Akron

Located in Akron’s Merriman Valley, this brewery, which opened in 2015, is known for the maltiness of its beers and has 12 of them on tap. The West Coast Citra IPA and Dunkelweizen, a darker wheat beer, are two of the standouts. There is a food menu as well, consisting mostly of delicious sandwiches.

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 Missing Falls Brewery
540 S. Main St. Ste. 112, Akron 
In Akron, Missing Falls operates under the name of “Making Water Awesome” aka turning it into beer. They opened in 2018 and their top seller is their Golden Zip golden ale, named after the close by University of Akron.
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Missing Falls Brewery

540 S. Main St. Ste. 112, Akron

In Akron, Missing Falls operates under the name of “Making Water Awesome” aka turning it into beer. They opened in 2018 and their top seller is their Golden Zip golden ale, named after the close by University of Akron.

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 Royal Docks Brewing Company
7162 Fulton Dr. Northwest, Canton
Royal Docks, located in Canton, opened in 2015 and  is an Anglophile’s dream, fusing British pub culture with the craft brewery renaissance. Baba Yaga, their porter which is brewed with coffee beans from Kent’s Tree City Coffee and Solstice Roasters, is a highlight of their draught beer selection. They have a full restaurant menu. 
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Royal Docks Brewing Company

7162 Fulton Dr. Northwest, Canton

Royal Docks, located in Canton, opened in 2015 and is an Anglophile’s dream, fusing British pub culture with the craft brewery renaissance. Baba Yaga, their porter which is brewed with coffee beans from Kent’s Tree City Coffee and Solstice Roasters, is a highlight of their draught beer selection. They have a full restaurant menu.

Photo via @RoyalDocksBrewing/Instagram