Get Your Kicks…On Route 66 and other byways across the USA

Route 66, USA
Route 66, USA

In just under two weeks, my wonderful wife and I leave for the west coast and back.  The plans are to pick up Route 66 at St. Louis and then work our way west.

Preparations have begun…although, there are no reservations and no real destination other than the West Coast.

I plan on posting photos and comments as permitted during the crossing.  I have quite a few breweries along the route…wish us luck!!!

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Feelin Froggy

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Hoppin Frog Tasting Room


Another weekend in Ohio…that means another visit to a brewery.

This time our visit is to Hoppin’ Frog in Akron.  Hoppin’ Frog is a small brewery located in what looks like a storage area if you are driving by it.  The brewery and the tasting room sit on the same side of the gravel parking lot at opposite ends of the building…the building being a brick warehouse type of building.

Hoppin’ Frog brewery was established in 2006 by owner and established brewmaster Fred Karm.  Fred has won multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup.  Fred creates beers that are not for the faint of heart.  With Ohio raising the max abv. level for beer, I expect that Fred will be creating some high alcohol beers that compare to the likes of Avery and Dogfish Head.

Hoppin’ Frog opened their tasting room in 2013.  The tasting room was a welcome addition to the brewery.  The menu typically only has 10-14 items on it with the focus being on quality.  The menu also varies by season.  I recommend the fish tacos with a Turbo

Shandy or the Karminator Cuban sandwich with a Karminator Dopplebock.


Be sure to check out the tasting room website for special events.  One of my favorite events during the summer months is Shandy Saturdays!  There are always “guest taps” too.  From breweries like 3-Floyds, Stone, etc…


Drinking a Hoppin' Frog IPA

wow...boozy goodness in this beer!!
wow…boozy goodness in this beer!!