Best in show
You know a brewery is doing something right when they have an entire website section dedicated to awards. When you browse through the huge list of decorated brews, it would be easy to think that maybe they’re doing everything right.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio has been doing it since 1997. John Najeway was one of the first brewers to see potential in a new celebration of Ohio craft beer that was set to take place in Athens. That support throughout the years helped establish Ohio Brew Week as a can’t-miss regional fest. And, of course, a great place to drink some Thirsty Dog brews.
Thirsty Dog consistently impresses beer lovers everywhere, from casual sippers in our home state to beer experts at national competitions. This year, the New York International Beer Competition named Thirsty Dog “Ohio Brewery of the Year” for the second time in a row. Siberian Night Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels won gold at the event, while Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager netted silver and Cerasus Dog Flanders Style Red Ale received a bronze.
Over the years, brews such as Old Leghumper Robust Porter, Labrador Lager, Hoppus Maximus, Bernese Barleywine and tons of others took home multiple awards from from NYIBC and The Great American Beer Festival.
When you look at any list about top Ohio beers and breweries, chances are you’ll see Thirsty Dog. The brewery is notable not only for quality, but longevity. 19 years is quite a while in the burgeoning craft beer scene, marking Thirsty Dog as a national pioneer.
Moral of the story: you don’t want to miss any offerings from Thirsty Dog, at Ohio Brew Week or otherwise. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to ensure you stay up to date on their high quality brews.