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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company


Award-winning craft beers that are diverse and complex to make a thoroughly enjoyable experience

Founded in 1997 by John Najeway, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company has become a staple of the local beer scene in eastern Ohio. What began as a brewpub in Canton, Ohio, quickly grew to multiple locations in nearby Montrose and Dayton cities before the brewery started bottling and distributing in 2003.

Najeway, who worked for a law firm prior to launching Thirsty Dog, got into the business after a client invited him to a Kentucky beer camp. The experience inspired a new passion - and new career path - and he hasn't looked back since!

Thirsty Dog Brewing Company's name, by the way, was inspired by Najeway's dogs and the loving relationship that many of us have with our four legged friends. Tying together best friend's and America's passion for beer seemed like a fitting relationship and thus became the philosophy behind the brewery.

In 2005, Thirsty Dog was in need of a new production facility, and Najeway found a special site for his business in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. He began rehabilitating a 120 year-old building that used to house the historic Burkhardt Brewery and within a couple years, was able to open both a new tasting room and brewing facilities.

Today, the brewery offers a diverse range of craft beers with carefully selected ingredients and special recipes that have won the brewery a number of prestigious medals and national awards. We invite you to "unleash" the flavor today, and enjoy these great beers from Thirsty Dog!

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