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New brewery plans to ‘Brighten’ Copley Circle – Way of life – Akron Beacon Journal

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COPLEY TWP.: A brand new craft brewery with an uplifting identify is coming to the guts of the township.

Brighten Brewing is below building simply north of the Copley Circle and hopes to open in August. The identify displays the perspective of founders Elliott Pickett, 35, and Tom Robbins, 34.

“It describes what I’d wish to see for the trade — hold elevating the bar and give attention to high quality,” stated Robbins, who will function the brewer and handle the taproom.

The 7,200-square-foot brewery, which sits in the identical small purchasing plaza as Massive Star Pizza on Cleveland Massillon Highway, will characteristic a seven-barrel brewing system and tasting room. There gained’t be a kitchen, however there can be an outside patio.

Robbins, who lives in Coventry Township, is an award-winning brewer who has taken house two medals on the Nice American Beer Pageant whereas brewing at Lager Heads Brewing in Medina. He gained for an Oktoberfest and a smoked beer.

He plans to supply 10 to 12 beers on faucet, together with a inexperienced tea beer that he made throughout his homebrewing days.

Robbins, who additionally has brewed at Thirsty Canine Brewing Co. in Akron and Magic Metropolis Brewing in Akron, stated Brighten will supply quite a lot of types, together with lagers, barley wines, imperial stouts, Belgians and barrel-aged beers. The beer can be accessible to-go in 32-ounce howlers and cans.

Brighten will focus at first on serving its tasting room, however wish to develop into self-distribution and develop the enterprise.

There can be a house-made root beer and ginger ale, too. The brewery additionally will search a wine license.

Pickett, who lives in Akron, purchased the constructing final 12 months. He stated he was approached by the township about opening a brewery and attached with longtime household good friend Robbins.

Pickett’s household owns the close by Walterville enterprise complicated and propane enterprise.

The constructing, which as soon as housed a Greenback Common retailer that relocated, is now being renovated.

The positioning is good for a brewery, given the encompassing residential neighborhoods, proximity to the Montrose purchasing space and entry to Interstate 77, Pickett stated.

“The group wants one thing like this,” he stated.

The aim can be to convey slightly life again to Copley Circle, he added.

“It’s a part of the bigger imaginative and prescient for what the circle may turn out to be,” Pickett stated. “[The township wants] way of life selections and issues like that to come back again to the circle.”

Brighten will be a part of a bustling craft brewery scene in Summit County. There are 20 breweries within the county now, however Brighten would be the just one within the Copley, Fairlawn and Bathtub space.

It gained’t be Copley’s first brewery, although. Thirsty Canine and the short-lived The Beer Manufacturing unit as soon as operated breweries locally.

Rick Armon is the writer of the books “Ohio Breweries” and “50 Should-Strive Craft Beers of Ohio.” He may be reached at and 330-580-8310.