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Follow the Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail

Weave your way through 15 craft breweries and distilleries along this trail.

Can of Leatherhead IPA from Royal Docks Brewing Co. in Jackson Township

Follow the Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail

By TourismOhio

Posted On: Jul 30, 2021

Weave your way through Canton, Stark County and into Ohio's Amish Country on the Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail. Take the back roads around Stark, Tuscarawas and Holmes counties as you check in with your app at the 15 craft breweries and distilleries along the trail. 

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Come Thirsty 

Now through Nov. 7, the Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail takes you on a winding journey, highlighting the best beer spots in the three counties. Go digital with your brew trail passport and win prizes by checking in at each brewery you visit. Every completed passport will be entered to win prize packages that include gift cards and Pro Football Hall of Fame museum tickets. One lucky winner will earn overnight accommodations at the Sandy Springs Brewing Company Brewers Quarters

Make your first stop on the trail Canton Brewing Company and order one of their signature core craft beers. 

With flavors like Tuscora Pilsner, Cascade Pale Ale and Carpe Noctem, they deliver historic drinks brewed using modern craft traditions and techniques. Take a pint outside to the Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA) and listen to live music at the new selfie-worthy Centennial Plaza.

people sitting outside at night at royal docks brewing co. in canton ohio

Hike down the road through the Canton Arts District and experience Muskellunge Brewing Company. Try the Creek Chub Mango Gose or any of their other dozen fish-themed favorites on tap. In Jackson Township, head to Royal Docks Brewing Co. Taproom + Kitchen for a Somer Farmhouse Ale to wash down one of their signature flatbread pizzas.

If you've landed in Oakwood Square, have a swig of barrel-aged Backyard Crusher American Lager from Royal Docks Brewing Co. Foeder House + Kitchen. To complement your Brisket Taco from Shale Craft Beer + Barbecue, order a Deep Driller, their American Porter on tap. 

people drinking and listening to live guitar player at Still House at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton Ohio

Nourish your summer drink dreams with a Fresco Blood Orange IPA from Still House at Gervasi Vineyard or tuck yourself in with a growler of Dalai Mama, Sandy Springs Brewing Company's in-house Citra Hopped American IPA. With brews like chocolate stout and maple brown ale on the menu to appease any sweet tooth,  Lockport Brewery supplies Tuscarawas County with a diverse lineup of rich, delicious, award-winning drinks.

After adopting a name honoring the field where friends from all over would meet up and reconnect, Hoodletown Brewing Co. has become Dover's gathering place for people in need of a relaxing, memorable drinking environment. Try their Blacksnake Stout, a roasted malt and coffee brew doubling as an homage to another favorite local hangout.

On your way through Amish Country, stop at Millersburg Brewing Company, which started in the basement of a building as old as the Roaring Twenties, for a Lot 21 Blonde Ale or Jolene Jolie Red Irish Ale.  

Massillon's 10 barrel production brewery,  Paradigm Shift Brewing, has created a variety of beers wide enough to accommodate every person's craft pallet, like their Hall-n-Oats Oatmeal Stout or Rodeo Clown American IPA. Stark County's first craft brewery,  Maize Valley Winery & Craft Brewery, has 16 beers on tap, including their award-winning Monk in Public Belgian Dark Strong Ale. Come on a Thursday evening for a Meet in the Meadow - Car Cruise outside, or bring your friends over for Wednesday night trivia inside.

exterior of unhitched brewing company with mural painted on side of building

If you're feeling adventurous on your trek, take a break by visiting UnHitched Brewing Company and get your hands dirty with their Brew Your Own Experience, where you can make your own barrel of beer alongside Head Brewer Garret.

On the last leg of the trail, stop by North Canton's 2020 Business of the Year,  Shale Brewing Company. They make a variety of IPAs, hard seltzers, and pale ales, including crowd favorites Clouds In My Grapefruit and Heavyfoot Hazy IPA. Bookend your route at Codex Brewing, North Canton's taproom full of Italian Style Pilsners and Nitro Coffee Porters. Try their A Movable Yeast brew, a locally grown, dry hopped mango and pineapple IPA. 

Drink in the Area's Sights 

Since 1996, rails, trails, landscapes, towns and sites stretching the first 110 miles of the Ohio & Erie Canalway from Cleveland to New Philadelphia have been preserved. Before stopping for a pint, bike along The Towpath Trail, an 87-mile path running north to south through Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.

Make a stop at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for a morning hike or go on a ride through the trees on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, one of the oldest and longest visitable railways in the United States. Explore Canal Fulton by kayak or canoe, or by climbing aboard the St. Helena III, a replica of the St. Helena II, which voyaged along the canal for nearly 20 years. 

exterior of Pro Football Hall of Fame museum in canton ohio with cloudless blue sky

Also on Tap 

A visit to Canton is never complete without stopping by the legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hurl yourself into the museum's immersive and emotional exhibits, ranging from the Hall of Fame Bronze Bust Gallery to the interactive Madden EA Sports video game suite. Walk through the museum on your own or book an Insider's Museum Tour for the entire family.

In Massillon, visit the Paul Brown Museum and relish in the preserved history of the City of Champions' favorite son, legendary coach and co-founder of the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, and Class of 1967 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The current Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of Troll dolls is Alliance's own The Troll Hole, a 14-room immersive museum featuring the Rockin' Troll Hall of Fame, inspired by the film Trolls World Tour. 

aerial view of the back of the casa lodging at gervasi vineyard in canton ohio

Drink Beer, Stay Here 

Turn your Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail getaway into an all-nighter with one of Stark County's immaculate lodging experiences. Sandy Springs Brewing Company offers the Brewers Quarters, a brewery themed Airbnb spot decorated with a warm, inviting, barn wood aesthetic. Gervasi Vineyard has a plethora of award-winning staycation hubs, including Tuscan-inspired villa suites, upscale boutique hotel The Casa and The Farmhouse, a 2,200-square-foot restored home from the early-19th century.

Stay in The Russell House, an Eastlake mansion on historic Fourth Street whose interior has gone largely untouched since it was built in 1882. If you're looking for a place close to the water, book a stay at the Canal Fulton Dragonfly Tea Room, Winery, and Bed & Breakfast, a family-owned retreat overlooking the Tuscarawas River. 

Plan Your Trip 

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