ACG Akron Network Presents: AKTOBERFEST 2021


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September 23, 2021 5:30 PM - 7 PM EDT

$20 - $40

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The original Oktoberfest is an annual festival in Munich, Germany, held over a two-week period and ending on the first Sunday in October. It started in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria (who later became King Louis I) to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It was a five-day festival of community, frivolity, libations and good food.

And though Akron's AKTOBERFEST isn't celebrating a wedding, and won't be held across five days, we still think ours will be full of community, libations and great food.

Join us for our panel as we foster a conversation with Akron breweries about how they went from concept to company: from home brewing to raising capital, and what the future may hold.

Sample the offerings of each brewery at this event, and enjoy local cuisine from an Akron enterprise as we reproduce the Bavarian sense of gemütlichkeit warmth, friendliness, and good cheer.

Any local or venue COVID-related protocols in place at the time of the event will be enforced. Your flexibility with regard to this evolving health crisis is appreciated.


Stacy Feiner

MODERATOR: Stacy Feiner, PsyD

CEO Feiner Enterprises
Innovative Psychologist
Akronym Brewing

Akronym Brewing

Joshua Blubaugh
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HiHO Brewing Co.

Jon Hovan
Lock 15 Brewing Company

Lock 15 Brewing Company

Joe Karpinski

Lock 15 Brewing Company features a seven barrel brew house completely visible through a glass wall in the main dining room and bar. Alongside the brewhouse is an open expo style kitchen that keeps onlookers entertained, as food is prepared in full view of the dining room. Simple, unique, rustic, fresh, and local are common descriptors of the food and beer offerings.

About Joe Karpinski
Joe was homebrewing for more than 10 years prior to sitting down with his cousin Colin to start making Lock 15 Brewing Co a reality in 2015. His original focus on brewing was to create traditional styles. Once those styles were perfected, Joe expanded to creating fun and unique new recipes. Consistency and quality are the benchmarks he strives for.

R.Shea Brewing of Akron, OH

R.Shea Brewing

Ron Shea

After leaving the Specialty Chemicals field, Ron Shea started homebrewing again after a hiatus until he opened his first place in The Valley in September 2015.  Four years later, R.Shea Brewing expanded into a much larger production facility in 2019 at Canal Place in downtown Akron to enable all-Ohio distribution.

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Non-Panel, Brewery Participant: Hoppin Frog Brewery

Fred Karm

Hoppin' Frog is an artisanal brewery in Akron, Ohio making very flavorful beers in the most flavorful styles.  Established in 2006 and brewing with an uncompromising and relentless focus on detail from the ingredient selection to the brewing process, the brewery has become known for quality around the world, and now distributes in 22 states and 38 foreign countries. Hoppin' Frog has now been rated 26th Best Brewer In The World by RateBeer, the world's largest and most comprehensive beer-rating website, and thus are One Of The 100 Top Brewers In The World, now for 14 years in-a-row! Hoppin' Frog is the concept of owner and established brewmaster Fred Karm, a brewer since 1994 who has designed and produced 23 award winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup - the two most prestigious contests in the world.

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COVID-19 Protocol

ACG Cleveland is committed to the safety of all of our members and friends, and have taken all necessary precautions in hosting in-person events. These include:

  • Enforcing local or venue COVID-related protocols in place at the time of the event,
  • the strong encouragement of masks to protect un-vaccinable children and adults in the spheres of our members and friends,
  • encouraged social distancing of 6 feet in both indoor and outdoor spaces,
  • an ample supply of masks, hand sanitizer, and soap across the facility to  minimize the risk of viral transmission from guest to guest.

We will continue to maintain both the CDC's and the State of Ohio's recommended guidelines for gathering during the COVID-19 outbreak, and will update you with any changes to protocol.

After September 9, 2021: please cancel your registration (without penalty) if you have registered for this event, and any of the following applies:

  • if you have tested positive for COVID-19,
  • are waiting for COVID-19 test results,
  • have COVID-19 symptoms, or
  • if you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.

Hosted by: ACG

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$30 ACG Members
$20 YACG Members
$40 Non Members (become an ACG Cleveland member today!)