Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Two Days in Ohio

After all of our July 4th shenanigans, Z and I unfortunately had to make a quick - and unexpected - trip out to Ohio for a funeral. Although we were only in the state for a little over two days, we decided to make the most of our time there, outside of the sad yet touching services.

We flew in and out of Cleveland, although the bulk of our trip was spent in Wooster, Ohio. (We actually stopped here first when we started making our way cross-country!). We revisited JAFB Brewery (this place rocks - the bartender even remembered us from our last visit), and also tried the cheesiest pizza I've ever had in my life at Coccia House - a no-frills spot right in town. This pizza is an odd yet deliciously indulgent obsession of the locals (at least, the locals we know), so we had to try it! (Um, and you can also get the pizza with "extra cheese." As if it doesn't already have enough cheese on it...).

Coccia House, Wooster, Ohio | A Hoppy Medium

(Side note: After getting your fill of beer and extra cheesy pizza in Wooster, be sure to stay at the Market Street Inn. Everything about it is delightful!).

From Wooster, we also made the 45-minute drive (ish) to Akron to visit Hoppin' Frog Brewery, a spot that's been on Z's bucket list for quite some time now.

Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, Ohio | A Hoppy Medium

Hoppin' Frog had a ton of tap room-only beers on tap (I love that!), so we both ended up getting a sampler tray of four 5-ounce pours. Hoppin' Frog also has tap room-only "Infusions," typically blending two of their current draft beers - such as the Peanut Butter & Jelly I ordered after my sampler. So. Good.

On our second day in Ohio, we both worked at our B&B before making the trip to Cleveland a little early for our evening flight. (Which was delayed about 600 times. But that's besides the point).

For lunch, we sat outside at Great Lakes Brewing, which had an awesome patio.

Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio | A Hoppy Medium

The beers were fine here, although the tap list was not as impressive as we had hoped. Nonetheless, the food was worth the visit alone - especially the Housemade Tater Tots, which are filled with cheese. (We obviously needed more cheese...).

Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio | A Hoppy Medium

For my entree, I went with the Salmon Salad, made with Homestead Springs salmon, mixed peppers, red onion, tomato, and feta, and served with a simple dressing of oil and vinegar on the side. It was fantastic, and a nice balance from those giant, cheese-filled tater tots.

Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio | A Hoppy Medium

After Great Lakes, we made a quick pit stop at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon. We love visiting their Portland location, so it was fun checking out their Cleveland spot! (Side note: There's a second Fat Head's location in/around Cleveland, but we opted for this one as it was closest to the airport).

Fat Head's Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio | A Hoppy Medium

Fat Head's Brewery in Cleveland, Ohio | A Hoppy Medium

Despite our quick trip, we were able to fit a lot in! I just don't know if I can eat cheese again anytime soon....

The Tasting Room at Hoppin' Frog Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Great Lakes Brewing Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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