Akron Ale Fest Featured Brewery: Mucky Duck Brewing Co

Who are you and what is your role at the brewery?

My name is Joe Wathey, and my wife, Erica, and I own the Mucky Duck Brewery.

Where did the idea for your logo come from?

The duck is the unofficial mascot of the Portage Lakes, where we are located.  We have had a lot of fun dressing up the duck on the labels for all our different brews. 

What is your favorite seasonal beer that's been released at your brewery lately?

Our Christmas Ale, Nauti or Nice, is amazing.  It's been a big hit locally, and was offered in 40 different bars and restaurants for Christmas in July this year. 

What is your favorite thing in your brewery?

I love the old Sinclair gas pump in the picture below.  I'm a gear-head, and all of my prior careers were in the automotive industry.  Three years into the brewery business and long after buying this pump, I sold my automotive tools business to a company out of St. Louis called Husky.  Husky was originally known for its fuel pump handles, and this old gas pump coincidentally has a Husky handle.

What is your most recent milestone?

We recently rented an additional 3,500 square foot space.

What is your next major goal for the brewery?

Moving into a 20 barrel system and expanding into our new space.

Lion, wolf, or dragon who will win and why?

A dragon breathes fire and flies.  Is there any contest?