Akron Ale Fest Featured Brewery: Wadsworth Brewing Company

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

Ernie Joy,  brewer/owner and my favorite role is when I have time to bartend and interact with customers.

Where did the idea for your logo come from?

 I have always liked clean/simple lines and we are located in a historic downtown so we wanted to have something clean that also met guidelines within our Historic Main Street Wadsworth designation.

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

The Apple Pie a la malt.  I think when you try something new and fun with flavor it is always a risk, but this one landed quite well with customers and it has been fun to watch it take off with them.

What is your favorite thing in your brewery? 

My bar front, high top tables, bar top, and flight boxes are constructed from gym flooring that myself, my wife, and our son tore out of a school in Wadsworth that was built in the early 1900s.  We took two days crouched over with crowbars tearing it out board by board.  It was a labor of love, blood, sweat, and swearing, but it looks gorgeous.

What is your most recent milestone?

We hit our six month anniversary, added two more fermenters to keep up with demand, and opened a small food offering, so I guess that's three.

What is your next major goal for the brewery?

We are working with our city and council to hopefully add a back patio late this summer or early next.  

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

Dragon- they can fly and breathe fire.  To me, success in anything you do in this world takes imagination, a spark that leads to a flame and you have to believe you can soar.