How it all Started
Lock 15 Brewing Co. was born at a Christmas party in 2010. Owners and cousins Colin Cook and Joe Karpinski celebrated with their family over the latest batch of Christmas Ale homebrewed by Joe. “One taste of that beer and I knew Joe would be brewing beer on a much larger scale, and I wanted to make sure it was with me!” Colin is on record saying. As co-owner and master brewer.
The Dynamic Duo
Joe brings over 10 years of brewing experience to the table and has already received many accolades in both home brewing and micro brewing competitions. Paired with Colin’s 20 years in the hospitality industry from NYC to Philadelphia to Akron, Colin brings a vision and a mission to bring the latest food and beverage trends back to his hometown. Taste Colin’s food and Joe’s beers both created before your very eyes to offer an unmatched experience to the good people of Akron and beyond.
Lock 15 Brewing Co. will feature a seven barrel brew house completely visible through a glass wall in the main dining room and bar. A variety of year round brews, seasonal and experimental beers, and guest taps will offer a well-rounded selection for all palates to explore and enjoy.
Alongside the brew house is an open expo style kitchen that will keep onlookers entertained, as food is prepared in full view of the dining room. Simple, rustic, fresh, and local will be common descriptors of the fare the menu will offer. Emphasis on flavor, the menu will explore familiar dishes with a delicious fresh twist.
Lock 15 will also boast almost 100 seats in the outdoor beer garden that will emphasize communal seating and views of the raised garden beds used to provide as much produce for the restaurant as possible. Only a brief stroll from Lock 15 Brewing Co. and you are walking alongside the canal and the Cascade Locks Park.
Located at the Former Swinehart Tire Factory on the corner of North St. and Howard St. in downtown Akron, Lock 15 Brewing Co. is nestled next to the Cascade Valley Trailhead and the historic Mustill Store Museum on the Towpath Trail. Lock 15 promises to be the premier destination for runners, cyclists, and family trail goers alike as they make their way in and out of downtown. Whether you are taking a trek on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad or simply looking for the next great addition to the Akron restaurant and bar scene Lock 15 Brewing Co. will offer an unmatched atmosphere and experience.