Akron City FC extends partnership with globally recognized and award-winning local brewery to recreate the team's branded beer in the iconic Turbo Shandy

February 10, 2023

Akron, Ohio - Akron City Football Club (ACFC) is proud to announce an extension of our partnership with Hoppin' Frog Brewery for the 2023 season. Hoppin' Frog will once again be creating ACFC's "Kickin' Blackberry Turbo Shandy" to celebrate high-level men's soccer in Akron. Kickin’ Blackberry Turbo Shandy is produced in 16oz cans and will be available for purchase at select retail locations and at Hoppin' Frog Brewery's tasting room beginning May 2nd. The team has also confirmed that Kickin’ Blackberry Turbo Shandy and Smashing Honey Blonde beers will once again be sold at all ACFC home games.  Beer + Soccer + Summer = Fun!  Team officials will seek a fan vote for a third style of beer to be sold and stay tuned for a cool promotion that will allow you to take Hoppin’ Frog home with you from game nights!

Hoppin' Frog (1680 East Waterloo Rd., Akron, Ohio 44306) is an artisanal brewery 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 distributes in 18 states and 42 foreign countries. Hoppin' Frog is the concept of owner and established brewmaster Fred Karm, a brewer since 1994 who has designed and produced 26 award winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.

"What a fun partnership this turned out to be last year! Developing this collaboration beer for Akron City FC was an honor and we ended-up out of it very quickly.” says Hoppin' Frog Owner Fred Karm.  “As I stated last year, we are both selling fun and we cannot wait to recreate Kickin’ Blackberry Turbo Shandy and for more fun times in the summer of 2023!”

“Hoppin’ Frog has been a world class partner in every way possible and being able to sell their beer at home games gives a "must have" level of fun and entertainment that is important for any sporting event.” stated ACFC Owner, Nick Turchan. “Extending our partnership with a brewery that is rooted in Akron, focused on quality and innovation, with such a high level of global success, was an easy decision. We will continue to strive to be just as successful on and off the field, as Hoppin' Frog has been in the beer world.”

Akron City FC is a member of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), the only league designated by the USASA as a Tier 1 national league. The team will kick off its second season this May with home games being played on the campus of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. The schedule is expected to be released in late February or early May. The team’s inaugural 2022 campaign proved to be a smash hit with the community as 19 companies joined as Founding Partners. The foundation of a passionate fan base was also created, which included more than doubling the NPSL’s average attendance figures.

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