Akron City FC Partners with Hoppin' Frog Brewery for Inaugural Season Beer Collaboration

Akron City FC joins forces with globally recognized and award-winning local brewery to create a team branded beer in the iconic Turbo Shandy product line.

March 18, 2022

Akron, Ohio - Akron City Football Club (ACFC) is proud to announce a delicious partnership with Hoppin' Frog Brewery for its 2022 Inaugural Season. Hoppin' Frog will be creating ACFC's "Kickin' Blackberry Turbo Shandy" to celebrate the return of high-level men's soccer to Akron. This new brew will be produced in 16oz cans and is expected to be available for purchase at select retail locations and at Hoppin' Frog Brewery's tasting room in late April/early May. Great beer and great soccer are a part of the supporter's culture of the beautiful game, so it's only appropriate that Kickin' will also be sold at Ray's Pub, the team's official Pre-Game Party location. This will be THE PLACE for fans to meet and enjoy their Kickin' Blackberry Turbo Shandy before making the one-mile march down Market Street to ACFC home games at St. Vincent-St. Mary. Team officials are also in advanced stages of securing rights to sell beer in the stadium at all ACFC home games!

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 now distributes in 22 states and 40 foreign countries. Hoppin' Frog has been rated the 26th Best Brewer in the World by RateBeer, the world's largest and most comprehensive beer-rating website. The brewery has been rated as one of the Top 100 Brewer's in the World 14 years in a row! Hoppin' Frog is the concept of owner and established brewmaster Fred Karm, a brewer since 1994 who has designed and produced 25 award winning beers at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.

"What a fun project! Developing this new beer for our new soccer club is an honor, and a great matchup....” says Hoppin' Frog Owner Fred Karm.  "because when you think about it, we're both selling fun!”

“Akron City FC is the city's club, so bringing the entire Akron/Summit county region together before, during and after the game is what drives us on a daily basis,” stated ACFC Owner, Nick Turchan. “Partnering 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 strive to be as successful on and off the field, as Hoppin' Frog has been in the beer world.”

Akron City FC was announced as the newest expansion team in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) on September 16, 2021. Their addition fills a long-standing gap within the league’s footprint as well as in the Akron sports market. According to Dina Case, NPSL Director of Membership Development, “Akron is an exciting market, which we have earmarked for years as an ideal expansion location.” ACFC’s inaugural season kicks off in May 2022.

Visit Hoppin' Frog at www.hoppinfrog.com or follow on Facebook @hoppinfrog, Instagram @hoppinfrogbrewery and Twitter @hoppinfrog.

2022 season and single game tickets are now available for purchase.  Be a part of our historic inaugural season and visit Akron City FC at www.akroncityfc.com or follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @AkronCityFC