CUYAHOGA FALLS — A small craft brewery and tasting room is seeing a big response since opening a year ago.
McArthur’s Brew House, located at 2721 Front St., is what is known as a nanobrewery where craft beer is made in small batches. Owners Kevin and Abbey McArthur live in Cuyahoga Falls and wanted to locate their business close to home.
“We wanted to open in the city where we live and where our kids go to school and play sports. We wanted to support our community,” said Abbey McArthur. Abbey and Kevin opened McArthur’s on March 3, 2017.
“The first year has gone really well,” McArthur said. “We’ve had a really good turnout and a lot of support from the community. We’re grateful to have so many regulars.” She said it helps being on the Summit Brew Path which is sponsored by the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau. Participants are given a passport that they can get stamped when they make a purchase at each of 18 participating breweries.
“We’ve definitely seen an increase in business due to that, and we opened our kitchen in March,” McArthur. “We have a small menu and we want to bring out more food items, but we’re taking our time. It’s just my husband and me. We’re paying for this, so we don’t want to do too much too fast.”
Kevin McArthur, a full-time firefighter, has been a home brewer for 15 years and has also worked at Thirsty Dog in Akron. When Abbey was laid off from her job after 14 years they decided it a good time to start their own brewery.
McArthur said that in addition to his firefighting shifts, he puts in another 40-plus hours a week at brew house.
“I hear people say, ‘Man, I worked 48 hours this week,’ and I think, ‘Yeah, I remember when I was working part time,” McArthur said with a laugh.
Beers are rotated frequently, and new beers are brought out every few weeks, Abbey said. McArthur’s has porters, ales and IPAs, and are known for its Coffee Toffee Nitro Porter, Abbey said. They usually have between nine to 13 craft beers on tap. The names of their beers have included MAC’s Double Trouble Red IPA, Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel, Hillside Daze Blonde Ale, Blueberry Wheat Ale, Abbey’s Amber Ale and Sour Cherry.
Kevin said he likes IPAs. Abbey likes stouts and porters.
McArthur’s has a two-barrel system. Because it’s a small system, they have to brew a lot to keep up with sales, Abbey said. “We’re thinking of other options like maybe getting a couple more fermenters,” she said. “My husband is working basically around the clock to keep up.”
The food menu includes pretzels and beer cheese and pizza with more items to be added in the future. Down the road, the McArthurs want to hire more people and open more days. They currently have six part-time employees and are open three days a week.
Located on Front Street across from Totally Cooked Catering, McArthur’s shares a building with a cleaning company. The square footage is 1,600 and occupancy is 45 people. There is also outdoor space available now that the weather has broken. In addition to a video game and pinball game, McArthur’s has board games and crayons and coloring books so families can feel welcome.
McArthur’s is open from 4-10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the kitchen closing an hour early each night. The phone number is 330-815-4600.
Reporter Steve Wiandt, can be reached at 330-541-9420, firstname.lastname@example.org or @SteveWiandt_RPC.