HUDSON — After a full year in business, Hop Tree is still growing.

Located at 1297 Hudson Gate Drive, not far from the Stow border, Hop Tree Brewing recently celebrated its first anniversary Dec. 27 with weekend giveaways and new releases. From Dec. 28-30, Hop Tree gave away souvenir taster mugs, stickers and coozies and tapped two new beers: Pulp-Free Ale and Randall Mint Chocolate Mint Stout Infusion.

Greg McClymont, who along with Cory Ross owns Hop Tree, offered a favorable assessment of the brew pub’s first year.

"It’s been incredible," said McClymont, of Stow. "We’ve really had a good time and business has been good. All the people we’ve met I think has really made a difference; being able to meet so many people as they explore the local craft beer scene." 

McClymont said communicating with his customers helps the pair know what people like and what they’d like to see. 

Since opening, Hop Tree has doubled its staff to 10 employees — two full-time and eight part-time. Hop Tree also has openings for two more part-time workers, McClymont added. The menu has also expanded since day one, McClymont said, with daily sandwich and appetizer specials. Also new to the menu is soups. Hop Tree’s crab bisque was especially well received by customers, he said.

The various craft beers are being rotated with greater frequency, McClymont said, and new brews are being introduced all the time. Slated to premiere this month is a cranberry sour ale called Cranberry Tart. Soon after that Hop Tree will roll out Irish Red and then there may be a limited release of its Dry Irish Stout for St. Patrick’s Day.

Hop Tree Brewing is open Wednesday 4-10 p.m., Thursday 3:30-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 3:30-11 p.m.; and Sunday 1-8 p.m; closed Monday and Tuesday. The phone number is 330-342-0060. Find Hop Tree on Facebook and at www.hoptreebrewing.com.

Reporter Steve Wiandt can be reached at 330-541-9420, swiandt@recordpub.com or @SteveWiandt_RPC.