Royal Docks Brewing Co. – Canton, Ohio
Royal Docks started as a concept. A concept brewed overseas for that matter. The brewery was to be a place for friends to gather and stay; somewhere to foster good times, friendship, really good beer and a relaxing atmosphere for family and friends to enjoy – and it is currently all of those things.
After a wildly successful grand opening in September, they’ve been picking up momentum and have continued to gain loyal patronage. Located in Nobles Pond, Jackson Township, the business is well-received and much-welcomed in an area plagued with chains and “close at 9 p.m.” shops.
What a great atmosphere. Everything that you can love in a gathering space is here; an inviting entrance (red entry door with matching red telephone box immediately inside), high ceilings with well-managed acoustics, warm lighting, industrial-chic touches and gorgeous finishes/textures.
Polished concrete floors, a subway tiled-wall, retractable garage doors, reclaimed Chicago brick, funky industrial lighting and of course beer fermenters and barrels. Plus a “loo”… the overall space is inviting, fun, yet cultured. Owners John and Adriana did an impressive job designing the space on their own – blending cultural elements from both their original hometowns and former international digs (London).
Something that is often overlooked, or rushed in my opinion is seating. It’s the one element that make guests feel at ease or off… and there have been a few new-opens that have botched it. HOWEVER… Royal Docks did their due diligence and did a great job selecting seating options. High top tables for happy hour, a medium-sized bar for fantastic service, couches for a cozier feel, communal tables for groups to gather.
Right now, with the fall weather upon us, the patio is outfitted with heaters, blankets and a fire pit – perfect.
Royal Docks Brewing has the capacity for private events (if size merits), and you can easily reserve seats for a group if you just call ahead. Larger groups, like happy hours or GNO can easily get a table.
Sometimes you need a little extra motivation to drink beer… well, no, no you don’t, that was a joke. But, you can plan ahead for some of the events held at the brewery.
Check out their Facebook for the weekly specifics but a few items to mark on your calendar:
- Live music – for exact dates and performers, check the RDB Facebook.
- Downward dog into deosebit… Sezonul Deosebit to be exact. It’s $15 to partake in Yoga Sunday which includes beer and a Yoga Strong class at the brewery, weekly.
- Meet the Brewer Monday with rare brews… ou la la. Especially nice if you don’t want to trek up to the also wonderful Hoppin’ Frog tasting room in Akron.
- A Stark County staple – there are TVs throughout, so you can also watch “the game.”
Well this part seems like a given, but let’s get to the beer.
It’s delish! With the boom in new breweries, I’ve become leery. (Especially of anything “smoked”, eek, more like liquid smoked.) But we were super happy with the beer selection.
The owners hired a brewmaster, letting him be the expert in the brews, and stick to what they’re good at which is entertainment, hospitality, service and facility. That makes a big difference.
Recommendation time! If you have time and a friend, order a sample of each ($1/sample). When we went last week eight beers were offered on tap plus a cask conditioned ale (scratch that, it’s so popular it was sold out, whomp whomp). From that, pick your absolute favorite and order a pint.
While the taps rotate, here are some favorites right now:
- 67 Alaska – for those who aren’t into hoppy beers
- Whitechapel IPA – with a little belgian wit inspiration
- Docklands Porter – rich but not too heavy
- Anything cask conditioned – they’re unfiltered, hand pumped, and frankly you can’t find many around these parts
Love something a whooole lot? Take it home. Fill one of their growlers, half growlers or stainless growlers (or your own) with one of their tap selections, seal it up and save it for later.
Hate beer? What’s wrong with you? … Luckily, they also serve a nice selection of liquors and wines. Boutique wines and top-shelf booze. Bonus: Bittermens cocktail bitters… fancy.
Royal Docks Brewing also cooks. Not just unidentifiable, deep-fried “somethings”, but real food with artisan flare.
You can order small plates and not so small plated, anything from flatbreads to beer battered cod. Portions are fair too, we split three items between the two of us and were good to go.
The artisan bread infused with blue cheese butter is the bomb. It’s even paired with dipping oil, as if it wasn’t rich enough already. I absolutely recommend trying it out, and at $4, you can afford it.
The 6-pack of wings are baked, not fried, they’re only $5.50 and come in buffalo, garlic parm and BBQ. They’re really good. And here’s a little insider info: order the Korean BBQ wings. They aren’t listed on the menu but worth the ask.
Make some plans this weekend to grab a flight, a couple small plates and hangout for a while at Royal Docks. Oh, and Mind the Tap.
7162 Fulton Drive
Canton, OH 44718
Mon-Tue: 4:00 pm-10:00 pm
Wed-Fri: 4:00 pm-11:00 pm
Sat: 1:00 pm-12:00 am
Sun: 1:00 pm-8:00 pm