Local author Dr. Robert A. Musson will be at The Learned Owl Book Shop Saturday, March 17th, from 1-3 p.m. to sign his book "Akron Beer: A History of Brewing in the Rubber City". What better author to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! There will also be light snacks and craft brews from Akron on hand to sample.
Once known as the Rubber Capital of the World, Akron can also justifiably style itself a beer mecca. More than a century ago, brewers like Renner, Burkhardt and others vied for local supremacy. Although these forerunners disappeared, a beer renaissance blossomed in recent years, with today's craft purveyors serving up some of the nation's finest brews. Several of Thirsty Dog Brewery's beers have won awards, and Hoppin' Frog consistently ranks as one of the top one hundred breweries in the world. Rob Musson presents a chronological look at Akron beer from its origins along the Ohio & Erie Canal in 1845 to the present day, featuring one hundred vintage and contemporary images.
Robert A. Musson, MD, is an Akron native and a graduate of the University of Akron and Ohio State University. More than twenty years ago, he began researching the history of local brewing, and since that time, he has published more than thirty-five books, including four with Arcadia Publishing. Most of his works involve the history of the brewing industry in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, although he has also written histories of Federal Highways 21, 22 and 250. Rob resides in Medina, Ohio, with his wife, Jennifer; their daughters, Anastasia, Alexandra and Athena; and two cats.