Why Ron, what’s the Big Idea with R. Shea Brewing?
Name: Ron Shea, Jr.
Hometown/Home now: Akron all my life.
Occupation: Starting a brewery, running a website for triathletes.
What’s your Big idea?
As corny as it sounds, bring good, local beer to Akron using Akron water and American ingredients from a 100% Akronite living in the Valley during most of his formative years. My place is a reflection of me as a person, so it’s not just about the beer.
Why pursue it?
The climate is good. I’m 40, so I have learned a lot, researched plenty and have put some money away for an opportunity like this—to go bigger and professional.
When did you know your Big Idea was a good idea?
Not to sound cocky, but it was always a good idea. It was just a matter of timing. I like to please people with a good product. I have great customer service and I love the customer! It was always a matter of timing. The timing is now right.
How do you hope your Big Idea helps Akron grow?
Local breweries were always a big part of Akron and still are with Thirsty Dog, Hoppin’ Frog and Trailhead. I hope to build on that with a place that is clearly unique from those mentioned. I have tried to involve my kids in every step of the way in this so they feel ownership too—“yeah, I did built that!” I would love to have them take over years from now with their fresh ideas.
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