Drinks of the Month: “The Usual” and Brick Oven Brew Pub’s “Black IPA”

words and pictures by Sam DePaul

Cocktail of the Month: “The Usual”

What you need: some deep breaths and a good book

Whiskey and ginger ale in Sam’s home.

Without going into detail or an unsolicited political rant, I think it’s safe to say, simply, that a lot of us Akronites are feeling disappointed, doubtful, scared. So instead of sending you off with a complicated list of ingredients and subsequent cleanup, take this simple list of steps, from my lush heart to yours.

  1. Turn your phone off/stay away from all the Facebook bullshit for a sec.
  2. My go-to is a whiskey ginger and a lemon slice if I’ve got ‘em. Whatever yours is – a glass of wine, a beer, a martini – pour whatever the hell you want.
  3. Take a candle-lit bubble bath.
  4. Relax.
  5. Sip.
  6. Shhhhh.
  7. Get tipsy, be hopeful and stay kind.
  8. Treat yourself. Love yourself and others always.
  9. Remember: it’s all gonna be okay.
  10. Refill.


Beer of the Month: Brick Oven Brew Pub’s “Black IPA”

Beer flight in Brick Oven Brew Pub’s bar area.

My name is Sam and pizza and beer make me happy. In addition to their delectable handmade pizzas, Brick Oven Brew Pub in my home neighborhood Ellet – a hole of hidden Akron gems – offers 4 craft beers made on site. In house now is the oatmeal stout, a sweet cream ale, a Fall cider and a tasty black IPA (Indian Pale Ale). The stout is all a gal can ask for, and then some: dark with a luscious, creamy foam. Once you get past the piney aroma, you’ll taste the perfect blend of malt and hops with a subtle bit of citrus- flavors that complimented my basil-y margherita pizza shockingly well. (Their homemade tomato sauce—DUDE. So. Good.) Check out this small and relaxing diner setting with enough beer and pizza to make any lover of this winning combo swoon.

Visit Brick Oven Brew Pub at 604 Canton Rd, Akron, OH 44312. Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 4 -10 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM – 11 PM, Sunday 11:30 AM – 10 PM, closed Monday & Tuesday.  

Sam DePaul recently embarrassed herself when the car beside her noticed her head-banging to and singing “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel at a stoplight.