Brewery Roundup: Royal Docks Brewing Co.

Royal Docks Brewing Co. was founded in 2014 and opened its taproom, brewery and kitchen in Jackson Township in September 2015. In 2016, it began distributing beer on draft, and in May 2017, RDB became the first Stark County brewery to release beer in cans—Tanglefoot IPA, Pendragon RareWit and Yardarm IPA.

Brewmaster: David Sutula
Top menu picks: Aloha flatbread, $10.50; Chicken & Waffles, $12
Year Started: 2014
Primary beers:
1. 67 Alaska, Kölsch, 5.5% ABV, 21 IBU
2. Tanglefoot IPA, IPA—Red, 6.3% ABV, 83 IBU
3. Pendragon RareWit, Witbier, 5.8% ABV, 18 IBU
Noteworthy seasonals:
Spiced Oddity Pumpkin Ale
Others on tap:
1. Baby Yaga, Porter—Other, 7.6% ABV, 50 IBU
2. Deathly Mallows Toasted Marshmallow, Stout—Milk / Sweet, 6.4% ABV, 19 IBU
3. +44, Brown Ale—English, 5% ABV, 19 IBU

The story so far

Royal Docks Brewing Co. was founded in 2014 and opened its taproom, brewery and kitchen in Jackson Township in September 2015. In 2016, it began distributing beer on draft, and in May 2017, RDB became the first Stark County brewery to release beer in cans—Tanglefoot IPA, Pendragon RareWit and Yardarm IPA. The first two years of business have seen incredible growth, including the release of its first 16 oz. can, Leatherhead IPA, at Cleveland Browns’ First Energy Stadium. RDB also has received many local awards.

Future plans

The brewery will release an additional six beers in cans—Vlad the Impaler, a 13.1% Imperial Stout; Baba Yaga Coffee Porter; Hoptopod IPA; +44 Brown Ale; London Signature Pub Ale; and Yuletide, a spiced holiday ale. RDB also plans to open another brewery in Jackson Township in February 2018, and is looking to add taprooms in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Akron beginning in 2019.

Favorite brewery beer?

Dave Sutula: “Today, I’m digging on Leatherhead IPA. It was really special to close the brewery for a day and take the whole team to a tailgate release party at First Energy Stadium for the first Browns game of the season.”

John Bikis: “I always find myself going back to 67 Alaska, our Kolsch-style ale. It’s the lightest beer that we do full time, and so it’s always refreshing. Plus, the name brings me back to the original inspiration for the brewery. It was the address where my wife, Adriana, and I lived in the Royal Docks area of London when we had the idea to move back to Canton and start a brewery.”

Favorite competitor brew?

Dave Sutula: “I’m a fan of Thirsty Dog beers. The brewmaster there, Tim Rastetter, is a very old friend and a guy who I consider my mentor in the craft, so his take on Christmas beer—12 Dogs—is (apart from our own Yuletide) one of the all-time great seasonals. But I’m also digging on Lagerheads Oktoberfest right now, and if we’re talking hyper-local, I love what Andrew is doing at Lockport in Bolivar. I’m excited for the beers that Jason will be releasing soon from Shale Brewing in Canton.”

John Bikis: “I like trying a lot of other local stuff. Lately, I’m really liking the beers Jon and Ali are doing at HiHo in Cuyahoga Falls and Andrew at Lockport. I’m also never disappointed with Maize Valley’s beers or how clean the beers from BRIM in Willoughby are.”

Upcoming events / competitions

The highlight will be taking some of the team to London this month to take our Leatherhead cans there and see the Browns play the Vikings.
Oct. 5-7: Great American Beer Festival in Denver
Oct. 13-22: Cleveland Beer Week
Dec. 7: The Rail Beer School

7162 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton | docks.beer

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass