Mike Sturdivant quickly learned that he doesn’t do quarantine well. The 2001 McKinley High School graduate is used to be being busy. For six years, he was the regional manager for Hattie Larlham and served as the nonprofit’s representative on the executive boards of several community organizations, including Compassion Delivered Inc., Gigi’s Playhouse, Love the Children’s Ministry and P.A.L. Mission.
Royal Docks is an English-style brewpub inspired by the owner’s time in London that “fuses the craft beer renaissance with British pub culture in a contemporary, American style,” according to its website at docks.beer. In recent years, the brewery has undergone plenty of expansion—in 2018, the Brewers Association named them the fifth fastest-growing small and independent craft brewery in the country. Last year, Royal Docks added a new brewhouse and cannery and plans to open a second taphouse as part of the downtown Akron Bowery redevelopment project.
I’ve never met a beer I didn’t like. Well, I have, but I drank it anyway. With so much variety available to beer enthusiasts around the area, I often don’t play favorites. Instead, I’ve found that I like to try whatever beer I haven’t tried before.
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.