ONE TANKED TRIP
Housed in what was once Joe’s Bar, the go-to location for hip Canton folk, Thatsa Wrapp does credit to the spot. Away from the rest of downtown Canton’s art district (and just a few blocks from the Buzzbin office), this hidden gem is hands down one of our favorite stops in the area and should be a must for any beer connoisseur. The café offers more than 50 craft beers from an impressive bottle list, along with half a dozen taps.
This time, I was drawn to the tapping of a recent favorite local beer: Columbus Brewing Company’s Bodhi. Columbus has flown under the radar over the last few years, finally breaking into the Northeast Ohio market and dropping two bombs, one of which is their stellar double IPA (the other is the amazing barleywine Creeper). Tropical fruit and piney goodness distinguish this beer.
For the main course, I ordered the Sicilian Sling, a steak-filled wrap that may be the best damn thing on the planet. Grilled steak, feta and mozzarella cheese, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes and vinaigrette pack this wrap sent straight from heaven. A dollar more will get you a plateful of homemade chips that are out of this world.
While the food comes fast, I was already done with my first beer by the time it arrived and ordered my next, Three Floyds’ Alpha King. This incredible Indiana brewery made its return to Ohio last month after years of absence. A fantastic pale ale from one of the best breweries out there, Alpha King is Three Floyds’ flagship beer. It’s brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Warrior hops, which give it a wondrous citrus aroma and hoppy finish.
Next, I took a gamble with Magic Hat’s Elder Betty and was pleasantly surprised. While I am personally not a big fan of fruit-flavored beers — not to mention pretty sick of Magic Hat’s lineup — this elderberry brew is pretty damn good, an American hefeweizen with malty flavor, hop aroma, and fair elderberry goodness.
Finally, I ordered what I assumed would be my last beer: Breckenridge 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout. I like other Breckenridge beers, including their 471 Small Patch IPA, and this chocolate stout is equally appealing, with rich and toasty chocolate notes. A hint of coffee rounds it out.
By beer’s end, I had to try one last brew. I scanned the beer wall for something milder in alcohol and decided on Saison DuPont. Saison, or farmhouse ales, are definitely an acquired taste but should be sampled at least once by those who call themselves beer aficionados. This balanced yet complex beer has an exceptional fruitiness and a nice dry finish.
Though this goldmine has some strange hours, it’s worth figuring out the somewhat off-the-wall schedule. On Mondays, Thatsa Wrapp is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, they’re open till 7 p.m. Fridays are the day to go, as they are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They make up for the atypical hours with an impressive array of beer and absolutely savory food. This is one place you don’t want to pass up.