May 30, 2023 9:01 am

CANTON, Ohio – There’s absolutely nothing like a cold beer soon after a round of golf. Or a game of soccer. Or throwing about the football. Or shooting at the net in hockey. Or firing a dodgeball. Or playing zombie tag.

Zombie tag?

At Brew Kettle with Topgolf Swing Suite – which opens at 11 a.m. now, Saturday, Might 27, at Hall of Fame Village Fan Engagement Zone – you can do all of these items. And then have dinner and drinks.

It is the most up-to-date opening at the Hall of Fame Village, which keeps expanding its entertainment and dining offerings.

Six interactive bays – 3 upstairs, 3 downstairs – cover all the aforementioned sports. Shoot against a goalie, drive from a fairway, toss a great spiral. And yes, you can even play zombie tag. Bays can accommodate 4 to six people today.

A rooftop patio holds much more than a dozen tables, two fire pits and couches, but the true draw is the vantage of Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Virtually the whole field can be observed. (Just before you get excited about watching a game or concert for absolutely free, the space will be rented for huge events.)

With televisions hanging everywhere – in front of bays, more than the bar and all about – the space covers six,500 square feet inside and two,000 on the upper-deck patio. A covered tiny patio outdoors the front entrance also is readily available.

Two dozen beers are on draft along with guest beers and complete meals menu, such as burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, salads and much more.

“This was so significantly function,” Brew Kettle owner Bryan Weber mentioned, although pleased with the outcome that involved battling provide-chain difficulties and other challenges. “Everything is produced from scratch.”

He’s also speaking about the structure: Wood for the bars and railings comes from a Civil War captain’s property and is 227 years old, he mentioned.

Inside it is a comfy location to loosen up or play or do each. Outdoors the village boasts a Ferris wheel and zip line (holdovers from the International Exposition Center), “sip ‘n stretch” yoga, music and other activities, mentioned John Lytell, Hall of Fame Village public relations director. Spike It, a coaster-drop ride, is coming this summer time. It is billed as a 40-foot-tall drop tower ride that emulates the classic touchdown celebration.

As Lytell says, the most important aim in the Hall of Fame Village is to “flatten the seasonality.” Translated: There’s much more for guests to verify out other than just the Pro Football Hall of Fame Museum or the annual enshrinement week.

And the people at the village are not completed developing. A football-themed waterpark and hotel are beneath way.

“Even a one particular-evening keep will have a substantial effect on the location,” Lytell mentioned.

Neighborhood and regional organizations – like Pizza Oven, Heggy’s Nut Shop and the Brew Kettle – are featured. Don Shula’s American Kitchen opened this year. And there’s much more to come. Former NFL player Donald Driver is set to open a fitness center and coaching academy for everybody from middle-college little ones to experienced athletes.

For now, the Brew Kettle is content material to pour craft beer to thirsty sports enthusiasts.

“This was nicely more than a year in the creating,” mentioned Weber, citing the teamwork it took to get the doors open. “I’m exceptionally proud of it. All the people today involved are like family members to me.”

Additional information: Brew Kettle with Topgolf Swing Suite

Place: 2018 Champions Gateway Suite 101, Canton. It is 56 miles from downtown Cleveland.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Parking: Cost-free, in the nearby “Honor” and “Respect” lots.

Associated coverage

Heggy’s Nut Shop going into HOF Village

Don Shula’s American Kitchen open at HOF Village (pictures)

Ground broken on waterpark for Hall of Fame Village in Canton

Pizza Oven getting added to Hall of Fame Village

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