Akron Ale Fest Featured Brewery: Ohio Brewing Co

Who are you and what is your role at the brewery?

I’m Chris Verich and I’m Owner of Ohio Brewing Company.

Where did the idea for your logo come from?

It was a joint idea between myself and our graphic artist. He presented a couple of drafts and I really liked the one we are using today.

What is your favorite seasonal beer that's been released at your brewery lately?

That’s a tough question, but probably the Four Monkeys ESB, which was released in early spring. It was a collaboration between homebrewers from SAAZ Homebrewers group and our Head Brewer Matt Coffey. It was a style we had never done before and it turned out excellent and sold out very quickly at the pub.

What is your favorite thing in your brewery?

Another tough question. Well there are so many things, from my personal brewery memorabilia collection that’s featured throughout the pub to our urinals made out of beer kegs (really!) to our wonderful staff. If I had to say one thing that’s sentimental probably our plate and frame filter machine as it’s the only piece of brewing equipment that is still being used from our original brewery in 1997!

What is your most recent milestone?

Ohio Brewing Company celebrated the 20th Anniversary of its founding on July 1st.

What is your next major goal for the brewery?

To expand the brewery’s production and distribution and start canning our products.

Lion, wolf, or dragon who will win and why?

Probably a wolf since they are smart and able to take care of business and they melt into the distance after taking care of business. They are stealthy and smart.