Chris Verich is the founder of Ohio Brewing Company. After getting bit by the beer bug during a family trip to Europe while in college at Kent State University, Chris became a home brewer. After winning medals at various home brewing competitions and traveling to microbreweries out west, Chris began to formulate a plan to someday open up a brewery himself. After some years of "beer research" where he visited craft breweries all over the country and in Canada, Chris decided to take some professional brewing seminars. Chris then trained at several breweries in Florida and in Niagara Falls, Canada before putting together an investment plan for his first brewery.
Ohio Brewing Company originally opened in Niles, Ohio in 1997 and Chris was the original brewer where he formulated some of the more popular beers such as Verich Gold, Cardinal Ale, Steel Valley Stout, Alt-ernative Amber Ale, and Maple Porter.