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About Us

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 The building

The Main St portion of our building was established in 1865 as a hotel on the southwest corner of E. Main and Mill streets. A frame two-story structure with flat roof, this hotel was known as the American House in 1870. By the early 1880s, the name changed to the Washington House and it was operated by George Nunamaker, a local merchant. Then, in 1887, a re-opening was held for the enterprise, with a third name change to Lesh House. At that time, it featured 16 rooms, a dining room, and a ladies' reception room. A livery stable, under separate ownership and operation, was at the rear of the property. The property remained the Lesh House until 1905, when it became the Arlington Hotel for a number of years. In 1945, the bowling alley was built in the rear of the building.

We purchased this property from Frank and Cynthia Kerchner in 2018, and are renovating the old bowling alley and part of the 1865 building into UnHitched Brewing. We have a grand vision to bring the old hotel back to life...time will tell :)

George dilger and the brader drawing

You will soon see a mural on the side of the brewery created by local artist Tommy Morgan. We worked with ArtsinStark and the Canton Museum of Art to bring an old drawing from 1800s back to life.

In the 1870s, Ferdinand Brader emigrated to the United States and settled into Pennsylvania. He traveled throughout the region staying on people’s homesteads, creating drawings of their farms and homes. He created ~300 drawings and most of his Ohio drawings came from the Stark and Portage county areas.

The only two drawings from Louisville have ties to UnHitched. One drawing came from what is now the Biery farm (Ben Biery is an owner of UnHitched). The 2nd drawing came from the George Dilger Brewery and Farm which was located across from the Rite Aid on Main St. Brader drew George Dilger, on his wagon, transporting beer on his farmstead. We are creating a rendition of this drawing onto our building.

 
 
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THE CREW

Adam Longacre

I owe it to my good friend Ian Hughes who introduced me to my first craft beer in college. I quickly became a beer nerd and found myself fascinated with all facets of what goes into making craft beer. In 2009 while hanging out at Ian’s tiny Chicago apartment the idea of a brewery started to take shape which likely was sparked by the 27% Sam Adams Utopias buzz we had going on. It started out with the idea to create a brewery/youth hostel in Chicago. And while this idea didn't take flight, I never let the dream of one day building my own brewery out of my mind.  5 years ago I settled in the small town of Louisville, but never lost the brewery dream. The old bowling alley was the perfect place to make my brewery dream come true and Louisville is just the place that needs it. So I recruited two good friends Ben and George and purchased a 14,000 sqft building downtown to begin a project that is going to invigorate our downtown and create a space for people to gather and enjoy good food and drinks. And just so happens the upstairs used to operate as a 16 room hotel in the 1800s…so maybe that youth hostel idea isn’t dead yet!

I owe it to my good friend Ian Hughes who introduced me to my first craft beer in college. I quickly became a beer nerd and found myself fascinated with all facets of what goes into making craft beer. In 2009 while hanging out at Ian’s tiny Chicago apartment the idea of a brewery started to take shape which likely was sparked by the 27% Sam Adams Utopias buzz we had going on. It started out with the idea to create a brewery/youth hostel in Chicago. And while this idea didn't take flight, I never let the dream of one day building my own brewery out of my mind.

5 years ago I settled in the small town of Louisville, but never lost the brewery dream. The old bowling alley was the perfect place to make my brewery dream come true and Louisville is just the place that needs it. So I recruited two good friends Ben and George and purchased a 14,000 sqft building downtown to begin a project that is going to invigorate our downtown and create a space for people to gather and enjoy good food and drinks. And just so happens the upstairs used to operate as a 16 room hotel in the 1800s…so maybe that youth hostel idea isn’t dead yet!

Garret Conley

Quick fact. Garret is only 1 of 7 professional brewers without a beard. He is our resident Butcher and Brewer. Garret’s journey in food and beverage includes time at Chicago’s Kendall College and the One Off Hospitality Group where Garret served as an instructional whole animal butcher and ran their Charcuterie program. Say what? It’s pronounced “shar-KU-ta-ree”. Garret's professional brewing background began at Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago until making Ohio his home in 2016. He joined Platform Beer Company where he led production and innovation before his departure for UnHitched. Garret is such an integral part of our vision and execution as a company. If he ever tries to leave us, he is going to get the same treatment as Catherine Martin from Silence of the Lambs.

Quick fact. Garret is only 1 of 7 professional brewers without a beard. He is our resident Butcher and Brewer. Garret’s journey in food and beverage includes time at Chicago’s Kendall College and the One Off Hospitality Group where Garret served as an instructional whole animal butcher and ran their Charcuterie program. Say what? It’s pronounced “shar-KU-ta-ree”. Garret's professional brewing background began at Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago until making Ohio his home in 2016. He joined Platform Beer Company where he led production and innovation before his departure for UnHitched. Garret is such an integral part of our vision and execution as a company. If he ever tries to leave us, he is going to get the same treatment as Catherine Martin from Silence of the Lambs.

Ben Biery

Born and Raised in the great town of Louisville, Ben is the 4th generation owner of Biery Cheese that services customers all over the U.S. and around the globe. He is also a rap video stand in. Making and creating superior food has always been a part of his DNA. Adding beverages to the portfolio is an excellent addition. For the last part of the decade, Ben wanted to create a craft brewery or distillery. When I talked to Ben about getting a brewery in Louisville, I had him at hello. His objective is to not only help create a memorable tasting and dining experience, but also to help brighten up our beautiful and historic downtown. Family, history, and memories is what drives Ben for this brewery.

Born and Raised in the great town of Louisville, Ben is the 4th generation owner of Biery Cheese that services customers all over the U.S. and around the globe. He is also a rap video stand in. Making and creating superior food has always been a part of his DNA. Adding beverages to the portfolio is an excellent addition. For the last part of the decade, Ben wanted to create a craft brewery or distillery. When I talked to Ben about getting a brewery in Louisville, I had him at hello. His objective is to not only help create a memorable tasting and dining experience, but also to help brighten up our beautiful and historic downtown. Family, history, and memories is what drives Ben for this brewery.

George Kiko

Look at this cool customer. Who wouldn’t buy something from this guy at an auction? If you live in Louisville or the surrounding area, you are going to know a Kiko. Deep roots in the area. Coming from a large family, there is nothing better to George than sitting at a large table with friends and family enjoying good food and drink. Coupled that with his passion for Louisville and the revitalization of downtown, he was a perfect fit for this project.

Look at this cool customer. Who wouldn’t buy something from this guy at an auction? If you live in Louisville or the surrounding area, you are going to know a Kiko. Deep roots in the area. Coming from a large family, there is nothing better to George than sitting at a large table with friends and family enjoying good food and drink. Coupled that with his passion for Louisville and the revitalization of downtown, he was a perfect fit for this project.

 

More great team members coming soon…