Our story - meet the Beer Swami
Mike Howson founded Chagrin Beer Company in 2011, brewing the first of Chagrin IPA not far from where he was born and raised in Northern Ohio. Mike grew up amidst the birth of Rock n’ Roll in 1950s and 60s Cleveland, inspiring a passion that became a huge part of his life – Mike had a band and amassed a vast record and music collection, rivaled only by his beer can collection. Music is a standard at any Chagrin Beer event.
In 1993, Mike bought a beer store located on the Chagrin River, which eventually gave our brew its name. The craft beer scene was in its infancy, but soon burst wide open...remember Pete’s Wicked Ale? Mike became a beer guru. Microbrew tastings and events grew steadily in number and notoriety and included virtually every major craft brewer at the time. Chuck’s (the store) was ranked 29th nationally by RateBeer.com, and in 2007, Mike was named one of 125 most interesting people in Cleveland Magazine’s Best of Cleveland, dubbing Mike, “the Swami of Suds” (plus "Buddha of brew" and "Santa of suds").
In 2011, Mike partnered with one of the area’s top home brewers, Jeff Bradbury, to develop Chagrin Beer Company’s original 3 beer recipes – Chagrin IPA, Summer Daze and Lake Effect Chocolate Stout. In 2015, we added Pumpkin Roll Porter and in 2016, we'll introduce our holiday ale, I’ll Be Home For.
Chagrin Beer Company partners with Hopview Brewery and distributor Vintage Wine. Carefully nurturing growth with quality controls, Chagrin Beer is distributed throughout Ohio in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Toledo and Columbus. You'll find us at the finest pubs, restaurants, and stores, as well as country clubs and community events.
Now 5 years strong, we are on the grow. Ask for us!