Hi! We are Ali & Jon Hovan, the Co-Founders of HiHO Brewing Co. We started our craft beer loving adventure together in 2007 and have been brewing, imbibing, and educating ourselves about craft beer ever since.
Our appreciation and palate for craft beer grew during our 8 years together living in beautiful Denver, Colorado. As former K-8 teachers; Jon in P.E. and Ali in Art, we had summers, long weekends, and holidays to explore Colorado and all the craft beer it has to offer.
We witnessed the craft beer boom from the ground up and felt the excitement around all things craft.
During this time we built on our education experience, love of craft beer, and Jon’s 10+ years of homebrewing to found the Denver-based Homebrew Club, The Brew Crew, which is focused on teaching others the craft of homebrewing.
In the summer of 2014 we decided to follow our passion for beer and educate ourselves on the professional side. Jon studied to become certified as a Beer Judge through the nationally recognized Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). He also completed a one-year beer school program at The American Brewers Guild receiving his Diploma in Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering. While Ali led the marketing and organization of The Brew Crew, she also completed a Small Business Start-Up program at a local college in preparation for opening our brewery.
In June 2015, we resigned from our teaching positions, sold our house in Denver, and moved back home to Hudson, Ohio to realize our goal and start HiHO Brewing Company.
In January 2016, we received the keys to 1707 Front Street in Cuyahoga Falls, and started our demolition and build-out for our 7 Barrel Brewhouse. HiHO Brewing Co. is possible because of the love and support from our family and friends, near and far.