Brewery creates new life for former Youngstown church

Owner Ira Gerhart describes the Noble Creature Cask House as an independent craft brewery

The Noble Creature Cask House is located at the intersection of Rayen Avenue and Walnut Street

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – About a month ago, a church in downtown Youngstown, built 95 years ago, was transformed into a new brewery that makes its own beer.

The Noble Creature Cask House is located at the intersection of Rayen Avenue and Walnut Street, right behind the library and up the street from the MVR.

Ira Gerhart, owner of the Cask House, said it all just fell into place.

“We’ve been living in Youngstown for about eight years now and I always wanted to start a brewery. I started home-brewing back in 2010. I always wanted to open a brewery and my wife graduated from YSU — bought our first house in Youngstown and here we are,” he said.

Gerhart said the building has a unique story.

“It was the Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church. It was built in 1923. It came up for sale and we kind of happened into this location and I’m happy we could make it work,” Gerhart said.

He said the renovations were mostly cosmetic.

“It actually wasn’t in too bad of shape. There’s some cosmetic stuff and obviously, we had to get it ready for brewing beer. A lot of infrastructure¬†work. We had to take out the old flooring in the basement. All new plumbing, all new electrical [and] cosmetic stuff. But we tried to keep as much intact as we could. It was a project,” he said.

Gerhart describes his business as an independent craft brewery.

“… making four barrel batches, artisan beer, one batch at a time. We’re going to have the restaurant open in March I’d say, so we should have some food in March and we’ll be open more regularly,” he said.

Currently, the Cask House is open Thursdays and Fridays from 2-10 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m.

Check out their website for more information.

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