Doug Reynolds is the co-founder and brewer at Uniontown Brewing Co. in downtown Ashland. The brewpub opened late last year.

Question: Why did you become a brewer?

Answer: After many years of beer drinking, Black Label (returnables), Budweiser, Labatt, Newcastle and Guinness, the day my first IPA hit my tongue was a game changer. I found myself buying something different every time I walked into a store. Not long after that is when I purchased my first homebrew kit and never looked back. Weekends, weekdays and holidays were all brew days and my love for brewing has not stopped.

Q: What's the story behind the name Uniontown?

A: Ashland, Ohio, was originally founded as Uniontown in 1815 and forced to change the name in 1822 so it could get a post office. The rich history of Ashland and the historic building we are in (built in 1850) just add to the nod to the past of Uniontown Brewing Co. The building, known most of its life as the Gilbert Furniture Store, housed two presidents, William McKinley and James Garfield, during its hotel days.

Q: What are the best and worst aspects of being a brewer?

A: The best aspect is making something with your own hands and seeing it bring people together. It's amazing being able to create something new every day that others will hopefully enjoy! The worst aspect is for every hour of enjoyment, from the smell of mash in to the first hop addition, there is four hours of cleaning and hard work to follow!! Though a cold beer at the end of the day usually helps.

Q: What's your best-selling beer and why do you think it's so popular?

A: Our Sampsel House Kolsch by far is our number one selling beer. Our customers enjoy seeing this as one of our flagship beers. The light, crisp and easy drinking kolsch is true to style and a wonderful introduction into the craft beer scene for those looking to join. The seasoned craft beer enthusiast also enjoys it on their day off from drinking one of the many delicious IPAs offered.

Q: Which beer – any beer in the world – do you wish that you created/brewed and why?

A: Founders All Day IPA. Why? Because I love hops and there are days that I want to enjoy hops from start to finish. The crisp taste, low IBUs and low ABV have been a model for a lot of my IPAs that range from 5.2 percent to 6 percent.

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