The History Behind OTR StillHouse
In 1891, Standard Ice Manufacturing Company opened its doors for the first time. Drawing from aqueous caverns below, they supplied bars and taverns throughout the entire Ohio Valley River Basin with clean ice made from fresh, pure groundwater.
By 1899, William Miller and Son Builders began constructing the first building that would eventually become this behemoth of a compound. Originally designed to ship products via boat along the Miami Erie Canal, it later transitioned to horse and buggy shipment and eventually into the modern era of trucking across the region.
Though the building housed many different companies over the years, the original structure from 1899 remained intact, occupied, and productive. Now you can experience more than 120 years of history for yourself as we’ve transformed this OTR staple into something truly amazing.
Meet Our Team
OTR StillHouse is a culmination of great people with ingenious ideas coming together over a project they love. Meet some of the masterminds that were instrumental in creating and transforming this space into what it is today.
Michele Hobbs began this project in 2014 and has worked tirelessly to bring together the right team to make the OTR StillHouse a prized institution. A proven entrepreneur, Michele has spent years planning the experience you will encounter at the OTR StillHouse. Her vision was to build
a public space and product that we would all be proud of and an environment that would entice folks to visit and afterwards want to step out and explore the rest of OTR.
Dr. Tom Asquith
A retired whiskey scientist from Brown Forman, Dr. Tom Asquith signed on as our flavor scientist after hearing about all the wonderful things we wanted to do. Given a vision and a dream, he helped create our gin and whiskey series–as well as our GT Joe. Dr. Tom also has a few surprises in the works–and will continue to blow us away with his creativity, then turn the fine tuning and production over “the main act”.
As any successful entrepreneur will tell you, you put the best people at your helm. Steve brings the kind of skillset that can only be honed by dedicated and mindful hard work, and a desire for excellence. Tapping into experience from several local bars, restaurants, and a distillery outside of the city, you’d be hard pressed to find a better suited Operations Director to work alongside the Founder. When it comes to curating the talent it takes to run something as unique as the OTR StillHouse, Steve’s experiences raise the bar and exceed all expectations.
“THE RISING STAR”
John Funcheon has been passionate about craft beverages since he brewed his first batch of beer with his father at the age of 11. Since then, he has become a 10-year veteran of the Cincinnati craft beer industry. He is a Level 2: Certified Cicerone® and has received multiple accreditations from The American Distillers Institute for the formulation and production of craft spirits. He is honored to work alongside Chris and the rest of the team at OTR StillHouse to put his passions to use and set another jewel in The Queen City’s crown.