Meet the Brewmaster
Have you met Charlie Navillus? ‘Cause we sure haven’t. He’s the entrepreneur brewmaster of Nowhere in Particular. Charlie, a gypsy brewer, has worked at Breweries all over the world from Queensland, Australia to Dayton, Ohio. Charlie isn’t only a gypsy brewer, but a hermit and recluse. We have never seen Charlie. Our only communication with Charlie has been via carrier pigeon, and the occasional quill scribbled note shoved under our front door. He contacted us and wanted to set up home base. We built it, and he came. We think he’s only working at night, but after a few steak-outs and many pots of coffee, we have yet to spot Charlie. The fact of the matter is he’s finally somewhere, and you should be somewhere too.
A Brief History of Our Beautiful Brewery . . .
As you walk through our doors and enjoy our brewery, we are excited to share the rich history behind it. The story moves from our country, to our state, to our area, to the road you took to get to here. As you enjoy our special brews, please take some time to go back through history with us to get a better understanding of how we arrived at, most likely, the oldest still-standing property in the Northwest segment of Columbus, Ohio. There is so much to tell . . .
On March 20, 1800, John Adams, second president of America, granted 4,000 acres of Central Ohio land to Jonathan Dayton, a well-known politician from New Jersey, as a gift for Dayton’s military service during the Revolutionary War. This land formed the boundaries for the current Northwest corner of the Columbus area.
After the war, Dayton became a politician and also bought land totaling 250,000 acres in the burgeoning Ohio territory. In fact, the city of Dayton is named after him even though he never actually stepped foot there! He continued to serve in New Jersey politics until his death in 1824.
John Stewart bought a large portion of Dayton’s land for only $3,000.00. Although Stewart never built on the land, when he died, the estate was divided among his heirs, and his daughter, Mary Stewart, was awarded 539 acres. She married Robert C. Henderson, and upon her death, their son, Joseph, inherited the land, started a cattle ranch, built the house in 1859 and moved here with his wife. Its southern border formed Henderson Pike (now Road), named so for the Henderson family. The house stayed in the family for 80 years until a new owner came into the picture.
In 1938, Arthur Dierker bought 68 acres of the Henderson estate and restored the old farmhouse to its former glory. They added the garage and living quarters including a bell tower. The Dierker’s lane was later expanded to connect Henderson and Bethel Roads and was named Dierker Road (the road you took to get here) in honor of the Dierker family. Fortunately, the Dierkers chose to keep the quaint 64 square foot log smokehouse, which existed as the original “kitchen” in the early days of the main house as was the custom back then and remains in the middle of the parking lot today.
In 1984, The Borror Company, a local development, construction, and property management company, purchased the 68-acre property from the Dierker estate and used the house as their offices. Then, in 1987, the Stevenson/Nash Partnership purchased the main property’s 1.8 acres that included the home and used it as the main office for Northwest Title for 30 years.
Finally, Keith Dailey and John Chess purchased the property in 2016 with the intent of opening a brewpub. Dailey and Chess set about making repairs and constructing the necessary structures to see their dream through, resulting in the beautiful brewery you see here today.