The Dayton area’s next brewery is hiring as it prepares to open just east of the Dayton Mall.
The new brewery — located at 497 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in the Normandy Square Shopping Center east of the Dayton Mall — is in the process of obtaining its final permits and approvals and is gearing up for a “soft” open, Tarkany said.
“We don’t have a precise date yet, but we’re not talking about weeks,” he said.
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After completing hiring and training and obtaining federal brewing and occupancy permits, Heavier Than Air Brewing will initially open with “guest beers” from other Dayton-area breweries flowing through its 10 taps, until ramping up its own brewing operation.
“As our own beers come on line, we’ll gradually scale back the guest beers, although it is our goal to keep four or so beers from other Dayton-area breweries,” Tarkany said. The brewery also intends to pour a selection from Riegele in Dayton’s Sister City of Augsburg, Germany.
In the coming weeks, “We’ll just unlock the door one day and see who walks in,” Tarkany said. “Our ‘hard’ opening will come later, when our first beer flows through the tap, and out sign is up. That may be a month or so down the road.”
Heavier Than Air will have a limited food menu and will “encourage customers to order delivery or bring food in,” Tarkany said, citing nearby restaurants such as the Submarine House, Dragon One, Zinks Meats and Fine Wines and Flying Pizza.
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Tarkany has been an avid home-brewery for more than a decade. The brewery will be overseen by Tarkany and his brother Chris Tarkany, with an assist from two of Nick’s sons, Ben and Nick Jr.
Nick Sr. had nothing but praise for the Dayton-area brewing community and said he has received a lot of helpful advice and guidance from owners and brewers from other local breweries in navigating the complex construction and permit process all new breweries must go through before opening.
“Other breweries in the area have been very supportive and helpful,” he said. “They’re an outstanding group of people.”
For more information or to monitor its progress toward opening, check out the Heavier Than Air Brewing Facebook page.