Five years ago, none of those craft breweries existed. Now there are more than 15 breweries across the region.
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Despite nay-sayers who suggested the Dayton area would never be able to support so many breweries, no Dayton-area craft brewery has shut down, and nearly all have expanded, some significantly. Within the past week, Lock 27 entered the wholesale market for the first time, placing draught beer in more than a half-dozen local pubs, and Toxic Brew released its first packaged beers in 16-ounce cans.
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And there are more breweries on the way, including Devil Wind in Xenia and now, Branch & Bone Artisan Ales in Dayton.
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Here's how the brewery's founders describe Branch & Bone on its web site:
“Branch & Bone Artisan Ales represents the connection of earth and human through fermentation. All beers come from the earth and are made with water, hops, barley, and yeast. But it is the labor and creativity of the individual that guides all of these earthly ingredients together into wonderful creations. Our friendship and a passion for beer has developed into this little brewery in our hometown of Dayton, OH. We are excited to share our love of fermentation, specifically those that feature wild yeasts and bacteria with our community. We draw inspiration from music and other expressive arts to lead our curiosities. Brewing being our form of creative expression, we are guided by European traditions and modern American brewers who have pushed the boundaries of what beer can be.”
A new brewery called Branch & Bone Artisan Ales is in the works at this former body shop on Wayne Avenue in Dayton. Photo from Branch & Bone Artisan Ales Facebook page
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“We will feature a wide variety of beer in our taproom at all times. Our beer will often feature local ingredients including ones foraged from our local flora. A large focus and our passion is funky, alternative fermentation. Sour beer, saison, and mixed fermentation styles as well as spontaneous fermentation will be a staple among the ever rotating offerings from Branch & Bone Artisan Ales. We cannot wait to host you in our taproom and share these creations with our friends, family, and local community. We welcome you to follow this journey and be a part of it with us.”