PUCKER UP: Downtown's newest brewery is unlike any other in Dayton

The Dayton area's newest craft brewery, Branch & Bone Artisan Ales unveiled its own tasting room earlier this summer. And it's like no other.

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Branch & Bone  brewery and tap room has been open since June 2 at 905 Wayne Ave. in Dayton's South Park neighborhood.

The new brewery is the brainchild of founders John Joyce, Brett Smith and Kevin Kriegel, long-time local brewing enthusiasts whose love for Belgian-style brewing methods promises to make Branch & Bone’s brews a bit different than the beers of other Dayton-area craft breweries.

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“We are passionate about funky, sour, farmhouse-inspired beers, and not a lot of other people do that,” Joyce told this news outlet during a tour of the new brewery on Wednesday. The new brewery will not have a “core lineup” of beers as other local craft breweries do, but will brew a range of ales “that will encourage exploration,” its founders say.

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“Beers that people like, we’ll brew more than once, but our list will always rotate,” Joyce said.

The tap room will hold about 55. The brewery does not have a kitchen, but the nearby Pizza Factory delivers, and other carry-in food is welcomed, Joyce said. Food trucks will be on-site on busy nights. Long-term plans call for adding a patio and additional parking.

Branch & Bone’s tasting room has a 12-tap system expandable to 16. Plans call for serving only Branch & Bone’s beers from those taps.

“In our minds, the tap room is an extension of our brewery,” Joyce said. “Serving other people’s beers wouldn’t really fit.”

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“We will eventually explore meads and ciders that we would produce,” Joyce said.

The Wayne Avenue space previously housed P&D Body Shop. Joyce said much of the renovation was completed by the founders.

“This neighborhood intrigued us a lot,” Joyce said. “It’s an eclectic group of people. This neighborhood is improving, and we want to be a part of that improvement.”

Hours are Wednesday and Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday.

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