On International Beer day today, Aug. 3, it’s a fine time to take a quick glance at the very busy Dayton-area brewing scene and where it’s headed.
First, there are more than a dozen local craft breweries in operation that did not exist just seven years ago. The first wave started with Dayton Beer Company, which opened a small tasting room and micro-brewery in Kettering in 2012. Others quickly followed, among them Warped Wing Brewing Company, Yellow Springs Brewery and Fifth Street Brewpub.
The new-brewery activity slowed briefly after the first dozen or so local breweries established themselves, but it has picked up again in the past year. Heavier Than Air Brewing Co. opened its doors on Ohio 725 in Washington Twp. in late August 2017, followed in 2018 by Devil Wind Brewing in downtown Xenia and Branch & Bone Artisan Ales on Wayne Avenue in Dayton.
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And another new brewery called Alematic Artisan Ales is under construction in Huber Heights. The new brewery’s founders are building out 4,000 square feet of retail space at 6182 Chambersburg Road near Brandt Pike (Ohio 201), according to co-founder Jerrod Fisher.
Fisher has said the new brewery will specialize in craft beer and hard cider, and also will make its own wines and gluten-free craft beers. Plans call for a late-summer or fall opening.
Unlike other communities, the Dayton area has not seen any of its craft breweries that have opened in the last seven years shut down. And virtually all have expanded in some form or another, including Lock 27, which started in Centerville and later added a new and much larger brewery and restaurant in downtown Dayton.
And that’s something to raise a glass to on International Beer Day.