Dayton breweries are collaborating to raise money for tornado relief. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer

‘Dayton Strong Beer Bash’ at Carillon Park will raise money for tornado relief

***UPDATE (June 17, 2019)***

The Dayton Brewery Alliance “Dayton Strong Beer Bash” fundraising event to benefit tornado relief efforts has been set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Carillon Park, alliance officials announced on a Facebook events page.

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“Thanks to the generosity of all the breweries, vendors, and musicians, every dollar earned or donated at the event will go to a special (tornado-relief) fund with The Dayton Foundation,” the event’s organizers said. 

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“There will be live music from The American Landscape, Velvet Crush Unplugged, and 9Eight Central. Thirty local and regional breweries will be serving their finest brews and food will be available from Dewberry 1850, Carillon Brewing Co., and Culp's Cafe (more to come).”

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“We are asking all attendees to make an admission donation of $5 per person. You are also welcome to make a donation of $15 which will include admission to the event and an amazing dinner provided by Dewberry 1850, (which) is donating all of the food. We hope you will join us to enjoy an evening of craft beer, food, and live music while supporting your friends and neighbors that continue to be affected by the tornadoes.”

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Tickets for the Dayton Strong Beer Bash are available at’s web site

***ORIGINAL STORY (May 31, 2019)***

The brewers from more than 20 Dayton-area craft breweries are joining forces to brew a special beer and to throw a fundraising party to benefit relief efforts for those affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes.

Plans call for the Dayton Area Brewers group to brew a a special tornado-relief beer that will be offered in their taprooms and at other area locations, according to David Jennings, head brewer for The Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub in Beavercreek.

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Proceeds from the sale of the special beer will be deposited in the Dayton Area Brewers Tornado Relief Fund that has been set up through the Dayton Foundation. The money raised will be given to groups supporting the long-term rebuilding of the communities affected by storms. 

“We have not named the collab beer yet,” Jennings said. “We are working on the recipe development now.”

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Jennings said the brewers are also in the early stages of putting together a Dayton Tornado Relief fund-raising event that will be hosted by Carillon Brewing Co. at Carillon Park in Dayton. The event will feature craft beer, food and live music, with all proceeds donated to the relief fund. 

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Supporters do not have to wait until the beer is sold or the fund-raising event is held to donate. The brewers and the Dayton Foundation have created a web link for donations, or donors can write a check made payable to “The Dayton Foundation” noting in the memo line “Dayton Area Brewers Tornado Relief Fund #8338” and mail or drop off checks or money orders to the Dayton Foundation offices at 40 N. Main St., Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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“And to all of you who were personally displaced by this disaster, we are here for you,” the brewers said in a release. 

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Jennings said the following breweries are involved in the Dayton Area Brewers effort: 

• Alematic Artisan Ales, Huber Heights 

• Branch & Bone Artisan Ales, Dayton 

• Carillon Brewing Co., Dayton 

• Crooked Handle Brewing Co., Springboro 

• Devil Wind Brewing, Xenia 

• Eudora Brewing Co., Kettering 

• Fifth Street Brewpub, Dayton 

• Figleaf Brewing Co., Middletown 

• Heavier Than Air Brewing Co., Centerville 

• Lock 27 Brewing, Centerville & Dayon 

• Lucky Star Brewery and Cantina, Miamisburg 

• Moeller Brew Barn, Troy 

• Mother Stewart's Brewing, Springfield 

• Pinups and Pints, Medway 

• Rolling Mill Brewing Co., Middletown 

• Star City Brewing Co., Miamisburg 

• The Dayton Beer Co., Dayton 

• The Hairless Hair Brewery, Vandalia 

• Toxic Brew Co., Dayton 

• Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub, Beavercreek 

• Warped Wing Brewing Company, Dayton 

• Yellow Springs Brewery, Yellow Springs