On Saturday, Jan. 11, Branch & Bone Artisan Ales near downtown Dayton released a special variant of their Candle series of Imperial Milk Stouts, called Banana Coffee Cake. TOM GILLIAM / CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER
Photo: Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Dayton is home to ‘Ohio’s Best New Brewer,’ national web site says

RateBeer.com names Branch & Bone Artisan Ales the top craft-brewery newcomer in the state

Branch & Bone Artisan Ales was named this week as the “Best New Brewer” in Ohio by RateBeer.com

Each year, RateBeer — an online forum for craft-beer enthusiasts since 2000 — recognizes the best and highest-rated new brewers, beers and breweries by region and country. The 2019 Ohio award for best brewery and best beer both went to Hoppin’ Frog in Akron. 

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The “Best New Brewer” award “was a pleasant surprise, and we are flattered to have been recognized in a field of our peers,” said Brett Smith, co-founder and brewer at Branch & Bone. 

Branch & Bone’s brewery and taproom opened in June 2018 at 905 Wayne Ave. It specializes in wild-fermentation and mixed-fermentation beers.