Celebrate the grand opening of new ‘brewstillery’ with bonus fun this weekend

The new Sojourners Brewstillery, just off State Route 725 in Washington Twp., is gearing up to open this weekend, with a concept unlike any other brewery in the Miami Valley.

The new craft brewery and distillery also doubles as an indoor playground of sorts for adults and kids, with corn hole boards, a pool table, a ping-pong table, an elevated shuffleboard table, a Foosball table, Ladder ball, a video-game console that contains more than 2,000 games, and a popcorn machine. For starters.

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The Dayton area's newest craft brewery will open Friday, Feb. 28, and its grand opening will continue through Sunday, March 1. Hours will be 4-10 p.m. Feb. 28, 3-10 p.m. Feb. 29, and 2-10 p.m. March 1. Food trucks will be on hand each night to provide sustenance.


Plans call for hosting yoga classes and a fitness “boot camp,” among other events, according to Jeff and Laura Marjamaa, the founders of Sojourners Brewstillery, located at 8150 Washington Village Drive in the Yankee Business Center in Washington Twp. That’s roughly right behind the Chick-fil-A that’s on Miamisburg-Centerville Road.

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Here’s an early look at the opening-weekend tap list, which is subject to change:

  • West Coast IPA
  • Blonde Ale
  • Irish Red
  • Saison
  • Strawberry Table Beer ("low in alcohol and refreshing," Jeff Marjamaa said)
  • Stout ("Cross between Dry Irish and English"), which may not be ready for release until St. Patrick's Day
  • Black Cherry Hard Seltzer
  • House Root Beer
  • House Orange-Vanilla Soda

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

Distilled spirits will be coming soon, starting with a vodka in mid-April or so, the Marjamaas said. A gin and whiskey will follow.

“We had to devote all of our fermentation capacity to beer at first,” Jeff Marjamaa said.

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This isn't Jeff's first rodeo. Marjamaa is the co-founder and served as chief financial officer of two other breweries: Aegir Brewing Co. in Elk River, Minnesota, and JAKs Brewing Co. in Falcon, Colorado. He remains a co-owner of those breweries.

Those experiences are significant, because the Marjamaas say the “Sojourners” part of the new “Sojourners Brewstillery” isn’t just a contrived name. It’s a central theme of the business, Laura Marjamaa told this news outlet Wednesday.

Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

The 6,000-square-foot brewery and distillery has a large wall has a “Share the Journey” wall that the owners want customers to fill with photos, tags, and other mementos of their own personal journeys.

“This is where we want everyone who comes through here to leave a part of themselves, anything that shows or illustrates a piece of their journey,” Laura Marjamaa said. “That is deeply important to Jeff and me.”

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Credit: Mark Fisher

Credit: Mark Fisher

The Colorado natives, who now live in Sugarcreek Twp.,  have lived in Texas, Nicaragua and many other places, and their journey has now brought them to the Dayton area.

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“Everyone who walks through our doors is family, and we want this to be an extension of your home,” she said.

For more information, check out the Sojourners Brewstillery Facebook page.

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