Photo: Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam

Local brew featured on list of craft beers that taste like... beer!

Dayton loves a good craft beer. 

But sometimes, when we’re in the thick of Ohio summer and it’s hot and humid outside, what you really crave is an easy drinker — something that’s light, refreshing and familiar. 

Insert Warped Wing’s Trotwood Lager

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Warped Wing Brewing Company’s Trotwood Lager was featured on list of ‘Craft beers that taste like beer.’
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When the beer was first released, Warped Wing’s Nick Bowman asked Daytonians to, “join us as we take you back to a time when things were simpler.” 

After only two seasons on tap, the lager has amassed quite the following among locals. 

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You can even catch Warped Wing’s Trotwood Trailer traveling around Dayton as an iconic piece of history on wheels. They stop at events and festivals around the region, serving cold, refreshing craft beer throughout the summer.

“These trailers were people’s vacations. They would load up their families and friends and get lost for a couple weeks. We’ve created a beer to celebrate those traditions,” Bowman said. 

Warped Wing released its Trotwood Lager at an Urban Campout on May 21, 2016. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Now, Warped Wing is getting some national recognition from CraftBeer.com as its Trotwood Lager has landed on their list of “12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!

Here is what they had to say: 

Warped Wing brewmaster John Haggerty trained as a brewer in Germany many years ago, and his brewery in Dayton, Ohio, now produces everything from explosively hoppy IPAs to elegant wine barrel-aged saisons. They’ve begun to carve out a niche for themselves however with a line of highly quaffable lagers, with two permanent lager brands and four seasonal lagers.

The beer that made it happen is Trotwood Lager, named for an erstwhile local manufacturer of tin-can camping trailers. It was never intended to be released on its own when it was first brewed.

Haggerty goes on to say that Trotwood was actually never intended to be released as its own standalone beer.

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The base for that brew was actually what is now Trotwood Lager, Haggerty said, and after the brewing staff started drinking it, they thought it could be released on its own. 

When they finally found the opportunity to bring it to the market, with the purchase and restoration of its 1956 Trotwood Trailer, the light, 4% ABV all-malt lager was born.

It was reportedly expected to be a one-off release for the summer, but it quickly became their best-selling brand.

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