Popular Athens brewery to open 2nd location in Downtown Dayton

Downtown Dayton will soon be home to a second location of Athens, Ohio-based Little Fish Brewing Company.

The brewery announced Wednesday that it has signed a letter of intent with Windsor Companies to develop a craft brewery and tap room in Webster Station in downtown Dayton.

Construction is projected to begin in spring of 2021.

“Downtown is really growing into an exciting hub for small and independent restaurants and bars, shopping, entertainment and living,” Carli Dexter, marketing director of The Windsor Companies, said in a release. “We couldn’t be more excited that Little Fish is going to be a part of that.”

The Windsor Companies acquired the former Midwest Tools buildings at 112 Webster Station in September, and Little Fish is the first tenant to sign on to live in the building. Windsor Companies also now owns a few surrounding properties.

The future Little Fish location will be dedicated to the production of wood- and barrel-aged sour beers. Patrons will be able to enjoy these, as well as other Little Fish beers brewed at the Athens location at the Dayton taproom and beer garden, according to a release.

Little Fish was founded in 2015 by Athens natives Sean White and Jimmy Stockwell. The pair are no strangers to the Dayton area, according to the release.

Since its opening, Athens' Little Fish has distributed beer in Dayton to craft beer-centric bars, breweries and bottle shops.

“Dayton is growing, and we very much look forward to being part of its future,” Stockwell said. “We’re excited to become part of the vibrant restaurant and brewery scene and to bring a piece of the spirit of Athens to this strong community.”

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