The bar will offer a full menu of cocktails, however, DBC distillery spirits will not be available until Nov. 1. Coffee service will also not begin until a few weeks after the grand opening, sometime into October, Hilgeman said.
Cocktail bar hours will be 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, closed Sunday and Monday. Coffee hours, once opened, will be Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., then shut down for about four hours before it “flips back over to cocktails.”
“We’ve got a pretty interesting cocktail menu that we’ve created,” Hilgeman said. “It’s just kind of getting it open and seeing how people like the space and like the drinks and then we’ll go from there. There’s so much we want to do, but we just got to get it open.”
Eight new employees have been hired by DBC for the new operation, and Hilgeman expects a handful more to be hired in the coming months.
The distillery’s coffee shop has partnered with Audacity Coffee of Kettering for a private-label coffee brand and will be serving Audacity’s coffee in the bar. “We will have all the regular coffee drinks and a few signatures,” Hilgeman said.
Once opened, Audacity and DBC will offer two signature, private-label coffee blends — a breakfast and an espresso.
The 7,500-square-foot “Dayton Barrel Works Artisan Distillery” will produce a variety of spirits, including bourbon, vodka, gin, and a rotating list of experimental spirits, Hilgeman told this news outlet when the project was unveiled.
The expansion includes a private event space on the second floor above what is currently the brewery’s offices and kitchen, Hilgeman said.
“It’s been really neat and fun to have our customers every day ask us how progress is going and when they can start getting over there. ... It’s been really neat to experience that since we’ve been around for a while,” he said.