Craft brew growth keeps money flowing to Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There is something brewing in Dayton.

“I believe firmly that the craft beer scene is alive and well,” said Joe Waizmann, president of Warped Wing Brewing Company. “And it is growing by leaps and bounds.”

Nearly four months ago, Warped Wing Brewing Company was turning an old brass and iron foundry into a brewery.

In that short time, the company has put their craft beers in 125 establishments.

“Once we’re firmly established, we’ll expand into the Cincinnati market and possibly yet Columbus this calendar year,” said Waizmann.

Warped Wing is just one of ten breweries to open in the region over the past two years.

With it, signs that there is more flowing into the region than the beer filling these glasses.

In 2012, the Brewers Association showed an $1.3 billion dollar impact across the state.

“When you pull in with a bus of thirteen people ready to have some beer on a Saturday afternoon, it’s a great start for a small, local entrepreneur,” said Lisa Grigsby who started the Dayton Brew Tours.

Dayton Brew Tours was found in November out of a need to get craft brew drinkers around town.

Since then, the company has been giving tours at $50 a person which includes a meal, snacks, and beer.

“Believe it or not, we’ve actually on our tours have had people from Toledo and Akron and Cleveland come down just to take a brew tour,” said Grigsby. “They’re craft beer fans and want to see what is going on.”

With more breweries scheduled to open, the community is not afraid of the competition.

They are just happy to share a pint with a fellow craft brewer.

“The more the merrier,” said Waizmann. “There’s plenty of business out there and plenty of education to be able to bring to the Dayton market.”

Craft breweries are also bringing in jobs to the area. Across the state, craft breweries have created more than 10,000 jobs.

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