Posted: 8:37 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

New Dayton brewery opens

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The Warped Wing Brewing Company in downtown Dayton is opening this weekend. Staff photo by Jim Witmer

By Mark Fisher

Staff Writer

Saturday marked the opening of the Dayton area’s most ambitious brewery project to date.

The Warped Wing Brewing Company, 26 Wyandot St. in downtown Dayton, opened its tasting-room doors to the public for the first time Saturday, and will be open noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. It will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Its hours going forward will be 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Warped Wing — located between East Third and East Fourth streets between the Oregon Historic District and Fifth Third Field — is a craft-beer production brewery, a larger-scale project than the microbreweries and brewpubs that have opened across the region in the last 18 months.

Its founders include CEO and president Joe Waizmann, who has served as chief organizer of AleFest, Dayton Beer Week and other beer-related events in the Dayton area and the region; brewmaster John Haggerty, who worked as head brewer for New Holland Brewing in Holland, Mich. for 10 years; Nick Bowman, who worked in sales and marketing positions for Anheuser-Busch; and Michael Stover, a certified public accountant.

Warped Wing hosted an invitation “sneak-peek” event Friday night at which it unveiled its first three beers: a Belgian-style cream ale, a rye IPA, and an oatmeal stout.

Later in 2014, when it begins to sell its beer at retail outlets, the brewery will package its beers in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, in part to pay homage to Ermal Fraze, who invented the pop-top can in Dayton. The brewery itself is named for the technology invented by the Wright Brothers that made controlled flight possible.

Warped Wing is one of about a dozen breweries, brewpubs and microbreweries in various stages of development in the Dayton area, including three that have opened in recent months: Hairless Hare Brewery in Vandalia, Eudora Brewing Company in Kettering and Star City Brewing Company in Miamisburg.

For more information, call (937) 222-7003 or check out the Warped Wing Brewing Company Facebook page.

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