New brewery in the works at former Peerless Mill Inn

MIAMISBURG — The former Peerless Mill restaurant building will become the Star City Brewing Company , a microbrewery and tasting room slated to open perhaps as early as this fall.

The microbrewery is the brainchild of co-owners and Miamisburg natives Brian and Justin Kohnen and third co-owner Brian Yavorsky, who is a former college friend and current business partner of Justin Kohnen’s. Yavorsky said the trio is buying the former Peerless Mill from Paul Music, a real estate broker for Big Valley Realty in Springboro, who bought the historic former restaurant at 319 S. Second St. in late 2011 and announced plans to restore the facility and reopen it as the Peerless Mill restaurant.

Those plans stalled in recent months. Music told the Dayton Daily News in August 2012 that the condition of the 14,000-square-foot building was worse than first thought.

The Peerless Mill served meals to generations of Miami Valley residents, operating for nearly eight decades before closing in 2008. The Peerless Mill began in 1828 as a sawmill on the Miami & Erie Canal and became a restaurant in 1929.

Star City Brewing becomes the 11th brewery or brewpub in various stages of development in the Dayton area. Two — the Dayton Beer Co. in Kettering and the Yellow Springs Brewery — have opened.

All three of the owners have been avid home-brewers for several years. They decided to look for a location to open a microbrewery and “fell in love with the Peerless Mill Inn” after touring it, Yavorsky said.

“The Peerless Mill’s iconic status in Miamisburg’s history seemed to be a good fit with what we were trying to achieve,” Yavorsky said. The owners are planning several historical touches, including a historical display about the building.