Owners back away from Clearcreek Twp. brewery

The owners of Crafted Pints Brewing Co. have scrapped their plans to open a brewery in a barn on the grounds of Hidden Valley Fruit Farm at 5474 N. State Route 48 in Clearcreek Twp. because of a zoning issue, and may locate in downtown Dayton instead, the founders announced on the brewery’s Facebook page this morning.

“Crafted Pints had fully committed to being on Hidden Valley Fruit Farms and we were partially through our licensing process when we hit a major roadblock,” the owners said. “Unfortunately we have ran into some serious zoning issues that have made it impractical to continue our plans on the farm. After careful consideration, we have decided to relocate our brewery and recently began revisiting several areas of prior interest in and around the city of Dayton.

“We are currently in talks with a location in downtown Dayton specifically, and are very pleased with our progression.”

Crafted Pint’s owners had said in June that they hoped to open at Hidden Valley before the end of the year.

“Naturally this change of scenery slightly delays our previous timeline for opening, but know that we will not be derailed and intend to be open first quarter 2015,” they said on Facebook.

Co-owner and lead brewer Jerrod Fisher of Dayton could not be reached for comment this morning.

Jeff Palmer, Clearcreek Twp.’s director of planning and zoning, said today that he had contacted the owners of Hidden Valley and notified them that an application for a zoning change would be required for the production of beer and increased retail activity related a brewery on the property. Palmer said he had attempted to contact Crafted Pint’s owners to explain the zoning-change application process, but had not yet spoken with them.

Fisher said in June that Crafted Pints intends to produce an array of beers and hard ciders. The products would be distributed in both the Dayton and Cincinnati areas in draft form initially, with long-term plans calling for canning the brews for retail sales, Fisher said.

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