Mudlick Tap House, Twin Creek Kayak and Canoe Livery and Sweetwater Brewing have teamed up to do a very special event for beer loving, outdoor adventurers with an appetite.
Guests of the Mudlick Tap House floats paddle on a guided kayaking tour on the Mad River and experience the urban landscape from Eastwood MetroPark to Riverscape River Run.
Here is what you need to know:
"What started as monthly gatherings has grown from a few friends to dozens of participants. Some come to try out the kayak experience. Seasoned paddlers bring their own boats. All come for the fun. We started these in 2015 in Germantown on the Twin Creek. After a year hiatus and settling into our new downtown location, we decided to try the urban floats. It is a great way to meet new people, build community and explore the amazing waterways we have," said Jennifer Dean, Mudlick Tap House proprietor. "The floats are on fire ... every one of them have sold out this year!"
Floats happen the second and fourth Mondays of the month with upcoming excursions happening July 30, Aug. 13 and 27 and Sept. 10 and 24.
Mudlick opens the restaurant up after the fun on the river for a limited menu that typically consists of a couple of sandwiches, an entree and a shareable.
"Building community is very important in the revitalization of our city. With the influx of new residents gobbling up all the real estate downtown, what better way to get out, learn about what the city has to offer and meet new people. You can spend weeks attending events, meetups and happy hours and never find real community," said Dean. "By bringing people together for a relaxing evening on the water, people concentrate on building relationships rather than forced conversations. Communities are networks with shared ideals and demographics. We have found that many of the people who have been attending the floats not only come back for the floats, they make new friends and contacts and often congregate and hang out at the Tap House."
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WANT TO GO?
What: Mudlick Tap House floats
When: The second and fourth Mondays of the month with upcoming excursions happening July 30, Aug. 13 and 27 and Sept. 10 and 24
Where: 135 E. 2nd St., Dayton
More information: 937-895-4066 or mudlicktaphouse.com
Cost: Kayak rentals are limited and must be booked in advance. Kayak rental and transportation: $35, which includes rental, life jacket, paddle and shuttle service to launch point. Transportation and livery services: $15. For those bringing their own kayaks, you may drop off your equipment at the launch point at Eastwood MetroPark as early as 4 p.m. Twin Creek Kayak and Canoe Livery will be there as a security measure to watch over equipment. You are welcome to park near the takeout point and head over to the Tap House for a pre-float pint before boarding the shuttle at 5:30 p.m. to head back up to launch at 6 p.m.