Brewery gets ‘hyper-local’ through collaboration with farm market

A local brewery has formed a collaboration with a nearby farm market to offer some of the farm market’s fruits and vegetables in the brewpub’s food menu — and, soon, in some of its beers.

Steve Barnhart, founder of Lock 27 Brewing, and Stephanie Treadway, co-owner of Treadway Gardens Farm Market, say the collaboration benefits both businesses. Treadway Gardens has even set aside a small plot in its farm fields at 10245 Dayton-Lebanon Pike (Ohio 48) in Washington Twp., where Lock 27 is growing basil, peppers and other herbs and vegetables.

Some of the herbs are already making it into Lock 27 cocktail specials, and vegetables are being used in daily specials on the food menu, Barnhart said. Soon — perhaps this week, depending on the ripening — watermelons from Treadway Gardens will be used in a watermelon beer that Barnhart has planned for the Centerville brewpub. Saison-style farmhouse ales to be brewed later in the summer will utilize Treadway’s herbs, fruits and vegetables.

“We’re always trying to get closer to the source of the ingredients in our dishes and our beers,” Barnhart said. “It doesn’t get much closer than this.”

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The brewery may try to capture wild yeast at the farm market next year, Barnhart said. And Stephanie Treadway said her son is looking into the possibility of growing hops on the farm. Those developments would give an even stronger local character to Lock 27’s beers, Barnhart said.

“We’re getting close to brewing a 100 percent Ohio-grown beer,” he said.

Treadway Gardens is in its 47th year in Washington Twp. and has been in its current Ohio 48 location for about two decades. Lock 27 opened in June 2013 at 1035 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Centerville.

Lock 27 is “on schedule” to open a second brewery and restaurant in downtown Dayton, adjacent to the Dayton Dragons’ Fifth Third Field.

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