Local craft breweries and their partners help raise $56,000 for Dayton Foundation relief fund.

JUST IN: Amount raised by ‘Dayton Beer Bash’ shocks even its organizers. 

Sponsorships allowed Miami Valley breweries to donate 100% of proceeds to Dayton Tornado Relief Foundation

Organizers of the “Dayton Strong Beer Bash” at Carillon Park  say they were expecting a modest turnout at the July 13 event at Carillon Park, and figured they’d be lucky to generate $15,000 to $20,000 to donate to a Dayton tornado relief fund.

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“Only 500 or so advance tickets were pre-sold,” said Jason Moore, co-founder of Crooked Handle brewery in Springboro. But on the day of the event, Daytonians showed up in force. “We ended up with 2,300 people,” Moore said. 

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They were thirsty — and they were generous. 

When event organizers tallied up the money raised through beer sales, food sales and other contributions, the amount reached an eye-popping $56,066.91.

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The number just blew us away,” Michael Muncy, head brewer at Hairless Hare Brewery in Vandalia, said Wednesday afternoon at Warped Wing Brewing Company in downtown Dayton, where local brewery representatives and sponsors of the event donated a large ceremonial check to the Dayton Foundation, which administers the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund. The foundation established the fund in response to the devastation left by the tornadoes that swept through several parts of the Miami Valley on Memorial Day.

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The Dayton Beer Bash raised more than $56,000 for tornado relief -- an amount that shocked even its organizers.

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Sponsorships and partnerships with multiple Dayton-area businesses allowed event organizers to donate 100 percent of the event’s proceeds to the tornado-relief fund. The Dayton Foundation has set up a similar fund, the Oregon District Tragedy Fund, to help victims and surviving families of Sunday’s deadly mass shooting in Dayton.

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The breweries’ collective fund-raising efforts are not over. A beer that was brewed collaboratively by the region’s craft breweries, to be called “Dayton  Strong,” will make its debut later this month on draft at participating breweries and in cans at local retail outlets. Proceeds from the sale of that special beer will be donated to tornado relief and perhaps to other recovery causes.

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The Dayton Beer Bash raised more than $56,000 for tornado relief -- an amount that shocked even its organizers.
Photo: Mark Fisher

***ORIGINAL STORY (July 9, 2019)***

The “Dayton Strong Beer Bash” fundraising event to benefit tornado relief efforts has attracted more than 30 local and regional breweries, Dayton Brewery Alliance officials announced today, July 9.

The event, featuring craft beer, food and live music, has been set for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Carillon Park.

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“The Beer Bash is moving full steam ahead and the weekend weather looks amazing,” said Jason Moore, co-founder and owner of Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro, and one of the event’s organizers.

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“Since this event was largely organized and funded by our caring sponsors and volunteers, we can donate 100% of the proceeds to the Dayton Tornado Relief Foundation,” Moore said. 

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Food options include Dewberry 1850, Carillon Brewing Co., Culp’s Cafe, El Meson Food Truck, and Hunger Paynes Food Truck. Live music will be provided by 9Eight Central, Velvet Crush Unplugged, Two for the Road, and The American Landscape, Moore said.

Attendees are asked to make an admission donation of $5 per person. For a donation of $15, attendees will receive a meal from Dewberry 1850, which is donating all of the food for the meal, Moore said.

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Tickets for the Dayton Strong Beer Bash are available at daytonhistory.org’s web site and may also be purchased at the door.

Beer samples will be available at the event via beer tickets that will cost $2 each for a four-ounce pour, two tickets ($4) per 8-ounce pour, and three tickets ($6) for a 12-ounce pour. 

“You can sample a wide variety of beers, or fill your glass with a favorite,” Moore said. “And 100% of the proceeds from all event/beer tickets sales will be going to the Dayton Tornado Relief Foundation.”

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“We hope you will join us to enjoy an evening of craft beer, food, live music, and fun while supporting your friends and neighbors that continue to be affected by the tornadoes,” Moore said.

Another organizer of the bash, Michael Muncy of Hairless Hare Brewing in Vandalia, released the following list of participating breweries today:

  • Alematic Artisan Ales 
  • Branch & Bone Artisan Ales 
  • The Brew Kettle Hudson 
  • Carillon Brewing Co. 
  • Columbus Brewing Company 
  • Crooked Handle Brewing Co. 
  • The Dayton Beer Company 
  • Devil Wind Brewing 
  • Eudora Brewing Company 
  • Fifth Street Brewpub 
  • Fifty West Brewing Company 
  • FigLeaf Brewing Company 
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company 
  • Hairless Hare Brewery 
  • Heavier Than Air Brewing Co 
  • Highgrain Brewing Co 
  • Hoof Hearted Brewing 
  • Listermann Brewing Company 
  • Lock 27 Brewing 
  • Lucky Star Brewery 
  • Moeller Brew Barn - Troy, Ohio 
  • Mother Stewart's Brewing Co 
  • Municipal Brew Works 
  • Platform Beer Co. 
  • Pretentious Barrel House 
  • Seventh Son Brewing 
  • Star City Brewing Company 
  • Toxic Brew Company 
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company 
  • Wiedemann's Fine Beer 
  • Yellow Springs Brewery

***ORIGINAL STORY (May 31, 2019)***

The brewers from more than 20 Dayton-area craft breweries are joining forces to brew a special beer and to throw a fundraising party to benefit relief efforts for those affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes.

Plans call for the Dayton Area Brewers group to brew a a special tornado-relief beer that will be offered in their taprooms and at other area locations, according to David Jennings, head brewer for The Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub in Beavercreek.

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Proceeds from the sale of the special beer will be deposited in the Dayton Area Brewers Tornado Relief Fund that has been set up through the Dayton Foundation. The money raised will be given to groups supporting the long-term rebuilding of the communities affected by storms. 

“We have not named the collab beer yet,” Jennings said. “We are working on the recipe development now.”

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Jennings said the brewers are also in the early stages of putting together a Dayton Tornado Relief fund-raising event that will be hosted by Carillon Brewing Co. at Carillon Park in Dayton. The event will feature craft beer, food and live music, with all proceeds donated to the relief fund. 

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Supporters do not have to wait until the beer is sold or the fund-raising event is held to donate. The brewers and the Dayton Foundation have created a web link for donations, or donors can write a check made payable to “The Dayton Foundation” noting in the memo line “Dayton Area Brewers Tornado Relief Fund #8338” and mail or drop off checks or money orders to the Dayton Foundation offices at 40 N. Main St., Suite 500, Dayton, OH 45423, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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“And to all of you who were personally displaced by this disaster, we are here for you,” the brewers said in a release. 

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Jennings said the following breweries are involved in the Dayton Area Brewers effort: 

• Alematic Artisan Ales, Huber Heights 

• Branch & Bone Artisan Ales, Dayton 

• Carillon Brewing Co., Dayton 

• Crooked Handle Brewing Co., Springboro 

• Devil Wind Brewing, Xenia 

• Eudora Brewing Co., Kettering 

• Fifth Street Brewpub, Dayton 

• Figleaf Brewing Co., Middletown 

• Heavier Than Air Brewing Co., Centerville 

• Lock 27 Brewing, Centerville & Dayon 

• Lucky Star Brewery and Cantina, Miamisburg 

• Moeller Brew Barn, Troy 

• Mother Stewart's Brewing, Springfield 

• Pinups and Pints, Medway 

• Rolling Mill Brewing Co., Middletown 

• Star City Brewing Co., Miamisburg 

• The Dayton Beer Co., Dayton 

• The Hairless Hair Brewery, Vandalia 

• Toxic Brew Co., Dayton 

• Wandering Griffin Brewery & Pub, Beavercreek 

• Warped Wing Brewing Company, Dayton 

• Yellow Springs Brewery, Yellow Springs

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