BEST OF DAYTON: Warped Wing remains king of craft beer categories

Warped Wing Brewing Company will stay seated in its throne as Dayton’s favorite brewery.

Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken, and Warped Wing earned first-place finishes in both Best Craft Beer and Best Local Brewery contests.

This is Warped Wing’s fourth year taking home the top honor for Best Local Brewery. Since debuting in downtown Dayton in 2014, Warped Wing has steadily climbed the ranks of our Best of Dayton contest.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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We’re honored to even be considered the Best of Dayton because it’s important to us,” said Nick Bowman, co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing. “Our mission is to provide the brewery experience in Ohio and maybe someday beyond.”

In August, Warped Wing announced plans to open a new 13,000-sqare-foot facility, Warped Wing Mason, at 5650 Tylersville Road. Despite working through a few equipment delays, the brewery is still hopeful it can open before the end of the year, sometime in December.

Mason will be Warped Wing’s third location. In Aug. 2020, the team opened a 20,000-square-foot facility, The Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery, in Springboro. The facility features a tap room, a restaurant, an outdoor biergarten-style patio, a large space for barrel-aging beers, a test-pilot brewery, a distribution hub and event space.

Though things have not always gone as expected, the Warped Wing team is proud of the way they’ve navigated the journey.

“The Springboro location and now the soon-to-be Mason location, those are opportunities that came our way,” Bowman said. “And as a team, we evaluated them and we acted on them. We were prepared. And so you know, those are things that weren’t in the plan, but they’ve helped change and evolve our business.”

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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When debuting in downtown Dayton in 2014, Warped Wing was just ahead of the brewery boom in the region. It saw an opportunity to be a leader in the field and opened with a full production and canning facility from the start.

At the very beginning of Warped Wing’s story, when planning where to open their brewery, the founding team of Bowman, Joe Waizmann and John Haggerty were presented with viable options that were on the outskirts of the city and into the suburbs of Dayton.

“I think we held it up and it was John, our brewmaster, who said, ‘I think we owe it to ourselves and to the project to be downtown and be a part of that rejuvenation and that re-urbanization of downtown,’” Bowman said.

As Warped Wing’s reputation grows and expands outside of the city limits, Bowman said they will always have a commitment to downtown as they continue to craft their own, ever-evolving path.

“We’ve built our identity around Dayton and feel that downtown is resembles us,” Bowman said. “We feel like at some level we would always have a presence downtown.”

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Dayton’s craft beer enthusiasts have spoken and Warped Wing, located at 26 Wyandot St., earned 1st place finishes in both “Best Craft Beer” and “Best Local Brewery” categories.

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Warped Wing Brewing Company

First Place: Best Craft Beer Bar

First Place: Best Local Brewery

26 Wyandot St., Dayton

25 Wright Station Way, Springboro

937-222-7003

warpedwing.com

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