The craft beer scene in Dayton is exploding with breweries opening and expanding throughout the Miami Valley. With 12 breweries in operation, a craft beer festival is bringing them all together under one roof to celebrate the growing local, craft beer culture. On Saturday, July 1th from 3-9pm the Yellow Cab building will host BEER!, where attendees will be able to sample a 6 ounce beer from each brewery. “We want to host an event that showcases the diversity of our local breweries. Additionally, the Yellow cab is a central location, so attendees may be able to try a new brewery that they haven’t traveled to yet,”said organizer Brian Johnson.
Attendees of Beer!, will be able to vote on the Dayton’s Best Brewery, People’s Choice Award. Each of the breweries will be submitting one beer, and attendees will vote for their favorite. Last year Fifth Street Brewpub took home the prize but, like the Stanley cup, this award travels from brewery to brewery every year.
There will also be other local beverage favorites such as Boston Stoker coffee and specialty sodas from Lily’s Bistro. “We want to have some cool drink options for people who would like to attend the event but maybe aren’t big beer drinkers, and we’ll also have“designated driver” tickets available for $5 that get you entry to the event and a complimentary cup of coffee or soda” said Johnson.
With any good beer event you have to have good food to match. “It’s really exciting, we have a brand new food truck that will be debuting at BEER! called Bad Dog. They serve over sized, locally made hot dogs with a variety of gourmet toppings to choose from.” Johnson said. Organizers also plan to have local favorites Harvest Mobile Cuisine and Smokin’ Bee Bee Q on site.
Tickets are $25 presale and $30 at the door. Attendees get a 6 ounce beer from all 12 of the local breweries, entry to the venue and live music, and a complimentary tasting glass that you can take with you. Tickets are available at your local participating brewery or on their website, beerdayton.com.
Participating Breweries: Yellow Springs Brewery, Warped Wing, Toxic Brew Co., Star City Brewing Co., The Dayton Beer Company, Eudora Brewing Co., Lock 27, Nowhere in Particular Brewing, Hairless Hare Brewery, Lucky Star Brewery, Carillon Brewing Co., Fifth St. Brew Pub