GRAND OPENING: Warped Wing to unveil Springboro brewery, restaurant this weekend

Dayton craft brewery Warped Wing will open its Springboro location, Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery, to the public on Aug. 29, 2020. CONTRIBUTED
Dayton craft brewery Warped Wing will open its Springboro location, Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery, to the public on Aug. 29, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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Dayton-based Warped Wing Brewing Co. will open its ambitious new second location, The Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery, to the public on Saturday, Aug. 29.

The 20,000-square-foot facility at the crossroads of Springboro at State Routes 73 and 741 will house 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, Warped Wing’s co-founders said.

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“The Barrel Room & Smokery will take beer to a new level and will change the way people perceive and interact with beer,” Nick Bowman, Warped Wing’s co-founder vice president of sales and marketing, said in a release.

Warped Wing is developing a “Barrel Club Reserve” program and other special programs for beer enthusiasts that will allow members to get hands-on tour experiences, exclusive tastings and first-offering purchases of limited bottlings, Bowman said.

Dayton craft brewery Warped Wing will open its Springboro location, Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery, to the public on Aug. 29, 2020. CONTRIBUTED
Dayton craft brewery Warped Wing will open its Springboro location, Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery, to the public on Aug. 29, 2020. CONTRIBUTED

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“Our barrel-aging program has propelled us into an interesting place” Bowman said. “My partner, co-founder and brewmaster John Haggerty, has a wealth of knowledge and experience with brewing and barrel aging. ... A lot of our beers rest in wood for up to a year or longer. We are excited to share this process and experience with our customers.”

The pilot brewing system, Bowman said, “will give us endless opportunities to experiment with new beer styles and flavor profiles.”

The restaurant portion of the new Warped Wing will have a major focus on smoked meats. Several dishes will include Warped Wing beers as ingredients.

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The drinks menu will not focus exclusively on beer. Hard cider, wine and a limited spirits menu with specialty cocktails and house-made craft sodas also will be offered.

The Warped Wing Barrel Room & Smokery’s hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday (alcohol sales will cease at 10 p.m. as per statewide COVID-19 health order), and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Warped Wing, which opened in January 2014 in a former foundry in downtown Dayton, has helped lead a remarkable renaissance of craft brewing in the Miami Valley that has seen nearly two dozen relatively small breweries open throughout the region. None of the most recent wave of craft breweries has closed, and nearly all have expanded, either to second locations or by adding canned and bottled beers for retail sales.

In November 2014, less than a year after it opened its doors, Warped Wing signed a lease on a second distribution-focused facility to accommodate a stronger-than-projected thirst for its beers. Warped Wing produces beer in cans and bottles for retail sale as well as kegs for draft sales at area bars and restaurants, and it sells its beers by the glass and by the growler from its tasting room.