How to DIY Your Own Dayton Brewery Walking Tour

by | Dec 4, 2017

Did you know that it’s possible to walk between six of the seven breweries in Dayton, Ohio? Yep, you can easily create your own Dayton brewery walking tour to visit all of them in one day.

No guides, no pedal wagons, no worries. This route is 2 miles exactly and takes about 40 minutes of walking between the six breweries. Follow this step-by-step guide to do your own Dayton brewery walking tour and enjoy all of the craft beer that the city has to offer!

Beyond the Dayton brewery tour route, I’ve also made it my mission to let you know about not just the best breweries in Dayton, but all of the breweries in Dayton.

That meant visiting five in one day (for research of course) and creating and cataloguing a list of the rest that are outside of downtown. If you’re ready to drink local, this Dayton brewery guide has everything you need to know to make it happen!

 

Warped Wing on the Dayton brewery walking tour

 

The DIY Dayton Brewery Walking Tour

There are seven breweries in downtown Dayton, and six of them are within walking distance of each other.

Carillon Brewing Company makes it awkward, so either visit it first, last, or not at all. Then, take an Uber to the first stop on this guide and simply follow the route below to visit the rest on the Dayton breweries on foot!

 

The Outlier: Carillon Brewing Company

Where: 1000 Carillon Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45409
I recommend: Checking this out if you’re a history buff, because they make beer with the same equipment and recipes as they did in historical Dayton.
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The Carillon Brewing Company isn’t located near the rest, but it is in the beautiful Carillon Historical Park which makes it a perfect day trip all on its own. Walk around the grounds and museum, and then visit the Carillon Brewing Company for lunch or dinner and a couple pints. Just be warned, though, the only house brews here are sour beer… it’s worth trying, but definitely an acquired taste.

Next: Drive to Fifth Street Brewpub to start your Dayton brewery walking tour.

 

Stop 1: Fifth Street Brewpub

Location: 1600 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45403
I recommend: Start your walking brewery tour of Dayton here! Also, try the mint cookie stout.
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This pub is unique because it’s in a restored house and also because it’s a nonprofit organization. The pub is run as a co-op, so you can buy ownership with a one time fee of $125 and receive discounts for the rest of your life.

The Fifth Street Brewpub regularly holds charity events and donates to local organizations, and any leftover profits at the end of the year are invested back into the bar. It’s great because not only do they do good, but they also brew good. We tried eight of their nine home brews on tap, and they were all pretty good. My favorite was definitely the mint cookie stout which is delicious and perfect for the holidays.

Next: Walk 16 minutes to Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

 

Stop 2: Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

Location: 905 Wayne Ave, Dayton, OH 45410, USA
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I created this DIY Dayton brewery walking tour in December 2017, and Branch & Bone Artisan Ales opened up in Summer 2018. Because of that it’s the only brewery on this walking tour that I haven’t been able to try yet. However, just digging a little deeper into their website makes me excited to check it out when I’m back in the DYT again.

Branch & Bone features different food trucks every Friday and Saturday night which I can definitely get behind. Also, the place looks modern, clean, and perfect for a quick stop and a few ales before you move on to the next brewery.

Next: Walk 11 minutes to Toxic Brew Company

 

Stop 3: Toxic Brew Company

Location: 431 E 5th St, Dayton, OH 45402 (the Oregon District)
I recommend: Visiting this if you’re only going to one, because of its location in the historic Oregon District.
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This brewery is in the heart of the Oregon District, so it’s super convenient to visit and has a very chill ambiance. I like it because their house brewed beers are good, and they also serve some other local beers as well as meads, wine, and mixed drinks. So, it definitely has something for everyone.

There’s also free popcorn and boardgames to play, which is always great. If you’re only in Dayton for a short time, visit the historic Oregon district and definitely don’t miss Toxic Brew.

Next: Walk 7 minutes to Warped Wing Brewing Company

 

Stop 4: Warped Wing Brewing Company

Location: 26 Wyandot St, Dayton, OH 45402
I recommend: Trying Esther’s Lil Secret Winter Ale made with Esther Price chocolates. It’s not my favorite on their tap list but it’s just about as Dayton as it gets.
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Warped Wing is located in a giant industrial building and has a cool ambiance. It was named after Dayton locals Orville and Wilber Wright’s invention of a flexible “warped wing” for their airplanes, the missing link that allowed them to be the first in flight (and no, North Carolina can’t claim themthatno matter how badly they want to.)

The super high ceilings and large windows in Warped Wing make it the perfect place to day drink. You can also see back into the brewery itself, and even take tours for $10 on Sunday afternoons. Warped Wing Brewery is great because their branding has a super old-school-cool retro Dayton look, and they had 20 of their own beers on tap. It was interesting to try some very unique brews!

Next: Walk 4 minutes to the Dayton Beer Co.

 

Stop 5: Dayton Beer Company

Location: 41 Madison St, Dayton, OH 45402
I recommend: Visiting in the summer to enjoy the outdoor beer garden, and also bringing your pup along to their dog-friendly outdoor patio.
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The Dayton Beer Co. is encouraging the city to “Think Dayton, Drink Dayton” which I absolutely love. They pride themselves on being Dayton’s first local brewery in 50 years.

The Dayton Beer Co. has a huge selection of beers ranging from their own home brews (there were about 13 on tap when we visited) to more from around the state and country. Of those, their coffee beer was one of the best I had tried all day. If you want a large selection and outdoor seating, this is the brewery for you.

Next: Walk 4 minutes to Lock 27 Brewing

 

Stop 6: Lock 27 Brewing

Location: Dayton Dragons Plaza, 329 E. First St. Dayton, Ohio, 45402
I recommend: The ghost pepper beer! It’s super spicy but has a great chocolatey flavor. Also, try the food. The wings, pretzels, and salmon we ate were all really good.
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This is the second location for Lock 27 Brewing, but they still have all the brewing equipment and make their beers in house. When we visited they had seven or eight of their own beers on tap and we tried six of them.

The ghost pepper beer was probably the most unique flavor I have ever tasted, and the spice lingered in my mouth for a good couple minutes after each sip. The IPA was also good and not too bitter, which I like.

My favorite part of this brewery, though, was the food. The soft pretzels and dry rubbed wings were both delicious, and the salmon was really flavorful too. If you need to eat, this dayton brewery is the one for you.

Next: This is the end of the Dayton brewery walking tour. If you’re still alive, I recommend getting an Uber and heading home to nurse the hangover you’re definitely going to have in the morning.

 

Dayton Beer Co. on the Dayton brewery walking tour

 

Still Looking For More?

After you finish the Dayton brewery walking tour, check out these awesome local bars (within walking distance, of course) if you want to experience more of the Dayton craft beer scene.

ProtoBuild Bar: This is only 3 minutes walking distance from Lock 27 Brewing. My dad really wants me to include this one, because apparently it’s a 3D printing lab and bar all rolled into one? I’m honestly not too sure how it works, but it sounds interesting. Read more about it here, and if you visit comment below to let me know how it is!

Crafted and Cured: This bar is near the Oregon District, only a few minutes from Toxic Brew Pub. Crafted and Cured has 60 beers and ciders on tap to enjoy in their old-fashioned vintage ambiance. They also have a meat and cheese bar where you can create your own charcuterie platters. Finally, you can grab some beers or a bottle of wine to go from their retail selection as well. The food isn’t cheap, but it’s definitely good. Learn more about it here!

 

Every Brewery Around Dayton

Everything listed above is located downtown and makes up my DIY Dayton brewery walking tour. However, I’m not gonna leave it at just that. I also took the time to track down the names and locations of every brewery within reasonable driving distance, for those of you that are ready to branch out for more. Ten more local breweries are listed below, sorted by location.

 

Miamisburg

Star City Brewery Company  319 S 2nd St, Miamisburg, OH 45342  Website

Lucky Star Brewery  219 S 2nd St, Miamisburg, OH 45342  Website

 

Xenia

Devil Wind Brewing  130, 3504, S Detroit St, Xenia, OH 45385 Website

 

Centerville

Heavier Than Air Brewing Co.  497 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Centerville, OH 45459  Website

Lock 27 Brewing (original Location)  1035 South Main Street Centerville, Ohio 45458  Website

 

Springboro

The Crooked Handle Brewing Co.  760 N Main St, Springboro, OH 45066  Website

 

Vandalia

The Hairless Hare Brewery  738 W National Rd, Vandalia, OH 45377  Website

 

Kettering

Eudora Brewing Company  4716 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, OH 45440  Website

 

Yellow Springs

Yellow Spring Brewery  305 Walnut St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387  Website

 

Beavercreek

The Wandering Griffin  3725 Presidential Dr, Beavercreek, OH 45324  Website

 

Well, there you have it. The complete Dayton brewery guide along with the step-by-step route to create your own Dayton brewery walking tour through the city.  Visit every single brewery in the area with the list, drink local, and enjoy exploring the awesome craft beer scene in Dayton!

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