After the announcement by Gov. Mike DeWine that restaurants, bars and breweries were allowed to open their patios and indoor areas to the public, many beer bars and craft breweries throughout the Miami Valley came up with reopening plans that ensure the safety of their patrons and employees while still allowing customers to enjoy freshly brewed craft beer.
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Some local breweries and beer bars, including Warped Wing Brewing and Fifth Street Brewpub, both in Dayton, have opted not to open fully yet (FSB’s patio is open for customers to consume their carryout orders there, but there is no table service, while Warped Wing remains focused on carryout and delivery). Some breweries have not yet announced their full plans to reopen on their social-media pages. Others have laid out how and when they plan to reopen, and a handful have already welcomed guests back on to their patios, and in their taprooms, with safety procedures put in place.
Here are the plans and details of some of the establishments working to serve great craft beer in a safe way.
🍺The Barrel House
The Barrel House in Dayton will now be open from Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. Only one person or couple (no groups) is permitted to enter the building at a time. All customers will be required to wear masks, or they will be denied service. Guests will enter through the front entrance and exit through the back entrance.
During these hours of operation, curbside pickup will still be available to all customers. Curbside pickup will be done outside of The Barrel House’s back door, and they will only be accepting card payments — no cash. To place an order, call 937-222-4795.
If you opt for service inside, refrain from touching anything to lessen the amount of objects that need to be sanitized between each customer interaction.
The Barrel House will be doing growler and howler fills of the beers available on tap, though no samples will be handed out. Since it’s inevitable that a line of customers will form outside of the restaurant, there are markers on the pavement that make it possible to keep six feet away from others at all times.
For more information, pay a visit to The Barrel House's Facebook page.
The Barrel House is located at 417 E. Third St. in Dayton.
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🍺Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill
On Friday, May 15, Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill in Vandalia opened its patio to the public. The patio now has four tables; guests will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. There must be three to four people per table ordering food and drinks. Each group will be limited to an hour and a half of patio service.
Call ahead at 937-890-8899 to find out if any seating is available.
For more information, visit the sports bar's Facebook page.
Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill is located at 893 E. National Rd. in Vandalia.
🍺Chappys Social House
Chappys Social House at 7880 Washington Village Drive in Washington Twp. will reopen its patio Tuesday, May 19 at 4 p.m. The dining room is set to reopen on May 21 at 4 p.m.
The restaurant will continue to open at 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. The kitchen will close at 9 p.m., though the restaurant will remain open as long as customers stick around.
Due to availability of some ingredients, Chappys Social House has come out with a revised menu, which can be viewed on its website.
The restaurant will still be offering delivery and carryout throughout this time from 4-8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free delivery from Chappys will take place on each day from 4-8 p.m. DoorDash delivery will also be available.
House wines for $10 a bottle and discounted growlers are available. For more information, pay a visit to the restaurant's website.
🍺Crooked Handle Brewing Company
Beginning on Thursday, May 21, the Crooked Handle Brewing Company in Springboro will be open to the public.
The brewery will be open from 4-10 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit the brewery's Facebook page.
Crooked Handle Brewing Company is located at 760 N. Main St. in Springboro.
🍺Toxic Brew Company
From noon to midnight, Toxic Brew Company in the Oregon District will be allowing its patrons to drink craft beer and relax on the outdoor patio. Since the patio will be at a limited capacity, there will be a person at the door directing customers to their tables. All guests must wear face masks and should not be congregating in groups of more than ten people. All parties at the brewery must be separated by at least six feet.
Toxic Brew Company will also be offering carryout, delivery, call-ahead and curbside pickup. Call the brewery at 937-985-3618 to place an order.
For more information about the brewery's coronavirus-related policies, pay a visit to their Facebook page.
Toxic Brew Company is located at 431 E. 5th St. in Dayton’s Oregon District.
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🍺Dayton Beer Company
Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 15, the Dayton Beer Company reopened its patio to the public, with plans to eventually reopen its taproom when restrictions are lifted. Currently, the outdoor patio has enough space to house 112 guests, and the crew will be enforcing this capacity to ensure that social distancing remains intact.
Patrons are allowed to order inside at the bar using marks to ensure that social distancing guidelines are met. Though the Dayton Beer Company does not require customers to wear face masks, it is strongly recommended to wear a mask while ordering at the bar, visiting the bathroom or navigating through the common areas. Dayton Beer Company employees will be wearing facial coverings.
Beer will be served in disposable glassware in eight-ounce and 16-ounce servings. DBC will not be serving any beer in five-ounce tasting sizes. Additionally,the kitchen will not be serving any food to customers until Thursday, May 21, when customers are permitted to dine inside.
The Dayton Beer Company is open from 4-10 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.
For more information about the brewery's new policies, visit its Facebook page.
The Dayton Beer Company is located at 41 Madison St. in Dayton.
🍺Eudora Brewing Company
Though Eudora Brewing Company in Kettering chose not to reopen on May 15, due to limited patio space, the team at the brewery has decided to reopen with normal business hours beginning on Thursday, May 21. Like every other business reopening during the coronavirus pandemic, procedures at Eudora Brewing Company will look a little different.
Guests will be greeted by a host before being let in, to ensure that crowd control remains intact throughout the day. If you’re coming in only for a growler refill, you’ll be allowed to quickly come in and out of the brewery. All of the Eudora Brewing Company staff will be wearing masks and gloves whenever needed. Guests are not required to masks, but are encouraged to do so.
All events scheduled to take place at Eudora Brewing Company have been canceled or postponed until further notice.
Eudora Brewing Company’s taproom is open from 4-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, from noon to midnight on Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The kitchen is open from 4-10 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, 4-11 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about Eudora Brewing Company's coronavirus-related policies, check out the brewery's Facebook page.
Eudora Brewing Company is located at 3022 Wilmington Pike in Kettering.
🍺Lucky Star Brewery
Though Lucky Star Brewery in Miamisburg chose not to reopen its patio on Friday, May 15, they hope to reopen on Thursday, May 21 with dine-in services.
In the meantime, though, Lucky Star Brewery now has its full menu available for carryout, along with growler refills.
Text your food order to 937-993-5000 and include your name and pickup time. For now, the brewery will be open from 5-8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
To stay up-to-date on the brewery's reopening strategy, follow along on their Facebook page.
Lucky Star Brewery is located at 219 S. 2nd St. in Miamisburg.
🍺Star City Brewing Company
Star City Brewing Company’s patio reopened on Friday, May 15, although space is limited. The taproom will remain open for carryout orders.
Though customers are not required to wear facial coverings, they will be strongly encouraged to wear some form of protective gear while at the brewery.
The brewery will continue to provide growler refills, although customers are asked to be patient, as each growler has to pass through a sanitation cycle before going back to the customer.
For now, Star City Brewing is open from noon to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about Star City Brewing Company's new policies, pay a visit to their Facebook page.
Star City Brewing Company is located at 319 S. 2nd St. in Miamisburg.
🍺Mother Stewart's Brewing Co.
Just like many other breweries around the Miami Valley, Mother Stewart’s Brewing Company in Springfield decided to delay the reopening of their patio and dining space to ensure the safety and health of their customers.
Beginning on Wednesday, May 20, the brewery will be welcoming guests on to its outdoor patio, and then, on Thursday, May 21, for indoor service.
Later this week, Mother Stewart Brewing Company will be announcing the regulations and processes that they will be putting in place to ensure the safety of their patrons and employees.
The brewery will still be doing carryout orders in the meantime. Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. will be open from 3-10 p.m. from Tuesday through Thursday, from 3-11 p.m. on Friday, from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Monday.
For more information about Mother Stewart Brewing Co.'s reopening process, pay a visit to its Facebook page.
Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co. is located at 102 W. Columbia St. in Springfield.
🍺Devil Wind Brewing
There are tentative plans for Devil Wind Brewing in Xenia to reopen on Thursday, May 21. According to a Facebook post by staff members at Devil Wind Brewing, the brewery is working with the Greene County Health Department to come up with a reopening plan that would make the health of customers and staff the top priority.
Until that date, or a plan is announced, Devil Wind Brewing is still offering carryout and delivery (in Xenia only) from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
To stay up to date on the latest news from the brewery, visit its Facebook page.
Devil Wind Brewing is located at 130 S. Detroit St. in Xenia.
Brewfontaine, a popular beer bar in, yes, Bellefontaine, has decided to hold off on reopening until early June when their new space, called The Syndicate, is open to the public.
At that time in early June, the opening of the new space will allow Brewfontaine to have more room for customers while sticking with social-distancing practices. The beer bar has plans to implement OpenTable for reservations so it will be better able to control the flow of customers into the establishment.
For now, Brewfontaine will continue to provide curbside pickup from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday. Food and beer delivery will continue through the end of business on Saturday, May 23.
For a full list of procedures that the beer and wine bar will be putting into place to ensure the safety of patrons and employees, pay a visit to Brewfontaine's website.
Keep an eye on Brewfontaine's Facebook page for the latest news regarding reopening.
Brewfontaine is located at 211 S. Main St. in Bellefontaine.
Sojourners Brewstillery in Centerville will open its doors to patrons on Friday, May 22 beginning at 5 p.m. It has spread out the tables in its taproom to ensure that social distancing measures are met. Groups consisting of more than ten people will not be permitted.
Over the past few months, in addition to making much-needed hand sanitizer, the brewstillery has been busy concocting new brews for customers to try.
Sojourners Brewstillery is now introducing the Doppelgänger Series, a variety of beers designed to taste, well, not like beer. Instead, they taste like other alcoholic creations like watermelon mojitos and margaritas.
This is the full tap list includes Isolation DIPA, Saga WC IPA, Coffee Blonde, Strawberry Table Beer, Toehead Blonde Ale, Rum Raisin Stout, Black Cherry Hard Seltzer, Strawberry Cream Hard Soda, Orange Cream Hard Soda (non-alcoholic version available), House Hard Root Beer (non-alcoholic version also available, and from the Doppelgänger Series, Watermelon Mojito and Margarita
Normal operating hours for Sojourners Brewstillery will be from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Sojourners Brewstillery is located at 8150 Washington Village Dr. in Washington Twp.
🍺N.E.W. Ales Brewing
Though few details have been announced yet regarding any coronavirus-related policies at N.E.W. Ales Brewing in Middletown, the establishment does plan to open its Biergarten on Friday, May 22.
The small batch craft brewery will have a new beer release this weekend, along with more of their popular Flippin Fruit Tart Plum Sour on tap.
Catch all of the latest updates regarding N.E.W. Ales Brewing on its Facebook page.
N.E.W. Ales Brewing is located at 1521 First Ave. in Middletown.