Perhaps Dayton’s largest brewery project to date is moving toward a December opening and will package its beers in four-packs of 16-ounce cans, in part to pay homage to Ermal Fraze, who invented the pop-top can in Dayton, the brewery’s founders said today.
Warped Wing Brewing Company will be a full-scale production craft brewery with a tasting room, located at 26 Wyandot St., between the Oregon Historic District and Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton. The Dayton Daily News first told you about the new brewery in April.
Joe Waizmann — chief organizer of AleFest, AleFeast, Dayton Beer Week and other events in the Dayton area and the region — is the CEO and president of Warped Wing, and its vice president and brewmaster is John Haggerty, who worked as head brewer for New Holland Brewing in Holland, Michigan for 10 years, overseeing that brewery’s more than ten-fold growth in production over the decade.
The management team also includes Nick Bowman, who worked in various sales and marketing positions for Anheuser-Busch, serving as vice president of sales and marketing; and Michael Stover, a certified public accountant and director with the regional CPA firm of Brady Ware & company, serving as chief financial officer.
“We are targeting a mid-December opening,” Bowman told the Dayton Daily News Monday night.
Warped Wing is one of at least 12 breweries, brewpubs and microbreweries in various stages of development in the Dayton area, including Toxic Brew microbrewery and Fifth Street Brewpub in or near downtown Dayton. And Kettering microbrewery The Dayton Beer Co. announced in early September it will open a second, larger brewery and tap room in downtown Dayton early next year.
“As far as brewing philosophy goes we are essentially going to make well-balanced beers that show off the various ingredients when appropriate,” brewmaster Haggerty said in a Warped Wing Brewing Company news release. “Additionally, we will follow sound production theory but will take liberties and break rules regarding process and recipe formulation when it makes sense and is appropriate to do so.”
In addition to giving a tip of the cap to Fraze, the pop-top inventor, Warped Wing’s founders also said the decision to put their beers into 16-ounce pint cans offers retailers with limited draught-beer space the ability to serve a “true pint.”
The brewery’s tasting room will not serve food, but guests can carry food in or have it delivered.
Warped Wing is named for the technology invented by the Wright Brothers that made controlled flight possible.
For more information, check out the Warped Wing Brewing Company Facebook page.