The Eudora Brewing Company — a microbrewery with a customer-participation component that distinguishes it from the growing wave of brewpubs in the Dayton area — has set a tentative opening date of Oct. 18.
The brewpub at 4716 Wilmington Pike will pour exclusively its own brews and will open with five beers on tap, founder Neil Chabut said. A few months after it launches the tap-room portion of its microbrewery, it will open its “brew-on-premises” portion of its business that will allow customers to choose ingredients and a recipe and brew their own beers at the microbrewery.
Chabut, a 24-year-old 2007 Fairmont High School and 2011 University of Dayton graduate, was an accomplished home-brewer before he launched Eudora.
“It’s every home-brewer’s dream to open something like this, and I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity,” Chabut said.
Chabut called the process of opening his own business, navigating the regulatory requirements and renovating the storefront in a small strip retail center “fun and overwhelming,” and he said the effort has taken “longer than anticipated.” When he first announced the effort in December 2012, Chabut said he was hoping to open in spring of 2013.
But he is not intimidated by the influx of competition from the dozen-plus other microbreweries and brewpubs that have either opened or are in development in the Dayton are, including three that are open and serving their own brews exclusively: Dayton Beer Company in Kettering, Toxic Brew Co. in Dayton’s Oregon District, and Yellow Springs Brewing Co. in Yellow Springs.
“I definitely think we’ll be helping each other out,” Chabut said. “I don’t view it as competition. I view it as camaraderie, and I think it’s good for the Dayton area, since we haven’t had breweries here for a long time.”
Eudora will seat 30 and will employ an estimated 10 to 15 people, Chabut said. The brewpub will serve hot dogs and snacks, and will encourage customers to bring food in from local restaurants. Hours haven’t been set yet, but Chabut anticipates being open on weekends to start. In the coming months, he may add his own brewed root beer to the tap system to accommodate those who don’t drink beer.
The beers planned for opening date include Boomerang IPA, Sundowner Blonde, Bees Knees American Pale Ale (brewed with local honey), Mother Fuggle brown ale and Thunderball Stout that Chabut described as “about as dark as stout gets.”
The bar and tables are made from wood reclaimed from a 100-year-old barn in Indiana, and a portion of all sales at Eudora will be donated to Charity: Water, a non-profit organization that works to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
For more information about Eudora Brewing Company, go to the Eudora Brewing Company Facebook page.