The fast-fermenting Dayton-area beer scene is moving closer to adding one new large-scale brewpub option along with two other new or expanded opportunities to sample locally made brews.
Here are the most recent developments:
• BJ’s Restaurant & Brewpub in the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp. had been scheduled to host an invitation-only ribbon-cutting and staff-training lunch later this week, although Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce officials who had organized the event announced Tuesday afternoon the ribbon-cutting had been postponed because the the brewpub won’t be ready in time;
• Oregon District microbrewery Toxic Brew Company is doubling the number of days it’s open;
• Centerville brewpub Lock 27 that opened earlier this year is starting to offer its own house-brewed beers.
BJ’s Restaurant is housed in an 8,300-square-foot stand-alone facility that at the Austin Boulevard entrance to Austin Landing. The ribbon-cutting and staff luncheon this week were designed to be Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce events not open to the public. Calls to two BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse officials at their Huntington Beach, California offices over two days late last week to inquire about a projected opening-to-the-public date were not returned.
The chain operates more than 130 pubs nationwide, including one at the Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati and two in the Columbus area. Its menu include its signature deep-dish pizza as well as salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, and other entrees. The company operates several microbreweries in addition to using contract brewers to produce and distribute BJ’s proprietary beers throughout the chain.
In Dayton, Toxic Brew Company — the microbrewery at 431 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon Historic District that opened in June with Friday-and-Saturday-only hours — announced it has expanded its hours to Wednesday and Thursday nights as well. It is now open from 5 p.m. to midnight four nights a week.
And there’s more growth to come. Toxic Brew will install four more fermenters this week that will double its brewing capacity, co-founder Shane Juhl said. That means starting in about six weeks, the microbrewery can start filling growlers and distributing some of its beer beyond its own tasting room, Juhl said.
And Lock 27, the brewpub that also opened in June at 1035 S. Main St. in the Centerville Plaza, has dedicated one tap to its own brews, although there’s no guarantee yet that it will have one of its beers on tap on any given evening, Lock 27 founder and owner Steve Barnhart said.
“We’ve started brewing at capacity now, but it’s going to take a few weeks to get a consistent supply,” Barnhart said.