'First Look' at Dayton's two newest brewpubs

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Quick visits to both of the Dayton area’s newest microbreweries on Saturday — the day after they opened to the public — suggest that both Eudora Brewing Company in Kettering and Star City Brewing Company in Miamisburg are fine additions to the local brewpub scene, and are very much worth checking out.

One thing’s for sure: Dayton-area craft beer enthusiasts who enjoy sampling hometown brews have never had it so good. Nine brewpubs and microbreweries are now open across the region, including three just this month, with the early-November addition of Hairless Hare Brewery in Vandalia. And the larger-in-scope Warped Wing Brewing Company is heading toward a likely January opening in downtown Dayton.

Here’s what we found at the two newest local brewpubs:

Eudora Brewing Company at 4716 Wilmington Pike has transformed space in a small strip retail center in the heart of Kettering into a comfortable spot to share a pint. The brewery — founded by Neil Chabut, 2007 Fairmont High School and 2011 University of Dayton graduate — opened with five beers in a full range of styles on tap.

Highlights include the deep golden-colored and unabashedly hoppy Boomerang IPA, a beer for IPA enthusiasts; the amber-colored Bee’s Knees Pale Ale that strikes a balance between hoppy bitterness with sweetness that comes from the addition of a bit of real honey; and the creamy, rich, robust Thunderball Stout, with its dark malts and chocolate notes.

It’ll be a few months before Eudora opens 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.

Across town in Miamisburg, the Star City Brewing Company opened in a decidedly different space that is loaded with history: the 14,000-square-foot building that once housed the former Peerless Mill restaurant at 319 S. Second St. The Peerless Mill served meals to generations of Miami Valley residents, operating for nearly eight decades before closing in 2008. The brewery was founded by Miamisburg natives Brian and Justin Kohnen and partner Brian Yavorsky.

Star City’s founders pay homage to the past with Peerless Mill signs incorporated into the tap room’s design. And the beers excel, ranging from its refreshing Bavarian Hefeweizen, an unfiltered beer with notes of banana, clove and allspice; dark amber-colored India Pale Ale, with its signature IPA bitterness nicely balanced by malt and citrus notes; and its rich Oatmeal Stout, which boasts roasted, smoky flavors and a hint of sweetness.

Eudora and Star City give beer enthusiasts two more reasons to believe that the Dayton area is quickly reclaiming its proud brewing heritage.

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