This is a small place in a small commercial complex in Kettering. The atmosphere is alright, as is the beer. There are 8 beers on draft. Service was good, and they didnít have a menu, but they had snacks. Worth a stop if youíre in the area, but donít expect to tick any game changers (at least not yet).
Dayton Beer Company anchors a small strip mall on Dorothy Lane and Ackerman. There is a small lot in front of the building.
There is a small patio outside. The inside opens to a small walk-up bar for ordering growlers to go, and to the right of that there is a short bar with a few seats and a couple tables along the far wall. The walls around the bar are painted bright blue, and there are signs above that list the available beers. The taps are visible in the small room behind the bar, and the bar top has the DBC logo branded onto it.
The tap room has over 10 beers available, including Cranberry Orange Blonde, Patterson Pale, Double Red Scotch Ale, Winter Stout, Oregon Alley IPA, Oaked Mersyside Barley Wine, Batch #400, Wandering Second Black IPA and Mad River Milk Stout along with a couple of their year-round offerings. Samplers are available. Some of the beers were pretty average but a few of them were pretty good.
Service on a Friday late afternoon at the bar was pretty good. The bartender was personable and happy to talk about the beers.
Food is not served here but I understand they regularly have food trucks.
Yet another Ohio strip-mall brewery.... At least for these guys, it sounded like they would be moving to a larger facility nearby. Around 10 house beers to try and most were pretty good. The selection was stout-heavy the day we went in and while they were good, most tasted the same as the one before it. They definitely has potential, so hopefully the expansion helps them expand their craft.
This place looks bigger from the outside than it does inside. A little claustrophobis, a 5 seat bar, a couple of small tables. Beer flights are available. The brews tend toward high alcohol, without the flavor that one expects from big brews. They are working hard, but still a work in progress.
Interesting, smaller spot. I went in around 8pm on a Saturday. The place was mostly full of people watching March Madness, I must have stuck out like a sore thumb rating beers on my laptop in the corner... Bartender was a little rushed at first but reasonably friendly and helpful towards the end; canít complain. Place is nothing fancy as far decor, but pretty chill and cozy, I liked it. 6 house beers on tap during my visit. A food truck in the parking lot that I didnít have a chance to check out. Reasonable prices. Solid place overall, would revisit.
DBC is a small brewery tucked in a storefront on Dorothy Lane in Kettering. The tap room is really cozy, with a short bar and a few tables. But I liked the atmosphere. A brewer and bartender were on hand, young guys who were super friendly and helpful. 10 taps, but a couple were in transition so there were 8 when I visited. Growlers and half growlers are available. Prices are good. The beer is solid. Nice little place. Iím sure Iíll be back soon.
I love small, local establishments and wish these guys well. Based on my admittedly brief visit, they still have some work to do. The 4 beers I sampled ranged from very good to technically flawed. The staff was efficient but a bit aloof, along with the couple other people in this small place with the feel of a basement bar. Also wasnít impressed with the cost of the flight for what they give you. Positives included the munchies on the bar, if youíre into empty, salty carbs. Iíll try again someday.
jsquire (252) St. Marys, Ohio | December 16, 2012| Updated February 7, 2013
This place is a small storefront in a retail building. Very attractive bar area that had a few tables and a small bar. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable and the brewer was there Saturday night as well. There were a steady stream of people in and out, including several people filling growlers. They had eight of their own beers on tap, all of which were pretty solid. Five dollar, four beer samplers. Worth stopping by, and I hope they get enough traction to thrive. No food though.
Let me say this up front: Iím super excited that these guys started up a brewery in Dayton. This is a small operation that will obviously experience pretty big variations in production and uniformity as they get settled. Nice service, nice feel and average beers right now but hopefully they can last long enough to find a good groove. Iíll definitely be stopping by regularly to add to their bottom-line.