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Beer Drinking In Dayton, Ohio

Beer Festivals
Bottle Shops
Breweries and Brewpubs
Drinking Laws

Dayton? Who would want to go to Dayton? I have no idea but 170,000 of us ended up here so we might as well enjoy it.

Dayton Beer Festivals:
  • Dayton Alefest - This beer festival gets a big circle on the calendar. The Alefest comes in two flavors, one on the Wright Patterson AFB exclusively for military or base employees, and one in Carillon Park near the University of Dayton for the rest of us. The Alefest is well attended by craft brewers such as Great Lakes, Flying Dog, and Victory. There are also a large number of imported beers supplied by Heidelburg Distributing. Usually held in late August, the Alefest is definitely worth attending.

  • Dayton Beer Bars:
  • Boston's Bistro
    7500 N Main Street
    Dayton, OH 45415
    Only a few beers on tap, but they have a decent bottle selection which, at times, can include rarer brews.

  • Brixx Ice Company
    500 E. First Street
    Dayton, OH 45402
    10 beers on tap and about 35 bottled. Most of the bottled beers are light/pale lagers (American macros).

  • Fox and Hound English Pub & Grille
    667 Lyons Road
    Dayton, OH 45459
    There are about 40 beers on tap and 60 bottled. Beers are mostly domestic or British imports (Bass, Boddingtons, Newcastle Brown, etc.) The atmosphere is a hybrid of an English Pub, Dave n' Busters/Jillians, and a sports bar. Food is excellent and reasonably priced.

  • Dayton Bottle Shops:
  • Arrow Wine and Spirits
    (North) 2950 Far Hills Ave.
    (South) 615 Lyons Rd.
    These are excellent places to go if you need more than beer. Each store offers the widest selection of hard liquor and wine in the area. The beer section has some quality beers available but tends toward the more mainstream brews. Employees go out of their way to help you more often here than other places and generally allow you to buy singles out of a six pack. Arrow also carries a reasonable selection of homebrewing supplies.

  • Belmont Party Supply
    2621 S. Smithville Rd.
    From the outside it looks like just another Stop ‘n Rob. Once inside you see the bums buying Wild Irish Rose and the college kids with their cases of Beast Lite. Then you look closer and see the St. Bernardus and the Unibroue, and the Paulaner and then you realize where you are: beer heaven. Three whole aisles full of singles and just about every beer you could want (except Westvleteren). There is also a sizable homebrew section that caters to the more advanced beer chef.

  • Centerville Carryout
    34 West Franklin Street, Dayton, OH 45459
    Best described as an upscale Quick-E-mart, Centerville Carryout is one of the few places where you can get a three day old hotdog to go with your Belgian ale. Both back walls and an aisle are devoted to finer beers. This is one of the few places in Dayton (if not the only one) that carries West coast brewers Hair of the Dog and Lagunitas.

  • Dorothy Lane Market
    (North) 2710 Far Hills Ave.
    (South) 6177 Far Hills Ave.
    Both locations are upscale markets where you can get everything from fresh rolled sushi to filet mignon. They also have a good selection of domestic microbrews and imports. This is also one of the better places for monthly beer specials. The north location only features refrigerated beers and leans more towards microbrew 6-packs. The south location has a warm rack of Trappist and other cellarable beers as well as the cold section.

  • Miami Valley Wine and Spirits
    (North) 943 W. Main St., Tipp City
    (South) 6565 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights
    The south location features a good wine selection however it is surprisingly weak on beers. They carry mostly regional microbrews. The north location has a different layout with room for a walk in beer cave. Consequently, they also have a better beer selection although again it is dominated by regional microbrews. The beer cave also happens to be cold as shit. “You don’t have to do inventory in there” says the owner.

  • Breweries and Brewpubs:
  • Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
    Formerly a brewpub, their Centerville location recently closed its doors. The closure was attributed to the indoor smoking ban recently passed in the city. Thirsty Dog still bottles beers and can be found even in most grocery stores.

  • Drinking Laws:
    Open containers in public are prohibited. The drunk driving limit is 0.8. Beer, wine and liquor (> 40 proof) can be purchased at grocery and convenience stores. You cannot purchase alcohol in a bar or store between the hours of 2:30am – 5:30am
    Ohio Liquor Control Commission.

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