Warped Wing bringing taproom, energy to Huber Heights

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Warped Wing Brewing Company is building a new tavern in Huber Heights, and city leaders see the addition of the fast-growing Dayton-based brewery as a big win for their fledgling entertainment district. .

what you need to know

  • Warped Wing Brewing Company is expanding to Huber Heights
  • It is the fourth taproom for the Dayton-based brewery.
  • Warped Wing delivered more beer in Huber Heights than anywhere else during the pandemic
  • New taproom aims to bring new life to The Heights entertainment district

The brewery recently announced plans to build on existing warehouse space at 6602 Executive Blvd. in the heart of The Heights development.

Initial plans call for nearly 130 seats in the main tavern and an additional 104 in an open-air biergarten. A planned private event space will accommodate up to 48 people.

Warped Wing co-founder Nick Bowman described Huber Heights, a city of about 44,000 just north of Dayton, as a “huge community of craft beer fans.” He noted that during the pandemic, Warped Wing delivered more beer through its delivery program in Huber Heights than anywhere else.

“We will always be grateful for your support during this difficult time, so opening this new brewery in The Heights means a lot to our team,” added Bowman. “Huber Heights is definitely a community on the move and we are very excited to be a part of it.”

A rendering of the proposed Warped Wing Tavern in Huber Heights, Ohio. (Photo courtesy of Warped Wing)

Beyond the entertainment areas, the Huber Heights location will also feature storage and production spaces. The site will have a small pilot brewing system. That type of setup allows brewers to make smaller batches of beer to supplement the production of signature beers. For Warped Wing featuring their Gamma Bomb IPA and Trotwood, a traditional style lager.

Such systems are the ideal configuration for runs of five to seven barrels of beer, Bowman previously told Spectrum News. He said they work best for beers that require long aging periods, such as barley wine or barrel-aged imperial stouts.

Small batches don’t require the same time or financial commitments as larger productions, which means it gives Warped Wing brewers the opportunity to be more creative with their offerings, according to John Haggerty, Warped Wings co-founder and brewmaster. .

“The flexibility of having multiple systems gives us more opportunities to experiment and create unique offerings exclusive to our taverns,” he added.

In addition to Warped Wing beer, the taproom will serve a variety of other beverages: wines, seltzers, strong ciders and spirits, with a focus on specialty cocktails, Bowman said. Non-alcoholic options, such as house-made sodas and mocktails, will also be on the menu.

The food menu focuses on smoked foods, Bowman said. The brewery offers similar items at its Springboro for mason’s taverns.

‘Showing love’ to the Huber Heights community

Construction on the new Warped Wing site will begin this fall. Although it’s still very early days, Bowman expects the project to be finished by the end of next spring.

The new tavern site is in the heart of The Heights, an entertainment district that Huber Heights leaders see as a promising destination for shopping, dining and other entertainment.

Warped Wing is developing the Huber Heights Tavern in conjunction with partners Synergy & Mills Development. Company President and CEO Jerad Barnett described the north Huber Heights development as the “perfect site” for the brewery’s fourth location.

Barnett emphasized the “fantastic visibility” from Interstate 70. The site is a 12-minute drive from Dayton International Airport and just over 11 miles from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

It’s about 20 minutes from the main Warped Wing site in downtown Dayton.

The Heights’ main tenant is the Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center, a fully covered outdoor amphitheater that seats 4,200. The music venue is owned by the City of Huber Heights and managed by MEMI (Music and Event Management, Inc.).

The new Warped Wing site is right next door.

“We really liked the proximity to the Rose Concert Hall and the energy of the area,” said Bowman. “Development in the area along Executive Boulevard is happening slowly but surely, but there is a lot of momentum there right now, and we feel like Huber Heights is on the rise right now.”

A photo of the canning process at Warped Wing.  (Photo courtesy of Warped Wing)

Warped Wing received a 15-year tax break to move to Huber Heights. The city expects to receive about $30,000 in payroll taxes annually from Warped Wing. (Photo courtesy of Warped Wing)

Huber Heights has seen moderate growth over the past decade, according to the 2020 census. And Jeff Gore, the city’s mayor, feels that businesses like Warped Wing deciding to call Huber Heights home is a big part of the reason why the people want to live there.

Gore, who has served as mayor since 2018, hopes the new tavern will be a “major catalyst” for continued growth in the city, especially within The Heights district.

“Warped Wing is a very successful brewery and we are thrilled that they are becoming part of the Huber Heights business community,” he said. “We have great residents with a lot of discretionary income who appreciate a new business, like Warped Wing, coming to town.”

To make the project a reality, the brewery received a 15-year property tax abatement as an incentive, in the amount of about $28,000 a year, Gore said. He noted that Warped Wing’s management team estimated on his application that he expects to pay about $30,000 in payroll taxes to the city each year.

“I think when other businesses see the success of Warped Wing and its willingness to locate in Huber Heights, other businesses will follow suit,” Gore said. “The secret of how great our community is is no longer a secret and companies recognize it.”

Bowman emphasized that a key part of Warped Wings’ move to Huber Heights is establishing “local roots.” While nothing formal is in the works yet, they are considering collaborations with other breweries and neighborhood organizations.

The goal, Bowman said, is to establish an even stronger connection with a community that has meant so much to his success.

“We really want to raise the civic pride flag in Huber Heights,” he added. “The Huber Heights community has shown us so much love and support, especially during the pandemic. It’s really special to make the city our next expansion site and really strengthen those relationships.”

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