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Warped Wing Brings Taproom and Energy to Huber Heights

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Warped Wing Brewing Company is building a new taproom in Huber Heights, and city leaders have announced that the addition of the fast-growing Dayton-based brewery is an up-and-coming is calling it a big win for its entertainment district.

What you need to know

  • Warped Wing Brewing Company is expanding to Huber Heights
  • It is the Dayton-based brewery’s fourth taproom.
  • Warped Wings delivered more beer to Huber Heights than anywhere else during the pandemic
  • New taproom aims to breathe new life into Heights entertainment district

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

Initial plans call for approximately 130 seats in the main taproom and an additional 104 seats in the outdoor beer garden. Scheduled private event space accommodates up to 48 people.

Warped Wing co-founder Nick Bowman described Huber Heights, a city of about 44,000 people just north of Dayton, as “a great community of craft beer fans.” He said Warped His Wing delivered more beer to Hoover Heights than anywhere else during the pandemic through its home delivery program.

“We are forever grateful for their support during that difficult time, and opening this new brewery in The Heights means a lot to our team,” added Bowman. It’s a community on the move and I’m very much looking forward to being a part of it.”

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

Beyond the entertainment area, the Huber Heights location will also feature warehouse and production space. The site has a small pilot brewing system. This type of setup allows brewers to create small batches of beer to supplement their signature beer production. Warped Wings includes Gamma Bomb IPA and traditional-style lager Trotwood.

Such a system would be an ideal setup for running 5-7 kegs of brewing. Bowman previously told Spectrum News:He said it’s great for beers that need a long rest period, like barley wines and barrel-aged imperial stouts.

According to Warped Wings co-founder and brewmaster John Haggerty, small batches don’t require the same time or financial commitment as large-scale production.

“The flexibility of having multiple systems gives us more opportunities to experiment and create unique products specifically for our taproom,” he added.

In addition to Warped Wing Beer, the taproom will also serve a variety of beverages, including wine, seltzer, hard cider and spirits, with a focus on specialty cocktails. Non-alcoholic options such as homemade sodas and mocktails will also be added to the menu.

Bowman said the food menu is dominated by smoked meats.The brewery offers similar items in Springboro mason taproom.

“Show some love” to the Huber Heights community

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

The new taproom location is in the heart of The Heights, an entertainment district that Huber Heights leaders see as a promising destination for retail, dining and other entertainment venues.

Warped Wing is developing the Huber Heights taproom with partner Synergy & Mills Development. The company’s president and CEO, Jerad Barnett, described Huber’s northern Heights development as “the perfect location” for his fourth location at the brewery.

Barnett emphasized “great visibility” from Interstate 70. This location is a 12 minute drive from Dayton International Airport and just over 18 km from Wright He Patterson Air Force Base.

Approximately 20 minutes from Warped Wing’s flagship site in downtown Dayton.

The Heights’ anchor tenant is the Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center. This is a 4,200 seat, fully covered outdoor amphitheater. 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.

“I really liked the proximity to Rose’s concert venue and the energy of the area,” said Bowman. “Development in the area along Executive Boulevard is moving slowly but surely, but there is a lot of momentum there right now and it feels like Huber Heights is on the rise right now.”

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

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

According to the 2020 Census, Huber Heights has experienced moderate growth over the past decade. Mayor Jeff Gore feels that companies like Warped Wings’ decision to call Huber Heights home is a big part of why people want to live there.

Gore, who has been mayor since 2018, expects the new taproom to be a “major catalyst” for continued growth in the city, especially in The Heights area.

“Warped Wing is a very successful brewery and we are excited to have them join the Huber Heights business community,” he said. “Warped He has great residents with plenty of discretionary income who appreciate new businesses such as Wing coming to town.”

To make this project happen, the brewery received a 15-year tax break on its property as an incentive. This equates to about $28,000 a year, Gore said. He noted that Warped Wing management expects to pay about $30,000 in payroll taxes to the city each year based on the application.

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

Bowman emphasized that an important part of Warped Wings’ move to Huber Heights is establishing “local roots.” We don’t have any formal work yet, but we are looking into the possibility of collaborating with other breweries and neighboring organizations.

The goal, Bowman said, is to establish an even stronger connection with the community that is so critical to their success.

“We want to fly the flag of Civic Pride in Huber Heights,” he added. “The Huber Heights community has shown us so much love and support, especially during the pandemic.” To make this city the base for our next expansion and really strengthen that relationship is really something special.”