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Warped Wing Brewing

Warped Wing Brewing, Dayton, Ohio

Warped Wing was founded in Dayton in January 2014, the first Dayton brewery to can since Miami Valley Brewing (1933-1950) closed. There were already numerous micros in Dayton, but Warped Wing started off with a larger production capacity than most, with "30-barrel stainless steel brewhouse and 60-barrel fermenters. 1. It's in an old industrial area of East Dayton in the old Buckeye Brass & Iron Foundry. Their first three brands, which seem to still be their mainstay, are Ermal's, Flying Rye, and 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout. Ermal's is named after Ermal Fraze, the Dayton engineer who invented the pull-tab making cans of beer (and pop) easier to open. 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout is named after the huge 10 ton crane that still stands over the former foundry.

Warped Wing has put out a lot of beers since, often with a local theme, such as Trotwood Lager named after the Trotwood trailer company that made travel trailers until 1981. (Come on guys, if the WW folks read this we need a Wright State or West Carrollton themed beer! Pirates Porter maybe, or a Raiders Ale or something!!) Warped Wing puts out a lot of different cans. I have a bit of a hard time keeping up with them, but a good friend in Dayton sends them to me as they come out.

The name "Warped Wing" comes from wing-warping which controls the lateral (roll) control of a fixed-wing aircraft. Dayton natives Orville and Wilbur Wright invented and patented it to control their early aircraft. The brothers used a series of pulleys and cables to twist the trailing edges of the wings in opposite directions to move the aircraft laterally. Wing warping was replaced in the 1910s by ailerons, but the concept is still under study today in the form of wing morphing where during supersonic flight computers adjust the aerodynamic shape of the wing.

Diagram of the Wright brothers' 1899 kite, showing wing bracing and strings attached to hand-held sticks used for warping the wing while in flight. (Wikipedia)

Warped Wing Cans

Warped Wing is somewhat unusual in that they only can in 16 oz containers. Their designs, as you can see below, are very creative and colorful. They won an award in 2015, a "National Addy," at the American Advertising Awards Show in Las Vegas. They started with three flagship brands being canned in 2014, then expanded in 2015, and began aggressively adding more new cans in 2016. I've counted seventeen different cans as of November 2016. I'll keep adding them here as they come out.

Here are the Warped Wing cans, in the order they came out (Judging from the date code on the bottom of the can.) If I missed one, please let me know!

A huge thank you to Jeff M. in Kettering for finding these for me.

Name

Year can first issued

Type
Dayton Connection
Back
Side
Front

Ermals

2014

Belgian Style Cream Ale
Dayton tool-maker Ermal Fraze invented the beer can pop top.

Flyin' Rye

2014

India Pale Ale
Man's desire to fly, hey, Dayton is the home of the Wright Brothers!

10 Ton

2014

Oatmeal Stout
Named after the huge crane in the brewery, which used to be a steel and iron foundry.

Self Starter

2015

Session IPA
In 1911 Charles Kettering invented the automobile self-starter.

Mr. Mean

2015

Imperial IPA
"I'm Dayton, Ohio. Professor Emeritus of Funkology" A lot of Funk bands came out of Dayton in the 70s, most notably the Ohio Players (Skin Tight, Fire, Love Roller coaster)

Irreverent

2015

Red IPA
 

Whiskey Rebellion

2015

Russian Imperial Stout
 

Gamma Bomb

2015

IPA
Bruce Banner (the Hulk) was a native of Dayton.

Esther's Lil Secret

2015

Milk Chocolate Brown Ale
From Esther Price, a candy company that has operated in Dayton since the 1920s.

Baltic Argonaut

2016

Baltic Porter
Inspired by a design from Dayton's Stomps-Burkhardt furniture company (1859-1928) which made ornate dark wood furniture, often with designs taken from Greek and Roman myths.

Brass Punk Pils

2016

German Style Pilsner
 

Pirogue

2016

Belgian Style Tripel brewed with coffee
The original Dayton settlers in 1796 traveled up the Great Miami River in a long-narrow canoe called a pirogue.

Hop Smuggler

2016

White IPA
The story on the back talks about smugglers using the Miami & Erie Canal, that linked the Ohio River to Lake Erie, passing through Dayton. Ypu can still see some of it at Carillon Park, as well as along West Central Avenue just south of West Carrollton.

Trotwood

2016

Lager
Named after Trotwood Trailers that made travel trailers until 1981. Trotwood is a suburb of Dayton.

Space Food

2016

American IPA
 

Bier Baron

2016

Bavarian IPA
Story in German, have not translated it yet.

Creep Show

2016

Smoked Porter
"Dark as Dayton Without the Moon" Reminiscent of "Dr. Creep" from WKEF's Shock Theater.

Esther's Lil Secret

2016

Chocolate Peanut Brittle Porter
The third beer (and 2d can) made with Dayton's Esther Price candy company.

Whiskey Rebellion

2016

Russian Imperial Stout A slightly different design from 2015's. coming soon    

Jolly Tar

2017

Oatmeal Raisin Rye   coming soon    

Pirogue

2017

  Slightly different color scheme. coming soon    

Hop Smuggler

2017

  Slightly different color scheme. coming soon    

Visiting the Brewery

While in Dayton for family business I had enough time to stop by and see the brewery. They were very friendly, especially considering I ordered a Diet Coke (I can't drink alcohol). Here are some phots I took on a warm February day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The outside of the brewery. Note the bike rack on the right side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A closeup of the bike rack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside with the original 10 Ton crane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More of the inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love their logo!

Check Warped Wing for Yourself

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Their Home Page
Their Twitter Page
Their Facebook Page

Notes

1. Rick Armon, "Warped Wing Brewing Takes Flight" The Beer Blog (January 20, 2014), http://www.ohio.com/blogs/the-beer-blog/the-beer-blog-1.273124/warped-wing-brewing-takes-flight-1.460623, accessed 11/25/2016.

 

 

 

 

 

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