But Ohio is not just a craft beer mecca. The state has seen a boom in craft spirits – from vodka to gin to whiskey. Numerous bourbon bars have sprouted up, and the craft cocktail movement is alive and well in Ohio. And if your tastes lean into the non-alcoholic realm, Ohio has a bevy of local coffee roasters, juicers, and soda options. Read on for our insider's guide to imbibing the best Ohio has to offer.
An hour south of Jackson Center on Interstate 75 lies Dayton, Ohio. An industrial town founded in 1796, Dayton boasts a history of innovation not limited to its most famous sons, The Wright Brothers. Warped Wing Brewery seeks to continue the city's innovation history by crafting delicious and adventurous beers. Their name and logo pay homage to the Wright Brothers' "wing warping" invention that helped get their aircraft aloft. While you can locate Warped Wing beers in many Ohio groceries and gas stations, it's worth the trip to their Dayton location in a historic industrial warehouse.
A gas station might not be the first place you think of when asked where to find the best craft beer. But just a mile or two off I75 in Sidney, Ohio is one of the best places to fill a growler or grab a six-pack. Check their website for their current growler-fill options.
Ohio has a long history of German heritage. Many of the first settlers in the Buckeye State were German immigrants, and they named their new settlements after towns in their homeland. Minster's namesake is the German town of Munster, and today they honor that heritage with an epic Octoberfest celebration. Outside of October, though, you can pop in for an authentic German beer on tap.
Quickly becoming one of Ohio's most popular breweries, Moeller Brew Barn has a tasting room where you can sample any of their beers on tap, enjoy a pint, and – when you decide which is your favorite – fill a growler to go.
If bourbon is your thing, a trip to Dayton's Century Bar is sure to impress. With super-knowledgable (and – importantly – unpretentious) bartenders who will guide your experience and craft cocktails drawn from the Jazz era playbook, the Century Bar features just about every bourbon available in Ohio. And the ornate
Tucked away in a historic mill in the rolling, forested hills of Elizabeth Township is Indian Creek Distillery. Drawing on a centuries-old family recipe, Indian Creek distills frontier whiskey in vintage copper kettles. The country scenery on the way is worth the drive. Call ahead to schedule a visit.
Belle of Dayton distills several spirits, including excellent vodkas and gins. Visit the adjacent Van Buren Room to try a cocktail mixed up with one of their fine spirits.
A sister to one of the best restaurants in Ohio – Coldwater Cafe – Bodego offers gourmet takeout, a huge selection of wine, snacks, beer, and other cold drinks.
There's a lot to love about Troy, Ohio. Set on the picturesque Miami River, Troy is host to a vibrant downtown filled with coffee shops, restaurants, and shops where you can find everything from all-natural baby gear to fair-trade gifts from the developing world. If you like your coffee brewed with scientific attention to detail, Purebred is the place to be. From the hardwood floors and exposed brick to the smell of freshly ground beans and the din of conversation, Purebred Coffee Co. will check all the boxes.
Winans Chocolates and Coffee is a Miami Valley mainstay. Come for the coffee, but stay for the handmade gourmet chocolates and candy.
The grandfather of gourmet, single-origin coffee in the Dayton area, Boston Stoker has been challenged of late by the up-and-comers. They're doing something right, though, and since their founding in 1973 they've expanded to multiple locations, driven by their passion for sourcing and roasting their own beans.
A relative newcomer to the scene, ReU Juicery offers a wide selection of fresh-pressed juice, as well as made-to-order plant-based meals. Using only the freshest and finest ingredients, ReU is a healthy and delicious alternative to fast food and processed meals.