Dayton-Based Warped Wing Brewery to Open Taproom in Mason

The brewery and restaurant will take over the familiar space formerly occupied by Brazenhead and Basil's on Market

Aug 17, 2021 at 9:49 am
click to enlarge Warped Wing Brewing's forthcoming Mason location - Photo: Provided by Warped Wing
Photo: Provided by Warped Wing
Warped Wing Brewing's forthcoming Mason location

The already beer-drenched Greater Cincinnati suburb of Mason will soon be home to another great spot to get your sudzy fix. 

Warped Wing Brewing, based out of Dayton, is opening up a new brewery, taproom and restaurant in a familiar space in the neighborhood this fall.

Located in the iconic building that was formerly occupied by Brazenhead and most recently Basil's on Market at 5650 Tylersville Road, the new brewery will boast a generously-sized taproom, outdoor biergarten, "small pilot brewing system," kitchen and an event space (which will come to fruition later). 

“This new site has a rich history in the Mason community and the building itself has such a unique story. We want to pay homage to that history while bringing some new life to the space,”said Nick Bowman, co-founder and VP of Sales and Marketing in a release.

“We are excited to join the Mason community and be part of its growing brewery scene,” said Bowman.

Over the past five years, three other breweries have opened their doors in the city of Mason, including The Common Beer Company, 16 Lots Brewing Company and Sonder Brewing, and several others just outside of the Cincy suburb. 

“Our plan is to put a small pilot brewing system into the Rathskeller (basement) of the building. The size is TBD as we have not yet finished contracting it. I believe we are going to focus on making 'high gravity' or stronger beers on it, allowing us to focus on other styles at the Springboro plant,” said John Haggerty, co-founder and Brewmaster in the same release.

“Having said that, there really are no rules and we will make what makes sense at the time at either location. In the end, it just gives us that much more flexibility in what we do on the pilot systems,” said Haggerty.

In addition to brews (available on tap, in 6-pack cans and bottles), ciders, wines, housemade sodas, cocktails and mocktails, the new establishment will feature menu on par with the brand's Springboro location, with a focus on smoked meats, but not limited to your typical barbecue joint bites. 

"We do traditional BBQ with classic housemade sides inspired by BBQ all over the country but we are not just a BBQ place, as we are constantly experimenting with other ways to use smoked meats in non-traditional ways, from tacos to poutine. We have a focus on scratch-made sides and the highest quality ingredients,” said Erin O’Neill, Culinary Director and General Manager of Retail Operations in the same release.

“One of my favorite things about our culinary program is how each location takes on its own personality over time and we get to express that personality through our food specials and seasonal menu changes. From our signature bison bacon burger and our smoked wings, to our unique appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and tacos, we truly feel we have something for everyone.”

An official opening date has not yet been announced, but the team is planning to welcome guests in fall. 

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