Fifth Street Brewpub, a new co-op owned brewery under construction in Dayton, will host an open house from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 22 to benefit Toys for Tots. Attendees are asked not to bring a toy; instead, a cash donation will be made by Fifth Street to benefit Toys for Tots.
Fifth Street, located in the city's St. Anne's Hill Historic District, is the state's first co-op brewpub and, according to the founders, only the second one in the nation. People who attend will be able to see the renovations done to the facility so far. The event also will include beverages, appetizers and live music.
"It's really exciting that all of the funding to renovate the building and purchase the brewing equipment has come directly from memberships and investments from our member-owners," co-founder and President Brian Young said in a prepared statement. "We hope that soon, after 1,000 more members join the co-op, we'll be able to say that our community-owned brewpub was completely funded by our members – the brewpub that Dayton built."
The Dayton Business Journal also has a story about the venture. Fifth Street has raised about $175,000 so far and is looking to raise at least another $100,000, the paper reports. To read the full story, click here.
The Fifth Street membership drive is continuing and the brewpub is offering a Cheers & Beers gift program for the holiday season. The $100 gift memberships include all of the benefits that go with being a member-owner in addition to Fifth Street Brewpub-branded pint glasses, coasters and holiday ornaments. For more details, click here.