Glenn Perrine swears it’s just a funny coincidence.
As he started looking into opening a brewery a few years ago, he registered the name Lucky Star Brewing Co. Perrine, who lives in Lewisburg near the Indiana border, had no idea at the time where his brewery might land.
Turns out, it ended up in the perfect spot.
Perrine found a 170-year-old building that fit his vision in Miamisburg, also known as the Star City.
“Wasn’t even looking in Miamisburg,” said Perrine, who was born in the community. “I’m always looking for signs that you’re going in the right direction. That was one of them.”
Perrine, 52, an engineer who fell in love with homebrewing, is renovating the building now and hopes to open his 10-barrel brewery and Mexican cantina in June. The brewpub will feature a light menu with tacos, chips and salsa and other items.
He wants to offer six beers, including a big India pale ale, milk stout, Irish red, wheat and fruit beer.
“We want to have everything across the board,” Perrine said. “We want to have some well-brewed pilsners and lagers that everybody would enjoy.”
The plan is to offer draft beer at first — including selling Lucky Star to area bars and restaurants. Perrine said he would eventually like to can his beer.
Lucky Star is trying to be different from the other breweries in the Dayton area. A Mexican cantina, sports bar atmosphere certainly helps.
“It’s going to be a fun place,” Perrine said. “It’s going to lively. Good food. Good music. TVs. Entertainment. We’re trying to make it a little different from your typical brewpub that you’d go into and just have a couple of beers.”
The building, which was once used for farm implement manufacturing, also will help set Lucky Star apart. Several other Dayton-area breweries — Eudora, Dayton, Hairless Hare and Lock 27 — are located in shopping plazas.
“That’s what we were trying to avoid,” Perrine said. “We wanted it to feel like a brewery. When you walk in, we want people to see the brew equipment. We want them to see the cooler room to where they can feel like they’re part of the brewery and can smell everything.”
The brewing equipment won’t be hidden in the back or behind glass. It’ll be visible and separated from customers by a waist-high wall.
Lucky Star also is big on preservation.
“A lot of our equipment is repurposed,” Perrine said. “We’re trying to do that with everything. The building. The equipment we’re using. The materials we’re using. We have old dairy tanks that we’re using for a mash tun and fermenters and different equipment in the building. The bar was built out of siding that we took out of the building on the upper two floors and the ceiling in the building is from an old barn in Ohio that they tore down. Everything that we can repurpose we are trying to repurpose and put it in the brewery.”
When Lucky Star opens, Miamisburg will be a two-brewery town. Star City Brewing Co. is less than 100 yards away from Lucky Star on South Second Street. (The only breweries as close now in Ohio might be Great Lakes Brewing Co., Market Garden Brewery and Nano Brew Cleveland in Cleveland.)
Perrine embraces the idea of Miamisburg becoming a beer destination. He envisions a “Brew Battle in the Burg” with Lucky Star and Star City. And perhaps the Miamisburg breweries can take on the other Dayton brewers, he said.
“It can work out for both of us if we work together,” Perrine said. “People will come down here instead of going somewhere else where they’ll only find one brewery.”