When Nate Cornett moved to Yellow Springs in 2006, he thought the quaint, artistic village would be an ideal spot for a craft brewery.
So perfect, in fact, that he registered a web domain name for “Yellow Springs Brewery.” Now years later, he’s getting ready to launch the brewery in the tourist town along with lead brewer Jeffrey McElfresh of Kettering. His wife, Lisa Wolters, a ceramic artist, is also part of the venture.
The seven-barrel production brewery and tasting room will be located just off the main downtown strip and along the bike path. The plan is to offer draft beer and growlers at the brewery, and also sell to restaurants and bars in the Yellow Springs and Dayton area. There’s a possibility of special releases in 22-ounce bottles, as well.
The goal is to open in December.
The brewery will produce a variety of beers, including pale ales, India pale ales, red ales, stouts and cream ales.
“I like the drier beers,” said Cornett, who has been a homebewer for several years and works at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. “I certainly like the saisons, cream ales and blondes. But I’m all over the board. I like them all and I appreciate all the styles.”
The company’s tongue-in-cheek motto – built into its logo -- is “Crafting Truth to Power.”
“We believe in the spirit of local craft beer — that beer produced on a small scale is not only better and fresher, but also more fun and maybe even more rewarding to drink than beer brewed on a huge scale,” Cornett said in a news release announcing the brewery. “Just like how locally grown produce tastes better and fresher, or how having a bit of locally made art hanging on your wall just feels better. Whether it’s art, food, or beer, knowing who made it and where it’s made just makes the product better.”
Cornett said he’s thrilled to be part of a craft brewery resurgence in the Dayton area. There are at least five breweries planning to open in the area. The Dayton Beer Co. also opened earlier this year.
“We all know each other and we’re pretty fired up,” Cornett said. “It’s exciting. Dayton needs some more life injected into it.”