DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Oregon District brewery known for their skull and crossbones logo is hoping to breathe new life into the Great Miami river area.
Toxic Brew owner Shane Juhl said they bought the land over two years ago but had to prove brewing beer would not damage the river or surrounding area before they could make any progress.
After a unanimous approval from the Dayton Environmental Advisory Board earlier this month, they can move ahead to the next step.
“The local communities love their local beer, they’ve supported us,” said Juhl. “We don’t have enough on the shelves and in other places, the demand is there. So hopefully for Toxic, this will fill that gap in that demand.”
The 4.3-acre lot is located at the end of Janney Road in an industrial area but Juhl said it is the perfect spot for the expansion and has major potential.
“The end of this cul-de-sac, you see nothing but greenery and river,” said Juhl. “Hopefully overlooking the river will be that tasting room or that treetop taproom that people can sit, see trains go by on the trestle right next to the brewery.”
He said the E. 5th St. location will remain open, and is excited to be involved in the current revival happening in the Dayton area.
“I think we’re on a huge upswing,” said Juhl. “A lot of new businesses coming to town, a lot of expansion, all the residences, all the people moving downtown, it’s been nothing but good the last few years.”
Juhl said getting approval from the Environmental Advisory Board was the biggest hurdle.
Now they’ll work with the city to finish up some other paperwork and he hopes they will be able to break ground in a year if not sooner.