Home to Ohio University where many a beer is drank, Athens, Ohio is an ideal base for Little Fish Brewing Co. — especially with its outdoor space right next to the Hocking River — but the company is looking for more opportunities in southeastern Ohio. Little Fish just announced it was signing a letter of intent with the Windsor Companies to develop a second location in downtown Dayton (not terribly far away from Athens). Construction is projected to begin in spring of 2021.
The Windsor Companies acquired the buildings at 112 Webster Station, formerly known as Midwest Tools, along with a few surrounding properties in September 2020. The brewery is the first tenant to sign on to the project, which is within walking distance of downtown, Day Air Ballpark, the Riverscape and the Fire Blocks District.
“Downtown is really growing into an exciting hub for small and independent restaurants and bars, shopping, entertainment and living,” said Carli Dexter of the Windsor Companies. “We couldn’t be more excited that Little Fish is going to be a part of that.”
The future Little Fish location will be dedicated to the production of wood- and barrel-aged sour beers. Patrons will be able to enjoy these, as well as other Little Fish beers from the Athens location at the taproom and beer garden. Also featured will be a farm-to-table kitchen developed by Little Fish’s Executive Chef, Becky Clark. Stockwell and White are no strangers to the Dayton area. Little Fish distributes beer here to local craft beer centric bars, breweries, and bottle shops.
“Dayton is growing, and we very much look forward to being part of its future,” said Jimmy Stockwell, Co-Founder of Little Fish. “We’re excited to become part of the vibrant restaurant and brewery scene and to bring a piece of the spirit of Athens to this strong Community.”