I love finding a new brewery I’ve never heard of or knew little about when I’m on a road trip. Recently, I was on my way back to Cincinnati when I decided to check the Ohio on Tap app and see if anything cool was close. I was driving through Xenia, OH. Close to Dayton but certainly a unique place of its own. The app showed that Devil Wind Brewing was very close by. Now, Xenia, Ohio isn’t big and pretty much right downtown I found this storefront brewery and I had to go in and check it out. For a random stop they blew my socks off!
After some research I learned that the 3,000 sq. ft. brewery has been open for just over a year. They brew their beers on a 5bbl system, which by tasting their beers, they’ve seemed to have mastered. They also play a big part in the community even naming the place for the tornado (Devil Wind) that came through Xenia in the mid 1970s that left a lasting impression on the town.
Devil Wind is located at 130 S Detroit St. Xenia, OH 45385. It’s right downtown and in the middle of everything that is Xenia. The Little Miami Scenic bike trail cruises right past the place. They have a small space out front so you can get your outdoor drinking fix. They don’t have a kitchen but have regularly scheduled food trucks off to the side of the taproom. I’d describe the building as a shotgun building meaning that the main room is long and deep. That means there’s plenty of seating in the front of the taproom. More towards the back, that’s where the brewing takes place and along the way you’ll find the walk in cooler.
Devil Wind way surpassed expectations although I didn’t really have any because it was a very unplanned and spontaneous stop. They had 10 beers on tap during my visit and I tried eight of them in two flights. The flights were a phenomenal price by the way. $6 for four 5oz pours. They also offer a spirits, wine, and non alcoholic beverages, if you’re into that sort of thing.
It was hard for me to pick just three beers to talk about in this post because they were all done very well. DIPAs are by far my favorite style of beer, Devil Wind had one, and I left it off the feature below. They were all that good.
3. Run to the Pils – The Czech pilsner is delicious. It’s smooth, crisp, and clean. At 5.7% ABV it’s nothing to sneeze at either. I’d describe this one as full body and full flavor. 3.75/5
2. Heading East IPA (a west coast IPA) – a lot of people will judge a brewery on how good their IPA is when they try it. Fair or not hop heads don’t mess around and neither does this beer. Piney, hoppy, with the dry and bitterness it’s everything you want in a west coast IPA. It helps that this was super fresh when I tried it too. 4/5
1.Mind the Gap ESB – The extra special/strong bitter isn’t a style of beer you’ll find everywhere so I was eager to try it when I saw it on tap. This one was smooth, with hints of coffee and caramel with a creamy finish. 4/5
Devil Wind Brewing is a solid addition to the Dayton area craft beer scene and was a pleasant surprise on my road trip. The downtown location keeps you close to the action. The beer is way ahead of schedule for the place only being open for a year. Go check them out and tell me what you think.
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