The founding of Ohio’s first co-op brewpub!
The 1600 Group LLC
In Fall 2010, Brian Young and Joe Dierkers, two of FSB’s Founding Members, convinced 32 neighbors in St. Anne’s Hill and surrounding areas to invest anywhere from $1000-$1500 per share in order to purchase the property at 1600 E. Fifth Street. The neighbors formed the 1600 Group, LLC, purchased the building, and made improvements to the exterior (paint, roof, gutters, and more) and gutted the inside. The members of the 1600 Group waited for someone with a good business plan to come along, but they grew tired of waiting. Then in April 2012, Brian’s friend, Jeff, called him with an idea.
Our co-op Is born
Brian and Maureen Barry, another Founding Member, traveled to Austin, Texas over Memorial Day weekend 2012 to meet with Jeff Young, one of the Founding Members and the Brewmaster for Black Star Co-op, the first co-op brewpub to open in the country. They asked dozens of questions and took copious notes. In less than a month, Brian reached out to several neighbors with a variety of skill sets to help get our co-op off the ground and we were incorporated with the State of Ohio on June 22, 2012. The next day, we recruited our first member-owners at the Second Street Market. To this day, we still confer with the Board at Black Star with questions from time to time.
Our co-op principles
A co-op exists to serve its member-owners. It is a democratically run business. One member, one vote. Each member-owner owns an equal share in the business. The entity cannot hold a profit, so the profits of the business are either distributed back into the business to grow it and to make capital improvements or distributed to the member-owners (based on patronage). These decisions will be made by the Board of Directors, which is elected by the membership. We are guided by some of the International Cooperative principles: voluntary and open membership, democratic member control, autonomy and independence, education, training and information, cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community. Read more about these principles in the FAQ section of our website.
FSB becomes the #1 fastest growing
brewpub co-op in the nation!
From June 22, 2012 – July 31, 2012 850 member-owners joined our co-op as charter members. After a very successful holiday membership promotion, and a busy spring and summer recruiting new members, our 2,000th member-owner joined the co-op at our first birthday party on June 22, 2013. Membership has increased steadily since then, and our current membership is over 2,700.
Owned by our members but open to the public
All are welcome to enjoy Fifth Street Brewpub, but our member-owners enjoy benefits that non-members do not.
Our hand crafted beer
Our brewhouse was officially ready for brewing in the summer of 2014. Our brewmaster Darren Link was eager to start our new 7 barrel brewhouse after a year of creating recipes on our small batch system.
Darren has been immersed in the craft beer industry, and in homebrewing in particular, for the past six years. He has won multiple awards as a craft beer brewer and is constantly experimenting with new techniques and ingredients.
You will find a wide array of beers on tap at any given time of the year at FSB. From styles steeped in tradition to boundary-pushing techniques and ingredient combinations. Rest assured, all FSB beers will be brewed with the highest quality ingredients and held to strict quality control standards. Whether you’re new to craft beer or a seasoned beer geek, we have a beer for you.
Our housemade signature food
The FSB kitchen is run by Chef Brandon Travis and offers a wide variety of gourmet pub fare.
Chef Brandon’s philosophy toward food is to “use fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients to create the dishes we are so proud of at FSB…”. He specializes in obtaining the highest quality products available and focuses on responsible and sustainable sourcing. He strives to use locally grown and produced products in everything he creates.
Our one-of-a-kind biergarten
Our biergarten is the place to be in Dayton on a beautiful day to enjoy a great FSB craft beer, have some lunch, or just share a picnic table with your old friends or some new ones. In the coming months, we’ll be adding a permanent stage for music and other special events and we’ll also be adding a wrought-iron gate to the north end of the biergarten. The Board is also investigating some covering options to make the space shady in the summer and warm in the winter.
What is in store for the future?
In the near future, the current Board of Directors hopes to launch additional membership programs such as the brew-on-premise program and host more members-only events. We also hope to explore the possibility of entering one or more of our beers at the great American Beer Festival. The Board also hopes to assist with other community development projects in the areas surrounding St. Anne’s Hill Historic District and Dayton.