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Dayton’s Not Dead: The Wandering Griffin

Wandering Griffin | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

Wandering Griffin | Photo by Jessica Fugett | The Wright State Guardian

The Wandering Griffin has become another home to raiders and local businesses alike. The pub has been open since 2016 and recently introduced its own in-house brewery.

We finally did the journey and made it to our destination

The Wandering Griffin has 33 taps and currently keeps four-to-six of their own creations on them, as well as various other craft beers from throughout the country.

“It got delayed along the process because it’s a big endeavor and a lot goes into it,” said employee Juliana Crask. “It’s the Wandering Griffin, so we finally did the journey and made it to our destination.”

Crask has been the social media manager for The Wandering Griffin for two years and is also a member of the wait staff.

She graduated from WSU in spring of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing. Crask has previous experience with social media.

“People come in here to have a space to hang out and talk. It’s usually a quieter environment. It’s very open so people can feel free to come in and if they want coffee from the coffee bar or a beer or if they want to eat, there’s something for everybody here,” said Crask.

A space for everyone to enjoy

The Wandering Griffin holds various types of events and opportunities for booking. The pub has live music almost every Friday night.

Eric Thompson has worked for The Wandering Griffin on and off. He can be found performing occasionally on Friday nights.

“I worked there on and off for a little more than a year I’d say. I’m still technically on their employee list. I started as a busser and then became a host,” said Thompson. “I’ve only officially played there a couple times, but I’ve played much more when other bands come in and I get asked to play a couple songs. It’s actually how I met my manager she was playing there, and I played a couple songs during her break and she came to me and asked if I wanted to play other places.”

Thompson is a senior at WSU pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theater.

Wright State roots

The location can also be booked for mixers, work parties, receptions and other events due to the amount of space inside.

“When I started here, it was a lot of promise of a brand-new brewery opening up outside of Yellow Springs, right across from Wright State. Good food and a huge building. Locally owned drew my eye too,” said Connor Lysholm, front of house supervisor.

Lysholm holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from WSU and has been on staff since The Wandering Griffin opened its doors.

“This place has a little bit of everything that you’re looking for. Whether it’s good food or a place to relax with friends and live music, and so much beer. The sheer amount of taps and the fact that we have four bars in here, there’s a lot of space to come in here and settle down,” said Lysholm.

Good food and where to go

The Griffinburger and cheese curds are two of the most popular food items. The cheese is from family-owned Blue Jacket Dairy.

The Wandering Griffin is located at 3725 Presidential Drive, Beavercreek, Ohio.