Chaffee’s Brewhouse Coming to Tipp City
By Matt Bayman

TIPP CITY – When things settle down, Tipp City residents and visitors will have a new place to unwind.

By early summer, depending on the current situation, Tipp City native Lisa Smith-Richards and Chrissy Lesher plan to open Chaffee’s Brewhouse.
Located on Second Street in the historic Chaffee-Butler building, across from Harrison’s Restaurant, Chaffee’s Brewhouse will be a full-service bar serving craft beers and cocktails, mocktails, and wine. There will also be a retail area to buy carryout craft beer.
“We are also going to provide bicycle-friendly outdoor seating due to the proximity of the bike trail,” Lisa said through e-mail this week.
While details haven’t been finalized, Lisa said the planned menu will be very light fare, such as some types of charcuterie boards.   
“Our focus is to support the community around us,” she said. “We will do so by encouraging people to bring in food and/or get it delivered as we are close to Coldwater Cafe, Bodega Wine and Specialty Foods Market, Harrison’s and DJ’s Pizza.”
The partners also own Hopyard at Lock 16 (located just outside of Tipp City) and Miami Valley Draft Services, both of which come into play at the new brewhouse.

“Our goal with Chaffee’s is not only to provide a new place to visit in downtown Tipp but also to display our other products,” Lisa said. “We plan to do so by providing a place to showcase a quality draft system for potential clients of Miami Valley Draft Services and also inform the consumer of the importance of proper beer line cleaning.”
Lisa said the long-term goal is to use the hops they produce at Hopyard at Lock 16 and transform the Brewhouse into a nanobrewery showcasing those hops.
The couple is currently working on the interior of the business. To catch glimpses of the work being done, and for updates on their progress, visit To learn more about Hopyard at Lock 16, visit
Interestingly, the opening of Chaffee's Brewhouse will bring a full circle to the historic building. According to, the building, which would eventually become an Opera House, was originally built by a Mr. Hoagland in 1840 and operated as a general store, until he went into the liquor business and opened a distillery.

Chaffee's Brewhouse will be located in the former Pink Ribbon Girls location on Second Street in historic downtown Tipp City (pictured top left). Eventually, the brewhouse plans to use the hops they produce at Hopyard at Lock 16 (pictured above right, just outside of Tipp City) to transform their businesses into a nanobrewery, showcasing the hops. Below is a design of what the interior will feature when complete. Above photos by Matt Bayman. Design image from Chaffee's Brewhouse Facebook page.

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