It’s International Beer Day! 5 reasons to toast Dayton’s beer-making history

The Wayne Street Brewery, on the corner of Wayne and Hickory Street, approximately 1890. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION
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The Wayne Street Brewery, on the corner of Wayne and Hickory Street, approximately 1890. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION

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Today, Aug. 6, is International Beer Day — hop to it!

The day is “a global celebration of beer taking place in pubs, breweries and backyards all over the world,” according to the International Beer Day website. “It’s a day for beer lovers everywhere to raise a toast to our brewers and bartenders and rejoice in the greatness of beer!”

The Gem City has had a long love affair with beer.

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The Frederic Euchenofer Brewery stood on the site of City Machine and Tool Works at 1517 East Third St. It was built around 1870.PHOTO COURTESY OF DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION

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The Frederic Euchenofer Brewery stood on the site of City Machine and Tool Works at 1517 East Third St. It was built around 1870.PHOTO COURTESY OF DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION
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The Frederic Euchenofer Brewery stood on the site of City Machine and Tool Works at 1517 East Third St. It was built around 1870.PHOTO COURTESY OF DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION

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The thirst-quenching beverage has been part of our history for as far back as the early 1800s. Today the area is flush with new breweries — it’s nearly impossible to keep track of how many have opened in the last decade.

Here are five things to know about the area’s brewing history:

1. Early adopter. Col. George Newcom, one of Dayton’s earliest settlers, built a brewery next to his tavern at Main and Water Street (now Monument Street). Newcom Tavern provided a place to rest, meals and drink to weary travelers as early as 1810 according to Dayton History.

2. Ale and lager. The first breweries in Dayton, operated by English immigrants, produced ale, a drink that needed little to no refrigeration. German immigrants who arrived in the area in the 1840s and 1850s brought recipes for lager. By the 1880s there was as many as 14 breweries in operation.

3. “Cleaner than water.” Beer helped keep Dayton healthy. The process of boiling water and other ingredients produced a beverage cleaner than water during a period when cholera and other diseases were common.

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The Miami Erie Canal divided an early industrial section of Dayton. On the left, N.B. Brown & Co., a manufacturer of carriage parts for streetcars and trains, the Dayton Dyeing Company and a laundry and clothing repair shop flanked the waterway. Across the canal the Sachs-Pruden Brewing Company, which introduced its first product, Diamond Brand Pale Ale in 1889, spans the east bank. DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION http://content.daytonmetrolibrary.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/lutzenberge

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The Miami Erie Canal divided an early industrial section of Dayton. On the left, N.B. Brown & Co., a manufacturer of carriage parts for streetcars and trains, the Dayton Dyeing Company and a laundry and clothing repair shop flanked the waterway. Across the canal the Sachs-Pruden Brewing Company, which introduced its first product, Diamond Brand Pale Ale in 1889, spans the east bank. DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION http://content.daytonmetrolibrary.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/lutzenberge
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The Miami Erie Canal divided an early industrial section of Dayton. On the left, N.B. Brown & Co., a manufacturer of carriage parts for streetcars and trains, the Dayton Dyeing Company and a laundry and clothing repair shop flanked the waterway. Across the canal the Sachs-Pruden Brewing Company, which introduced its first product, Diamond Brand Pale Ale in 1889, spans the east bank. DAYTON METRO LIBRARY / LUTZENBERGER PICTURE COLLECTION http://content.daytonmetrolibrary.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/lutzenberge

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4. Millions of gallons. By 1900 more than 3 million gallons of beer were brewed locally each year. The Dayton area was perfectly situated for success with lots of water available for production and easy access to the Miami-Erie Canal, railroads and the National Road.

5. From beer to books. A building used by Dayton Metro Library on Patterson Boulevard was originally the Sachs-Pruden Brewing Company, which produced its first product, Diamond Brand Pale Ale in 1889.

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