JUST IN: Dayton brewery applies for license to produce wines — but maybe not the kind of wines you were expecting

A downtown Dayton brewery applied this week to the Ohio Department of Commerce for a wine-manufacturing license, but the Mondavis and Gallos have nothing to fear for now: the brewery actually has other fermented beverages in mind.

The application was filed by the Dayton Beer Company on Tuesday, according to the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

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Peter Hilgeman, Dayton Beer Company’s founder, said plans for the license are still in their early stages, and details are still to be worked out.

“All I can say is, ‘Cider,’” Hilgeman said. Specifics will come later, “when we have our ducks in a row,” the DBC owner said.

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At least one local brewery, Star City in Miamisburg, makes and serves its own grape wines. Hilgeman said he wouldn’t rule out making wines in the future. Several other breweries, including Toxic Brew, Eudora and Crooked Handle, sell wines in their tasting rooms.

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Dayton Beer Company recently launched an expansion project that will increase production by as much as 35 percent and included DBC adding its own in-house canning line, among other improvements.

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Dayton Beer Company opened in 2012 as a microbrewery and tasting room at 912 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering before launching its much larger production brewery and tap room in downtown Dayton in April 2015. In August 2016, it expanded to add food service to its brewery and tap room. In October 2017, it added its Lost Tunnel second label.



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