New Dayton brewery sets opening date

Dayton's brewery scene keeps getting better.

Dayton Beer Company, the area's newest brewery and beer hall, has set an opening date of April 23 and will begin brewing its first test batches tomorrow, on Tuesday, April 7, according to founder Pete Hilgeman.

The Dayton Beer Company’s 8,000-square-foot production brewery and beer hall is on Madison Street in the Weiler Welding building, just off the 300 block of East Second Street and near Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton.

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Hilgeman had wanted to open in conjunction with the Dayton Dragons home opener on April 12, but the installation of the brewhouse pushed back the date a couple of weeks.

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“I’m looking forward to showing everyone all the work we’ve done,” Hilgeman said this morning.

The new Dayton Beer Company brewery will include canning and bottling lines to produce beers for retail sale. Plans call for expanding the brewery’s distribution to Columbus and Cincinnati.

The beer hall will feature 36 taps that will offer both the Dayton Beer Company’s own brews and other craft beers from the region and elsewhere.

“We want to make it a destination for craft beer lovers,” Hilgeman said when plans were first announced last year.

The current Dayton Beer Company microbrewery and tasting room at 906 E. Dorothy Lane in Kettering, which opened in 2012, will remain open, and plans call for expanding its brewing capacity and reconfiguring its tasting room.

Hilgeman is a 2005 Alter High School graduate who holds a marketing and international business degree from the University of Cincinnati.

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