Brewery releases very, very old-school brew

Dayton has not seen beer like the brew Carillon Brewing Co. makes in years.

And when we say years, we mean more than a few.

The Dayton History tavern located on the grounds of Carillon Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd. in Dayton, will release two beers to the public Thursday, Dec. 11.

We sampled the warm and delightfully spicy Coriander Ale and the chocolaty Carillon Porter brewmaster Tanya Brock slaved over for more than a year. The ale is derived from an 1831 recipe, the porter from an 1856 creation.

To simply say Brock and her small crew devoted time and energy to the concoctions once used for hydration, medication and libation would be like calling Jean-Luc Picard an OK “Star Trek” captain.

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Brock arrived at work by 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. many an evening not to leave until 11 p.m. or midnight.

The pride shines through in the first of the two beers made at Carillon the way Dayton’s first citizens would have in the 1800s.

The beers will be served two ways — room temperature and no carbonation added the way early Ohioans would have had it and cold and with added carbonation that modern drinkers prefer.

As a heads up, the Carillon plans to make Catawba and perhaps Concord grape wines next year.

The beer tasting experience was enhanced by the aroma of the food served at the brewery’s full-service, sit-down restaurant designed to resemble an 1850s-era brewery.

The alluring fragrance of the authentic brewing process also helped.

The grains for the Carillon’s beers are hand-roasted inside the brewery on skillets placed over an open fire just as they were when Ohio was in her 50s.

Brock is planning limited-edition seasonal beers and will announce them as they become available.

The two current beers will be sold for $6 for 16 ounces and $7.50 for 20 ounces.

A glass of the Carillon’s root beer and surprising (in a good way) ginger ale are now $3 each.

Take-home growlers will be sold for the beer, root beer or ginger ale.

The cost of the growler glass will be $6. The heavy duty porcelain growler will sell for $65.

It will cost $20 to fill them with either beer.

DETAILS:

Carillon Brewing Co.

1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton

Click here or call 937-910-0722

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays (food service 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

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