John from Centerville was the first guy in line today at 4:30pm for the opening of The Dayton Beer Company. He says he’s a craft beer fan, who used to brew in the 90’s and has passed his passion on to his daughter who now brews in Knoxville. He says he’s never had a bad beer yet and upon sampling his first brew at the new Kettering Brewery he proclaims the Broken Trolley Blonde Ale as “wonderful.”
Kevin Kreig of Centerville is also a big fan of craft beers and he started his experience off with a flight of beer, which is four 4oz samples for $5. Pints run $4 and growlers are $17 with refills available for just $13. On it’s opening day, the intimate tasting room was at capacity with about 40 folks standing inside and a line out the door, with a few groups enjoying their beers on the small patio.
John from Miami Township says he’s “not a chemist or a brewer, but I know what I like and I’m proud to support an Alter grad. Peter Hilgeman, the 25 year old Daytonian who founded The Dayton Beer Company says he’s always been interested in beer, but working at The Party Source in Covington, KY during his college days at University of Cincinnati really peaked his interest. “I really wanted to restore the brewing tradition,” Dayton once had. He spent five months traveling through Europe educating his pallet before returning home to create great tasting beers.
In naming his beers, Pete pays homage to Dayton history with brews like Patterson Pale Ale, Hawthorn Hill Hefeweizen and the Inventors IPA, which was a favorite of Kettering resident Dan, who is just happy to support a Dayton Brewery for the first time in 62 years!
Mike, who’s vising from Durham, North Carolina truly enjoyed the Rising River Porter, and was surprised at it’s lightness, but proclaimed it “perfect for summer.” Coming tomorrow a Stout and a Smoked Ale will be added to the menu. Speaking of menu, according to a price list on the table chips, soda’s, Red Bull, bottled water, pretzels and beer nuts will be available, but on opening day it was all hands on deck to just get the beers out.
If you plan on frequenting the brew pub, you might be interested in joining the Flying High Club. Basic membership is $20 and offers 50 cents off tastings, pints and 6 packs as well as a 10th free option and mailings. The intermediate level adds a DBC Pint Glass, t-shirt and 2 koozie’s and everything from the basic package. For you big rollers out there, you’ll think nothing of dropping $125 which lets you sport a DBC Polo shirt, 2 DBC Pint Glasses, 2 koozies and the basic benefits, too.
The Dayton Beer Company is located at 912 E. Dorothy Lane and will be open Wed – Saturday 5-10pm.