- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The Dayton Beer Company will open its doors this week at a new location just east of downtown Dayton, in a project that’s part of a development revitalization in the southwest Ohio city.

The Dayton Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1G1MjFf ) that Pete Hilgeman leased space in the Weiler Welding building. He has transformed the space with a 4,000-square-foot beer hall and tap room and a 4,000-square-foot production brewery.

The brewery will be serving strictly Ohio beers.

“A lot of great beer is made in Ohio,” Hilgeman said. “We don’t need to go outside the state to showcase great beer.”

It also has a thousand-square-foot patio.

“I’m extremely excited about what’s going on, not only as a business owner, but also as a lifetime Dayton resident,” Hilgeman said during a recent “sneak peek” tour of the facility. “There’s so much positive movement going on right now, and lately, it’s all been centered around this Webster Station area. I don’t know if we’re just lucky, or we helped trigger it.”

Hilgeman plans to build a kitchen in his new location in the future, but for now food trucks will be stationed outside the beer hall and tap room every night they are open.

The business will open Thursday with nine employees, but expects to grow.

The Dayton Beer Company also has a beer facility in suburban Kettering.

Economic development projects near the new brewery include the $45 million Water Street commercial/residential project and a proposal by Charles Simms Development to build a $4.5 million townhouse development.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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