BLOWOUT: Dayton Beer Company to host mother of all anniversary parties

Dayton Beer Company founder Peter Hilgeman admits he set the bar pretty high — the highest yet, in fact — for DBC's 5th Anniversary Party, to be held May 20 at the brewery in downtown Dayton.

And he’s feeling pretty good about how it has come together.

“We are trying to pull off our biggest party and beer releases yet,” Hilgeman said. The bash runs from noon to midnight at 41 Madison St. between downtown Dayton’s center and the Dayton Dragons’ Fifth Third Field. It will feature several special bottle releases and tappings of special draft beers brewed just for the occasion, along with live music, raffles, door prizes, and discounts on merchandise and glassware.

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Hilgeman is humbled by the accomplishment.

“Turning 5 years old is a very special anniversary for me,” the brewery founder said.

“When I started the brewery, a lot of people didn’t know if breweries in Dayton would work, and I’m sure more than a few didn’t think Dayton Beer Co. would make it this far. From a one-man show to now having 20-plus employees, I want to thank the people of Dayton from the bottom of my heart for all of their support over the years, and especially my family who have been there for me every step of the way.

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“It’s been a long, hard, stressful, demanding, and most importantly fun ride, but I’ll tell you this is just the beginning and we aren’t stopping anytime soon!”

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Here’s the list of special bottled beer releases scheduled for the party:

• Midnight Dream Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout, in “bombers” (22-ounce bottles);

• Beast of Tadmor Barrel Aged Doppelbock, in bombers;

• Java Man Cometh Barrel Aged, in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans; and

• Mad Wolf Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale, in 4-packs of 12-ounce cans.

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

And here are the special beers on draft that will be tapped during the anniversary party:

• Midnight Dream Barrel Aged 2017

• Beast of Tadmor Barrel Aged 2017

• Java Man Barrel Aged 2016

• American Strong Barrel Aged 2016

• English Strong Barrel Aged 2016

• Mad Wolf Double Dry Hopped Pale Ale

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Live bands scheduled to perform on DBC’s outdoor stage include:

• Nothing but Treble, 3-5 p.m.

• Random Flashbacks, 6-8 p.m.

• Blind Karma, 9-11 p.m.

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. The Kettering tasting room remains open.