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Dayton History: Brewers

Prior to Prohibition, Dayton was a hub of brewing activity. These individuals were proud practitioners of “the people’s chemistry,” and great men of industry. Today, Dayton is experiencing a modern resurgence of local beer-making. Take a moment to learn more about Dayton’s brewing forefathers, the past masters of this ancient art. Use our interactive map to find these individuals on a self-guided tour.

Lorenz Butz – Part owner of City Brewery with Henry Ferneding

Henry Ferneding – Immigrant brewer and founder of City Brewery

John Casper Ferneding – Operated Henry Ferneding Brewery for a single year

Henry Hilgefort – Founding Partner at The Lager Beer Brewing Company

Theodor Hollenkamp – Opened the 10,000-barrel Dayton Ale Brewery

Henry Kramer – An early partner with Theodor Hollenkamp in the H and K Brewery

Charles Pfeiffer – Athlete, local politician and founder of the Ol’ Fashun Brewing Co

Edward Sachs – Co-founder of Sachs-Pruden Ale Company

John Schantz – Superintendent of seven plants within Dayton Brewery Co

The Schiml Brothers – Started the Wayne St. Brewery in the Oregon District

Coelstin Schwind – Owned Dayton View Brewery, later called Schwind Brewery

The Straub Brothers – Founded the Third Street Lager Brewery

Nicholas Thomas – Brewer, founding member of Holy Trinity Church

John B Wagner – Partner in the Lager Beer Brewery

Louis Wehner – Founder of Wehner Brewing Company

Find these historic individuals on our interactive map


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