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Dayton Beer: A History of Brewing in the Miami Valley
September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pmFree
As the fall season starts, Oktoberfest comes to mind. The Miami Valley has a long history of commercial brewing and was among the first industries in early settlements in the Miami Valley, dating back to the beginning of the 19th century.
Gaffney searched thousands of records in local libraries, historical societies, county offices and ancestry databases across seven counties to ferret out the identities of long-forgotten brewers and their often-untold stories.
From humble origins, the Schwind brothers founded a Dayton brewing dynasty. Adam Schantz arrived penniless and amassed a fortune as one of the city’s early brewers. Martha Vorce, one of the region’s unheralded woman brewery owners, was running the Springfield Brewery a decade before Springfield’s Eliza “Mother” Stewart gained international fame as a temperance leader. Dayton Beer also describes the temperance movement’s long march to Prohibition—and the sudden, devastating impact it had on local breweries across the Miami Valley.
About the Presenter: Timothy R. Gaffney
Timothy R. Gaffney was born in Dayton in 1951 and has lived in the Miami Valley most of his life. After earning a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus in 1974, he worked for the Piqua Daily Call, the Kettering-Oakwood Times and the Dayton Daily News, where he took early retirement at the end of 2006. He subsequently served as assistant media relations director for Wright State University and director of communications for the National Aviation Heritage Area. He continues to write on a freelance basis. He lives in Miamisburg, Ohio, with his wife, Jean. They have four grown children, two grandchildren and two dogs. Gaffney’s latest book is Dayton Beer: A History of Brewing in the Miami Valley.