MARIA STEIN — Timothy R. Gaffney, author of “Dayton Beer: A History of Brewing in the Miami Valley,” will speak from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Moeller Brew Barn, 8016 Marion Drive, Maria Stein.
Gaffney will present information on his ongoing research into Mercer County’s early brewers and be available for a book signing. Books will be available for sale.
Nick Moeller’s thriving craft brewery in rural Mercer County is one of several Gaffney spotlights in his new book Dayton Beer: A History of Brewing in the Miami Valley (The History Press, $21.99.) It places modern craft breweries like Moeller’s—including his newest one in Troy—in the context of more than two centuries of local brewing history. It also explores how regional and global trends shaped the industry, such as the building of the Miami and Erie Canal and German migration.
Gaffney searched thousands of records in local libraries, historical societies and county offices across the region as well as ancestry databases to peel back the years and show how commercial brewing was among the first industries in early Ohio settlements.
For example, Franz Lange’s Star Brewery in rural Minster grew into the powerhouse producer of Wooden Shoe beer, a once-famous brand that outlived Prohibition. Even the region’s smallest towns had their own breweries. Dayton Beer reveals colorful stories about brewers in New Bremen, Union City and even tiny New Madison.