Calvary Cemetery in Dayton will showcase the city's rich brewing history during a special free event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday that includes a beer tasting, displays by the Miami Valley Breweriana Collectors Club of America and tours of the gravesites of Dayton's beer barons.
There also will be appraisers available to put a value on your beer-related memorabilia. Curt Dalton, author of The Breweries of Dayton: An Illustrated History, and Robert Musson, author of Brewing Beer in the Gem City: A History of the Brewing Industry in Dayton, Ohio, also will attend, as will descendents of the Sachs, Schwind and Hollencamp brewers who will show off some of their family collections.
The beer sampling -- which will include brews from the Dayton Beer Co., Great Lakes Brewing and others -- will be next door at Carillon Park. A seven-ounce sample is $1.
The event was the brainchild of Karla Hollencamp, marketing and community relations director at the Catholic cemetery. After reading about Dayton's brewing history, Hollencamp realized that many of Dayton's beer barons are buried at Calvary -- including well-known Nick Thomas -- and it would be an interesting event to highlight the community's brewing heritage.
"There are 75 people here who in someway were involved with a brewery here," she said.