New beers from Dayton’s Sister City to debut in Dayton

By Mark Fisher - Staff Writer

Four beers from the Riegele brewery founded in 1386 in Dayton’s “Sister City” of Augsburg will make their first-ever appearance in the U.S. market in mid-August in two American cities: New York City and Dayton.

The driving force behind Riegele’s debut in Dayton is David Klass, who serves as president of the Dayton Home Builders Association. Klass has traveled to Augsburg as part of the Sister City program and encountered the Riegele line of beers there.

Klass has partnered with an importer in New York City and with Ohio-based Cavalier Distributing to bring Riegele to America’s shores — at least to its first two markets in the U.S. The brewery is now under the direction of the 27th and 28th generations of the family that founded it.

The first 244 kegs have arrived in New York City, and Klass said he expects four of the German brewer’s beers will be unveiled in mid-August on draught at four Dayton-area craft-beer destinations: Chappy’s in Moraine, Archer’s Tavern in Centerville, South Park Tavern in Dayton and The Pub at The Greene in Beavercreek.

Bottled beers from Riegele should be available in the Dayton-area market by the end of the year, Klass said.

The four beers being introduced in the area include Privat Commerzienrat, a special festival beer; Kellerbier, an unfiltered cellar ale; Alte Weisse, an unfiltered dark wheat beer; and Augustus, an unfiltered double-bock wheat beer.

The price of the bottled beers haven’t been set yet, but Klass said it will not be prohibitive. “It’s an elite beer, but it’s not for elitists,” he said.

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