KETTERING — The Dayton Beer Company, a microbrewery launched by 25-year-old Kettering native Pete Hilgeman, is gearing up to open to the public perhaps as early as March at 906 E. Dorothy Lane at Ackerman Blvd. The location is adjacent to a UDF convenience store and has been vacant for years. It formerly housed a Big Sky Bread Co. lunch spot. When up and running, the Dayton Beer Company will sell craft beers such as pale ale, blond ale, porter and hefeweizen for retail. The label on each type of beer celebrates aspects of Dayton’s heritage, such as Inventors IPA and Patterson Pale Ale, named for NCR founder John Patterson. “We want Dayton to be proud of its history and to give Daytonians a product they could call their own,” said Hilgeman, a 2005 Alter High School graduate who holds a marketing and international business degree from the University of Cincinnati. Hilgeman is still in the process of moving into the Kettering location and will be applying for the necessary state licenses to operate as a microbrewery. He said he hopes to be producing beer by about March. The brewer-entrepreneur said he does not plan to serve an extensive food menu at Dayton Beer Company, but a recent change in state law will allow him to offer tasting samples of his brews. His beers also will be available at other retail outlets and at restaurants, Hilgeman said.