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Celebrating German culture

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On August 10, the 35th annual Dayton Germanfest Picnic will open at Riverscape Metropark. Put on by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the Miami Valley’s largest German heritage club, the three-day event will begin with a traditional beer keg tapping during Friday evening’s opening ceremony, and will include live music, craft vendors, genealogy services, dancing, family activities, and […]

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Classics, cults, catastrophes, and Christmas

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Victoria Theatre’s Cool Film Series will kick off on Friday, July 6, with a showing of the 1950 George Cukor film “Adam’s Rib,” starring the classic comedic team of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as married lawyers who must face off in court. The film is the beginning of an exciting season for the annual […]

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History by the [Beer] Can

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Good beer is nothing new in Dayton. Our city was once home to dozens of breweries in the days before Prohibition. The 1919 Volstead Act effectively put most of them out of business, but the craft beer movement has returned brewing to the city over the last five years. One of those Gem City craft […]

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Good for wheat ales you

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There’s more to Germany than just lagers The Berliner Weisse at Carillon Brewing can be complemented with traditional raspberry syrup. By David Nilsen Germany loves its lagers, and the beer culture there is characterized by clean, crisp lager styles like Pilsner, Munich Helles, Märzen (Oktoberfest), and many others. These beers showcase classic malt and hop […]

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Bock to the basics

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Dark, malty German lagers ease the sting of winter Cincinnati’s bockfest is a celebration rich in tradition By David Nilsen When I say the words “German beer,” you most likely picture a glass of pale, brilliantly clear Pilsner, or perhaps a stein of amber-colored Märzen (Oktoberfest). Maybe you think of a curvy vase of cloudy […]

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Back to the farm(house)

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The romance and reality of rustic beer styles Farmhouse Ale from Little Fish Brewery By David Nilsen The term “farmhouse ale” conjures images of a rustic farm in the middle of flowing grain fields, a line of workers in old-timey dress lining up for a tankard of beer in front of the barn, and the […]

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A wonderland of beer

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Though complex, enjoying Belgian beer doesn’t have to be Photo: Little Fish Brewery’s Belgian saison ‘Saison du Poisson’ By David Nilsen   Among esteemed   European beer cultures, perhaps no country’s brews hold more mystique than Belgium’s. A quarter of the size of Ohio with about the same population, Belgium’s beer reputation far exceeds the nation’s […]

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A smaller canvas

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Warped Wing’s new can designs Warped Wing’s stand-out can designs. Photo: Tara Michel By David Nilsen Most local drinkers can instantly recognize a Warped Wing Brewing Company can on a store shelf. The largest brewery in Dayton has sold its beers in tall 16 oz. cans since it opened in January 2014, and their Trotwood […]

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Siss-er-what?

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Cicerones dispense sudsy knowledge Author David Nilsen prepares for the Cicerone exam; photo: Melinda Guerra By David Nilsen For most of the 20th century, beer had a bad (and, sadly, sometimes fair) reputation in the US as a low-quality drink that couldn’t compare to the quality of wine and spirits. With the emergence of the […]

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Star City suds

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Miamisburg’s craft beer scene foams over Photo: A fine selection of craft beer at Lucky Star Brewery By David Nilsen Off the beaten path at the southwest edge of Dayton sits a beer lover’s hidden gem within this Gem City. Miamisburg combines small town charm with big city offerings in their historic, revitalized downtown district, and […]

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Dayton in Dirndls

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Germanfest Picnic puts down new roots at RiverScape Photo: Polka dancers at Germanfest By David Nilsen The Germanfest Picnic, Dayton’s largest celebration of the city’s rich German heritage, will be coming to downtown Aug. 11–13. Held for years at Carillon Historical Park, the 2017 picnic will be the first edition of the popular event to […]

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