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The hardest workers in the beer business

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A happy yeast is a productive yeast The fermentation process is where the yeast does the heavy lifting. By Jim Witmer If brewing yeast could talk, you might hear them saying, “We have to do all the work around here.” Yeast strains involved in the brewing process have the critical task of turning sugars into […]

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Barley legal

A 1998 Vintage J.W. Lees Barleywine is poured into a glass. Photo by Jim Witmer
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Aged to perfection, or brewery-fresh, barley wines are an exceptional treat By Jim Witmer If there’s ever a time of year to pull a barley wine out of the cellar, it has to be now, in the deepest depths of winter. While these strong ales can be enjoyed any time, it makes perfect sense that […]

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Place your bets

Craft beer bottles on the shelf at the Cellar in Troy. Copyright Photo by Jim Witmer
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2018 craft beer trends Many new trends are expected to hit the craft beer scene in 2018 By Jim Witmer The new year brings with it anticipation and excitement, new beginnings, and predictions. As someone who watches with interest the trends within craft beer, here are my predictions for 2018. If it seems as if […]

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Beery Christmas!

Christmas gift and beers. Photo by Jim Witmer

DCP’s beer lovers Christmas list Photo: “National Geographic’s Atlas of Beer: A Globe-Trotting Journey Through the World of Beer” makes a perfect Christmas gift. By Jim Witmer If you want to give the gift of beer this holiday season, there is no shortage of options. Besides the obvious six-pack or bomber under the tree, you […]

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Through the looking [beer] glass

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Title 	The Frederic Euchenofer Brewery
Subject Headings (LCSH) 	Breweries--Ohio--Dayton
Tags 	Breweries
Description 	The Frederic Euchenofer Brewery stood on the site of the City Machine and Tool Works at 1517 East Third Street. It was built about 1870.
Creator 	Lutzenberger, William, 1853-1941
Type 	Image
Format 	JPEG
Identifier 	MS 024 0620
Original Format 	Photographic prints
Collection 	Lutzenberger Picture Collection

Dayton’s storied beer history Third Street Lager Beer Brewery at 1513 E. 3rd St. in Dayton, circa 1880. Photo: Lutzenberger Picture Collection By Jim Witmer For many years Dayton laid quiet in the brewing scene as other cities in Ohio forged ahead with successful start-up microbreweries. Then, suddenly, a renaissance began that reflects the rich […]

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Divided we drink

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Fruity beer? Photo: Fruit and beer: an unlikely but refreshing combination By Jim Witmer We are a nation deeply divided on some very important issues, Such as if fruit belongs in beer. There are those who want nothing to do with fruit corrupting the pure and simple creation of the world’s oldest and most favorite […]

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Beer’s cloudy forecast

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The latest East Coast trend Photo: A Vermont or New England sytle IPA; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer It’s approaching the noon hour on a bleak Sunday in mid-Ohio farm country. Is spite of the stark landscape and matching weather, a spirited line has formed outside a small building for the latest release. No, […]

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Beer building community

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Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns to Salem Avenue Try a taste of Belgium at Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival July 29; photo: Lew Hann By Jim Witmer The Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival has a tightly focused theme—a collection of world-class rated ales and food that complement their nuanced flavors. But […]

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Sizing up 

During a canning run in Dayton's Warped Wing Brewery, Gamma Bomb IPA is packaged for distribution.
Photo by Jim Witmer

Comparing nano- to micro- to large-scale breweries A micro-brewery produces 15,000 beer barrels a year maximum, like Dayton’s Warped Wing; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer Does size really matter? When it comes to brewery size, it’s a subject everyone seems to wonder about: Is a big brewery better than a small one, or vice […]

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America, the beer-tiful

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Big Brews and Blues returns to benefit Diabetes Dayton By Jim Witmer Photo: The 8th Big Brews and Blues offers 60 draft beer selections May 20 at RiverScape; photo: Sarah Browning Blues is a distinct American original, and so is the craft beer movement. It seems natural that they should go together. And what better […]

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Gone sour

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Local sour beers surging in popularity By Jim Witmer Photo: Toxic Brew’s Til Death Do Us Part Berliner weisse, brewing now; photo: Shane Juhl     Now that we’ve passed Daylight Saving Time, we are springing forward into warmer months. That, of course, means the appearance of lighter and refreshing craft beer styles. Typically, spring […]

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Fermented feast

AleFeast 2016, Masonic Temple, Dayton, OH. 
Feb. 6, 2016
© 2016 Photograph by Skip Peterson

AleFeast returns to Dayton’s Masonic Temple By Jim Witmer Photo: Over 30 brewers showcase beer with food purveyors at the Masonic Temple for AleFeast Feb. 4 photo: Skip Peterson Pairing beer and food can be an exercise of endless possibilities, and one of the best examples under one roof is the annual event brought to […]

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Fermented

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Hopped up on pop posers, BS-style brews, neo-prohibitionists By DCP Beer Writers Photo: Hipsters battle it out over their favorite craft beer trend: Bavarian-style IPA or Oyster-infused ale? Stop the BS-style brews By Tom Morgan What’s the worst part about craft beer in 2016? Easy: choice. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but […]

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UnTapping the internet

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The rise of online reviews raises the question of craft beer quality By Jim Witmer Photo: Today, drinkers can try a beer and rate it in the same gulp It seems like only yesterday that I sought out any bar serving some of the highest regarded beers on tap, namely Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Sam Adams […]

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Winter is brewing

Photo copyright by Jim Witmer 2016 for DCP editorial use only.

This season’s rich, holiday beers By Jim Witmer Photo: Brasserie d’Achouffe’s classic and complex Belgian strong ale; photo: Jim Witmer There are those among us who love the cold snap of winter. I don’t happen to be one of them, but I do look forward to the release of the seasonal beers meant to bring […]

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The bees and the…

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Buzz about mead By Jim Witmer Photo: Tia Agnew of Indi’s New Day Craft mixes ciders and mead cocktails at a Crafted and Cured tasting; photos: Jim Witmer There is a lot of buzz today about mead, and much of it has to do with our friends, the bees. Derived from honey, mead is likely […]

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Yes, Flying Saucers Do Exist!

Allison Maddux (Scandal #5) layout bid against Kathryn Lawson (Riot #38). 2013 USA Ultimate Club National Championships Women's Semifinals

Please don’t call it Frisbee. Colorful flying plastic discs fill the air around this time of year, tossed from hand […]

Debate 7/10: You’ve got mail…for now!

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Who in their wildest dreams thought Donald Trump could be a consensus builder? Certainly not me. Donald has done something […]

Bubbles to beat the brunch backlash

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I casually peruse food articles, as you might guess. One emerging set of hot takes seems to revolve around brunch. […]

Jump, jive, and wail!

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Since 1982, Muse Machine has been a staple of many lives in the Miami Valley. Over 76,000 lives, each year, […]

A Monument to Insurrection

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Dayton Society of Artists’ special summer exhibit Alan Pocaro, The Distance Between Us When We Communicate (Detail) By Tim Smith […]