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Ohio: the heart of it ale

Beer road trip destinations dot the state By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Willoughby Brewing Company’s red brick exterior The brewery explosion of the last three years isn’t a purely Dayton phenomenon. Since 2011, Ohio has grown from 49 operating breweries to more than 100, with more to come (the Ohio Liquor Control has issued more […]

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No beard, no beer

Dayton says curtains to craft industry By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Only a few area breweries remain after what industry experts are calling “The Naked Chin Massacre” A report from the future: “Can Dayton sustain double digit numbers of breweries?” This was the question on everyone’s mind in 2013, when it appeared that we would have upwards […]

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Pints and half-pints

Family-friendly breweries in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kids play pinball at Warped Wing Brewing Company, while adults taste the beers and take a tour Several weeks ago, Dayton saw its first “Beer Geeks with Kids” event, a meetup designed to bring families in the craft beer world together. About 25 people, […]

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Tackle the taps

Pies and Pints pregame pits pigskin rivals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ohio vs. Michigan Tap Takeover starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Pies & Pints At the time this article was written, Ohio State was poised to take on Michigan State, hoping to regain respect after their 2013 fourth-and-2 Spartan […]

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Leave the pumpkins in the patch

Gourd-free fall seasonals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Oktoberfests, harvest ales and vampire beers offer a break from pie-spiced seasonals Fall may signal the end of the growing season, but it’s the rebirth of big, cold-weather craft beer seasonals. Most people equate fall with pumpkin beers, and those styles certainly have their favorites. But for […]

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Bigger beer for your big beer glass

Big Beers and Barley Wines festival benefits Resident Home Association By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Big Beers and Barley Wines begins at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 Fall means whale hunting season for beer geeks in the Miami Valley. In the world of craft beer, whales are rare or hard-to-find beers, beers that are usually […]

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The return of the brewsters

What does it mean to be female in the beer industry? By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Massie Lawson from Dark Horse Brewing Company Before the Industrial Revolution pushed them to the margins, women were the dominant brewers of beer. Today, women are rejoining the beer world. In doing so, they are bringing to light issues […]

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Research. Re-pour. Repeat.

An historical brewery experience at Carillon Brewing Company By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Katie Nowack, program manager of the Patterson Homestead, stokes the fire under a large copper kettle used for hearth cooking demonstrations for the historical food-ways programming; photo: Haylie Schlater Walk into any modern brewery and the scene is awash with stainless steel. From […]

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The blonde and the bubbly

America’s first strip club brewpub By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Nova and Prue, two employees of Pinups and Pints, sample the beer It started as a bizarre phone call from my editor: “We need to push back your column by a week, but we have another story for you,” she explained. “It’s for our annual […]

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LET IT BEER

Dayton Beer Week celebrates all things beer By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Fifth Annual Beer Pride Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Dublin Pub on Sunday, Aug. 17 For Dayton’s beer lovers, the holiday season comes in late August, with the return of Dayton Beer Week and its headlining event, AleFest Dayton.  For the […]

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Bluegrass at the Mayflower

Ma Crow and the Lady Slippers at Mayflower Arts Center By Rick Eichhorn Photo: [l - r] Vickie Abbott, Ma […]

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By Amy Alkon Urning curve My boyfriend of eight months was with his ex for almost five years. Unfortunately, she […]

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With Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – Spidey sense gets real Among the breakthroughs demonstrated by the computer chip company Intel’s […]

Chew on this: 01/27

The 7 highly effective habits of the longest losers By Jayne Powers You’d think after 21 years of research by […]

News of the weird: 01/20

By Chuck Shepherd Man’s other best friends People’s love for their pets reached a new high in December when a […]

Chew on this: 01/20

Get more in the know about your dough By Jayne Powers Sometimes, we don’t know when we think we did […]