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Entrepreneurial Spirits

Belle of Dayton breathes new life into old moniker By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Belle of Dayton still is made of stainless steel and is visible from the distillery’s tasting room Humble beginnings & historic roots Belle of Dayton started as a simple idea: To produce the best small batch spirits available in Dayton. […]

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Mead in Ohio

Brothers Drake meadery re-energizes man’s oldest alcoholic art By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Brothers Drake meadery in Columbus maintains a strong focus on community; photo: Rainer Zeihm Columbus, Ohio-based Brothers Drake Meadery & Bar makes some of America’s most innovative and flavorful honey wines, from their Apple Pie, which blends honey, cider and spices, to […]

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Foaming the landscape

Ohio’s craft beer scene continues growth By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enthusiasts gather for Dayton Beer Company’s downtown opening In March, Cincinnati’s nearly two-year-old Rhinegeist brewery announced a jaw-dropping expansion plan. As part of a $10 million undertaking, the brewery bought the building it previously leased, added a massive new brew system and fermenters and […]

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Tapping the source

Aquifer protection measures impact area breweries By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Dayton’s neutral water allows brewers like Toxic Brew flexibility Beer is comprised of four ingredients: malt, hops, yeast and water. The ways the first three ingredients impact beer are fairly obvious. Although water makes up about 90 percent of a beer, to the general […]

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DIY Beer?

Eudora lets you brew your own By Kevin J. Gray Photo: A colander holds the hops to steep while the wort boils at Eudora Brewing Company On a mid-winter afternoon, Neil Chabut welcomes me to Eudora Brewing Company, one of the nearly two dozen breweries that dot the Miami Valley. Like the others, Eudora sprang […]

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Palate pairings

DCP-exclusive announcement: AleFest announces AleFest 2015 – Aug. 29, 2015 at Dave Hall Plaza downtown!   AleFeast Dayton blends food and beer By Kevin J Gray Photo: The AleFeast craft beer and food pairing event begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 The purchase of the AleFest brand in summer 2014 reinvigorated Dayton’s largest craft […]

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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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News of the weird: 06/30

By Chuck Shepherd   What Cannibals Can Teach Us Researchers studying the human-brain-eating Fore tribe of Papua New Guinea reported […]

Advice Goddess: 6/30

By Amy Alkon   Owe, Baby, Baby My girlfriend always cries that she’s “broke.” I just ended up buying her […]

The Docket: 06/30

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Amanda Dee   Man sorry for accidentally lurking nude At 6:30 […]

Chew on this: 06/30

Back-of-the-envelope nutrition By Jayne Powers   From picking quality carbohydrates to protein powders and dietary supplements, there are scores of […]

Advice Goddess: 6/23

By Amy Alkon Rise And Spine My fiancé is good friends with his ex-girlfriend from college. (We’re all in our […]

30 feet of Abe

Lincoln’s legacy lives on in Troy By John Hamilton Photo: A monumental “Modern Man” discusses the Gettysburg Address with a […]