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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23


For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16


For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]