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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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Wherever I may foam

The Miami Valley gains a gypsy brewery By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Nowhere In Particular, Dayton’s gypsy brewery, hits the streets Dayton Beer Week Two years ago, the Miami Valley was without a brewery. Today, nearly a dozen have popped up, ranging in size from tiny brewpubs to full-scale distribution breweries. Later this month, add one […]

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Trappist Ales and Moules Frites

Annual Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Belgian Ale and Food Festival begins at 4 p.m. on July 12 at the Miami Valley Golf Club   Gourmands and beer geeks, take note: July brings the third annual Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival. The event features 23 Belgian and Belgian-style […]

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Sour is the new hoppy

The revival of wild ales By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enjoy straight lambics or those fermented with fruits like raspberries, peaches or cherries More years ago than I care to admit, I was at a party in Boston. My friends were throwing a “Beers from Around the World” party. The craft beer boom was just generating […]

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Craft beer: Not just for straight white dudes

MJ’s Café expands craft offerings By Kevin J. Gray Photo: MJ’s Café is looking to expand its craft beer selection as it moves into a new location at the end of summer MJ’s Café, currently located at 119 E. Third St., has been hard at work since October to grow into its new location nearby at […]

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21: The other legal limit?

House Bill 391 raises Ohio ABV from 12 to 21% By Kevin J. Gray In December of 2013, Ohio House of Representatives member Dan Ramos reintroduced a bill to change the type of beer available for sale in Ohio. That bill is House Bill 391. Currently, Ohio caps sales at beers under 12 percent ABV, […]

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A lot more than a bar, Mom

Jackie O’s makes good on a promise to its namesake By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Owner Art Oestrike at Jackie O’s newest production facility Life often presents a strange, simultaneous mix of experiences. In December 2005, Art Oestrike had just purchased O’Hooley’s, a brewpub in Athens, Ohio, now made famous as Jackie O’s. A Cleveland native […]

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Because fish don’t eat corn!

EnviroFlight’s creative insect solutions By Kevin J. Gray Photo: EnviroFlight founder Glen Courtright has created a sustainable way to make proteins and fats to feed livestock; photo: Bill Franz Today, there are more than 7.2 billion people on Earth. In the next 30 to 40 years, scientists predict that number will top 9.6 billion. Unless we […]

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Advocate for craft

Growing the local beer community By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Mike Legg of Hairless Hare brews an early test batch Welcome to the rebirth of craft beer in the Miami Valley. We claim eight breweries with several more opening, local taps all around town and breweries growing to increase capacity. Albeit still in its infancy, this […]

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News of the weird: 03/03

By Chuck Shepherd The Unhoneymoon A Saratoga Springs, New York, resort has begun accepting totally defeated husbands and wives for […]

The Docket: 03/03

Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim By Researched and reported by Charles Grove Plausible deniability Officers responded to a nuisance call. […]

Advice Goddess: 3/3

By Amy Alkon The Wicked Witch of the Westin There’s a girl who works at the hotel where my co-workers […]

Chew on this: 03/03

Eating has a mind of its own By Jayne Powers How food and eating manifest themselves in our lives and […]

Homegrown harmonies

National Sing-Off Live Tour in Troy By Tara Pettit Photo: Street Corner Symphony will perform at Hobart Arena as part of The […]

Chew on this: 2/24

Be your own nutrition sleuth By Jayne Powers Photo: Composer Jake Heggie; photo: Art Clarity You may have read the […]