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Leave the pumpkins in the patch

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson […]

Debate Forum: 7/12/16

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Duped or doped? Heroin addicts: criminals or victims? By Sarah Sidlow Here’s an interesting bit of trivia courtesy of Cleveland.com: […]

Jes McMillan’s Mosaic Institute

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by Bill Franz Photo: The Mosaic Institute serves artists at 43 S. Main St. in Miamisburg; photo: Bill Franz Most artists […]

Vitality Check: 6/21/16

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Sometimes we’re just blowing germs By Rocco Castellano You go to the gym, restaurant, local coffee shop or bar and […]

Tinker, tailor, sculptor guy

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Landon Crowell ‘alters’ time and space at YS Arts Council By Terri Gordon What do beeswax, maple branches and an […]