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Fear the faux

When breweries masquerade as craft brands By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Faux craft beers like Blue Moon and Leinenkugel’s are produced by big breweries  Craft beer has become ubiquitous. Ten to fifteen years ago, few people had heard of craft beer, although a few drinkers professed to like “dark” or “imported” beers. Today, Dayton has nearly […]

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Taste the rainbow

Out-and-proud restaurateurs By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Winds Cafe co-owner Mary Kay Smith walks diners through a meal at her restaurant   When my editor gave me an assignment on gay restaurant owners/managers, I was a little stumped. I couldn’t figure out the angle. What does LGBT status have to do with running a restaurant? Wiley […]

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American Craft Beer Week!

Dayton Big Blues & Brews returns By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Volunteers with the Doug Epple Foundation pour craft beer samples at the 2012 Big Brews and Blues Friday, May 17 marks the official start of the outdoor beer festival season with the fourth annual Big Brews and Blues. This event raises money for Diabetes Dayton, […]

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Through a modern lens

Centerville Library’s Lincoln exhibit By Kevin J. Gray photo: The Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil Warexhibit at the Centerville-Washington Public Library runs through May 31 Abraham Lincoln presided over arguably the most turbulent period in American history. The decisions made during Lincoln’s tenure still affect our lives today, from the freeing of the enslaved peoples […]

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When size matters, smaller may be better

Craft drinkers turn to session beers By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enjoy a hoppy session beer: Founders All-Day IPA For years, the trend in craft beer has been to go bigger, bolder, more extreme – a movement that gave birth to double IPAs, bourbon barrel imperial stouts and even imperial pilsners and imperial brown ales. But […]

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Dayton’s brewery explosion

And what to drink while you wait By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Tap handles show offerings from Yellow Springs Brewery Just over a year ago, I reported on three Miami Valley brewpubs in the works: The Dayton Beer Company, Toxic Brew Company and Vitruvian Brew Company. At the time I wrote the article, there was still […]

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Get your groove on

Beavercreek High School hosts 13th Weekend of Jazz By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ramsey Lewis  Quintet will headline Saturday evening, March 2, at Beavercreek High School’s 13th Annual Weekend of Jazz In 2001, Doug McCullough, the Director of Bands at Beavercreek High School, had a goal. McCullough’s goal was two-fold. He wanted to increase awareness […]

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Going dark

Beers to get you through winters’ final nights By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Three great porters from Michigan and Ohio breweries: [l to r] Bell’s, Rivertown and Great Lakes Winter might be drawing to a close, but now is the perfect time to savor dark, rich beers before the light, bright springtime ales start edging out shelf […]

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Recreating pioneer gold

Indian Creek Distillery: oldest stills in America By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Joe Duer [pictured] and his wife, Missy, produce Staley Rye Whiskey using the recipe and techniques of their forefathers; Photo credit: Tyler Lukacs Indian Creek Distillery at Staley Mill Farm, located north of Dayton in New Carlisle, is an anachronism. Grasp the iron latch […]

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Rock star

An interview with Aesop Rock By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Aesop Rock will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Thompson House in Newport, KY Hip-hop artist Aesop Rock released first self-produced album, Skelethon, in 2012 and is now touring the Midwest. The Dayton City Paper posed ten questions to the rapper. Five were included in […]

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Debate Forum: 04/22

Forum Center: No payday for the Paycheck Fairness Act By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joe Heller The Paycheck Fairness Act failed […]

Debate Forum: 04/15

Forum Center: Should Ohio go green with marijuana legislation? By Alex Culpepper The push for marijuana legalization is active and healthy. […]

Debate Forum: 04/08

Forum Center: Residents claiming violation of First Amendment seek an answer to their prayers By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Joseph Rank The […]

Debate Forum: 04/01

Forum Center: SCOTUS to decide whether corporations are eligible for Heaven and Hell By Alex Culpepper Illustration: ©2013 Rob Rogers. Reprinted with permission […]

Debate Forum: 03/25

Forum Center: Tesla and the retail automobile industry By Alex Culpepper Illustration: Dennis Porter Tesla Motors is a California company that […]

Debate Commentary 03/18

Your computer files might be protected by more than just a password By Alex Culpepper One of the freedoms under […]