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The art of the beer dinner

Pairing beer and food in an upscale setting By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Pairing a Belgian-style ale with steamed mussels would be an excellent combination at your own beer dinner You’ve been to the various beer festivals around town. You’ve started frequenting the breweries and beer bars around town. Maybe you are picking up mixed sixers […]

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Dayton by the pint

A beer drinker’s guide to downtown By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Exposed brick and high celings define the room at Toxic Brew Company  in the Oregon District; photo: courtesy of Toxic Brew Company The Dayton craft beer scene has seen steady growth over the last decade and nowhere more so than downtown. The Oregon District has […]

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Bring on the brews!

It’s Dayton Beer Week! By Kevin J. Gray  For craft beer fans, it’s a good week to be in Dayton. We are smack in the middle of the Fourth Annual Dayton Beer Week – a weeklong celebration that highlights the rich beer culture in the Miami Valley with tastings, dinners and premier events throughout the […]

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Who’s your Daddy?

Paternity testing made easy By Kevin J. Gray   Perhaps this article would be more appropriate say, nine or 10 months after the annual Sex Issue? All kidding aside, dealing with paternity is serious business, and it has gotten cheaper and easier in recent years. In fact, it’s gotten so easy, relatively, that in New […]

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Hit the trails

Bike and hike your way thorough the Miami Valley and Beyond By: Kevin J. Gray Photo:  Cyclist of all ages enjoying the new Mad River Bikeway extension; photo courtesy: Five Rivers MetroParks The Miami Valley has become a hub for outdoor activity thanks in part to extensive trail networks that zigzag across Miami, Montgomery, Greene […]

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Send in the hounds!

Stalk & Awe uses dogs to manage geese populations By Kevin J. Gray  Photo: Stalk & Awe border collie Alex harassing a goose to the point of flight Have Canada geese invaded your yard? Tired of clearing goose poop from around the pond? One Miami Valley resident has a novel solution – send in the hounds. Greg […]

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In the can

Craft beer goes retro By: Kevin J. Gray Photo: [l to r] Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout and Finch’s Beer Company’s Threadless IPA In 2002, a tiny, relatively unknown brewery in Colorado took steps that many craft beer drinkers at the time considered heresy: Oskar Blues canned their beers. Not only did they can their […]

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Invasion of the Food Trucks!

Mobile Gourmet: Food trucks take to the streets By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Joy Ring of Ringo’s North Star at Urban Nights Food Truck Rally When is a restaurant not a restaurant? When it is a food truck. No longer the roach coaches of yesteryear, today’s food trucks are the latest, hottest trend in the restaurant […]

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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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Home. Grown. History.

Troy celebrates 200 years by Janell Ward Photo: A group of friends spends time in Troy in 1888; photo: Troy […]

Biplanes and barnstormers

WACO Museum Fly-In lands in Troy by Andy Hertel Photo: A row of vintage biplanes on display in Troy; photo: […]

One good eye

Cyclops Festival returns for fourth DIY year By Tim Anderl Photo: Cyclops Festival, the handmade art and apparel event, will take […]

Causing an uproar

Godsmack shreds across the country By Alan Sculley Photo: Godsmack will perform on Aug. 17 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati […]

Yellow Springs Theater Company

New company of professionals pushes theatrical boundaries By Joyell Nevins Photo: The Yellow Springs Theater Company rehearses D’Arc Comedy by wanda […]

Give it a spin

Whirled Festival of Tops By Jennifer Hanauer Lumpkin Photo: The festivities begin at 5 p.m. in the area north of the […]