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Clearly a Dayton institution

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South Park Tavern celebrates its fifth anniversary Kevin J. Gray It’s hard to believe that, five years ago, South Park Tavern, now an iconic location for music and great beer in Dayton, was just a dream that manager Shaine Sullivan was selling to owner Bill Daniels. South Park Tavern moved into a building that had […]

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Bring out the beer!

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Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field By Kevin J. Gray Is there any better pairing than beer and baseball? What about sampling a variety of domestic and imported beers at Fifth Third Field? Heidelberg Distributing Company and the Dayton Dragons are proud to host the fifth annual Great American Beer Tasting on Saturday, […]

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Get your celtic on

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The 11th Annual Dayton Celtic Festival Returns to Riverscape By Kevin J. Gray The last weekend in July, the sights, sounds and tastes of Ireland, Scotland and Wales will fill Riverscape Metropark for the eleventh annual Dayton Celtic Festival. Hosted by the United Irish of Dayton in partnership with Five Rivers MetroPark, the three-day event […]

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Join the Club

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Local beer groups educate drinkers about craft beers and home-brewing By Kevin J. Gray Dayton is a great town for craft beer—the local bars offer rare and interesting taps, there are five breweries or brewpubs in various stages of opening in the Miami Valley, our retail shops stock an amazing selection from around the U.S. […]

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Culinary Time Machine

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Culp’s Cafe’s New Breakfast Offerings By Kevin J. Gray Taking refuge from an unusually muggy June morning, I met up with my friend Alex and his daughters at Culp’s Café, Dayton History’s diner in Historic Carillon Park. Culp’s is a fitting place to come in from the heat, as the original Culp’s Café, a Dayton […]

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Drum to the Pow Wow

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SunWatch Indian Village Hosts “Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow” By Kevin J. Gray On Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, members of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans (MVCNA) will transform the grounds of SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park to present the 24th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow. The Pow Wow will feature […]

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India In Your Face Pale Ales

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A Bold Summer Choice By Kevin J. Gray While some beer drinkers settle into wheat beers, pilsners and similar lighter fare for the summer, others go big and bold, looking for beers with a generous malt flavor and an even larger hop profile. Enter the IPA, or India Pale Ale. Brewing lore traces the history […]

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Taste Responsibly

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Big Brews and Blues Fest Invades Carillon Park By Kevin J. Gray Back for its third year, Big Brews and Blues Fest kicks off the outdoor party season at Carillon Park on Friday, May 18th. Smoking hot bands, craft beers on draught that spotlight Ohio breweries and delicious food punctuate this yearly fundraiser for Diabetes […]

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Take Homebrewing to the Next Level

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All-Grain Brewing By Kevin Gray Extract Brewing Most beginning homebrewers make beers using kits that include malt extract, hops and yeast — three of the four basic beer ingredients (the fourth being water). The malt extract contains malted grains, usually barley, and is the sugar source for beer — it feeds the yeast, which in […]

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Brewers to Watch

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Local Beers on Tap in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Last August’s beer column wondered when Dayton would see locally-produced craft beer again and introduced the Toxic Brew guys, who were just getting started on the process. Now, just over six months later, the Miami Valley is slated to see not one, but […]

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Barleywine: A Beast of British Lineage

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The Art of Appreciating Subtlety by Kevin J. Gary Forget everything you know about beer: ignore the Born On Date, put away the beer bong, and step into a world where bitter equals good. Meet barleywine, the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the beer world. This venerable brew conjures images of distinguished British gentleman […]

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Yuengling enters Ohio

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Ohio explodes for America’s oldest brewery By Kevin J. Gray The Miami Valley’s most talked about “imported” beer comes from across Ohio’s eastern border but is hardly from a newcomer to the brewing world. By now, all but the most ardent of Buckeye teetotalers has heard of Yuengling, the Pottsville, Penn. brewery. The brand, which […]

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Beer geek weekend

Two world-class tastings here in the Midwest By Kevin J. Gray On a recent Saturday, the greater Chicago area hosted two of the Midwest’s premier beer events: The Three Floyds XV Anniversary party and the 9th Annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. DCP was there for both events. Three Floyds XV Anniversary Party […]

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Take your friends to beer school

Hosting a beer tasting By Kevin J. Gray Want to learn more about craft beer? Or want to turn your friends on to some incredible brews you’ve discovered? Host a beer tasting. Tastings are great ways to share amazing beers, compare different styles or breweries, and to hang out with friends. Below are some steps […]

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Portland, Beer Mecca

A West Coast beer journal By Kevin J. Gray Portland, Ore. City of roses, city of bridges and, most importantly, city of beer. My wife and I have long been fascinated with Portland, so we used our anniversary as a reason to visit. Beer, coffee and wine are all part of Portland’s culture, but craft […]

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40 things to know about Oktoberfest

DCP’s complete guide to DAI’s 40th Annual Oktoberfest By Kevin J. Gray This year marks the 40th Annual Dayton Art Institute Oktoberfest. In honor of that tremendous milestone, Dayton City Paper presents you with 40 things to know about Oktoberfest. Consider it your comprehensive guide to DAI’s Oktoberfests, past and present. 1  Oktoberfest is an […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]