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Get your celtic on

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The variety of beers produced by Yuengling.

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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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 […]