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O-Fest beers

German brews here in Ohio’s heartland By Kevin J. Gray Every fall, beer lovers around the world eagerly await the arrival of Oktoberfest beers, the big, malty beer style of Bavarian origin. Traditionally, each March, Bavarian brewers would brew up batches of a style called Marzen then store the beers in caves through the summer […]

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Dayton Beer Week and AleFest Dayton

The city gets beer geeky By Kevin J. Gray What a week to be a craft beer drinker in Dayton! Through August 27, the city celebrates the second annual Dayton Beer Week with more than 50 separate and unique beer-centric events throughout the week. The celebration kicked off over the weekend with tastings on Friday, […]

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Will Dayton finally see locally produced beer again?

A look at the quest to land a local brewpub by Kevin J. Gray Dayton is an amazing city. It is affordable, easy to navigate, with acres of green space and a vibrant arts community. Beer geeks thrive in the passionate brew culture, with Dayton’s committed homebrewing community and world-class bars, restaurants and carry-outs featuring […]

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Something old, something new

Cutting-edge craft beer transforms old traditions into new forms by Kevin J. Gray The best craft brews have always been a marriage of deep traditions and cutting-edge techniques and styles. Below are four brewing trends that represent new takes on old traditions. Barrel-aged beers Modern brewers have rediscovered wooden barrels. The practice of aging beer […]

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Summertime Brews

Lawnmower beers that don’t suck By Kevin J. Gray The spring rains have finally stopped and suddenly it’s 90 degrees, sunny and humid. Summer has finally come to the Miami Valley. After spending the morning fighting with the lawnmower and the weed trimmer, reward yourself with a light and refreshing summer beer. Below are nine […]

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Big Brews and Blues

Shake your butt and tip back a pint (for charity) By Kevin J. Gray Kick off the outdoor festival season Friday, May 20 at Carillon Park, when Diabetes Dayton hosts its second annual Big Brews and Blues. The all-draft beer tasting runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and features 30 craft beers, specialty foods, a […]

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Buckeye Vodka

Introducing  Dayton to Microdistilling By Kevin J. Gray In late 2009, a group of four Ohio natives, dismayed at the crumbling Dayton economy, resolved to launch a local green product — artisanal vodka. Crystal Spirits, makers of Buckeye Vodka, is a family company run by Jim Finke, his brother Chris, brother-in-law Tom Rambasek, and their […]

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Do-it-yourself craft beer

The science and art behind homebrewing By Kevin J. Gray It’s 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. Miami Valley BrewTensils in Belmont doesn’t officially open for another hour, but the lights are on, the front door is unlocked and there is activity at the back of the store. Darren Link, the manager, emerges, welcoming me in. […]

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Critic’s Pick: Beer 4/26/11

Cask AleFest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . By Kevin J. Gray Cask AleFest returns to Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille in Moraine this Saturday, April 30, from 1-5 pm While most modern beers are pasteurized, filtered and carbonated by […]

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Craft Brew Around Town

Your guide to getting better beer with food, music, sports and movies By Kevin J. Gray If you’ve ever been to see your favorite band or gone to a highly recommended restaurant and been stuck drinking terrible beer all night, you know how it can ruin an experience. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to happen that […]

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Fizzy Green Beer is for Wussies

Some tasty Irish Beers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day By Kevin J. Gray St. Patrick’s Day does not have to mean choking down pale American lagers laced with green food coloring. Craft beer drinkers have several other palette-expanding options, mostly in the form of Irish and Irish-inspired Dry Stouts and Red Ales. Some are from […]

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Ale at the table

The perfect pairing: craft beer By Kevin Gray Most people think wine when they think of food pairings, but diners with sophisticated palates increasingly gravitate towards beer with their cuisine. Craft beer, with its nearly infinite combinations of aroma and flavor, offers diners a world of new taste discoveries. In truth, beer and food have […]

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Critics Pick 02/02/11

Chappy’s Beer Club Kevin J. Gray Eager to learn more about craft beer, but don’t know where to start? Chappy’s Beer Club offers guided tours in beer discovery. Named after the owner’s grandfather, Chappy’s Tap Room and Grille in Moraine serves up barbecue favorites in a comfortable retro environment, with a beer list that makes […]

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Hail the Ale

The art of craft beer in Dayton By Kevin Gray It’s a snowy Friday night in early January and I’m navigating traffic to get to South Park Tavern to meet Joe Waizmann, founder of AleFest, Dayton’s largest annual beer tasting. The week has been long and I’m eager for a pint. Despite the weather, I […]

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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 […]