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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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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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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 […]