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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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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 […]

Debate Commentary 03/11

Forum Center: If a person objects to a police search but is not home to state it, do the police still […]