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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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The Docket: 8/30

Regional police blotters, reported and interpretedby By Ehron Ostendorf Feeding for two The owner of a store said a woman […]

Debate Forum: 8/23

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For rent Can Ohio’s national park be “leased” for drilling? By Sarah Sidlow Quick quiz: name the only national forest […]

On The Beat: 8/23

Roadside fruit stands, where art thou? By Jim Bucher Think the older you get, the more nostalgic. Guess it’s all […]

On Your Marc: 8/23

No character like McVie By Marc Katz I know, there were iconic entertainment groups that played early in their careers […]

Debate Forum: 8/16/16

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For the love of the game Olympic athletes have big dreams, but empty wallets—Should the government step in? By Sarah […]