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No better season for a cold one

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While it may not be summer quite yet, summer beer is already hitting the shelves. You are undoubtedly still working your way through all those remaining winter and spring beers crowding your fridge, but there’s no time like the present to just ignore those leftover fridge turds and start sampling all that new, sexy summer […]

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Never fear, spring beer is here

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Light, bright tastes make spring an exciting time for beer drinking Spring training for beer season begins now with a wide variety of seasonal brews. By Tom Morgan Spring is here! At least in theory. To me, spring beers are dry and refreshing. While they can and do highlight the influence of yeast, the beers […]

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Don’t drink the green Kool-aid

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Forget the hype—true Irish beers are pure gold Skip the green beer, and go for the gold … or the dark brown … or the amber … or the red … By Tom Morgan St. Patrick’s Day is upon us. Again. It’s that not-so-glorious time of year when people around these parts celebrate being Irish […]

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The beers are in session

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Small and local session beers deliver tasty deliciousness Lock 27 is one of seven local breweries serving session beers By Tom Morgan Session beers are really nothing new, nor are they just one style. As Jennifer Talley recounts in her new book, Session Beers: Brewing for Flavor and Balance, “the term ‘session’ is an adjective, […]

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Beer is the new juice

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Craft beer’s mullet The craft beer trend of fruity beer must stop. By Tom Morgan   We are living in tumultuous times, my friends. And I’m not talking politically, I’m talking in regard to craft beer. Never have opposing sides of the beer world been so intimately aligned. We’ve all got our secret shames, those […]

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Homebrew famous

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Meet Dayton beer Grand Master Gordon Strong Photo: Brazilian Unika’s catharina sour beer By Tom Morgan “I travel all over the world doing this stuff. But it’s weird to get treated like a rock star basically everywhere but where you live.” While relatively unknown locally, Beavercreek resident, Gordon Strong, is a larger-than-life figure in beer […]

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Hurray for IPAs

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Know your brewer: Tyler Barrett of Toxic Brew Company Photo: Toxic Brew Company was the first brewery in over 50 years to produce beer in Dayton By Tom Morgan Tyler Barrett has been a part of the Toxic team for 16 months. He left behind a career as a machinist, and started out at Toxic […]

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Destination: beer

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Brewvet bikes back to Dayton Grab a beer on your bike ride; photo: Tom Morgan By Tom Morgan In case you hadn’t noticed, summertime is all up in our business. Many of you, wandering lost in the waning afterglow of your Fourth of July celebrations, are looking for guidance and direction to help you squeeze […]

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Brewing with the ‘invisible hand’

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‘The Secrets of Master Brewers’ taps into national brewing cultures, traditions By Tom Morgan Photo: Alworth’s ‘The Secrets of Master Brewers’ offers insight into national brewing processes Avid homebrewers like myself are always on the lookout for books that offer original insights into the brewing process, as well as new and innovative ways to think […]

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Local grain to local glass

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Yellow Springs Brewery and Davidson Family Growers collaborate on Robust Porter By Tom Morgan Photo: New Carlisle’s Davidson Family Growers and Yellow Springs Brewery’s Robust Porter   The growth of the local food movement has had many trickledown effects, and craft beer is no stranger to this influence. Locally grown hops have had an increasingly […]

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Small is the new big

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Session beers come of age in America By Tom Morgan Photo: Figleaf’s CinDay, a British best bitter; photo: Jeff Fortney Once upon a time, American craft beer drinkers routinely and well-nigh exclusively worshipped at the altar of big. Big hops, big body, big flavor, big alcohol. As with most things distinctly American, the logic was […]

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Fermented

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Hopped up on pop posers, BS-style brews, neo-prohibitionists By DCP Beer Writers Photo: Hipsters battle it out over their favorite craft beer trend: Bavarian-style IPA or Oyster-infused ale? Stop the BS-style brews By Tom Morgan What’s the worst part about craft beer in 2016? Easy: choice. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but […]

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Roots of the craft

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Author Stan Hieronymus’s “Brewing Local” takes craft beer back to pre-Prohibition By Tom Morgan Photo: Columbus brewery Jackie O’s opts for local Paw Paw wheat New books by Stan Hieronymus are always a treat, as he is adept at discovering the story behind the subject matter and using it to draw in readers. The story in […]

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The next sound you hear will be…well, I don’t know what it will be but I know what it won’t […]

Debate 6/12: A tweet too far

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Was anyone really surprised? Roseanne Barr has stepped in it again. Always a loose cannon, she managed to offend just […]

If you’ve seen one ‘Ocean’, you’ve seen ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Near the start of “Ocean’s 8,” we’re led to believe that Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is dead and his sister […]

Gin and Tonic on the Horizon

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On June 13, The Rose Music Center is the place to be to get your 90s nostalgia fix as Gin […]

Goodnight Goodnight’s new morning

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“We’ve known Larry for years,” says Gary Thornton of Goodnight Goodnight. He’s talking about the newest addition to their lineup, […]