Dayton Beer Week and AleFest Dayton

Bring on AleFest! Bring on AleFest!

The city gets beer geeky

By Kevin J. Gray

Bring on AleFest!

Bring on AleFest!

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, a golf scramble on Saturday and a Beer Pride Parade down the heart of the Oregon District Sunday afternoon. It culminates with the 13th Annual AleFest Dayton on Saturday, August 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Carillon Historical Park.

This year’s AleFest features an expanded beer list, adding more than 20 new breweries to the event (140 breweries total). With more than 350 beers, there’s something for everyone. Draft beer lovers will appreciate the more than 40 unique and interesting taps, including rarities from Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, Southern Tier, Stone, Bell’s, New Holland, Great Lakes and Goose Island. For cask beer lovers, check out the Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Dry Hopped IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout, Thirsty Dog Belgian Tripel with Cherries and the Druid Farmhouse Ale and Two Brothers Resistance Oaked IPA. And Randall the Enamel Animal returns, this year pumping Dogfish Head’s Festina Peche through blueberries and raspberries.

Check out the daily events on the guide below and then navigate to and for more details. Some of the Dayton Beer Week events require reservations or have a maximum participant cap, so be sure to check the site before showing up. Tickets for AleFest Dayton are available online, at all of the local better beer establishments and at the gate ($35 in advance, $40 day of).

Dayton Beer Week Calendar of Events

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Biking for The Beer of It: Goose Island sponsored 10-mile loop from West Carrolton to A Taste of Wine in Miamisburg. Selection of Goose Island beers & cheese sampling at midpoint.
Spinoza’s Pizza & Gourmet Salads: Epic Brewing Beer Dinner begins at 7 p.m.
King’s Table: Bell’s Brewery takes the throne including Oatmeal Stout & Golden Rye draughts 5 to 10 p.m.
Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille: Founders Draught Blast featuring Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Blushing Monk, Devil Dancer, Old Curmudgeon, and a possible surprise starting 7 p.m.
The Pub at The Greene: Special cask tapping of Left Hand’s Blackjack Porter.
Fox & Hound: Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Competition begins at 9 p.m.
Carvers Steaks & Chops: Samuel Smith Beer Dinner. Five courses paired with tastes of 6 unique Samuel Smith beers, hosted by John Staunton & Chef William Pence beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Dorothy Lane Market Springboro: Epic Brewing beer dinner with Dave from Epic 7 to 9 p.m.
5th Street Wine & Deli: Green Flash Brewery beers with Jim Kenney from 5 to 7 p.m.
South Park Tavern: Green Flash taps out the tavern with select draughts. Meet Jim Kenney from 7 to 9 p.m.
Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery: Firkin Drag Race-2 authentic cask ales TBA will be tapped simultaneously, then consumers will determine a winner based off first to empty.
Culinary Company: Join Chef Jeff Aylor & Brewmasters from Goose Island Brewery & learn the art of using great beer to make amazing dishes!
Spinoza’s Pizza & Gourmet Salads: Two Brothers Cane & Ebel rare cask tapping.
Trolley Stop: Off Centered Foot Stomp. Dogfish Head Pint Night during bluegrass jam.
Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille: A special tapping from The Sierra Nevada Brewery. Lee Hill will describe many unique & limited release offerings beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Blind Bob’s: Mt. Carmel brews with Kathleen Dewey from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Pub at The Greene: Belhaven House Beer Happy Hour from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring $4 pints of Belhaven Lager, Twisted Thistle, Stout & Ale.

Thursday, August 25, 2011
Chappy’s Tap Room & Grille: Great Lakes tapping featuring Wright Pils, Market Street Wheat and a brewery special cask release TBA. Join Brewmaster Luke Purcell and Lisa Farmer beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Arrow Wine & Spirits Far Hills Avenue:
Aaron Spoores from Cavalier Distributing will pour: Tusker Lager, Radberger Pilsner, Stiegl Pils, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde, Left Hand Brewing 400 Pound Monkey
and Hoppin’ Frog BORIS The Crusher Stout from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
Archer’s Tavern: Goose Island Sour Ale and Vintage Reserve Ale night.
The Pub at The Greene: Unique and rare offerings from The Sierra Nevada Brewery will be presented by Lee Hill beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Spinoza’s Pizza & Gourmet Salads:
Brewery Ommegang Select tapping with John Mediate begins at 6:30 p.m.
A Taste of Wine: Mt. Carmel unique brews with special guest Kathleen Dewey from 7 to 9 p.m.
Kroger Marketplace Englewood: Sierra Nevada craft beer sampling with Lee Hill 3 to 5 p.m.

Friday, August 26, 2011
Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery: Special Great Lakes tapping of Market Street Wheat, Oktoberfest, & Wright Pils from 5 to 7 p.m. with Lisa Farmer.
Trolley Stop: Red Carpet Rollout featuring these craft draughts: Dogfish Head Black & Red, Stone Vintage Russian Imperial Stout, Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Flying Dog Gonzo Barrel Aged Imperial Porter, and Weyerbacher 16 begins at 7 p.m.
Meadowlark Restaurant: Goose Island Brewmaster Beer Dinner. Unique menu paired with the Vintage Ales collection including Matilda, Sofie, Pere Jacques, Fleur, & Pepe Nero beginning at 7 p.m.
Culinary Company: Offerings from Brewery Ommegang including the rare Gnomegang from 4 to 7 p.m.

Weeklong Events
Milano’s Atlantic East Coast Subs: Samuel Adams brews paired with delicious Milano’s pizza.
Fox & Hound: Samuel Adams pints, including a limited release for $2.00.
Buffalo Wings and Rings: Featured pints of Samuel Adams including a limited release for $2.00.
J. Alan’s: Various craft & specialty beer buckets feature including Mt. Carmel Nut Brown, Magic Hat Rex, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale among others.
Taggart’s Pub: Minimum of five Great Lakes on tap at all times-largest selection in Dayton. Four cases of growlers available.






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