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Not your Father’s lager

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Adding lagers to your craft brew repertoire By: Kevin J. Gray   Photo: [l to r] The Brew Kettle’s Oktofest and Brooklyn Brewery’s Oktoberfest are two offerings that can change your outlook on craft beer lagers To many better beer drinkers, lager is a dirty word. It’s the beer that we drank as broke, uninformed college […]

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The art of the beer dinner

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Pairing beer and food in an upscale setting By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Pairing a Belgian-style ale with steamed mussels would be an excellent combination at your own beer dinner You’ve been to the various beer festivals around town. You’ve started frequenting the breweries and beer bars around town. Maybe you are picking up mixed sixers […]

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Dayton by the pint

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A beer drinker’s guide to downtown By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Exposed brick and high celings define the room at Toxic Brew Company  in the Oregon District; photo: courtesy of Toxic Brew Company The Dayton craft beer scene has seen steady growth over the last decade and nowhere more so than downtown. The Oregon District has […]

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Beer in the ballpark

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Great American Beer Tasting at Fifth Third Field  By Sara Mastbaum   Photo: At the Shock Top booth in 2012; photo credit: Nick Falzerano/DaytonDragons Whether you can debate the finer points of unfiltered IPAs, or remain a dedicated Bud fan, beer lovers can agree on at least one thing: they love a good beer event. The […]

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In the can

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Craft beer goes retro By: Kevin J. Gray Photo: [l to r] Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout and Finch’s Beer Company’s Threadless IPA In 2002, a tiny, relatively unknown brewery in Colorado took steps that many craft beer drinkers at the time considered heresy: Oskar Blues canned their beers. Not only did they can their […]

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Fear the faux

When breweries masquerade as craft brands By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Faux craft beers like Blue Moon and Leinenkugel’s are produced by big breweries  Craft beer has become ubiquitous. Ten to fifteen years ago, few people had heard of craft beer, although a few drinkers professed to like “dark” or “imported” beers. Today, Dayton has nearly […]

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When size matters, smaller may be better

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Craft drinkers turn to session beers By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enjoy a hoppy session beer: Founders All-Day IPA For years, the trend in craft beer has been to go bigger, bolder, more extreme – a movement that gave birth to double IPAs, bourbon barrel imperial stouts and even imperial pilsners and imperial brown ales. But […]

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Dayton’s brewery explosion

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And what to drink while you wait By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Tap handles show offerings from Yellow Springs Brewery Just over a year ago, I reported on three Miami Valley brewpubs in the works: The Dayton Beer Company, Toxic Brew Company and Vitruvian Brew Company. At the time I wrote the article, there was still […]

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Going dark

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Beers to get you through winters’ final nights By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Three great porters from Michigan and Ohio breweries: [l to r] Bell’s, Rivertown and Great Lakes Winter might be drawing to a close, but now is the perfect time to savor dark, rich beers before the light, bright springtime ales start edging out shelf […]

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Making THE beer run

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Tips on curating a beer festival  By Kevin J. Gray Photo: John Sulentic pours draft selections at the 2012 MSD Brew Ha-Ha; photo © Jim Witmer Dayton beer drinkers have unique access to an insane amount of quality beer. We import craft brew from both coasts and are surrounded by breweries in the Great Lakes region. Many […]

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The last drop

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Beer pairings for the Apocalypse By Kevin J. Gray If you are reading this, the Mayans were wrong and the world didn’t end. But that doesn’t mean the Apocalypse isn’t still coming. And when it does, one of the most important decisions you will be facing is what to drink when the end comes. After […]

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Bigger is better!

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Chicago festival takes barrel aging to the next level By Kevin J. Gray Aging beer in wooden barrels is a recent trend that marks a return to a nearly forgotten brewing method. Before the stainless steel kegs of the 1950s, most brewers stored beer in wooden casks. By the late 20th century, this practice had […]

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Is Dayton worthy?

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Boston’s Bistro’s quest to regain Most Arrogant Bar title By Kevin J. Gray Are you arrogant? Think you can drink a beer more arrogant than yourself? If so, get to Boston’s Bistro & Pub from Nov. 9-17 to do your part to make the bar the Most Arrogant Bar in the United States. Arrogant Bastard […]

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Beer geek boutique

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Insane beers at Big Beers and Barley Wines By Kevin J. Gray Like craft beer? I mean, really like craft beer? Really good, really big beers? Then get tickets now for Big Beers and Barley Wines, Dayton’s boutique beer event, held Oct. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Roundhouse at the Montgomery County […]

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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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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]