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Take one down and pass it around

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There will be over 150 beers to choose from when Dayton Beer Week and Alefest Dayton serves up the brews beginning Saturday, August 18th and concludes with Alefest Dayton on August 25th at the Dayton Convention Center. Alefest Dayton, now celebrating 20 years, is the topper event for Dayton Beer week, with virtually all of […]

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Best place for a beer? Ballpark!

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Since 2008, the Dayton Dragons and Heidelberg Distributing Company (founding sponsor of the Dragons since 2000) have worked to bring beer connoisseurs together within the beautiful confines of Fifth Third Field. Join them this year for the Great American Beer Tasting on Saturday, August 11. Ian Bock, of Bellbrook, has attended the past several years […]

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C is for Celtic, B is for Beer

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As many of you may know, this coming weekend—July 27th through 29th—is the annual United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival, held in partnership with Five River MetroParks down at Riverscape. While there will be plenty of bands and music across the four stages, as well cultural workshops including arts and language events, author signings, authentic […]

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History by the [Beer] Can

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Good beer is nothing new in Dayton. Our city was once home to dozens of breweries in the days before Prohibition. The 1919 Volstead Act effectively put most of them out of business, but the craft beer movement has returned brewing to the city over the last five years. One of those Gem City craft […]

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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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Good for wheat ales you

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There’s more to Germany than just lagers The Berliner Weisse at Carillon Brewing can be complemented with traditional raspberry syrup. By David Nilsen Germany loves its lagers, and the beer culture there is characterized by clean, crisp lager styles like Pilsner, Munich Helles, Märzen (Oktoberfest), and many others. These beers showcase classic malt and hop […]

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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 hardest workers in the beer business

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A happy yeast is a productive yeast The fermentation process is where the yeast does the heavy lifting. By Jim Witmer If brewing yeast could talk, you might hear them saying, “We have to do all the work around here.” Yeast strains involved in the brewing process have the critical task of turning sugars into […]

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Bock to the basics

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Dark, malty German lagers ease the sting of winter Cincinnati’s bockfest is a celebration rich in tradition By David Nilsen When I say the words “German beer,” you most likely picture a glass of pale, brilliantly clear Pilsner, or perhaps a stein of amber-colored Märzen (Oktoberfest). Maybe you think of a curvy vase of cloudy […]

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Barley legal

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Aged to perfection, or brewery-fresh, barley wines are an exceptional treat By Jim Witmer If there’s ever a time of year to pull a barley wine out of the cellar, it has to be now, in the deepest depths of winter. While these strong ales can be enjoyed any time, it makes perfect sense that […]

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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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Place your bets

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2018 craft beer trends Many new trends are expected to hit the craft beer scene in 2018 By Jim Witmer The new year brings with it anticipation and excitement, new beginnings, and predictions. As someone who watches with interest the trends within craft beer, here are my predictions for 2018. If it seems as if […]

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Back to the farm(house)

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The romance and reality of rustic beer styles Farmhouse Ale from Little Fish Brewery By David Nilsen The term “farmhouse ale” conjures images of a rustic farm in the middle of flowing grain fields, a line of workers in old-timey dress lining up for a tankard of beer in front of the barn, and the […]

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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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A wonderland of beer

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Though complex, enjoying Belgian beer doesn’t have to be Photo: Little Fish Brewery’s Belgian saison ‘Saison du Poisson’ By David Nilsen   Among esteemed   European beer cultures, perhaps no country’s brews hold more mystique than Belgium’s. A quarter of the size of Ohio with about the same population, Belgium’s beer reputation far exceeds the nation’s […]

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Ready, Set, LEGO!

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Be prepared for LEGO dazzle and delight when the BrickUniverse Convention for LEGO Fans visits the Dayton Convention Center August […]

We all live in a ‘Yellow Submarine’

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Coinciding with the 50th anniversary and theatrical re-release of Yellow Submarine, animator Ron Campbell is bringing his Rock Art Show […]

Four headliners and more this week at Downtown’s Levitt

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Delhi 2 Dublin, Kyle Dillingham, Sol Driven Train, Lao Tizer Band Delhi 2 Dublin (l-r): Serena Eades, Sanjay Seran, Ravi […]

The Oregon’s Seafood Stalwart

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Carving out history Jay’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime pillar of the Oregon District dining scene. It’s steeped in lore […]

Destination Yellow Springs

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Yellow Springs artist exhibited (times two) Yellow Springs painter Christine Klinger is showing her work at the Emporium/Underdog Café through […]