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Divided we drink

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Fruity beer? Photo: Fruit and beer: an unlikely but refreshing combination By Jim Witmer We are a nation deeply divided on some very important issues, Such as if fruit belongs in beer. There are those who want nothing to do with fruit corrupting the pure and simple creation of the world’s oldest and most favorite […]

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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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Star City suds

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Miamisburg’s craft beer scene foams over Photo: A fine selection of craft beer at Lucky Star Brewery By David Nilsen Off the beaten path at the southwest edge of Dayton sits a beer lover’s hidden gem within this Gem City. Miamisburg combines small town charm with big city offerings in their historic, revitalized downtown district, and […]

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Beer’s cloudy forecast

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The latest East Coast trend Photo: A Vermont or New England sytle IPA; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer It’s approaching the noon hour on a bleak Sunday in mid-Ohio farm country. Is spite of the stark landscape and matching weather, a spirited line has formed outside a small building for the latest release. No, […]

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Great ferment

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Jeff Fortney puts FigLeaf Brewing Co. on the map Photo: Jeff Fortney, co-owner, head brewer, and beer magician at FigLeaf Brewing Co. By Jim Hannah He works his Merlin-like magic on the production floor, a stainless-steel jungle of towering fermenters, a mash mixer, lauter tun, boil kettle, and whirlpool tank. Welcome to the FigLeaf Brewing […]

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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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Beer building community

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Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival returns to Salem Avenue Try a taste of Belgium at Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival July 29; photo: Lew Hann By Jim Witmer The Dayton Belgian Ale and Food Festival has a tightly focused theme—a collection of world-class rated ales and food that complement their nuanced flavors. But […]

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Pooch hooch

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Share a pint with your pup Miss Ellie Mae, beer taste-tester; photo: Dana Walczak By Dana Walczak When people ask me what my hobbies include, the first thing that pops into my mind is heading to the dog park with my hubby and my pup, followed by a trip to a local brewery for a […]

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‘Full day of heaven’

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Yellow Springs transforms into music, craft-brew haven at SpringsFest Yellow Springs Brewery’s special-release SpringsFest American pale ale will be available again July 8; photo: Hayley Fudge By Hayley Fudge Live music and beer. Does it get any better than that? Actually, yes. Throw in one of Ohio’s liveliest, most eclectic, arts-centered small towns, a hot […]

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Sizing up 

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Comparing nano- to micro- to large-scale breweries A micro-brewery produces 15,000 beer barrels a year maximum, like Dayton’s Warped Wing; photo: Jim Witmer By Jim Witmer Does size really matter? When it comes to brewery size, it’s a subject everyone seems to wonder about: Is a big brewery better than a small one, or vice […]

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Summer shake-up

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Beer adds fresh twists to this season’s cocktails Photo: Mix up a hot summer day with the North High Jalalima Beergarita; photo: Hayley Fudge By Hayley Fudge Long gone are the short days that require a solid stout to end a cold evening. Let barley-wines be bygones. Summer is now upon us. ‘Tis the season for […]

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Namaste and have a pint

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Local breweries get the zen treatment Photo: Breweries, such as Springboro’s Crooked Handle, offer large and open spaces for yoga; photo: Dana Walczak By Dana Walczak I’m not a yogi. Not by any means. I’ve dabbled here and there throughout the years, but it never really stuck. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like it […]

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America, the beer-tiful

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Big Brews and Blues returns to benefit Diabetes Dayton By Jim Witmer Photo: The 8th Big Brews and Blues offers 60 draft beer selections May 20 at RiverScape; photo: Sarah Browning Blues is a distinct American original, and so is the craft beer movement. It seems natural that they should go together. And what better […]

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Be merry, make music

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Drink to fund the arts at Lebanon’s BrewHAHa By Dana Walczak Photo: Lebanon’s BrewHAHa at the Warren County Fairgrounds raises money for the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra and Choir youth programs   Ever since Mesopotamians invented beer, we’ve paired the libation with music. The Lebanon BrewHAHa celebrates the two, selling craft beer to create more music. […]

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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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Gone sour

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Local sour beers surging in popularity By Jim Witmer Photo: Toxic Brew’s Til Death Do Us Part Berliner weisse, brewing now; photo: Shane Juhl     Now that we’ve passed Daylight Saving Time, we are springing forward into warmer months. That, of course, means the appearance of lighter and refreshing craft beer styles. Typically, spring […]

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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 […]