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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

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

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

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

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

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!

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?

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

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

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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News of the weird: 12/16

By Chuck Shepherd Dying to get a date Like many in society’s subgroups, people who work in “death” industries or […]

Advice Goddess: 12/16

By Amy Alkon American idle My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a […]

The Docket: 12/9

Strange, but true: Dayton’s police blotter, reported verbatim Researched and reported by Charles Grove Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event […]

Jingle ’Burg

Miamisburg Holiday Parade returns By CC Hutten Photo: The Miamisburg Community Holiday Event and Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. on […]

Advice Goddess: 12/9

By Amy Alkon Belittle Richard My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too […]

News of the weird: 12/9

By Chuck Shepherd Lead Story – TMI Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 […]