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Wherever I may foam

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The Miami Valley gains a gypsy brewery By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Nowhere In Particular, Dayton’s gypsy brewery, hits the streets Dayton Beer Week Two years ago, the Miami Valley was without a brewery. Today, nearly a dozen have popped up, ranging in size from tiny brewpubs to full-scale distribution breweries. Later this month, add one […]

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Sour is the new hoppy

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The revival of wild ales By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Enjoy straight lambics or those fermented with fruits like raspberries, peaches or cherries More years ago than I care to admit, I was at a party in Boston. My friends were throwing a “Beers from Around the World” party. The craft beer boom was just generating […]

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Craft beer: Not just for straight white dudes

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MJ’s Café expands craft offerings By Kevin J. Gray Photo: MJ’s Café is looking to expand its craft beer selection as it moves into a new location at the end of summer MJ’s Café, currently located at 119 E. Third St., has been hard at work since October to grow into its new location nearby at […]

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A lot more than a bar, Mom

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Jackie O’s makes good on a promise to its namesake By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Owner Art Oestrike at Jackie O’s newest production facility Life often presents a strange, simultaneous mix of experiences. In December 2005, Art Oestrike had just purchased O’Hooley’s, a brewpub in Athens, Ohio, now made famous as Jackie O’s. A Cleveland native […]

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Advocate for craft

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Growing the local beer community By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Mike Legg of Hairless Hare brews an early test batch Welcome to the rebirth of craft beer in the Miami Valley. We claim eight breweries with several more opening, local taps all around town and breweries growing to increase capacity. Albeit still in its infancy, this […]

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Oregon comes to Ohio

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Deschutes Brewery enters the Ohio market By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Craft beer fans at Arrow Wine & Spirits in Centerville for the Deschutes Brewery launch in Ohio Ohio is a great place to be a craft beer drinker. Not only are there nearly a dozen breweries open or opening in the Miami Valley and myriad […]

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The beer fest with class

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Brew Ha Ha benefits Montessori School of Dayton By Sara Mastbaum There’s no question about it: Ohio versus Michigan is always a brouhaha. When the contenders are a certain pair of college football teams, only one will emerge victorious. When the contenders are 40 craft beers, it’s Brew Ha Ha, and we’re pretty sure everyone […]

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The December gauntlet

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DCP Holiday Drinking Guide – Part 2  By Kevin J. Gray   Photo: The Fantôme de Noel Belgian-style ale pairs well with a hardy Christmas dinner. With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah behind us, we are running the mad dash that is the December holiday season. Below are recommendations for adding some holiday cheer to your festivities. Work […]

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Hip ways to drink through the holidays

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DCP Guide to Holiday Drinking – Part 1  By Kevin J. Gray   Photo: Yellow Springs Brewery’s Captain Stardust pairs well with grandma’s turkey and gravy Halloween is long gone and we’re all already annoyed with the Christmas music on the radio. Life is starting to get frantic in the way that only November and December […]

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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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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]