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Eudora lets you brew your own By Kevin J. Gray Photo: A colander holds the hops to steep while the wort boils at Eudora Brewing Company On a mid-winter afternoon, Neil Chabut welcomes me to Eudora Brewing Company, one of the nearly two dozen breweries that dot the Miami Valley. Like the others, Eudora sprang […]

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Ohio: the heart of it ale

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Beer road trip destinations dot the state By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Willoughby Brewing Company’s red brick exterior The brewery explosion of the last three years isn’t a purely Dayton phenomenon. Since 2011, Ohio has grown from 49 operating breweries to more than 100, with more to come (the Ohio Liquor Control has issued more […]

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Pints and half-pints

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Family-friendly breweries in the Miami Valley By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Kids play pinball at Warped Wing Brewing Company, while adults taste the beers and take a tour Several weeks ago, Dayton saw its first “Beer Geeks with Kids” event, a meetup designed to bring families in the craft beer world together. About 25 people, […]

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Tackle the taps

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Pies and Pints pregame pits pigskin rivals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: The Ohio vs. Michigan Tap Takeover starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Pies & Pints At the time this article was written, Ohio State was poised to take on Michigan State, hoping to regain respect after their 2013 fourth-and-2 Spartan […]

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Do the dead have favorite watering holes?

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Inside Bellbrook’s haunted pub By Avery King Photo: The half-pound cheeseburger and fries at McIntosh’s Pub McIntosh’s Pub & Grub, located at 6 E. Franklin St., is a brown brick building near downtown Bellbrook. It looks unassuming, but the locals tell tales about this neighborhood mainstay, stories of unexplained happenings. In honor of Halloween, the […]

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Leave the pumpkins in the patch

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Gourd-free fall seasonals By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Oktoberfests, harvest ales and vampire beers offer a break from pie-spiced seasonals Fall may signal the end of the growing season, but it’s the rebirth of big, cold-weather craft beer seasonals. Most people equate fall with pumpkin beers, and those styles certainly have their favorites. But for […]

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The return of the brewsters

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What does it mean to be female in the beer industry? By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Massie Lawson from Dark Horse Brewing Company Before the Industrial Revolution pushed them to the margins, women were the dominant brewers of beer. Today, women are rejoining the beer world. In doing so, they are bringing to light issues […]

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The blonde and the bubbly

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America’s first strip club brewpub By Kevin J. Gray Photo: Nova and Prue, two employees of Pinups and Pints, sample the beer It started as a bizarre phone call from my editor: “We need to push back your column by a week, but we have another story for you,” she explained. “It’s for our annual […]

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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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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 […]