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During a canning run in Dayton's Warped Wing Brewery, Gamma Bomb IPA is packaged for distribution.
Photo by Jim Witmer

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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Welcome to Flavortown

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Dive into K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy Experience the charm of an old-fashioned diner at K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy, with offerings like soups and burgers with fries; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson When you walk into K’s Hamburgers in Troy, the phrase “stepping back in time” almost doesn’t adequately sum up the experience. […]

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In the beginning, it was frozen

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DCP dining critic takes readers through her food journey, debuts rating system photo: DCP dining critic Paula Johnson’s love of food and restaurants started with her mother By Paula Johnson I am often asked what I am looking for when I review a restaurant. That’s the question that’s asked right after “How did you get that […]

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Summer shake-up

Beer

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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Hidden Flavors

Dinning

Find the The Meadows in Middletown Photo: Roasted Rack of Lamb paired with Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes at The Meadows in Middletown; photo: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson It’s not often you discover a hidden gem, a real “find,” a place no one else seems to know about. I’m often asked if I know of […]

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‘L’ marks the spot

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Locations Wine makes European-style blends accessible to Americans Photo: (l-r) French, Italian, and Spanish blends from Locations Wines By Dr. Mike Rosenberg What’s in a name? When it comes to wine, nomenclature can mean a great deal—depending on which country’s soil you’re standing upon…or, more accurately, which country’s terroir you’re about to start slugging on. […]

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Drink to remember

dining

Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Moraine breaks the chains Photo: Chicken and Waffles at Chappys Tap Room and Grille in Moraine; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson I’m a big fan of supporting locally owned, independent restaurants. I remind people often that the chains don’t need your money—locally owned places do. But many diners find […]

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Do you know the muffin man?

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Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe serves the basics Photo: Blueberry pancake and sausage at Bellbrook’s Blueberry Cafe; photos: Paula Johnson By Paula Johnson The Blueberry Cafe is the kind of neighborhood breakfast joint where it seems just about everybody in the place is either known by the hosts and servers, or lives in the town. PIP (Palate In […]

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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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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 […]