Dayton is in the midst of a craft beer explosion. There are daily notifications that new breweries are opening or that current breweries are planning to expand. In Montgomery county alone, there are well over a dozen breweries. From Crooked Handle in the south to Hairless Hare in the north, breweries are popping up all over. However, the fuse for the craft beer movement was lit on the West Coast. Anchor Brewing Company was bought by Fritz Maytag in 1965, just as the brewery was going to sink quietly in a sea of macrobrews. He resurrected the brand, inspiring other west coast beer enthusiasts … [Read more...] about Sixth Annual Brew-Ha-Ha: West V. Midwest
Anyone who has ever sat down for a session of games knows the drill. The players all gather around a table, or several tables, and start to spread out cards, dice, and meeples. Beverages are chilling in the fridge, and friendly banter is flowing. Then the games begin. Sometimes you sit down to a long, intense game of Arkham Horror. It could be a night of a few quick games of Ticket to Ride, Smash Up, or King of Tokyo. Or you look at the four games just mentioned and wondered what the hell are you playing. When you started gaming, it was Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Of course, … [Read more...] about Being A Nerd Is Not Dead: Welcome D20!
Insider tip! There is a FREE show at Trolley Stop this Friday April 29th, 2016 with two incredible bands, Grover and Common Center. Plus that fabulous patio? It's a no brainer for Friday night fun! On the fringes of the jam band scene, local rock quartet Grover, blend funk, soul, and jazz, in a down and dirty rock band that comes across unpolished and “garage” as much as they do highly-skilled, almost veteran. Common Center is a group of individuals from Covington, Kentucky that gather to form a collection of sonic exploration. Their all-original material arises from a vast array of … [Read more...] about Grover Plays Free Show at Trolley Stop
We've all lived this scenario in one form or another: You're hungry. Your kids are hungry. Your spouse is hungry. You look in your pantry and you're dreading making dinner and how long it'll take to cook something that everyone will actually agree on. People in your house are getting hungry, and angry ... Yes, "Hanger" is setting in. Things are about to get ugly... (learn how to win a FREE PIZZA below). Have no fear! Rapid Fire Pizza is here! Finally a place where you can get a personal sized pizzas made your way, fast and fresh and affordable! It's no secret that our crew … [Read more...] about Make dinner in 180 seconds? Rapid Fired Does!
Whether you truly "heart" Valentine's Day, shun the celebration, or are simply ambivalent to arrow-slinging amoretti, if you're looking for heartfelt gifts, awesome dinner specials, or great local music, downtown Dayton has you covered. Choose your own adventure in today's post to create the best weekend experience plopped in the middle of a frigid February. Date Night Find out why Amazon.com rated Dayton in its top 20 list of most romantic U.S. cities. If you need gifts and activities for you and your sweetie, here are a few suggestions to squeeze every last drop of romance out of your … [Read more...] about Downtown Businesses Here To Rescue You From Lame Valentine’s Day
Last week was cold. And snowy. So when we were looking for a dive bar to visit, we wanted something relatively central. There are many in the area that we have been to, but one I had always been curious about but had not explored. Well, not since I moved to the great city of Dayton, and it was better known as Alan’s Billiard’s and Brew. When it was Alan’s, I remember pool tables as far as the eye could see and beer that was exactly what beer should be: inexpensive and cold. I don’t remember much in the way of food, but who needed it? It would just ruin the flow of beer and pool. Bits and … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Tuesday: Dog’s Breath Tavern
We love to talk about the crafted, well built side of the culinary world: fine dining, well balanced cocktails, and hand crafted beers. What we don’t discuss very often is the other side of the coin. The places where the food is comfortable, the shots are full, and the beer is cheap. Dive bars do not get the love that fine dining gets, and there is no good reason for it. There is a certain charm to loud and dimly lit places. You have some control of the music. They are a little more willing to serve one more (heavily poured) drink after last call. They have character, and there is nothing … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Tuesday: Miami Valley Sports Bar
In the last several years the craft beer movement has found a solid audience in the Miami Valley. With 11 local breweries (soon to be 12, as Crooked Handle Brewing Co will open in Springboro anytime now) and over 40 local places to fill growlers in the area, beer lovers have grown a more sophisticated palate. The way they drink beer has changed. No longer content to pick up a 6 pack of what's on sale, consumers are becoming much more discerning about the beer they want to drink at home. Realizing that, Andy Elshire of the Town and Country Shell has just opened up a growler fill station … [Read more...] about Ketttering Gas & Growler Stop
Calling all beer enthusiasts! Would you love to talk to the people that brew your favorite beers? Dec 15th will be your chance to mingle and drink with the owners of 5 area brewing companies. Stone House Tavern is teaming up with the Food Adventures Crew for this one-night-only party! They have pulled the chairs out of the bar, and will even host an after party with drink specials. Stone House Tavern is only releasing 50 tickets for this pre-pay only event. It is also a great chance to sample some of the best kitchen creations from Stone House! You can only order your tickets … [Read more...] about Stone House Tavern & DMM’s Food Adventures Hosts Local Beer Tasting Dec 15th
Five years ago a couple of dozen folks made their way from the Dublin Pub to Thai 9 in the first ever Beer Week Parade. Today when the parade steps off at 4:30pm from the Dublin Pub, several hundred are expected to participate. Many of the local breweries will participate, pictured left is the contingent from Fifth Street Brewpub last year. Leading off the parade this year will be the Miami Valley Pipes & Drums. Special floats and vehicles like Thai Rob's VW Van with Nimrod Camper, The Radler from Warped Wing, Dayton Brew Tours & the Groove Machine Party Bus. Participants are … [Read more...] about Parade Kicks Off 5th Annual Beer Week