Beer Release Blow Out At Hairless Hare

Saturday will be a big day at the Vandalia brewery as Matt Harris, Master Brewer and Owner of Hairless Hare Brewery, hosts a special 5 beer release.  Don't let the strip mall location across from the airport fool you. These guys, who opened their brewery in 2013, make some awesome beers and were voted the Best Brewery in 2015 at BEER! A Celebration of Dayton Brewing. On tap when the brewery, located at 738 W. National Road, opens at 1pm will be: Maple Brown Ale:   Made with  Maple Syrup from Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm, *100% of the proceeds of this first day of sales of the … [Read more...]

Dive Bar Tuesday – Diplomat Lounge

After an extended hiatus, we are back! Of course, that is one of the best things about any good dive bar you go to. Any bar, really. They become more than a place to just get a drink after work; you get to know the bartenders. You start to discover that other patrons are from a town near yours, or enjoy Game of Thrones as much as you do, or weep quietly every Sunday after a Browns loss. Whether you go to the best wine bar in town or a venue where their craft beer is Budweiser Lime-A-Rita, you are going for more than the product they are offering. You are going for the comfortable feeling it … [Read more...]

Lunch from a Gas Station?

When I lived in Baton Rouge it was common knowledge that the best Boudin Sausage could be found at a roadside gas station on Airline Highway between the capital city and New Orleans. Last year in Kansas City I had the best "burnt ends" at Joe's. Joe's is a working gas station where the line for BBQ is an hour long most afternoons. It should have been no surprise that the best Fried Chicken in Kettering can be found at Town and Country Shell Gas Station on the corner of Far Hills and Stroop Road.   For months, I have kept this little bit of information to myself. Great fried chicken and … [Read more...]

Homebrew Competition Now Accepting Entries

The Fifth Street Brewpub’s 2nd Annual Member Homebrew Competition is now accepting entries! Bring your most creative brew to FSB and compete with your fellow member-owners. The competition is open to any amateur homebrewer age 21 or older who is a member of Fifth Street Brewpub. THE DEAD LINE FOR ENTERING IS MAY 7, 2016. Winners to be contacted by Darren Link and announced later in May. DOWNLOAD a pdf that contains everything you need to enter! THE BEST OF SHOW AWARD! Our Brewmaster, Darren Link, will work with the Best of Show winner to scale their homebrew recipe to be brewed in Fifth … [Read more...]

Dive Bar Tuesday: McGillicutty’s Pub

When the biggest bar holiday of the year comes knocking, you sit down with your team and have a serious conversation about the bar where you are going to celebrate. A lively discussion commenced and the finalists were chosen. The finalists all had certain merits in the dive bar designation. The Final Four bars we decided on were Flannigan's Pub, Harrigan's Tavern, Mack's Tavern, and McGillicutty's Pub. We look forward to visiting all of them in good time, but the one we went for this week just ahead of St. Patrick's Day was McGillicutty's Pub. It has been a staple in the community for over … [Read more...]

Dive Bar Tuesday: Time Out Cavern

  There are many criteria on which you can judge a bar. Some people look for a certain selection of liquor, focusing on bourbon or wine or craft beer. Others go because of loyalty; your friend owns it, or bartends there, or they support a certain team you like. There is something to be said for the talent that they have hired. Finding the lady who makes your Manhattan with just the right amount of sweetness, or the gentleman who has a glass of wine poured and waiting for you at your favorite seat, is worth its weight in Pappy Van Winkle. All of these things are lovely, but the … [Read more...]

Dayton Beer Co & The Bach Society Bid Downton Abbey A Fond Farewell

Attention Downton Abbey Fans! It’s time to win fabulous local prizes, drink craft beer, and celebrate the series finale of Downton Abbey! Let’s raise a glass to this critically acclaimed and exceptionally popular show!! We gather on March 3rd, a few days before the final episode airs. Use your well-earned … [Read more...]

Dive Bar Tuesday – Sure Shots

We love to get excited about things becoming bigger and better. We watch the places that follow all the trends, trying desperately to either keep up with them or get ahead of what they are doing. More craft beers, larger cocktail menus, more and more food options. All of it in the name of trying to attract more customers. That may be the expected thing to do when you own a bar or restaurant, but it is not always the right thing. Occasionally the right thing is to be the solid rock in a sea of changing tastes. Sure Shots has been following this path for as long as I have been stopping in, and … [Read more...]

Beer & Brewing with A Taste of Aullwood

  Join us at Aullwood's Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center, 9101 Frederick Pike, for Beer & Brewing with A Taste of Aullwood! This event happens on February 20th, 2016 from 6:30-9:00 PM. Enjoy a relaxing and fun atmosphere along with delicious samples from local restaurants and caterers who will provide tastes of their favorite recipes. Drink amazing beers and take part in informative beer tasting sessions with knowledgeable staff. Hairless Hair, Fifth Street Brewpub and beers from Bonbright will be available for tasting. Learn about home brewing from the brewers … [Read more...]

AleFeast – Beer & Food Pairings Galore

For years restaurant have made pairing suggestions of wine that compliments their food.  But in the last few years, as craft beer has exploded across the country, more and more eateries are realizing that beer may actually be more food-friendly that wine.  There are a couple of ways to go about pairing, complementary or contrasting flavors? The first would be like  pairing a spicy Thai dish with a spicy pale ale.  The opposite approach suggests that contrasting flavors are pleasing in a ying-yang sort of way: A dry, bitter stout classically pairs with oysters, perhaps "cutting through" the … [Read more...]