With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, everyone looks to the Irish cultural touchpoints in town. When you are looking for a dive bar that is also Irish, the field goes down considerably. The Dublin Pub is thrown out immediately; it is incredibly Irish, but incredibly lovely as well. Paddy’s Irish Pub falls into the same category at the Dublin Pub. Tremendous and very nice, not especially divey. Harrigan’s Tavern? Difficult to classify it as a dive bar. Their menu is pretty extensive, which digs into the debate of what earns the distinction of a dive bar vs. a diner. At the moment, … [Read more...] about Dive Bar Thursday: Flanagan’s Pub
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Pedal Wagon got approved to operate and cruises are going out the next day. Jack says, “We had people wanting to get on board as soon as we were approved. We got an email from the city last night and cruises are going out tonight. It's really awesome to see how accepting Daytonians are and how familiar they are with the Pedal Wagon concept as seen in Cincinnati, Columbus and other cities.” The Pedal Wagon is a 15 person, pedal-powered, rolling party. You can reserve the entire Pedal Wagon for your group, or just part of it and get mixed and matched with other folks. You can choose from … [Read more...] about Look For the Pedal Wagon Around Town Now!
Come ready to party Yellow Springs-style wearing your tie-dye, flowing skirts and Birkenstocks. On Friday, March 10, 5:00 pm, Yellow Springs Brewery is throwing a party in their taproom to celebrate the release of Springer Golden Ale in 12-ounce cans. It will be distributed to restaurants, bars and retailers starting the week of March 13th, six-packs will retail for $9.99. This signature beer is made with local Cascade hops from Heartland Hops in northwest Ohio near Fort Recovery. At 5.4% alcohol by volume, it is light, floral and perfect for drinking anytime. Springer Golden Ale is one of … [Read more...] about Get Your ‘Spring’er on with Yellow Springs Brewery
We are foodies. We embrace craft beers. There is an event that combines these two passions... Jennifer Dean & Amanda Pond and crew are presenting 2017's Ale Feast on Feb 4th at the Masonic Temple again this year. The always filling, always popular event is a chance to sample some local restaurant tastes, while sipping local and national beers. It is always a showcase spectacle as attendees go from booth to booth partaking in eating and drinking at each stop. This year there will be 15 restaurant booths and almost 80 beer choices to sample. Each booth has wine options too … [Read more...] about Ale Feast 2017: “Must Drinks” for Feb. 4th
Earlier this week we announced the arrival of The Pedal Wagon in Dayton. This Cincinnati based business has been operating these mobile pub crawls in Over the Rhine since 2012 and recently expanded their territory to showcase more of the city. The Pedal Wagon operates fourteen wagons year-round in Cincinnati and Columbus and has around 50 seasonal employees. And this spring, they'll be bringing two pedal powered vehicles to the Oregon District. Exact debut dates are awaiting approval by the powers that be at the City of Dayton, for licenses and routes. “We aim to provide a unique … [Read more...] about Welcoming the Pedal Pub & The Pedal Wagon to Downtown
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!
In 1831, Benjamin Disraeli wrote the book The Young Duke. It is a book about a young orphan who comes into a vast sum of money and starts to squander it before the love of a woman shows him the error of his ways. During his party days, he spent a good deal of time at the track, betting on the horses as he drank and wooed the ladies. There was some excitement at the track that day; "a dark horse which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grandstand in sweeping triumph." Disraeli penned the first written usage in history … [Read more...] about (Not A) Dive Bar Tuesday: The Dark Horse Tavern
The first Wednesday of each month Mike Schwartz from Belmont Party Supply picks 9 beers for folks to sample and then teaches beer school at Trolley Stop in the Oregon District. Novice or expert, there's always something to learn about the beer, the hops used, the barrels used for aging or some other aspect in the process that affects the flavor of the liquid. And this Wednesday, December 7th at 7pm will be Beer Tasting #100 and that's a big reason to celebrate! That means 900 beers have been tasted and rated by the crowd's that show up for this monthly event. If you want to be at … [Read more...] about 900 Bottles of Beer