Guess how much Fifth Street Brewpub’s weekly giveback night has raised for local charities?

Published: Monday, July 31, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Fifth Street Brewpub has raised $50,000 for local charities since it launched its giveback Monday program in 2013.  Tanya Brock is the pub's general manager.
Fifth Street Brewpub has raised $50,000 for local charities since it launched its giveback Monday program in 2013. Tanya Brock is the pub's general manager.

Slinging beer at this Dayton brewery is about more than just slinging beer.

Tanya Brock, the general manager of Fifth Street Brewpub, said on Monday night it is also about raising money and awareness for local nonprofits.

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Since 2013, the much-beloved co-op at 1600 E 5th St. in the St. Anne's Hill neighborhood has raised $50,000 for hundreds of local nonprofits through its FSB Gives Back program.

“It is a core piece of who we are, not just a program. It is part of our mission,” Brock said. “It is something we are super proud of and really hope it continues to grow.”

The business was the first of its kind to set up such a program in the area and helped start a trend among locally-owned bars and breweries.  

“There are a lot of copycats in Dayton and I think that’s cool,” Brock said.

The FSB’s slogan is “Building a community one beer at a time.” Indications are that its Monday giveback is doing just that. 

The program is so popular that all but a few dates are booked through next summer.

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The FSB recently launched a brunch giveback program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Sundays of each month. 

Charities receive tips from the pub’s guests, 5 percent of net sales of food and drinks, and $1 from the sale of a pre-selected beer brewed at Fifth Street Brewpub.  

Fifth Street Brewpub has raised $50,000 for local charities since it launched its giveback Monday program in 2013. Tanya Brock is the pub's general manager.

Opened in 2012, FSB is Ohio’s first co-op brewery. It is open to the public. Each co-op member-owner has an equal share of the company.

Volunteers from a long list of nonprofits ranging from Antioch Writers' Workshop at University of Dayton to the Rubi Girls drag Troupe to FilmDayton to Paw Patrol Dayton to the Greater Greene Co. Chapter of the American 
Legion Riders to Alzheimer's Association have served as guest bartenders. 

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They serve drinks, but really, their mission is bigger than that. 

“More importantly, they are talking to everyone at the bar or on the patio about the great things they do,” Brock said.

Most nonprofits will raise a few hundred dollars through tips alone. 

Brock said the program allows FSB to give back to the community and exposes FSB customers to charities and nonprofit supporters to the pub. 

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Supporters can show their love for nonprofits and what they do to make Dayton better, Brock said. 

“It is a constant loop,” she said. “It is not just for Suzie’s birthday fund or Joe’s beer drinking fund.” 

Fifth Street Brewpub has raised $50,000 for local charities since it launched its giveback Monday program in 2013. Tanya Brock is the pub's general manager.
Fifth Street Brewpub has raised $50,000 for local charities since it launched its giveback Monday program in 2013. Tanya Brock is the pub's general manager.

5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

Here are 5 interesting facts about this celebratory drink!

The thought has probably crossed your mind: someday I'll spend New Year's Eve at Times Square in New York City.

You'll be part of that massive crowd as the whole country watches and counts down to the moment the crystal ball drops. With your friends or significant other, you'll toast the New Year with champagne and, just maybe, one of those TV cameras will take notice and your faces will flash across screens throughout the country.

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It's a lovely dream, but the reality? New Year's Eve in the Big Apple means shelling out big bucks on hotels rooms, which need to be booked well in advance. On top of that, if you want any shot of being close to the center of Times Square when that giant crystal sphere falls, you'll have to stand for hours and hours in the cold ahead of the big moment.

It will certainly be memorable and it's a worthwhile bucket list item. But if you didn't plan ahead, don't feel like making the effort or simply want a less mainstream New Year's Eve experience, there's a lot of other great cities to consider. 

Here are our five suggestions, all of which are sure to help you bring in 2018 with lots of crazy memories:

Chicago, IL(Pixabay/For the AJC)

Chicago, Illinois

The Windy City offers all the excitement and fun you need this New Year's eve. From exciting parties to unique concerts, you'll definitely find something up your alley. For those interested in an epic party, check out the gala at the Congress Plaza Hotel. Canadian electronic duo Adventure Club will also be headlining the Reaction New Year's Eve event at the Aragon Ballroom, for those wanting to party it up at an EDM bash. And if you're looking for the perfect way to mark the start of 2018,  swing by Navy Pier for the spectacular annual fireworks display. 

Austin, TX(Flickr/Trey Perry/For the AJC)

Austin, Texas

Austin is one of those up-and-coming cities that everyone is talking about. So, why not check it out while welcoming 2018. You can bring in the New Year in roaring 20s style at Gatsby House, or party it up at Maggie Mae's Neon Party. For a more family friendly option, check out the city's event at Auditorium Shores. Fireworks go off at 10 p.m., so you can enjoy them with the kids and then go out for a night cap after tucking them in. 

New Orleans, LA(WikiMedia/For the AJC)

New Orleans, Louisiana

It may not be Mardi Gras, but New Orleans promises to be lively as ever on New Year's Eve. Not to be outdone by the Big Apple, the city drops a fleur-de-lis at midnight in Jackson Square. Leading up to the big moment, you can enjoy live music and then ring in 2018 with a giant fireworks display. After midnight, swing by the bars of the city's famous French Quarter to welcome the new year with a toast.

Orlando, Florida

Where better to welcome the New Year than at the most magical place on Earth? Disney World's Magic Kingdom will never disappoint and offers fun for the entire family. For those wanting to catch the Disney magic without shelling out big buck for park passes, Downtown Disney offers great views of the castle's fireworks, and you'll only have to pay for parking.

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Atlanta, Georgia

If you can't wander far this holiday, no worries! Atlanta definitely knows how to ring in the New Year. Don't miss the city's iconic midnight Peach Drop. A slew of concerts and other parties will also be happening throughout the city.

Regardless of where you end up this New Year Eve, make sure you're surrounded by people you love. Whether you're in Atlanta, Chicago or the Magic Kingdom, the people you're with will create the most special memories.

Kwanzaa: 7 things to know

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:10 PM

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 22:  Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 22: Camille Yarborough sings African music behind a traditional "kinara" candelabra during a preview of the 'Kwanzaa 2004: We Are Family' festival at the American Museum of Natural History December 22, 2004 in New York City.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Kwanzaa is a relatively modern holiday that began just over 50 years ago. Since then, Kwanzaa has grown in popularity and has been commemorated with postage stamp designs and mentioned by several presidents as part of their holiday greetings.
Unless you celebrate Kwanzaa, you may not be aware of the traditions and philosophy that are important to its meaning and celebration.
Here are seven things to know about Kwanzaa.

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Why and when it was created
Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a black nationalist who became a college professor. He created the holiday in the aftermath of the Watts riots in Los Angeles as an effort to unite and empower the African-American community, and it was first celebrated that year.
The origins of its name
Inspired by traditional harvest festivals, Kwanzaa takes its name from a Swahili phrase, “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits.” Over 2,000 languages are spoken in Africa, so Swahili, which is spoken by millions, was chosen since it’s a unifying language. An extra “a” was added to the end of the original word because seven children each wanted to represent a letter at the first Kwanzaa celebration.
Who can celebrate Kwanzaa

Because it’s celebrated from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1, some people assume that Kwanzaa is an alternative to Christmas. It’s a cultural celebration that has a spiritual quality, but the holiday is not a religious one. And although it celebrates African culture, people of any race or ethnic background can participate in the holiday’s events and customs.
Why it lasts for seven days

Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to a principle, which gives each day a specific meaning and purpose on which to focus. The seven principles are: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
The colors of Kwanzaa

The colors of Kwanzaa are black, red and green, and they’re used to represent unity for people of African descent worldwide. Black represents the people, red for their noble blood that unites them and green for the rich land of Africa.
The meaning of the candelabra

A seven-branched candelabra called a kinara is used to help discuss and celebrate the principles, with a new candle being lit each night. One is black, three are red and three are green, and the black candle is placed in the center. The black candle, which represents unity, is lit on the first day of Kwanzaa. Red candles are placed to the left and green to the right and are lit in that order. The order of the candles indicates that the people come first, followed by the struggle and then hope.
The importance of food

Food is an important part of many holidays, and Kwanzaa is no exception. Many people celebrate with their favorite African-American dishes – along with traditional African, Caribbean and other appropriate recipes – throughout the week. The holiday culminates with a feast (known as Karamu) on Dec. 31, with dishes meant to symbolize the past as well as the current growth of African culture. 

Nurse your hangover with help from Dayton's bartenders

Published: Saturday, December 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 2:48 PM

5 Secret Hangover Cures

We’ve seen this movie before.

Here we are again, prostrate on the couch with a head pounding from excess alcohol and heavy dehydration. Somehow, we lost ourselves last night between a bottle of red wine, or one too many Fireball shots, or the random Long Island Iced Tea.

Though it feels like we’ll never revive, there are ways to beat back the hangover beast. Your local bartenders have many tricks up their sleeve – they are, after all, used to nursing their customers – and themselves – back to health.

We asked a few of our neighborhood bartenders their most effective techniques. May they serve you well.

Vitamin Water, miso soup, Chinese buffet, booze

Vitamin Water Revive offers up the nutrients your hungover body craves. Photo source: Facebook

Amber Brady serves up delicious (and dangerous) cocktails at Lily’s Bistro, and offered up her step-by-step process for recovery:

“For me, hangover remedies are an intricate ritual of as many 'cures' as I can possibly ingest,” Brady said. Try one, some or all of the following with her recommendations:

  • "Revive" Vitamin Water. "This is a must. This purple potion is packed full of B vitamins, potassium and electrolytes. All things your body is begging for. If the store is out, shed a single tear and get another flavor; however, Revive is where it's at."
  • Coconut water. "Tons of electrolytes and hydration goodness. Just pound one. Sure way to get some moisture back into your poor dehydrated body."
  • Miso soup. "I know the sodium is a throw off here, but it actually helps you retain water. Lots of good vitamins and minerals here too, plus it's just a feel good soup."
  • Tons of water. "You should be drinking water throughout your boozy adventures, but let's be real, that rarely happens. So at the very least, chug as much as you can before bed. Then chug one more glass. When you wake up, drink it all day. Force yourself. After your Revive and coconut water, of course."
  •  Food. "Once you can eat, feed the beast. When the battle of the hangover comes to the point where I can eat, I eat tons of food. Preferably Chinese buffet, or if I'm not capable of removing myself from my cave of shame, get Chinese delivery. Go all out. You’re going to need to eat it like three times that day."
  • The classic hair of the dog. "This isn't always possible, especially if you are also nursing a 'shameover' and you've done or said things that will not allow you to be seen in public for a few days. However, if you can, my go-to hangover booze is a shot of whiskey, a beermosa, or at Lily’s, we offer the fine cocktail "Corpse Reviver #2,” (made with Citadelle gin, Lillet blanc, lemon juice, orange liqueur, Pernod rinse, and Luxardo cherry garnish). However, it comes with the warning that too many will just put you back where you started. It's delicious and one or two of these really does help ease the pain!"

A little bubbly could do the trick

The bubbles settle your stomach; the booze clears your head just enough to start functioning. Plus you feel fancy again. Photo source: Facebook

Corner Kitchen bartender Callie Young admits that she is “terrible at being hungover.”

“I usually just lay in bed all day,” she wrote. “If I do drink, it is champagne with grapefruit juice and then some Taco Bell.”

Fellow Corner Kitchen bartender Tess Vella also gave a rundown of her hangover cure routine.

  • "First of all, a shower is essential. It sounds terrible, but once you get in there, let the steam hit you, and reflect on your bad decisions from the night before; you can wash it all away and start again.
  • Second, champagne. I don’t like to muddy something already perfect with fruit juice, so no mimosas for me.
  • Third, a runny egg – in ramen doesn’t hurt.
  • Fourth: I must spend the rest of the day horizontal. Hulu is my friend."

Amateur hour:'s personal cures

Two of many staff hangover cures: Angostura bitters mixed with ginger ale (Source: and pickles/pickle juice (Source: Claussen Pickles Facebook)

Lastly, we may not be bartenders in our day jobs, but several of us served plenty of time in the restaurant business to pick up a few tricks to getting the job done while feeling less than amazing. Plus, college. The following is a sampling of our staff recommendations.

  • "Smart Water. Lots of it. If you have pickles in the fridge, sip that pickle juice. Fill your belly with Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese. But the all-time winner when you need to revive in a hurry is a glass of ginger ale with a few dashes of Angostura bitters, any flavor. At almost 45 percent alcohol, even just a touch of these bitters will bring you back to life."
  • "Two huge glasses of water and Tylenol before bed. Also, Gatorade the next day, especially if you were too drunk to remember to drink water and have Tylenol before bed."
  • "Bagels and Bloody Marys. Plus, heavy lounging and Netflix."
  • "Dry Life cereal and Gatorade. If you can afford it, upgrade to Pedialyte: world of difference. They even make Pedialyte popsicles and suckers."
From the Staff to all of you: Good luck, and speedy recoveries.

This week’s ‘Artisan Night’ offers gift ideas that can’t get more local

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

The 2nd Street Market will host its first-ever Artisan Night at the Market from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. CONTRIBUTED
The 2nd Street Market will host its first-ever Artisan Night at the Market from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. CONTRIBUTED

The 2nd Street Market will host its first-ever “Artisan Night at the Market” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The event is described by market organizers as “an evening of music, gift shopping and mini workshops … a perfect opportunity to purchase or create your very own unique holiday gifts.”

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More than a dozen of the market’s vendors will be participating. The event will be held on the east end of the market. Attendees should park and enter at the far east end of the market. No registration is necessary, and admission is free.

Lynda Suda, the Five Rivers MetroParks 2nd Street Market’s coordinator, provided a few of the projects that vendors will offer:

• Consider the Lilies - small wreath

• Hedy Riegle Studio – stamped brass tag

• Willowdale Farm Botanicals – essential oil roll-on

• Revamped Jems – small earrings

• Studio Regina - glass ornament

The full list of participating vendors include:

Animal Snackers, Azra’s Mediterranean Desserts, Caffeine Carl, Consider the Lilies, Fabric Arts, Hedy Riegle Studio, Missing Peace, New World Alpaca Textiles, Now and Zen Terrariums, Papi Joe’s Tennessee Pepper Sauce, Revamped Jems, Simply Aura Boutique, Studio Regina, Tim’s Gifts N’ More, Westlane Alley, and Willowdale Botanicals.

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Coffee and holiday treats will also be for sale, and Anna Baugham will provide acoustical music entertainment.

The artisans’ night could become an annual event, Suda said.

The 2nd Street Market is located at 600 E. Second St. at Webster Street in downtown Dayton. For more information, call (937) 228-2088.