8 beers to try at Yellow Springs Brewery

Published: Tuesday, August 02, 2016 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Friday, June 09, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Yellow Springs Brewery collaborated with 91.3FM WYSO to brew the beer Vox Populi

Yellow Springs Brewery is a great place to wet your whistle along the Little Miami Scenic Trail bike path.

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The crisp American 2-row malts, Centennial hops, low-IBU, and even lower ABV (5.3%) make this a perfect summertime Ale. Named in honor of a friend of YSB, $1 from each pint will be donated to the Yellow Springs Community Children's Center in the honoree’s name during a special tapping.

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This 4.5% Hoppy American Wheat with fruit is a collaboration with our good friends at Warped Wing Brewing Company -- it’s not your average and traditional wheat beer. It opens with a burst of Citrus hop aroma, tastes mildly sweet and has a slight hop bitterness. The addition of peaches, mangoes and raspberries give this hazy wheat beer a fruity finish and makes it ultimately crushable. 

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Yellow Springs Brewery celebrated its expansion and early success at a “Metamorphosis Party” on Nov. 11, 2016.(TOM GILLIAM)

This saison is a brewery favorite -- a light amber and refreshingly effervescent -- and it may just hit the spot.

"It's got a bitterness, but a smooth texture I really like. I totally endorse it," said Terry McLaughlin of Dayton. He said he stops by the brewery about twice a month. ABV: 6.5%.

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A 6.2% White IPA, this brew is a mix between an American IPA and a Belgian Wit. This hazy Ale hits you with a wave of tropical and citrus fruit aroma from Mosaic and Citra hops. Notes of coriander, orange peel, wheat and hop bitterness create a symphony in your mouth and a dry finish will leave you wanting more.

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This twist on YSB’s signature Golden Ale is locally sourced with grain from Davidson Family Growers in New Carlisle and Cascade hops from Heartland Hops in northwest Ohio. The late addition of raspberries give it that semi-dry but never too sweet finish which makes for a perfect summertime beer. ABV:5.4%

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An American pale ale, the Zoetic is straw yellow in color and quite clear. It's alive with citrus and truffle notes. We also like it because it rhymes with "poetic." ABV: 5.2%.

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This Belgian fruit beer with cherries is a Saison-style Ale brewed with Montmorency cherries to give it a burst of tangy and fruity notes. Well balanced and never sweet, this beer’s ABV comes in at 4.9%.

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This American wheat is the perfect way to ease into craft beers. It's light, yeasty and slightly bitter. ABV: 4.2%.

Want to go?

 WHAT: Yellow Springs Brewery

 WHERE: 305 N. Walnut St., Yellow Springs

 INFO: yellowspringsbrewery.com or 937-767-0222.

 HOURS: 3-10 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-10 p.m. Saturday; 1-8 p.m., Sunday.

This neighborhood spot is ‘Dayton’s best Browns bar’

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Is this Dayton's BEST Browns bar?

Hope springs eternal for Cleveland Browns fans as another NFL season approaches with the urgency of a gritty four-yard run by two-time Pro Bowler Kevin Mack. 

After all, this year’s team has to be at least a little better than last year’s one-win campaign, right? And just as high hopes in August are a Browns fan tradition, so are football Sundays at Patterson Pub at 970 Patterson Road in Dayton.

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Widely regarded as one of — if not the — best Browns bars in the area, Patterson Pub will be accepting members into its Cleveland Browns Sunday viewing club again this preseason. It’s a club that, for a fee, has many benefits. Members get a table for the game that week, a personalized shirt, drink specials, grilled burgers and hot dogs and entry into the various door prize drawings.

Think of it as a PSL with drink specials and more. 

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It’s a tradition that’s been going on since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999. Back then the bar was known as Taggart’s Pub, and the owner Mike Taggart had hoped to make it an official bar of the Browns Backers — the official fan club of the team that hosts watch parties at preferred watering holes.

Things went over like an errant Tim Couch pass, however.

The door prizes at Patterson Pub are worth the entry fee alone.(Contributed)

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“The impetus of the whole thing was the Browns Backers were looking for home bars to watch the games in the area, and I was the first person to call and say I was interested. So they said they would come check my bar out,” Taggart remembered. “A few weeks went by and I hadn’t heard anything. So I called them and I found out they selected three other bars.”

Win or lose, the Browns Club has been a successful tradition at Patterson Pub.(Contributed)

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So Taggart spent the money to get all the games on satellite (including preseason), added three high-definition projection screens, hoisted two giant Browns flags outside his business and started up his own club anyway. “A couple years later, I had 160 members and the Browns Backers were contacting me asking if they could promote their events in my bar,” Taggart said.

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Despite the bar changing hands in 2014 and operating under a different name, the tradition now continues with longtime Taggart’s patron and Browns fan Brian Rinderle — who Taggart called his “right-hand man” — now organizing things. It’s not uncommon to drive by and see a long line waiting to get in before kickoff.

Win or lose, the Browns Club has been a successful tradition at Patterson Pub.(Contributed)

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Though he doesn’t run the show anymore, Taggart has fond memories of his former business and an experiment that turned into a success that’s lasted 18 years and counting.

“I was there for almost 20 years and had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends,” he said. “But I think that became the Browns bar.” 

Fans interested in joining the Browns Club should contact Patterson Pub at (937) 296-9476 or in person. 

You won’t want to miss this club’s big anniversary party this weekend

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.
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The Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrates its one-year anniversary this weekend.(AJ Waltz/Contributed)

Restaurant and nightclub owners know the importance of getting through that first year of a new business. That’s why it’s worth noting the Blue Note Bistro and Lounge Anniversary Gala this weekend. The upscale club at 23 E. Central Ave. in Miamisburg has a big night planned for the one-year celebration Saturday, Aug. 19 beginning at 5 p.m.

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Dayton’s Todd the Fox will help the Blue Note Bistro and Lounge celebrate its one-year anniversary. JIM WITMER / STAFF(Jim Witmer)

A dinner will kick things off with champagne, free hors d’oeuvres and games, with some of the proceeds going to help support next year’s Miamisburg Bicentennial celebration. The club, which strives to support both local and out-of-town musicians, will feature the music of Chuck Evans, Todd the Fox and Kelsey Mira throughout the evening.  

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Blue Note’s owners also told this news organization it plans to update the facility with patio renovations next year.


What: Blue Note Anniversary Gala

Where: 23 E. Central Ave., Miamisburg

When: Saturday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

Info: Website | 937-247-3000

JUST IN: Popular Dayton venue expanding its schedule

Published: Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

The Yellow Cab is expanding their hours.

Dayton’s venue that has morphed to become all things to all people is expanding its schedule. The Yellow Cab Building, which hosts various music, art, food and beer events, announced a new expanded weekly schedule this month.

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Starting Aug. 17, Yellow Cab will be open Thursdays through Sundays. Currently, the schedule varies based on special events.

“We’ve loved getting to know so many people through hosting all of the great local events that have called Yellow Cab home,” Tara Moore, co-owner of the Yellow Cab, said in a press release.

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Last year’s Ladyfest, hosted at the Yellow Cab Tavern, took place over two days and featured over 30 musical acts, visual artists, burlesque dancers, comedians, an adult and children’s fashion show, and much more.  Both men and women of Dayton came together to support this celebration of women in the arts.(Allegra Czerwinski)

Recent developments involving the venue’s capacity to sell alcohol prompted the decision, according to Moore.

“Now with our full liquor license, we’re excited to become a neighborhood tavern for all of our friends.”

Yellow Cab still plans to hold special events throughout the week as they are scheduled. In addition to the new hours, the owners also announced they will be a hub for Dayton Premiere League soccer fans.

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Local vendors set up shop with handmade wares to give and get for the holidays at the Old Yellow Cab Tavern in Dayton. (TOM GILLIAM)

“If the Premier League is on, The Yellow Cab will be open. It’s basically getting an excuse to watch a ton of soccer this season with no guilt,” Mark Jeffers, co-owner of the Yellow Cab, said. “After all, it'll be my job.”

You can learn more about the new schedule and related festivities here.

The expanded schedule breakdown:

  • Thursday: 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
  • Friday: 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

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You’re in for a surprise with Century Bar’s newest cocktail lineup 

Published: Monday, August 07, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Century Bar co-owner Joe Head pours his seasonal cocktail the Sleepy Holler. JIM WITMER/STAFF
Century Bar co-owner Joe Head pours his seasonal cocktail the Sleepy Holler. JIM WITMER/STAFF(JIM WITMER)

Joe Head, Century Bar’s co-owner, encourages his crew behind the bar to take risks and channel their most creative self when concocting new cocktails.

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The downtown Dayton bar, which claims it “can make a bourbon drinker from even the most discriminating of palettes,” has also been surprising guests with seasonal cocktail menus that have been anything but boring.

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Last Thursday, Aug. 3, Century Bar unveiled their “Summer Part 2” cocktail menu which includes 9 brand new, hand-crafted spirits.

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”Summer can be long and there’s so many flavors in the summer. So we knew all along that we would do two menus because we have so many flavors we wanted to try,” Head said. 

While the bar specializes in their top-shelf whisky and bourbon selection, they’ve been particularly into cocktail experimentation as they prepare for the highly anticipated opening of their Kettes’ Candies, Spirits & Treats cocktail speakeasy. The speakeasy is planned to be ready for opening later this fall, Head said.

“Nick likes setting stuff (drinks) on fire and I’m like, okay, now’s the time to try that if you want,” Head said.

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Patrons going in to taste what the new menu is all about can expect “interesting things done with Jägermeister,” an introduction to the bar’s first “Tiki” drinks and other summery, tropical flavors. 

As always, Sundays at Century are still “Sunday Night Revivals,” where the bar whips up a different specialty cocktail each week.