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Warped Wing & descendants of 111-year-old Dayton brewery launch new beer

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Warped Wing Brewing Company will release Superba on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the brewery in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED
Warped Wing Brewing Company will release Superba on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the brewery in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED

For inspiration to help come up with their latest beer, the folks at Warped Wing Brewing Company looked back — WAY back.

The downtown Dayton brewery will pay homage to one of Dayton’s early breweries, the Olt Brewing Company (later the Olt Brothers Brewing Company), which operated from 1907 to 1942 in the city (with a hiatus during Prohibition, of course, when it made distilled water and distributed dairy products). One of Olt’s flagship beers was labeled “Superba,” a name that Warped Wing has borrowed for its latest release, the “Superba Hoppy Pils.”

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At a party that starts at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the brewery and which will be attended by descendants of Olt Brewing Company’s founders, Warped Wing will unveil both draft and 6-pack cans of Superba Hoppy Pils. The new brew, which has 5.4 percent alcohol, is one in an ongoing seasonal Lager-style series being launched by the brewery this year.

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“There is some remarkable beer history in Dayton,” Nick Bowman, Warped Wing’s vice president of sales and marketing and managing partner, said in a release. “We wanted to embrace that heritage, by resurrecting a Dayton beer name from the past while putting a contemporary spin on the beer recipe.”

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What does the Olt family of today think of this idea? We asked Kurtis Olt, the first cousin once removed from Charles Olt, who ran the namesake brewery for most of its existence.

“Our family is thrilled and honored that Warped Wing is recognizing Dayton breweries of a bygone era by naming its most recent craft after one of our family’s beers,” Olt said.

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Olt said Charles Olt’s daughter, who lives in Florida, is planning on coming to Dayton for the release. “I expect that several other family members will also be attending along with numerous friends,” he said.

The beer will be released to the retail market next week, Warped Wing’s Bowman said.

Can’t make that release?

Pirogue, a collabortion between Warped Wing and Wood Burl Coffee (the same folks at Press Coffee), will be released on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the brewery. The launch party and bottle release begins at noon and goes until 12 a.m. 

This decadent brew is a Belgian Style Black Tripel brewed with coffee, with hints of baker’s chocolate, brown sugar, stone fruit and fig. Find more information on the Facebook event page.

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COSI announces plans for EPIC new science festival

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

Hidden writing is revealed with colored lenses. (Source: Contributed by Robb McCormick)
Hidden writing is revealed with colored lenses. (Source: Contributed by Robb McCormick)

Now this is going to be big. 

COSI announced today plans for one of the “largest science events in Ohio history.”
The COSI Science Festival is set for May 1-4 2019.

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The four-day festival will showcase science around central Ohio and will conclude with a hands-on, day-long carnival-style celebration on the Scioto Peninsula outside COSI, according to a news release.

 “The COSI Science Festival will showcase how exciting, interesting, fun and accessible science is to all of us and how relevant it is to our daily lives. In addition, it will shine a light on the fantastic science, technology, and industry innovation in our great central Ohio region,” COSI President and CEO Frederic Bertley said in the release.

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 Battelle, a Columbus based technology company, has  pledged $850,000 over three years to the project. 

 Additional funds are being sought. 

 “This celebration will foster appreciation for innovation and technology in our community, share our enthusiasm for what our employees do every day and spark interest in the next generation of budding scientists, researchers and engineers,”  Battelle President and CEO Lou Von Thaer said. 

According to a Columbus Dispatch article, COSI’s festival will be structured like the Philadelphia Science Festival created by Bertley and others. 

The newspaper reports that it will include about 150 community partners and 60 events, many of which will be free. 

The events will be held in Columbus and surrounding communities.

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7 ways to celebrate Memorial Day in (and around) Dayton

Published: Monday, May 18, 2015 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:41 PM

We show you a few of the many Veterans Memorials across the Miami Valley

There's nothing like Memorial Day to mark the start of summer.

Here are some great ways to celebrate the holiday, honor those who sacrificed all for our country and enjoy an extra-long weekend.


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☀️Memorial Day Weekend at Young’s Dairy 

“Celebrate Memorial Day with us. You show up, we’ll supply the fun,” according to Young’s website. Spend the beautiful Memorial Day Weekend at Young's Jersey Dairy enjoying ice cream, miniature golf, the driving range, batting cages, slides and more. Once you’ve completed your 18 holes at the miniature golf course, head over to the carnival to ride a few rides. 

WHERE: Young’s Jersey Dairy, 6880 Springfield Xenia Road, Yellow Springs 

WHEN: Memorial Day weekend Friday through Monday

INFO: Visit the website for information about hours, directions, food, events and more. 

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Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs offers more than 50 flavors of creamy, delicious homemade ice cream. Heaven! CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

☀️Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival 

Celebrate your Memorial Day Weekend at the Feast of the Flowering Moon Festival. Experience Native American culture featuring music, dancing, traders and exhibits, and loads of activities and demonstrations for children and adults alike. The festival is free.

WHERE: Yoctangee Park, Chillicothe 

WHEN: Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27 

INFO: The event is free. For information about parking and hours, visit the website

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The Feast of the Flowering Moon features Native American dancing, bands, art, pageants and more.(Contributed)

☀️Patriot Freedom Festival 

If you’re having trouble trying to figure out what to do for Memorial Day weekend, the Patriot Freedom Festival is something you won’t want to miss. See Civil War Re-enactments and cannon firings, live music and the Four Freedom Equestrian team doing a very moving war drama routine. Honor those who have served the country by attending the Flag Refresh Ceremony and Memorial Day Services for the Gold Star Mothers. In between the fun, enjoy food from various vendors. 

WHERE: Dayton VA Medical Center Campus, 4100 W. 3rd St., Dayton. 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27

INFO: Facebook

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☀️Dayton Heritage Festival 

The Dayton Heritage Festival is a great way to get in touch with your inner Daytonian and celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. Carillon’s collection of buildings and exhibits will be on display as a full day of entertainment is planned. The Dayton Philharmonic will close out the festivities, playing patriotic favorites. There will be costumed interpreters and more.

WHERE: Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd, Dayton. 

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27

INFO: Facebook or 937-293-2841 

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The Dayton Philharmonic will cap off a day of historical fun with patriotic music.(Contributed)

☀️Scene 75 BOGO Day

In honor of Memorial Day, Scene 75 will once again be hosting their BOGO day, with buy-one-get-one-free attractions all day long. For every attraction that you purchase, you’ll receive a pass to play the same attraction for FREE. Plus, receive a 10% military discount on any game card purchase with valid military ID. 

WHERE:  6196 Poe Ave., Vandalia

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday, May 28

INFO: or 937-619-3200

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A military ID means a free go-kart ride and game card discounts at Scene75 Entertainment Center.

☀️Rocky’s Run for Freedom 5K 

Honor Miamisburg resident, Marine Cpl. Paul “Rocky” Zanowick II, who was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan on June 3, 2011 by participating in this 5K run. All proceeds will benefit the City of Miamisburg for a Veterans Memorial Park project, Gold Star Families Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at WPAFB and The Uriah Edward Zanowick Trust Fund.

WHERE: Library Park, 35 S. Fifth St., Miamisburg 

WHEN: 8 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 26

INFO: For registration and more details, visit their Facebook or

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☀️Victory Dance and Dinner 

Visit The Legion‘s website for purchasing tickets in advanced. Drop on by The American Legion Post 165 for dinner and dancing. Put your dancing shoes on and get ready to jam with the Tom Benner Band. 

WHERE: The American Legion Post 165, 35 N. Main St, Miamisburg 

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26


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Festival to give away BIG prizes when it sells its 1 millionth famous chicken dinner

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

The Versailles Poultry Days Festival has become at West Central Ohio holiday since its beginnings in 1952.
Poultry Days Facebook page
The Versailles Poultry Days Festival has become at West Central Ohio holiday since its beginnings in 1952.(Poultry Days Facebook page)

Winner winner, chicken — winner!

It’s almost time for one of Ohio’s oldest and most beloved festivals. The Versailles Poultry Days Festival — almost a “local holiday” in West Central Ohio since its beginnings in 1952 — will take place June 8-10. This year, the poultry party reaches a monumental milestone. 

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Celebrate chicken with a little chicken, beer and traditional festival fun in Versailles.(Dayton Daily News)

Festival organizers expect to sell about 25,000 of its world famous barbecue chicken dinners at the festival this year. Most years, these dinners sell out. In fact, they expect to hit the 1 million mark this year. The buyer of the 1,000,000 ticket will be glad they came. 

Delicious chicken in all varieties is part of the fun at Versailles Poultry Days. (Contributed photo)

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“The purchaser of this very special dinner will receive gifts including a voucher toward a trip to Las Vegas sponsored by Zechar Bailey and a one-year supply of delicious Mike-Sells potato chips,” according to the event’s Facebook page. “The purchaser of the One Millionth Dinner will be determined by the Poultry Days Chairmen during the festival weekend.”

The festival theme this year is appropriately “Poultry Going Platinum.”

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Dinners will be sold from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m Friday, 11:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Event coordinators recommend coming early since “chicken can sell out earlier than expected.” 

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WHAT: Versailles Poultry Days

WHEN: Friday- Sunday, June 8th, 9th, and 10th

WHERE: 459 S. Center St., Versailles 


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10 AMAZING festivals we just cannot wait for

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Nothing beats a summer festival - and Dayton has more than you could ever dream. Here's 10 of the best ones you won't want to miss. (Tabatha Wharton)

It is officially festival season, and we couldn’t be more excited!  

Mark your calendars, grab some stretchy pants and get ready to eat, drink and ooh-and-aah your way through these festivals coming up this spring and summer.

Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. (CONTRIBUTED)(HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News)


Get ready for Strawberry Palooza (that’s this year’s festival theme). 

Chocolate-covered berries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry smoothies, strawberry burritos, strawberry cheesecake and Troy’s famous strawberry donuts are just a few of the treats you’ll find at this festival.

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Need something more savory before dessert? Giant pork tenderloins, pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and more festival favorites will be scattered around the Public Square, downtown Troy. Expect tons of craft vendors, games and entertainment that includes Kung Fu from the Kong Hoi Kung Fu Association, a pie eating contest and music from New Frontiers, a Journey Tribute band.  

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3

WHERE: Downtown Troy, along the Public Square and Miami County River levee

INFO: Facebook TwitterInstagram

COST: Free  

NO CUTLINE for PBP festive Florida list Strawberry pie is always a hot seller at the Troy Strawberry Festival. (CONTRIBUTED)(HANDOUT/Dayton Daily News)


This year’s poultry party is expected to reach a monumental milestone — 1 million chicken dinners sold. Organizers expect to sell 25,000 of its “world famous” barbecue chicken dinners at this year’s festival. There will also be the 37th Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, an antique car parade, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days Contests, FREE kiddie tractor pull, rides and games for all ages, vendor area, Cake and Egg Contests, flower show, art and photo show, a 5K run, along with many other family friendly events.

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, June 8, 9 and 10

WHERE: 459 S. Center St., Versailles


COST: Free
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Scene from the Jungle Jim's International Beer Festival. (Martin Wheeler III)


There will be more than 400 beers from more than 100 different breweries at the Father’s Day weekend bash. 

You’ll have the chance to try imported and local beers, along with craft brews and hard ciders.

Admission includes a picnic-style meal that includes BBQ beef sandwiches, potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad and a bottle of water.  

Cigars will be sold from Jungle Jim’s humidor that can be smoked on the terrace. 

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16

WHERE: Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield

INFO: |Twitter

COST: Early admission is $58.58 per day. General Admission is $47.93. 

From left, Lamb Burger, Chicken Popeye Slider, and Great American Bacon and Beer Burger. (Kathleen Galligan/Detroit Free Press/TNS)(Detroit Free Press)


Enjoy mini sandwiches from a variety of restaurants at this event held at Lincoln Park in Kettering in partnership with the Miami Valley Restaurant Association. 

The Hathaways,  Exploit Band and Brother Believe Me will perform. Lawn chairs are encouraged. 

WHEN: 3-10 p.m. Saturday, June 16  

WHERE: Lincoln Park Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: Website Facebook

COST: Free  

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Scene from the 2012 Vectren Dayton Air Show. Crowds watched the US Navy Blue Angels Demonstration Team. Contributed Photo by Charles Caperton (


Celebrate Dayton’s aviation heritage and honor our local military history at the Air Show. There will be performances from the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force F-22A Raptor, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Sean D. Tucker, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen,” the Redline Airshow  and Vicky Benzing.

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WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24

WHERE: 3800 Wright Drive, Vandalia

INFO: Website Facebook| Twitter

COST:  Tickets can be purchased online by June 17 for $21 plus a processing fee on the internet for adults and $16 for seniors and youth ages 6 to 11. Online tickets for adults increase to $25 plus fees June 18 to 24. Gate admission is $25 for adults and $16 for seniors and youth. Discounted tickets can be purchased at Kroger starting May 14.  

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Food, music and craft beer from the Yellow Springs Brewery all in one event? The second Springsfest was on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Here is who we spotted. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER(Tom Gilliam)


Dayton’s rock legends Guided By Voices and Twin Peaks of Chicago will headline the third annual SpringsFest, which features brews by Yellow Springs Brewery, Warped Wing and MadTree. 

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Other acts include Caamp; Counterfeit Madison, Speaking Suns, The Cordial Sins, Adam Remnant, Teen Age; Scary Balance; Gaptooth Grin and Lori. 

WHEN: Saturday, July 7

WHERE: John Bryan Community Center, 100 Dayton St., Yellow Springs.

INFO: facebookWebsite

COST: Early bird passes are $45 each. The $55 full price passes go on sale June 15.

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Pies and Pints Pizza and Craft Beer’s signature wings took home the award for best wings at 2014’s Kickin’ Chicken Wing Festival. They’ll defend their title again this year on July 9 at the Fraze Pavilion. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


Enjoy bold food, great music, and a family-friendly party at the Fraze. Several restaurants will bring their best of the best.

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Entertainment includes 24Seven Party Band, The North 41 

and Lt. Dan’s New Legs

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14 

WHERE: Lincoln Park at Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

INFO: Website 

COST: Free

Sean Askren's hot air balloon "Bohica" and Doug Grimes' "The Gator" balloon were inflated during a media preview Thursday, July 20 for The Ohio Challenge Hot Air Balloon Festival at Smith Park in Middletown. The event runs Friday through Sunday. For more information visit NICK GRAHAM/STAFF


This sanctioned hot air balloon competition will feature a race of 30 participants for the glory, the coveted Ohio Challenge Trophy and a bid to attend the Nationals. There will be night balloon glows at dusk, a car show, balloon rides, fireworks, outdoor concerts, food vendors, arts and crafts, and carnival rides.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, July 20-21

WHERE:2301 Wedekind Drive, Middletown


COST: $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Parking $15 (includes free shuttle and admission)

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Gaelic Storm will once again headline the Dayton Celtic Festival this July. CONTRIBUTED


Celtic music is just one of the things to love about one of the most popular festivals of the summer. There’s also the beer, the kilts and the delicious grub. Three days of free live music from Gaelic Storm; Scythian; Sock In The Frying Pan, Rory Makem; The Fitzgeralds, We Banjo 3 and Heron Valley. 

Did we mention the beer, food and culture?

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WHEN: Friday to Sunday, July 27-29

WHERE: Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

INFO: Website | Facebook

| Instagram

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The fifth annual Bacon Fest took over the Fraze Pavilion, in Kettering, with porky fun on Sunday, Aug. 20. The event sponsored by the Fraze and Miami Valley Restaurant Raiders — a monthly “foodie” group that visits local restaurants — featured bacon treats from 15 locally owned restaurant. STAFF PHOTO / TOM GILLIAM(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)


Bacon on bacon on bacon. And also bacon.

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This festival sets out to prove that “everything goes better with bacon.”

Local restaurants create bacon-ey dishes for the event presented by the Restaurant Raiders, a foodie group that supports Dayton area restaurants. 

Music includes Cherry Avenue, The Fries and Fu5ion.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

WHERE: Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering


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