This iconic Dayton nightclub is celebrating a major milestone this week

Published: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Known mostly for jazz music, Gilly's has held shows featuring other types of music in recent years.
Known mostly for jazz music, Gilly's has held shows featuring other types of music in recent years.(Contributed)

It was 1972 when Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti changed the name of The Green Derby jazz club on North Main Street to Gilly’s.

Three locations and 45 years later, Gilly’s Jazz has become an iconic nightclub for locals and others worldwide. 

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Through the years, Gillotti has brought some of the biggest names in music, including Tony BennettBB King, Wynton Marsalis, Pieces of a DreamKim WaltersAllan HoldsworthMarion MeadowsWalter Beasley and Alex Bugnon to Dayton.

Gary Leppla of Dayton remembers going to shows at the venue, located at 132 S. Jefferson St. for the past 40 years, as a college student and seeing artists he otherwise may have never heard of.

“He put Dayton on the map in the world of jazz,” Leppla said of Gillotti, with whom he’s since become good friends.

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Activity at the club has slowed since Gillotti, 80, was the victim of an attack during a robbery in 2016. Tom Gillotti, Jerry’s brother, has kept things together since the attack, running the day-to-day operations while his brother continues to recover. No one has been arrested for the crime. 

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Jerry Gillotti with Gilly’s marquee. File photo

Last year Jerry, a 2013 Dayton Walk of Fame inductee, told this news outlet he intended to return as soon as possible but was also considering selling the business if the right buyer could be found. However, for now, Gilly’s will head into its 46th year under the same owner.

“That’s what I do, who I am,” Gillotti told us previously.

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“(Gilly’s) is part of the fabric of Dayton,” Leppla said. “There’s a reason he’s there in the Walk of Fame with the Wright brothers, Paul Lawrence Dunbar and people like that.”

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Local brew featured on list of craft beers that taste like... beer!

Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

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(Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

Dayton loves a good craft beer. 

But sometimes, when we’re in the thick of Ohio summer and it’s hot and humid outside, what you really crave is an easy drinker — something that’s light, refreshing and familiar. 

Insert Warped Wing’s Trotwood Lager

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>>RELATED: The story behind Warped Wing’s now iconic Trotwood Lager

Warped Wing Brewing Company’s Trotwood Lager was featured on list of ‘Craft beers that taste like beer.’(Contributed)

When the beer was first released, Warped Wing’s Nick Bowman asked Daytonians to, “join us as we take you back to a time when things were simpler.” 

After only two seasons on tap, the lager has amassed quite the following among locals. 

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You can even catch Warped Wing’s Trotwood Trailer traveling around Dayton as an iconic piece of history on wheels. They stop at events and festivals around the region, serving cold, refreshing craft beer throughout the summer.

“These trailers were people’s vacations. They would load up their families and friends and get lost for a couple weeks. We’ve created a beer to celebrate those traditions,” Bowman said. 

Warped Wing released its Trotwood Lager at an Urban Campout on May 21, 2016. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam(Tom Gilliam)

Now, Warped Wing is getting some national recognition from as its Trotwood Lager has landed on their list of “12 Craft Beers That Taste Like … Beer!

Here is what they had to say: 

Warped Wing brewmaster John Haggerty trained as a brewer in Germany many years ago, and his brewery in Dayton, Ohio, now produces everything from explosively hoppy IPAs to elegant wine barrel-aged saisons. They’ve begun to carve out a niche for themselves however with a line of highly quaffable lagers, with two permanent lager brands and four seasonal lagers.

The beer that made it happen is Trotwood Lager, named for an erstwhile local manufacturer of tin-can camping trailers. It was never intended to be released on its own when it was first brewed.

Haggerty goes on to say that Trotwood was actually never intended to be released as its own standalone beer. Remember when Warped Wing released their grapefruit radler (in conjunction with this Huffy beer delivery bike?)

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The base for that brew was actually what is now Trotwood Lager, Haggerty said, and after the brewing staff started drinking it, they thought it could be released on its own. 

When they finally found the opportunity to bring it to the market, with the purchase and restoration of its 1956 Trotwood Trailer, the light, 4% ABV all-malt lager was born.

It was reportedly expected to be a one-off release for the summer, but it quickly became their best-selling brand.

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Yellow Springs Brewery gives us a sneak preview of official 2018 Springsfest brew

Published: Thursday, July 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

A sampler board at Yellow Springs Brewery in Yellow Springs. FILE/CONTRIBUTED
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A sampler board at Yellow Springs Brewery in Yellow Springs. FILE/CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

Doesn’t every festival deserve its own special brew?

Each and every Springsfest, Yellow Springs Brewery brews up a special batch just for the occasion and then it’s gone right as word starts to get out. Fortunately, the brewery has teased us with some details about this year’s batch that is currently in its fermentation phase. 

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The Springsfest brew is slightly different every year, but typically falls along the lighter pale ale spectrum. This year, brewers said the beer is going to be similar to last year’s batch — only a little more hop-forward with an extra smooth and refreshing finish.

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“Usually the guidleine is pretty much a lighter pale ale that is an easy drinker for festival weather,” said Heather Gnau, Yellow Springs Brewery’s digital marketing and design coordinator. 

Personally, Gnau said she is a seasonal drinker, which makes her especially excited for the Springsfest brew to be ready. 

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Springsfest beer will be on tap during the music festival, as well as at the Yellow Springs Brewery taproom. The beer is only available until the original batch is gone— typically a month after the festival. 

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New Dayton Inspires mural revealed for local brewpub’s 6th birthday

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:04 AM

This Saturday, Dayton's first co-op brewery will celebrate their sixth birthday with the unveiling of a new Dayton Inspires mural.
Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook
This Saturday, Dayton's first co-op brewery will celebrate their sixth birthday with the unveiling of a new Dayton Inspires mural.(Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook)

They’re big, they’re iconic and they’re one of people’s favorite ways to flaunt their Gem City swagger. 

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The Dayton Inspires murals can be spotted around downtown Dayton, where people frequently stop to pose beneath the scrawled slogan. Announced earlier this week, a brand new mural is in the works at Fifth Street Brewpub

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The Mural Machine painted the newest Dayton Inspires mural at The Cannery Lofts in downtown Dayton. PHOTO / Dayton Inspires Facebook

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“No we aren't entering a blue period or feeling sad. We are preparing for the upcoming installation of our patio mural with Dayton Inspires. Thanks to member-owner Caleb Stapleton for doing the base painting today,” read a Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook post. 

In addition to unveiling the brand new ink, Fifth Street Brew will be celebrating their sixth anniversary all day Saturday, June 23rd. 

“Come celebrate all day long as we have a tap list full of FSB beers including some new and some throwbacks, a special food menu, live music 6 to 9 p.m. with Nothing But Treble, and Dayton-centric prize giveaways,” read a Fifth Street Brewpub Facebook post.

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In 2012, Fifth Street Brewpub, located at 1600 E. Fifth Street, opened in the St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood as Dayton’s first co-op brewery. The initiative started to save a historic building, and has since grown to be a whistle-wetting staple in the community. 

Soon, the brewery will add to the collection of Dayton Inspires murals scattered about the city including 5th Street in the Oregon District on the side of Brim, one on the side of the Cannery building on 3rd St. and one located on Courthouse Square at the entrance of Catapult Creative’s office.


WHAT: FSB Sixth Birthday Celebration

WHEN: 11 a.m.- 11:59 p.m. Saturday, June 23rd
WHERE: Fifth Street Brewpub, 1600 E. 5th St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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8 refreshing Dayton drinks to help you celebrate World Cucumber Day today

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

"The Black Watch" at The Highland Stag, 75 N. Main St., Springboro. The drink is made with Hendrick's Gin, Drambuie Liqueur, Blackberry Brandy, muddled blackberries and a blend of fruit juices. CONTRIBUTED

Today, June 14th the humble cucumber will be fêted when World Cucumber Day is celebrated.

Some may choose to slap a few slices on their eyes or on a salad, while several bars across Dayton will be featuring a variety of Hendrick's gin cocktails to celebrate. 

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The popular gin, which William Grant & Sons in Girvan, Scotland launched in 1999, puts cucumber to good use adding soothing flavor to the makeup of the popular gin. 

"Hendrick’s Gin has always held the cucumber in the highest regard. The spirit’s unusual distillation process includes an infusion of rose and cucumber, which yields an extraordinarily smooth gin that is a rare union of lightness and complexity. Not only that, but there is simply no better way to cap off a Hendrick’s cocktail than with a little green garnish cut from the same fruit that gives Hendrick’s its pleasingly unusual flavour," said Rachel Anne Jensen, Ohio Division Representative for Republic National Distributing Co. 

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Hendrick's Gin celebrates World Cucumber Day. CONTRIBUTED

According to the Hendrick's website, "Cucumber Day was invented by cucumber growers, in England in 2011, to extol the virtues of the gallant cucumber. For several years now we celebrate this day to hero this remarkable fruit. We wish to spread love, understanding and appreciation for cucumbers everywhere and invite all those with a curious mind to celebrate World Cucumber Day on June 14 to cultivate and embrace their very own unusual side." 

Here are eight places to grab a special Hendrick's cocktail and toast the mighty, green, healthy, crunchy, soothing cucumber. 

"Hendrick's Cucumber Strawberry Old Fashioned" at Lily's Bistro 329 E. Fifth St., Dayton. The cocktail is made with Hendrick's Gin, freshly muddled strawberries and cucumber, simple syrup and Angostura Bitters. Served on the rocks and garnished with a strawberry and cucumber slice. CONTRIBUTED


"Hendrick's Cucumber Strawberry Old Fashioned" 

Lily's Bistro 

329 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

Hendrick's Gin, freshly muddled strawberries and cucumber, simple syrup and Angostura Bitters. Served on the rocks and garnished with a strawberry and cucumber slice. 


"The Sarla" 

Sky Asian Cuisine 

4090 Wilmington Pike, Dayton 

Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh mint, fresh lime and house made cucumber puree. 


"The Sarla"at Sky Asian Cuisine, 4090 Wilmington Pike, Dayton. The cocktail is made with Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh mint, fresh lime and house-made cucumber puree. CONTRIBUTED

"Cool as a Cucumber Soda" 

Patterson Pub 

970 Patterson Road, Dayton 

Hendrick's Gin, lemonade, lime juice, fresh cucumber and a hint of club soda. 


"G&T Mojito" 

Trolley Stop 

530 E. Fifth St, Dayton 

Hendrick's Gin, freshly muddled mint and lemon, simple syrup and tonic water. Garnished with a fresh cucumber slice. 


"The Black Watch" 

The Highland Stag 

75 N. Main St., Springboro 

Hendrick's Gin, Drambuie Liqueur, Blackberry Brandy, muddled blackberries and a blend of fruit juices. 


"Laid Back" Lemonade 

Hole in the Wall 

423 E. Fifth St, Dayton 

Hendrick's Gin, cucumber syrup, fresh cucumber, lemonade and club soda. Garnished with a lemon wedge. 


"The William Wallace" 

Carvers Steaks & Chops 

1535 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton 

Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain Elder Flower Liqueur, fresh squeezed lime, rhubarb bitters, fresh cucumber and an egg white. 


"Know it all Hipster" 

Canal St. Arcade & Deli 

308 E. First St, Dayton 

A shot of Hendrick's Gin paired with Steigl Radler Grapefruit Beer. 

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