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Special-release bourbon coming to a select few local liquor stores starting Friday

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has a message for local bourbon lovers who occasionally complain that the small-batch “good stuff” never makes it to the Buckeye state:

Stop by Friday.

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A special sales offer of an exclusive Russell's Reserve Barrel Program product from the Wild Turkey Distillery is launching Friday, June 15 at just seven state liquor-agency stores in Ohio — and three are in southwest Ohio: Arrow Wine & Spirits’ “Centerville store” on Lyons Road in Washington Twp., Jungle Jim’s International Market’s Fairfield store on Dixie Highway, and O’Bryan’s Deli on Columbia Road in Loveland.

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Each store will have bottles from its own special barrel, and each bottle will be priced at $54.99 for a standard-sized “fifth” (750 ml). Each barrel contains bourbon that has been aged for just over 10 years.

Let’s let Jim Canepa, the superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor control, pick up the story from here. Here’s what Canepa said in a release:

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“I hear you . . . Ohio loves bourbon! That’s why we are bringing an exclusive product from Wild Turkey to the consumers of Ohio.” 

“While visiting the distillery in February, we were greeted by Master Distiller Eddie Russell himself. Eddie had pulled out several barrels from some of his favorite rickhouses (B, D and H) and floors (third–fifth). Each carefully crafted barrel has a unique flavor profile with rich, creamy toffee vanilla flavors.”

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“Before we ended our visit, Eddie personally selected eight of his best barrels for the bourbon aficionados of Ohio. These hand-selected bourbons will be available for sale at seven agencies across the state beginning June 15. Each bottle is labeled Ohio Private Selection, and notes the barrel number, warehouse, floor and the length of time the barrel was aged.”

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“As one who enjoys bourbon, I can tell you these are special barrels that are sure to not disappoint!”

Canepa himself will head to a Columbus liquor store Friday morning to celebrate and call attention to the Russell's Reserve Barrel Program launch.  

Under Canepa’s direction, the division has been focusing on upping Ohio’s game in sales of spirits, with an increasing focus on educating consumers about craft spirits and adding new stores in under-served areas.

The division recently awarded contracts for new liquor-agency stores in south Centerville and Mason.

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

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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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" 

Lily's Bistro 

329 E. Fifth St., Dayton 

lilysbistro.com 

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 

www.skyasiancuisine.com 

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

 

"Cool as a Cucumber Soda" 

Patterson Pub 

970 Patterson Road, Dayton 

www.facebook.com/pattersonpubdayton 

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

 

"G&T Mojito" 

Trolley Stop 

530 E. Fifth St, Dayton 

www.trolleystopdayton.com 

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 

www.facebook.com/holeinthewalldayton 

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 

https://carversdayton.com 

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 

https://canalstreetarcadeanddeli.weebly.com 

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

JUST IN: New liquor store could open by Thanksgiving in Centerville

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has awarded a contract to open a new liquor, wine and beer store on Ohio 48 in south Centerville — and the successful bidder brings some experience to the new venture.

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The contract recipient, chosen from among four applications submitted, is Shri Lakulishji LLC, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of LIquor Controal told this news outlet. The limited liability corporation is operated by Jignesh (Jay) Patel, the owner of Fine Wine & True Spirits, which opened in 2013 in the Sugarcreek Plaza in Sugarcreek Twp.

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The proposed location of the new liquor, wine and beer shop is 894 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Centerville. The space in the Centerville Square Shopping Center previously housed a video arcade venture called the Chaos Room.

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Patel told this news outlet if all goes well, the new 5,000-square-foot store could open by Thanksgiving. Its tentative name is “Centerville Liquor & Wine,” Patel said. The business owner said he is considering changing the name of his current store to “Sugarcreek Liquor & Wine.”

The new Centerville store will have a broad selection of beer, wine and liquor, and will host regular tasting events, Patel said.

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The Centerville store was among 20 new potential liquor-agency sites statewide that the division of liquor control announced late last year, including three in the greater Dayton area. Arrow Wine & Spirits will open its third Dayton-area location in Mason, and in the third Dayton-area location, in Piqua, no contract was awarded after department officials concluded two applications did not meet their revised, stricter standards. 

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New brewpub in the works in Yellow Springs at former restaurant location

Visitors to today’s Yellow Springs Street Fair were greeted by a sign on the outside of the former Williams Eatery that a new brewpub, Trail Town Brewing, was “coming soon” at that location.

We’ve reached out to the owners of Trail Town Brewing to get more information about their plans.

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Yellow Springs village records show that the future brewpub founders are leasing the former restaurant space at 101 Corry St. with plans to open a brewpub, although the owners have encountered delays and are awaiting renovations to the building to meet Greene County health and building codes.

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The founders are hoping to introduce visitors and local residents to some of the dishes they’ll be serving by utilizing a food truck that would be parked in front of the future brewpub while it’s under development, village records show.

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Williams Eatery shut down just before Christmas 2017 after a nearly decade-long run. 

We will bring you any new details about this new brewery and brewpub as they develop.

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A founder of what may become the Miami Valley’s newest craft brewery and brewpub offered a few new details this morning, June 11, about the proposed Trail Town Brewing in downtown Yellow Springs.

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Visitors to Saturday’s Yellow Springs Street Fair were greeted by a sign on the outside of the former Williams Eatery at 101 Corry St. that Trail Town Brewing was “coming soon” at that location.

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Jake Brummett, co-owner of the “Wander & Wonder Yellow Springs” specialty shop in Yellow Springs, is also co-owner of the Trail Town Brewing brewpub.

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Brummett told this news outlet today that the new brewpub is “early in the permit process,” but if all goes well, Trail Town Brewing could open as early as this fall.

“(We) hope to be brewing in September and open by October,” Brummett said.

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Brummett is leasing the former restaurant space with plans to open a brewpub, but has encountered delays and is awaiting renovations to the building to meet Greene County health and building codes, according to the minutes of an April 9 Yellow Springs Planning Commission meeting.

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Brummett was seeking the planning commission’s approval to introduce some of the dishes he’ll be serving by utilizing a food truck that would be parked in front of the future brewpub while it’s under development, village records show.

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Williams Eatery shut down just before Christmas 2017 after a run of nearly 10 years. 

DENIED: No new liquor store coming to Miami County after all, state says

One of the three new liquor stores that were supposed to be coming to the Dayton area will not be happening after all because state officials  have rejected applications for it.

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A spokeswoman for the Ohio Division of Liquor Control has confirmed to this news outlet that no contract will be awarded for what had been envisioned as a new liquor store in Piqua. 

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The division of liquor control received three applications for the new Piqua store, which was to be located within a two-mile radius of a location on East Ash Street (Ohio 36) in the city. Two applications were evaluated and rejected because they did not meet minimum requirements, the spokeswoman said, while a third applicant withdrew an application because the applicant was awarded a contract in a different region. 

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The Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control had announced in November that it was seeking to add 20 new liquor-agency stores statewide, including three in the greater Dayton area, and invited entrepreneurs and potential store owners to submit applications to be awarded those state liquor agencies. The state does not mandate a specific location for the new stores, but instead identifies points on a map in areas its research suggests are under-served, and invites potential applicants to pitch business plans for stores within a two-mile radius of that spot.

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Last week, liquor-control officials confirmed that a contract for a new Mason location had been awarded to Arrow Wine & Spirits, which operates two Dayton-area stores in Kettering and Washington Twp. The contract award recipient for a new state liquor agency in south Centerville has not been announced.

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The applications are evaluated and scored based on several criteria. Applicants must have experience operating a retail business or equivalent experience, and must have sufficient financial resources to establish and manage a retail business, according to the division of liquor control’s web site.

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Last year, attempts to add a state liquor store in Fairborn fizzled when liquor-control officials determined none of applications met the standards. 

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Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, told this news outlet last year that there had been “no thoughtful strategy” in recent years of how to grow the liquor business that the state essentially owns and operates. 

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“We will look for spaces to tap into revenue,” he said. Under Canepa’s leadership, the division of liquor control will attempt to demystify spirits and focus on the stories behind some of the craft spirits available — and being produced — in the state, much as Ohio craft breweries and wineries have done, the superintendent said.

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“We want to develop a new customer experience,” while also promoting responsible consumption, Canepa said.

Local breweries join together to form ‘Dayton Ale Trail’ passport — and there’s a reward at the end

Dayton-area breweries are collaborating on a brewery-passport promotion called “The Dayton Ale Trail” that includes a prize as a reward for those who visit each and every Miami Valley brewery.

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“Our local breweries take great pride in supporting each other, and this is just one more way to showcase Ohio’s and, more specifically, Dayton’s independently owned and operated craft breweries,” Jason Moore, co-founder and brewmaster of Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro, and Michael Muncy, head brewer at Hairless Hare Brewery in Vandalia, said in a release.

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Here’s how it works: 

Copies of The Dayton Ale Trail passport will be available starting Friday, June 1, at the 19 participating Dayton-area breweries, Moore said. Those beer enthusiasts who complete the trail by visiting each brewery on the list and collecting every brewery’s stamp on their passport can stop at Crafted & Cured in Dayton to pick up a Dayton Ale Trail 32-ounce “howler” container for craft beers on tap.

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“The goal of this project is to show a collective support for all of our great local breweries, as well as to give an incentive for patrons to venture out past their normal watering hole,” Moore said.

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Plans call for the trail to be updated and reprinted each year for a June 1 release, Moore said.

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Organizers have created a Facebook page devoted to the promotion at Facebook.com/DaytonAleTrail.

Dayton’s newest brewery hosting its grand opening THIS WEEKEND

The Dayton area’s newest craft brewery, Branch & Bone Artisan Ales, has set its grand opening to unveil its own tasting room..

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Branch & Bone’s grand opening will be held from noon to 10 p.m. June 2 at the brewery and tap room at 905 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood.

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The new brewery is the brainchild of founders John Joyce, Brett Smith and Kevin Kriegel, long-time local brewing enthusiasts whose love for Belgian-style brewing methods promises to make Branch & Bone’s brews a bit different than the beers of other Dayton-area craft breweries.

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“We are passionate about funky, sour, farmhouse-inspired beers, and not a lot of other people do that,” Joyce told this news outlet during a tour of the new brewery on Wednesday. The new brewery will not have a “core lineup” of beers as other local craft breweries do, but will brew a range of ales “that will encourage exploration,” its founders say.

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“Beers that people like, we’ll brew more than once, but our list will always rotate,” Joyce said.

The tap room will hold about 55. The brewery does not have a kitchen, but the nearby Pizza Factory delivers, and other carry-in food is welcomed, Joyce said. Food trucks will be on-site on busy nights. Long-term plans call for adding a patio and additional parking.

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Branch & Bone’s tasting room has a 12-tap system expandable to 16. Plans call for serving only Branch & Bone’s beers from those taps.

“In our minds, the tap room is an extension of our brewery,” Joyce said. “Serving other people’s beers wouldn’t really fit.”

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Among the opening-day lineup will be an IPA dubbed “Here Is The Thing” that is massively dry-hopped with Simcoe and El Dorado hops, and a Berliner Weisse brewed with ginger, lime and butterfly pea blossoms, the brewery co-founder said.

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“We will eventually explore meads and ciders that we would produce,” Joyce said.

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The Wayne Avenue space previously housed P&D Body Shop. Joyce said much of the renovation was completed by the founders.

“This neighborhood intrigued us a lot,” Joyce said. “It’s an eclectic group of people. This neighborhood is improving, and we want to be a part of that improvement.”

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After the June 2 grand opening, hours will be Wednesday and Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m., closed Monday and Tuesday.

Local gamer bar Cardboard Crowns to shut down after 7 months

Gamer bar and cafe Cardboard Crowns, which opened last October near the Dayton Mall, will shut its doors after the close of business this Sunday, May 27.

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“This coming weekend will be our last weekend of operations. We are inviting everyone out for one last weekend of gaming,” founder Ben T. Adams said. “We will be running all of our beer/wine bottles and drafts for $2 (Thursday through Sunday) as a way to thank the community for their ongoing support.” 

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Adams said he is seeking a buyer for the business “or an interested party looking for a turn-key space to open a Bar/cafe-type business in our location with a liquor license that would convey with the space.” The 3,500-square-foot bar/cafe is located at 147 N. Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) in the Corners at the Mall retail center in Miamisburg.

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The lack of foot traffic and revenue for Cardboard Crowns’ business model led to the decision to close, Adams said.

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“Since I am not working the cafe directly, too much money is going to labor expenses,” he said. “The revenue is close to enough to cover rent/other fixed expenses, but realistically we would need either a pair or group of entrepreneurs willing to work without taking compensation until the business was built up to the point that it was self-sustaining.”

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“Additionally, with myself working two jobs usually in excess of 80 hours a week, there's just not enough time left over for me to devote enough to the business in a meaningful way to carry out all of the functions needed to ensure its success.”

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“We are very grateful to the Dayton board-game community for all of their support, and we look forward to continuing to do what we can to support the Dayton area's board gaming community.”

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Adams had expanded the food menu and made a few other changes in response to customer feedback two months ago in an attempt to boost business.

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The café’s concept is part of a national and local trend to combine gaming and drinks. Cardboard Crowns’ board-game selections ranges from lighter games to more involved, strategic games.

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JUST IN: Two local breweries snag 3 golds EACH at international beer competition

Two Dayton-area breweries scored a nice little trifecta of gold medals at a just-completed international competition held each year in Lexington, Ky.

The 2018 Commonwealth Cup beer competition put on by Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. awarded gold medals to Dayton Beer Company’s Beast of Tadmor Village, Upright Smoked Lager, and Midnight Dream, and another three gold medals to Hairless Hare Brewery’s Imperial CRV, Barrel Aged Barley Wine and Barrel Aged Cold War. 

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“It’s a testament to the quality of our brewers and beer,” Peter Hilgeman, founder of Dayton Beer Company, told this news outlet this morning. “Two of those three beers have already won golds this year in another competition, and it really reinforces to our brewers that the beer we make is technically and skillfully well done.”

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Hairless Hare co-founder Matt Harris said this morning, “It’s great to be part of all the medals coming back to Dayton this weekend and to show off what Dayton has to offer the craft beer world.”

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Hairless Hare, located in Vandalia, collected four silver medals as well, and Dayton Beer Company’s Lost Tunnel label collected a silver for Deep Sea Diving. 

Crooked Handle Brewing in Springboro collected two silvers and a bronze, Lock 27 Brewing in Dayton and Centerville earned four bronze medals, and Devil Wind Brewing in Xenia snagged two bronze medals. 

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The overall “best of show” award went to Braxton Brewing Co. in Covington, Ky. for its Barrel Aged Dark Charge Mole Stout.

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