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 Local craft beer festival returns after 5-year hiatus

A Dayton-based craft beer festival is poised to return June 23 after a five-year hiatus to spotlight specialty beers provided by more than a dozen local and regional craft breweries.

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The Cask AleFest, which celebrates a more traditional method of storing and dispensing draught beer, will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 23 on East Second Street between Jefferson and St. Clair Streets in front of Mudlick Tap House in downtown Dayton.

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Joe Waizmann, founder and co-organizer of the event, said the festival’s lengthy hiatus was caused primarily by his stint as a co-founder and co-owner of Warped Wing Brewing Co., from which he departed in late 2017. This  year’s event will mark the seventh AleFest devoted to cask ales.

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“Since my earliest visits to the U.K. more than 20 years ago, I’ve been a huge fan of cask or real ale, and this passion is the basis of my desire to educate and share with others,” Waizmann said. “It’s quite gratifying.”

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Tickets are $40  and will be limited  to 300; they are available at Mudlick Tap House or online at www.AleFest.com

Waizmann said 17 cask ales will be featured:  

  • 50 West Brewing Company Punch You in the EyePA DIPA with Orange Peel 
  • Braxton Brewing Company BlackBerry Smoothie Haven Hefeweizen with Blackberries, Blueberries, Banana, & Apple  
  • Crooked Handle Brewing Company The Farm Saison with Lemon and Basil 

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  • Dayton Beer Company The Java Man Cometh Stout with Mint & Cocoa Nibs  
  • Fat Heads Brewery Unnamed Dry Hopped Strong Ale  
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company Eliot Ness Vienna Lager with Cinnamon & Apple  
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company Burning River Pale Ale with Lavender  
  • Hairless Hare Brewery Blackberry Honey Kickback Kölsch 
  • MadTree Brewing  Brown with Bourbon-and-Peach-Soaked Oak Chips 
  • Maumee Bay Brewing Company Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout with Tiramisu 
  • North High Brewing Cherry Life Golden Sparkling Ale 

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  • Nowhere in Particular Promiscuous Ale Project Strawberry Banana Berliner Weiss 
  • Platform Beer Company Orange Blossom Kettle Sour with Bourbon Soaked Oak Chips and Tart Sour Cherries  
  • Toxic Brew Company Abby's Cure Tripel with Hibiscus & Press Cold Brewed Coffee 
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company Gamma Bomb IPA with Passionfruit 
  • Warped Wing Brewing Company Golden Glow with Lime Peel and Tequila-Soaked Wooden Spiral  
  • Yellow Springs Brewery Boat Show IPA with Raspberries, a special tri-package feature with Boat Show IPA in cask, draught and can.

7 tips to survive & thrive at the Fleurs de Fete wine fest

Fleurs de Fete, Dayton’s largest wine and food festival, can be great fun — even moreso if you follow these few survival-and-enhancement tips from a savvy veteran who went to the first one in 1990 and darn near every one of ‘em since then.This is the 27th year for the festival, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at Carillon Historical Park. 

This year’s festival will include more than 400 wines available for sampling at no additional cost beyond admission, along with complimentary dishes from local restaurants, caterers, food trucks and other food vendors. It will also feature a Stella Artois Belgian Beer Garden, live music, and a silent auction showcasing fine wines, baskets, travel packages and other experiences donated by local businesses.

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Follow these tips, and you’ll thank me later:

• Arrive early.

• Don’t wait too long to sample the foods.

• Use the dump buckets and don’t be afraid to pour out wines you don’t love. 

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• When you've poured a sample of wine — and there's a line of folks with empty glasses behind you — get out of the way! 

• Wear sensible shoes. Leave the stilettos for another occasion when you're not tromping around in grass.

• Don’t wear white. White clothing is a magnet for red-wine spills and mustard.

• Drink water — lots of water.

Tickets cost $70 in advance, $75 at the door, and are available until May 19th online at fleursdefete.com or at the following locations: Arrow Wine & Spirits,  Carillon Brewing Co., Carillon Historical Park, Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets in Beavercreek and Centerville, and Ray's Wine Spirits Grill.

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Here’s a list of the participating restaurants and vendors, as supplied by Dayton History/Carillon Park: 

Basil's On Market 

Blue Note Bistro & Lounge 

Brock Masterson's 

Butter Cafe 

Carillon Brewing Co. 

Carver's Steaks & Chops 

Central Perc 

Citilites at the Schuster Center 

CoCo's Bisto 

Dewey's Pizza 

elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar 

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market 

Giovanni's 

Grist 

Jay's Seafood 

Khmericano Coffee 

Melt Bar & Grilled 

Ray's Wine Spirits Grill 

The Oakwood Club 

Tiers of Sugar 

Watermark Restaurant 

Zombie Dogz

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 The outdoor wine and food festival was founded in 1990 by Heidelberg Distributing Co. and Arrow Wine & Spirits as a charity event. The festival was held at Carillon Park for a few years following its inception, spent several years at Lincoln Park Civic Commons in Kettering, returned to Carillon Park from 2001-2014, briefly changed its name to  “Fleurs et Vin,” spent 2015 at Welcome Park near Welcome Stadium, then returned to its roots in 2016 with its original Fleurs de Fete name and its original venue at Carillon Park. For more information, go to fleursdefete.com.

Alcohol delivery service expands to new U.S. cities

It's like pizza delivery, just minus the pizza and add the alcohol. 

Beginning Thursday, Floridians in Jacksonville can have alcohol delivered right to their door steps.

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Drizly, a Boston-based company, is partnering with a packaging stores to expand the delivery service. 

Kerin Horgan, who handles public relations for Drizly, said the company decided to expand to Jacksonville because of the young demographic. 

"People are looking for, you know, the next service that can make their life that much more easier and convenient," Horgan said. 

The service allows customers to order alcohol from nearby liquor stores using either the app or desktop site.

Once the order is placed, the delivery comes from an employee of the store or someone contracted by the store. The delivery cost is a flat $5 fee. 

Parents needn't worry about their children or teenagers abusing the service. Upon delivery, the drivers will scan the customers' ID to verify they are 21.

Drizly is available in 28 cities, including Seattle, Tampa Bay, Orlando and Austin, Texas.

Internet celebrates National Beer Day

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Happy National Beer Day!

Tuesday marks 82 years since the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale of beer, went into effect on April 7, 1933.

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The "holiday" has not gone unnoticed on social media. Click here or scroll down to see what people are saying, and join the conversation with the hashtag #NationalBeerDay.

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