The Midwest takes on the West Coast at Dayton Brew Ha-Ha

Hundreds poured into the Montessori School of Dayton in Kettering on Jan. 30, 2016, to celebrate the fifth annual Brew Ha-Ha, benefiting the Montessori School. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

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Hundreds poured into the Montessori School of Dayton in Kettering on Jan. 30, 2016, to celebrate the fifth annual Brew Ha-Ha, benefiting the Montessori School. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF

It’s no secret that craft beer aficionados can tend to be rather opinionated about their beverages.

The organizers of the 2017 Dayton Brew Ha-Ha plan to tap into that spirit while helping a worthy cause this month. The theme for the sixth annual event will pit the beers of the Midwest up against their West Coast counterparts.

“For years, the two coasts have dominated the craft beer scene, but the Midwest has quietly been gaining strength,” said the event’s co-chair and beer curator Kevin J. Gray. “In the last five years, there has been an explosion in craft beer growth in the Midwest, with more than 175 breweries in Ohio alone. What’s more, these breweries are really good, winning medals and holding their own against beers from California, Oregon and Washington.”

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This year's Brew Ha-Ha is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Montessori School of Dayton.

This year's Brew Ha-Ha is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Montessori School of Dayton.

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This year's Brew Ha-Ha is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Montessori School of Dayton.

Gray also promises great beers for the vast spectrum of craft beer lovers; newbies and seasoned vets alike.

“Our goal is to select a beer list that appeals to a bunch of different palates.”

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The event will be held Jan. 28 at the Montessori School of Dayton. General admission and VIP tickets are available here. Designated driver tickets are available by emailing brewhaha@montessoridayton.org.

WANT TO GO? 

What: 6th Annual Dayton Brew Ha-Ha

Where: The Montessori School of Dayton, 2900 Acosta St., Kettering

When: Saturday, Jan. 28, 6-9 p.m.

Cost: $50 (VIP), $40 (general admission)

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