TAPPING TODAY: Local brewery’s new beer pays tribute to home-brewing roots


Some local breweries are paying tribute to their home-brewing roots by collaborating with a long-running supplier of beer-making supplies to produce special beers for their tap rooms.

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First up is Crooked Handle Brewing Co. in Springboro, where at 4 p.m. today, Aug. 22, the brewery will tap "Keowee," a New Zealand-style Pilsner created collaboratively by Ken Starner, Crooked Handle's assistant brewer, and Jhon Campbell, manager of Brewtensils beer and wine making supplies store at 2621 S. Smithville Road next to Belmont Party Supply in Dayton.

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“This is our way to pay homage to the home brewers,” Crooked Handle co-founder Jason Moore said. “That’s where it all started for me, and for a lot of us.”

Moore was an avid home-brewer before launching the brewery, “and Brewtensils is where I bought my first equipment,” he said. The special beer to be tapped today is limited and will be available in the brewery’s Springboro tap room only, with no growler fills, the Crooked Handle co-founder said.

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Campbell described the New Zealand Pilsner as a style “that Hop heads can also enjoy.” He’ll be selling kits of the New Zealand Pilsner recipe and of subsequent recipes that are made in collaboration with other Dayton-area breweries. Ollie’s Place also will serve the Pilsener, Campbell said.

A joint brew with Fifth Street Brewpub’s head brewer Darren Link will come next, perhaps in September, the BrewTensils manager said.

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