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Mahoning Valley Flight Crew

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It all began with a boy, a deck and a dream. The Mahoning Valley Flight Crew can trace its humble beginnings back to the summer of 2009. It was then when our founder and club president, Jason Jugenheimer, summoned a few neighbors to join him on his deck one evening to enjoy a beer, after he had just finished manicuring his lawn. Jason had just signed up for a “Craft Beer Challenge” with a local retailer, whose mission was to get patrons to try 100 different craft beers, by the end of the year. So, with the recruitment of a few neighbors, and the addition of a few friends, our local neighborhood beer club took root.

Mahoning Valley Flight Crew members are David Anderson (Canfield), Jim Cyphert (Austintown), Roger Gillespie (Austintown), Jason Jugenheimer (Canfield), Joe Sanfilippo (Austintown) and Dave Shively (Austintown). Watch for future blog posts featuring bios of each Flight Crew member.

State #50: Flight Crew Tackles Elusive Craft Beer from Kansas

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* Craft beer lovers across the Mahoning Valley have a great new option. Tallgrass Brewing Co.’s beers are now available here through Premium Beverage Supply. The Flight Crew took Tallgrass’ beers out for a spin recently, but this was no ordinary taste test. We’ve ...

Fat Head’s Keeps Serving Up Award-Winning Craft Beer

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* A little quality time at Youngstown’s OH WOW! Children’s Museum resulted in something the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew truly cherishes: A personalized tour of one of Northeast Ohio’s most popular breweries. Roger Gillespie, Brian Long and I volunteered at OH WOW!’s Science of ...

Cincinnati’s MadTree Beer Now Available in the Mahoning Valley

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* MadTree Brewing Co. has arrived in Northeast Ohio. The Cincinnati-based brewery’s craft beers are now available at retailers, bars and restaurants right here in the Mahoning Valley. MadTree kicks off in Northeast Ohio today with its four core year-round beers — PsycHOPathy (India ...

Bucket List Brewery

by Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew http://www.vindy.com/users/photos/2017/aug/13/113821/ Vacations have a way of warping your thoughts of long travel times into something totally normal. Two plus hour one way trips at home give you pause. Two plus hour trips when you’re on vacation seem doable. But when it’s a chance ...

Eastwood Field Serves Up Big League Craft Beers

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* One thing every member of the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew has in common is a true love for craft beer. Another … a huge passion for sports. More of us tend to lean toward the teams that wear black ’n gold. But we ...

A Happy Afternoon at Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing Company

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* Our mission was clear when the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew departed our regular session June 27. Travel plans and the fact that the Fourth of July fell on a Tuesday, our meeting day, interfered with our typical weekly schedule. So, we all agreed ...

Magical Things are Happening at Magic Tree

By Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew While you could argue he isn’t Houdini, Phill Reda keeps putting on his regularly scheduled magic show at Magic Tree. Each week he seems to pull another brewery out of his hat to provide suds satisfaction, and this week was no exception with ...

Only Tapping the Best

By Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew When you think about craft beer in the Valley, one of the first names you should think of is Phill and Sandy Reda. These guys really love craft beer and it shows in every beer venture they embark on. Magic Tree is no ...

Voodoo Brewery Puts Its Spell on Mahoning Valley Craft Beer Drinkers

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* One of the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew’s close friends reached out recently with something for us to try. R.L. Lipton Distributing Vice President and General Manager Ed Carissimi wanted the Flight Crew to taste some of the offerings from Voodoo Brewing Co. As ...

Great Lakes Fridge Filler Sampler Pack Offers Great Tastes

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* A recent encounter with our friend Nick Rose of Heidelberg Distributing included a query from the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew. We asked him what’s new for spring? http://www.vindy.com/users/photos/2017/apr/10/108885/ He mentioned several new offerings, but the Fridge Filler sampler pack from Great Lakes Brewing ...

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