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.


Archive: 2016 | 2017

Craft Beer at Your Doorstep… Yes it Really Does Exist

by Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew One of the greatest things that drinkers of craft beer can come across is a unique beer brewed by a small brewery across the country or that rare ...

Omme-Goodness! Brewery Ommegang a Home Run

*By David Anderson, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* With baseball season starting, and the spring and summer beers beginning to come out, it's a perfect time to plan a weekend getaway to Cooperstown, N.Y. Cooperstown is ...

Flight Crew Samples Experimental Home Brews, Tours Hop Farm

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* Whenever the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew gets a chance to mingle with folks whose mission is to encourage continued growth of the craft beer industry in Ohio, we ...

R.L. Lipton Bolsters Its Craft Beer Portfolio

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* As the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew continues to get more immersed in the local craft beer scene, we’re finding there are some truly wonderful people in this business. ...

The Art of Crafting a Beer Part IV: The Conclusion

By Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew “3.. 2.. 1.. LIFTOFF!” Well not exactly, but the tapping of our collaboration with Birdfish Brewery was a pinnacle moment for the Mahoning Valley Flight Crew. Words can ...

The Art of Handcrafting a Beer: Part III

by Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew For every artist, I’d like to think that there is some satisfaction and a climatic moment while watching a masterpiece grow. I wonder at what point did Michelangelo ...

The Art of Handcrafting a Beer: Part II

By Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew Relationships are important in any endeavor. Whether its personal or business, work or play, relationships play a large role in developing a solid foundation. Although we are just ...

Platform Beer Launch Puts R.L. Lipton on Valley’s Center Stage

*By Jim Cyphert, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew* It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Mahoning Valley Flight Crew members get chills when we learn about new craft beer coming to the Valley. ...

The Art of Handcrafting a Beer: Part I

By Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew As fans of craft beer, we enjoy all aspects of the industry. We enjoy being educated on beer, hops, even water. We attend beer schools, lectures, tastings and ...

Leader of the Pack?

by Jason Jugenheimer, Mahoning Valley Flight Crew The Mahoning Valley Flight Crew loves craft beer. We love local craft beer. However, we feel its our mission, one we gladly accept, to explore other areas of ...