Dayton’s ‘Fairy Godmother of Beer’ gets a BIG shout-out for her one-of-a-kind style

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We take you on a tour of downtown craft beer breweries and bars. Video by Amelia Robinson

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It is hard to keep a good fairy in a box.

Patti Russell-Campbell, Dayton's officially-unofficial "Fairy Godmother of Beer," and her trusty sidekick Cindy Pavelka Callahan,  recently got mad props on the website Good Beer Hunting.

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Archived photo: Old friends, Patti Russell, left and Kim Medlin, both from Dayton enjoy each others company at the 2nd Annual Miami Valley Beer Fest held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News
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Archived photo: Old friends, Patti Russell, left and Kim Medlin, both from Dayton enjoy each others company at the 2nd Annual Miami Valley Beer Fest held at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

Kyle Kastranec introduced the world to the dynamic duo in the post "Hunter/Gatherer #18 — Patti and Cindy at Jackie O's Brewery in Athens, OH."

Patti’s “vibrant pink cap with a large, bedazzled flamingo pinned to the front” caught Kastranec’s eye.

Her favorite color is pink (she told me it was), and she is known for her ball caps.

From the article: 

When I finally sat down at the table with them, we were all a few beers deep and they were in the midst of trying to figure out what to order next. They were both wearing brewery work shirts: Patti, an oversized Warped Wing, black, open in the front; Cindy, a Fat Head's, blue with white pin stripes, buttoned as a brewer would.

What really struck me, though, is they were both wearing Jackie O's earrings. But before I could ask where they came from, each had plucked one from their ear and tossed it on the table.

"She made these," Patti exclaimed.

"I made these," Cindy agreed.

And sure enough, I looked closer and each earring turned out to be a flattened Jackie O's bottle cap, adorned with tiny rhinestones and backed with a brightly colored polymer. I looked at both women—a bit slack-jawed, if I'm being honest—and they just laughed.

Dayton-area resident and beer enthusiast Patti Russell-Campbell at  Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2015. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson
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Dayton-area resident and beer enthusiast Patti Russell-Campbell at Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2015. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson

Read the full article at GoodBeerHunting.com. It is a good read.

Patti might be the Fairy Godmother of Beer, but she knows a good deal about bourbon as well. 
The Dayton fixture went along for the adventure when we joined the crew from downtown's Century Bar.

>> MORE: Behind-the-scenes on our bourbon run with the Century Bar

Patti just held an fundraiser at Lucky’s Taproom and Eatery in the Oregon District as part of her participation in the Walk to Defeat ALS for the ALS Association.

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>> MORE: Read what Patti Russell-Campbell said about David Bowie 

Dayton-area resident and beer enthusiast Patti Russell-Campbell at  Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2015. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson
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Dayton-area resident and beer enthusiast Patti Russell-Campbell at Buffalo Trace Distillery in 2015. (Staff photo by Amelia Robinson

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