What’s the frequency, Kenneth? Local brewery brews special beer for Hamvention

The Dayton area’s newest brewery has created a special beer for this weekend’s Hamvention — and it will be available not only in the brewery’s tasting room, but also at the Hamvention itself.

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The beer is called Potentiometer Pale Ale, and it was brewed by Devil Wind Brewing for the annual gathering of amateur-radio enthusiasts that is now held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia. Hamvention, previously held at Hara Arena before that facility's closure in 2016, has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association since 1952.

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“If there is an event in our community, especially one as big as Hamvention, we want to be part of it,” Devil Wind co-founder David Hatfield said. “Hamvention moved to Xenia during our planning phase, and we knew we would have to have a special beer for the event.”

Hatfield described the Potentiometer as a “light, refreshing pale ale brewed with Simcoe hops, this beer packs a punch on the nose, but is incredibly smooth on the palate with an (alcohol by volume) of 4.9 percent.  Both the special brew and Devil Wind’s Mind the Gap ESB will be on tap at Hamvention, he said.

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The Potentiometer is being released today, May 17.

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Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

The 3,000-square-foot Devil Wind brewery, which opened March 30, is located at 130 S. Detroit St. in downtown Xenia. The brewery’s name was derived from historical reports that the Shawnee Indians that inhabited Greene County referred to the Xenia area as “Land of the Devil Wind.”

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Devil Wind is the second brewery to operate in Xenia during this century. The Miami Trail Brewery opened in Xenia in the late 1990s and shut down by 2002, and was, during its time, the only craft brewery in the Dayton area.

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