Read all about it: 401 brew crews talk tattoos

16681953_1277846275628092_4679378808815362275_nIn our column in the brandy-new/out-today “Tattoo Issue” of Motif, we play along with “Got ink? Brew crews talk tattoos,” featuring words — and pictures — from beer pros at Grey Sail, Newport Storm, Tilted Barn, and Narragansett [plus a coupla bonus items].

Click here for the html version and/or click here and flip to page 7 for the Virtual Newspaper Experience. Cheers!

Update: the RIM IBG/’Gansett feature is online

feb_2017-7195a39aOn Thursday, we noted that the content from Rhode Island Monthly’s “Rhode Island Beer Lover’s Guide” “will roll out over the next coupla weeks.” Well, lookee here, neighbor: our feature on Isle Brewers Guild and Narragansett Beer is available for free right now! Here’s the link! [But we still encourage you to buy a copy…]

Read all about it: Isle Brewers Guild, ’Gansett, Newport Storm, and a whole lotta beer news

feb_2017-7195a39a The February issue of Rhode Island Monthly takes a deep dive into the 401 brew world. “The Rhode Island Beer Lover’s Guide” — a sumptuous 18-page package, bursting with gorgeous pix — has profiles of the state’s breweries and brewpubs [with extended pieces on Proclamation and Tilted Barn by Jamie Coelho] and some of the best beer bars, and a ride-along with the Rhode Island Brew Bus. And your humble correspondent was honored to contribute to the guide, with a feature on Isle Brewers Guild/Narragansett Beer and a Q&A with Newport Storm’s Brent Ryan. The ish is now available at a magazine rack near you; we encourage you to buy a copy — it’s well worth your hard-earned five bucks. The content will roll out over the next coupla weeks at if you can’t wrap your head around the concept of paying for journalistic endeavors — but you really should see it in its superior glossy palpable format. [Update on 2.2 @ 10:26 pm: the IBG/’Gansett story is now online.] Here’s a [maybe-not-so-humble] sneak peek at our pages:




But wait, there’s more! In our column in the brandy-new/out-today issue of Motif, we have a slew of intel re: Crooked Current, Tilted Barn, Grey Sail, Foolproof, Bucket, Revival, Newport Storm, and more! Click here for the html version and/or click here and flip to page 6 for the Virtual Newspaper Experience.

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Bonus content: Long-time B&C readers will enjoy this message from our pal Coach Donovan:

And after you read the RI Monthly beer ish, start turning the pages of this timely opus:


Rhode Island Brew Fest 2017: the beer list

People have been clamoring for the beer list for the 100% sold-out fifth annual Rhode Island Brew Fest [it sold out a month ago!!] — and we have the list right here for you! Fifty-five breweries [including four ciderists and two seltzerists] will share more than 200 samples of liquid goodness at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday [1.28]. Start scrolling and get your game plan ready for a few hours of sippin’ ’n’ socializin’. See you there!

21st Amendment: Blah Blah Blah IPA, El Sully, Sneak Attack Saison

Abita: Macchiato Espresso Stout, Mardi Gras Bock, Purple Haze

Alltech Lexington: Bourbon Barrel Ale, Bourbon Barrel Stout, Honey Brown Ale

Bad Martha: 508 IPA, Vineyard Ale

Ballast Point: Grunion Pale Ale, Manta Ray DIPA, Red Velvet Cake, Victory At Sea Peppermint, Sculpin

Bantam Cider: American, Rojo, Wunderkid

Baxter: Stowaway IPA, Tarnation Maine Lager, Window Seat Coconut Porter

Beer’d: Dogs & Boats IPA, Hobbit Juice IPA, Rind Blonde Ale

Black Hog: Ginga Ninja IPA, Easy Rye’da, Granola Brown

Brewery Ommegang: Rare Vos Amber Ale, Hop House

Brooklyn: American Ale, Lager, Defender IPA, Quinitaceratops, Triple Burner

Bucket: 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Pawtucket Pale Ale, Special TBA

Champlain Orchards: Macc & Maple, Original

Clown Shoes: Barista, Chocolate Sombrero, Clementine, Galactica, Whammy Bar

Crooked Current: Horchata Cream Ale, Neopolitan Brown Ale

Downeast Cider: Original Blend, Cranberry Blend, Blueberry Cinnamon

Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer: Ginger Beer

Foolproof: Shuckolate Chocolate Oyster Stout, Barstool Golden Ale, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Federal Hill Pale Ale, Special TBA Cask

Founders: TBA

Green Flash: Passion Fruit Kicker, Tangerine Soul Style IPA, West Coast IPA

Grey Sail: Captain’s Daughter, Pour Judgement, Special TBA

Harpoon: IPA, Hoppy Adventure, Fresh Tracks, UFO Twist

Hidden Cove: Patroon IPA, Bucko’s Hoppy Brown Ale, Mo-Lay, Thunder Clap DIPA

Jack’s Abby: Hoponius Union, House Lager, Smoke & Dagger, Calyptra

Lagunitas: IPA, Cap Stout, 12th of Never, Hop Stoopid

Long Live Beerworks: TBA

Lookout Farm Cider: 1651, Barnwarmer, Farmhouse, Hop Up

Lord Hobo: Boomsauce, Hobo Life, Steal This Can

Lost Nation: Gose, Mosaic, The Wind

Magic Hat: #9, Bob’s 1st Ale, Low Key, TBA

Mighty Squirrel: IPA, Mocha Stout, Sport Grapefruit IPA, Sport Kiwi White, Sport Pils

Narragansett: Lager, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout, Light, Unnamable Black Lager, Spruce Ale

Nauti Seltzer: Cranberry, Grapefruit, Lemon Lime, Raspberry

New Belgium: TBA

Newburyport: Das Kolsch, Green Head IPA, Melt Away Session IPA, NBPT Pale Ale, Plum Island Belgian White

Newport Storm: Annual Release, In fRIngement, Rhode Sodah, Spring Irish Red

Oskar Blues: Dale’s Pale Ale, IPA, Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, Old Chub, Priscilla Wheat

Otter Creek: Backseat Berner, Kind Ryed, Double or Nothing Russian Imperial Stout, Couch Surfer

Proclamation Ale: TBA

Ravenous: TBA

Revival: Conga Double IPA, Holy Moley Coffee Stout, Pastrami Stout, You Thirsty? IPA

Samuel Adams: Cold Snap, Rebel IPA, Rebel Juiced IPA, Hopscape

Sixpoint: Crisp, Resin, Global Warmer

Smuttynose: Cherry Stout Weisse, East Coast Common, Finest Kind IPA, Old Brown Dog

Southern Tier: 2x IPA, 2x Stout, Creme Brulee, Nu Skool, Tangier

Stone: Enjoy By 2.14.17, Ripper, Tangerine IPA

Stoneface: IPA, Porter

Stony Creek: Big Cranky, Dock Time Amber, Snow Hold Double Red, Stony Joe

Thimble Island: American, Coffee Stout, Ghost Island, IPA

Trinity Brewhouse: Captain America Pale Ale, Darkness Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Gingersnap Imperial Brown Ale, Infinity Belgian Quad, McKnight Scotch Ale

Truly Sparked & Sparkling: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Sicilian Blood Orange

Two Roads: Factory Pils, Holiday Ale Biere de Carde, Pachamama Porter, Zero 2 Sixty Tart IPA

Uinta: Birthday Suit Sour Ale, Hop Nosh Tangerine IPA, Labyrinth Black Ale, Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin, Port O’Call Belgian

Union Station: Breakfast Stout, Dark Belgian, Driving Miss Hazy IPA, Providence Pale

Wachusett: Bella Czech Pils, Blueberry Ale,  Green Monsta IPA, Wally

Weyerbacher: Easton Brown and Down, Merry Monks Belgian Ale, Tiny Belgian Imperial Stout

Whalers: East Coast IPA, Hazelnut Stout, The Rise

Wormtown: Be Hoppy, Blizzard of ’78, Bottle Rocket

Long Live turns 1, a new Backyahd, Newport Storm’s Mocha Madness, and more

reading-e1433602888667In our column in the brandy-new/out-today issue of Motif, we have a slew of intel re: Foolproof, Long Live, the Ocean State Homebrew Competition, the sixth release in Narragansett’s Lovecraft Series, Newport Storm’s Mocha Madness Vertical Tasting, and more!

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Read all about it: growlers, ‘mass market craft,’ Pabst’s sweet spot, and more

beer-typeIt’s our first post of 2017! Huzzah! Let’s revive a regular B&C feature, with links to a wide range of beer reads:

Giving up the growler, by Zach Fowle @ Draft Magazine [“For bar and bottle shop owners to essentially pour from a tap into a big glass, screw on a cap and call it good is counterintuitive to what brewers are trying to accomplish.”]

How Pabst is taking on Big Beer, craft beer and imported beer all at once, by Jason Notte @ Market Watch [“Pabst Brewing Co. isn’t a big light-lager brewer, it isn’t a craft brewer, it isn’t an importer and it isn’t a marketer. It’s all of those things at a time when beer needs them equally.”]

Here comes “Mass Market Craft,” by Jeff Alworth @ Beervana [“Within the craft segment [however you define it], there are emerging sub-segments. The vast majority of craft beer is still just a few brands — Lagunitas IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Blue Moon and so on.”]

The best beers for not getting fat, by Sarah Theeboom @ Thrillist [“We tend to think of craft brews as calorie bombs, but the growing popularity of session beers means there are plenty of tasty, low-alcohol drinks out there to crack open.”]

17 craft beer predictions for 2017, by Robert Burns @ BostInno [“6. Paralysis will shift consumer choice — With so many options out there, consumers will seek out what is familiar and return to their old standby brands.”]

2016: The year in beer ’round here


’Tis the season for our compendium of the happenings in the local beer world in MMXVI [click here for the 2015 roundup]. We dialed it back a bit at the B&C desk this year, embracing the “less is more” dictum [and devoting many hours to researching our oral history of the Genesee Brewing Company]. But we still kept a fermenter-full of beer news comin’ at ya: the statbot at WordPress says that we filed 114 posts, [we did 251 — 251! — in ’15] and welcomed 26K visitors from 103 countries. The most-read pieces were “Beervana Fest ’16: The beer list,” “BIG news from Proclamation Ale Company!!!!,” and “Long Live Beerworks opens on Saturday”; and we’re glad to note that our change-inspiring 2015 epic, “Growlers and beyond: raising the beer bar in Rhode Island,” was No. 5 on the year-end list [drawing new eyeballs whilst the better beer laws  became a reality].

We’ve culled a selection of notable beer news [lotsa new brands in the 401 market] and mega-perused posts, including a few [then-]exclusive dispatches, from 2016 — which was a rather…interesting collection of days, wouldn’t you say? [Here’s the year’s theme song.] Cheers to 2017; we hope it lives up to Howard Jones’ ever-optimistic words: “Things Can Only Get Better.” [Conversely, we offer a soundtrack for The New Leader, featuring the Gap Band, Skeeter Davis, Men At Work, Randy Newman, and John Lydon and Afrika Bambaataa. “Jesus — people, it’s toast.”]


“The Malted Barley gets flooded; welcome the Jacky Boy Publik House; and covering Proclamation Ale”
“Welcome to Boulevard Brewing Company”


“Better beer bills in the pipeline at the State House”
“Tug-of-war over better beer laws”


“’Gansett Beer announces: ‘We’re building a brewery’ ”
“Brewers Association announces the Top 50 US craft brewers of 2015; ’Gansett is #38”
“Welcome to RI: Cheers to new beers from von Trapp, Maui, and Brewmaster Jack”
“Welcome to RI: DuClaw and Evil Genius”


“Elysian is coming to Rhode Island”
“Welcome to Epic Brewing Company”
“House votes to raise the beer bar in Rhode Island”
“New Belgium is coming to Rhode Island”


“Ragged Island Brewing Co. is joining the 401 craft family”
“The Senate approves S3053 Sub A; we’re thisclose to better beer laws!”
“It’s official: ‘Assembly OKs limited retail sales by breweries and distilleries’!”
“It’s official! Gov. Raimondo signed the better beer law!!”
“The beer bar is raised: expanded hours, new events — and more beer!”


“Ravenous Brewing Company ramps it up”


“Beer’d Brewing is coming to Rhode Island!”


“Newburyport Brewing is a new partner at the Isle Brewers Guild”
“Catching up with RI’s breweries-in-progress”


“Providence Brewing Company gets the greenlight”
“What Cheer Tavern is closing tonight [Sat 11.26]”


“Welcome to Lost Nation”