Read all about it: better beer laws = better beer business! Plus, a sour tap takeover at Norey’s

In our column in the new/out-today issue of Motif, we asked the state’s beermakers to tell us about the immediate impact on their thriving small businesses; we received insightful intel from four of them [the rest of the brewers didn’t respond because they were sequestered in a secret cave on the banks of the Scituate Reservoir, working on their new collaborative brew, Hopcone of Silence™, which will be released on September 31].

Click here for the html version and/or click here and flip to page 6 for the Virtual Newspaper Experience.

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Sour_A year ago, Norey’s [156 Broadway, Newport] hosted a tap takeover titled “Sours & Lambics From Around the World.” It was a rousing success, so they’re doing it again! The 2016 edition kicks off on Friday [8.19] at 4 pm [and continues till the kegs run dry], with more than a dozen taps featuring puckery goodness from the likes of Hanssens Artisanal, OEC, Mikkeller, and Birrificio del Ducato. Click here for the complete beer list.

[Updated on 8.19 @ 4:40 pm, The List: Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis; Rodenbach Alexander; Aventinus Cuvée Barrique; Mikkeller Spontanlingonberry; Petrus Sour Quad and Pale Ale; OEC III dry-hopped with Mosaic; OEC Salsus Singularis [gose],and OEC Artista Zynergia: Morpheus & Phantasus; Birrificio del Ducato Oud Brunello; and Goose Island’s Juliet, Halia, and Madame Rose.]

Read all about it: beer bashes and more. Plus, today is IPA Day!

IPAIn our column in the new/out-today issue of Motif, we wrote about this weekend’s big beer bashes — the 2nd Annual Providence Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at India Point Park, and Foolproof’s fourth Augtoberfest, both on Saturday [8.6] — plus Pints for Paws, the fund-raiser for the Providence Animal Rescue League to be held at Pizza J on August 14 [plus other tidbits]. Click here for the html version and/or click here and flip to page 7 for the Virtual Newspaper Experience.

And keep clicking: in the previous ish of Motif, we wrote about IPA Day — which is today! So if you needed an excuse to get your hops on, there it is! [You’ll need to come up with your own excuses for the rest of the year…]

*Another* new beer from ’Gansett: Have a Hefeweizen!

335_GANS_Bananagram_R12On Monday 7.25, we told you about Narragansett’s new America’s Cup 2017 Bermuda-Style Pilsner, and waaaay back on 6.27, we broke the news about White Ship, the fifth entry in the Lovecraft Series. This week brings another new brew: Hi-Neighbor! Have a Hefeweizen!

Here’s the backstory from the label: “Narragansett Beer has always been shared over good times with friends and family, and our local friends at Bananagrams, Inc. feel the same way about their games. Ten years ago, Rhode Island native Abraham Nathanson was looking for a faster-paced tiled wood game to play, and at the young age of 76, he and his family created Bananagrams at their home in Narragansett.

“When we heard Bananagrams was celebrating its ‘10th Bananaversary,’ we knew that a traditional Hefeweizen was the perfect beer to compliment the occasion, This wheat beer is left unfiltered, which gives it its subtle trademark flavors of banana and clove that are true to style.

“So invite over some friends, and enjoy a few rounds of beer and Bananagrams!”

The 5% ABV beer, made with a generous dose of El Dorado hops, is on its way in tallboy six-packs and on draft. It sounds appeeling! [Ooof, so sorry!]

Beervana update: tix go on sale August 7 [including 250 early bird specials]

Beervana_frontOn 7.28 we told you that tickets for Beervana Fest, which will take place at Rhodes-On-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston on Friday, October 14 from 6:30-10 pm, would go on sale Monday, August 1. Due to an exciting change of plans, you’ll have to wait until August 7 to get ’em. But it’s great news all around; as we noted in the 7.28 post, the fest is “greater every year” — and, true to form, the Beervana brain trust is raising the bar yet again in 2016:

“We have decided that we will open the entire second floor this year — adding more tables to make this the largest quality craft collection at a sampling event to date in this area. As a result, we are raising the price $5 to cover costs. This means that tickets are $55 and $65 at the door. We are offering an early bird ticket special, which will be $45 for the first 250 tickets sold. We wanted to give people notice so they wouldn’t miss out on them. So we will be putting tickets on sale on Sunday, August 7 at high noon.”

So: mo’ better beer! An early bird incentive!! The Best Beer Fest in Rhode Island gets even bester!!! So: at high noon on August 7, click here and get those early bird tix!

Head to Newport for Goose Island’s Migration Week


Goose Island has been staging its annual Migration Week events all over the USA since March. The tour features “brewers and educators” from GI’s Chicago HQ sharing their “favorite and most rare beers.” On August 1, the crew, helmed by brewer Tom Wilmott, will arrive in Newport for a week of beer sharings and food pairings and other treats, featuring a very impressive array of their “most rare beers.”

Here’s the schedule [selections subject to change]:

Monday, 8.1: A Meet the Brewer event at Sandy’s Liquors [717 Aquidneck Ave, Middletown] at 4:30 pm, with the chance to buy bottles of the Vanilla Rye variant of Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Tuesday, 8.2: A Flight School and Food Pairings session at Brick Alley Pub [140 Thames St, Newport] from 6:30-8 pm, featuring Sofie, Matilda, Bee Squad, Madame Rose, and Regal Rye BCBS [limit 50 people; call 401.849.6334 for reservations]. Also on 8.2: tap takeovers at the Gas Lamp Grille [206 Thames St, Newport, 8 pm] with 2014 BCBS, Green Line Pale Ale, 312 Wheat, Honkers Ale, and Madame Rose; and at Pour Judgement [32 Broadway, Newport, 9 pm] with 2013 BCBS, Pepe Nero, and Proprietor’s BCBS.

Wednesday, 8.3: A Nightcap with the Brewer session at Norey’s [156 Broadway, Newport] at 9 pm, featuring pours of the “sour sisters” – Juliet, Madame Rose, and Halia.

There are also two invite-only events –- and we can invite a pair of Bottles & Cans readers to each of ’em! On Wednesday, there will be a Coffee & Beer Class at Empire tea & Coffee/Tavern On Broadway [16/22 Broadway, Newport] from 4-5:30 pm, with BCBS 2015 and BCB Coffee Stout. Wilmott will discuss the malting process and how it compares to coffee roasting. And on Thursday [8.4]: a Beer & Cheese Class at Fluke [41 Bowen’s Whartf, Newport] from 4-6 pm, with “curd nerd” Cara sharing enlightenment in cheese, charcuterie, and sweets pairings, featuring Sofie, 312, IPA, Matilda, and Halia. Send an e-mail to with the subject “I WANT TO ATTEND THE CHEESE CLASS” or “I WANT TO ATTEND THE COFFEE & BEER CLASS.” And PLEASE ensure that you can attend the event[s]; we need to submit the winners’ names on 8.1 and don’t want to waste a space on no-shows.

Cheers to the exemplary beers from Chicago!

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Beervana_front[This info was updated on 7.31; see this new post for the latest info.] We’ve typed it before, we’ll type it again: “There’s no such thing as a bad beer fest. But there are very few great beer fests. As you should know by now, Beervana is a great beer fest. As we state every year, it’s an overwhelming array, a bevy of ultra-rare/exclusive/unique/simply excellent liquid gold poured by pros — owners, brewmasters, distributors — who pride themselves on raising the bar for better beer.” And it’s greater every year.

Beervana Fest 2016 will take place at Rhodes-On-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston on Friday, October 14 from 6:30-10 pm. We’ll be sharing barrels of juicy details about the fest over the next few months, but here’s a bit of intel: the seminars will be presented by two legendary beermakers — Phil Markowski of Two Roads, and Sean Larkin of Revival/Narragansett/Trinity/#cantstopwontstop fame. The ticket link will go live on Monday, August 7 [$55 in advance, $65 at the door; pro tip: there won’t be any available at the door]; click here and then start counting down to 10.14…

Ocean State Beer Fest II, and more hours at Proclamation

This just in from the Rhode Island Brewers Guild:

CNXC9buUEAESMP3The RIBG will be hosting its second annual Ocean State Beer Festival on Sunday, September 25 from 1-4 pm, featuring your favorite homestate breweries and beers! This year’s festival will be held at Foolproof Brewing Company at 241 Grotto Ave in Pawtucket. Each participating brewery will bring 2-3 of their standard year-round or seasonal beers, plus one special brew. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours today and support your local breweries!

And this from Proclamation Ale Company:

We’ll be opening Wednesdays as well for the remainder of the summer, 3:30-7 pm. We have very limited cans remaining. Will set a limit today [7.27; click through to Proc for the update]. Sprout, Tendril and Derivative: Citra in growlers and Perkatory in bottles.