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 email@example.com 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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[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…