We’ve assembled a few brief items, while working the beer list for the [sold out!] Rhode Island Brew Fest and trying to figure out how to sample a third [half? a quarter?] of the 225-plus pours [full disclosure: we’re looking into cloning but don’t think we can get that done by Saturday . . .].
• On Monday, as a pre-Juno treat, Foolproof did a sneak peek of its new Valentine-themed release, Shuckolate, the chocolate-oyster stout was made with Garrison Confections and Walrus and Carpenter Oysters. If you didn’t get there on the 26th, you can try it this weekend at the brewery [241 Grotto Ave, Pawtucket; today 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5; $10 includes three samples and a glass] and at the Brew Fest on Saturday. Bombers and draft starts shipping on Monday.
• Grey Sail [63 Canal St, Westerly] encourages you to challenge your palate in their tasting room this weekend [today 3-6 pm, Sat & Sun 1-5]. They have Guess the Hop DIPA; a Smoked Porter with ? [the first person to ID the mystery ingredient gets a free growler fill]; and they’re debuting “I’m In Love with the Cacao” Stout. There are other treats on hand, too. And they’ll be at the Brew Fest, natch.
• And here’s the obligatory Super Bowl entry: USA Today says more than 50 million cases of beer will be consumed in the US during the Big Game. Forbes offers these factoids: “The 325 million gallons of beer that will be drunk during Super Bowl XLIX Sunday is more than a gallon per person in the United States. Almost as much as the amount of water that will flow over Niagara Falls during Katy Perry’s halftime songs.” [Men’s Fitness has a few reasons why you should not drink a gallon of beer during the Super Bowl: “Assuming you consume the brewskis over a 5-hour span, (a) 185-pound man’s BAC would be .135 – legally unable to drive, physically unable to do just about anything besides sing loudly and take a nap on the couch.”]
So try to stay on the responsible side of a gallon — pace yourself and delve into the suddenly-ubiquitous session brews from the what-are-we-calling-them-now-since-we’re-not-supposed-to-use-the-word-“craft”-right? beerists. There are great and flavorful and below 5% ABV offerings from Founders [All Day IPA — a bargain in 15-packs], Heavy Seas [the new CrossBones], the classic Anchor Steam, 21st Amendment’s Bitter American, Goose Island’s Honkers Ale, Firestone Walker’s Pale 31, locals Foolproof [Barstool] and Grey Sail [Flagship Ale], and many more.
Or just open one bottle of Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Extra, and nurse that 18% ABV Belgian-style strong brown ale [brewed with raisins and brown sugar] from pre-game to trophy presentation…