We do our best at the Bottles & Cans desk to bring you all things beer ’round here, but you should also spend some time at Two Girls, One Beer, the blog by Ashleigh Bennett and Kristie Martin. It’s a great source for brew reviews, events, and more [they’ve been at it since October 2011]. A few days into the New Year, we contacted the dynamic duo about their forthcoming book, Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History On Tap, to be published on March 30 by The History Press as part of their American Palate Series, which focuses on regional beer lore. Now that the book can be pre-ordered at Amazon, we’ll share what they told us so you can get your palate whetted, follow the link, and boost its Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
It is essentially part historical guide, part modern day brewery tour guide. It begins with the history of brewing in Rhode Island, dating as far back as the 1600s, covering the booming beer business throughout the 1800s, and also going into how Rhode Islanders and their breweries dealt with Prohibition.
Each currently operating brewery and brewpub in the state gets their own chapter, even the newest arrivals like Tilted Barn and Crooked Current. We give their stories — the beginnings, everyone’s unique approach to brewing, and descriptions of their available beers. We tried to make it as up-to-date as possible, but you know how hard that is, with the brewery landscape here changing every day.
We finish off the book with chapters of recipes made with local beers, and a guide to our favorite bars and bottle shops.
Oh and Sean Larkin wrote the foreword!
We’ll have more info about the release and any events we’ll be doing in the next few months, so will definitely keep you posted.
The launch parties for Rhode Island Beer will be big fun. When spring rolls around, we’ll let you know where to meet-and-greet and get your books signed by Ashleigh and Kristie.
If you already have your Brew Fest tix but are ready for a twist on this week’s Bottles & Cans mantra — “So many beers, so much time [and money]” — then head to Boston for the Beer Summit Winter Jubilee, which is happening tonight [6-9:30 pm, $45] and on Saturday [12:30-4 and 5:30-9 pm, $55 each] at the Park Plaza Castle. Here’s the list of brewers [with our locals in bold]: Aeronaut Brewing, Angry Orchard, Backlash, Bad Martha, Ballantine, Banner, Bay State, Berkshire, Blue Point, Brooklyn, Boulder, Boulevard, Cape Ann, City Steam, Clown Shoes, Dinkelacker, Downeast Cider, Duvel, Finch, Foolproof, Global Beer, Grey Sail, Harpoon, Henniker, Hofbrau, Ireland On the Road, John Harvard’s Brewery, Kennebec River, Lagunitas, Lexington, Mayflower, McKenzie’s Cider, Narragansett, Naukabout, Olde Burnside, Opa Opa, Paper City, Revival, Rickers Hard Cider, Riverwalk, Sam Adams, Sapporo, Saranac, Sebago, Shmaltz, Sixpoint, Stiegl, Tennents, 3 Beards, Trinity Brewhouse, Two Roads, VT Hard Cider, and Woodstock Inn. The castle is a fun and funky venue, and the Beer Summit is always a great time.
And if you’re really planning waaaay ahead, the 9th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, April 25 [1-4:30 and 6:30-10 pm]. Tix [$49 + $5.90 fees] are on sale now at Ticketmaster [you need a code — SPRING — for the “presale” which runs through Sunday at midnight, but there’s no discount so . . .].