Beer fun: the Great International Beer Fest, the ‘Rhode Island Beer’ book tour, Whaler’s at the Grange, Jack’s Abby tap takeovers, and more!

beer_funLooking for some beer fun this weekend? Here are some prime destinations:

 Jack’s Abby roared into RI this week, and there are two more tap takeovers on the introductory slate: tonight [4.24] at Track 84 [aka the winner of the Favorite Rhode Island Beer Bar Bracket; 7 pm-close] and on Saturday at English Cellar Alehouse [5-10 pm]. Say hi to co-owner Sam Hendler and enjoy their world-class lagers, including the new, ultra-limited, quintuple-hopped Excess IPL.

 The 9th Great International Spring Beer Festival is on Saturday [4.25] at the Rhode Island Convention Center, with unlimited sampling of more than 250 different beverages [and free slices from Pizza Pie-er]. There’s a lot of macro in the mix [and not much internationality], but discriminating drinkers should find plenty to sip and savor. We suggest spending lots of time with the bolded locals: 21st Amendment, Bad Martha, Berkshire Brewing, Blue Moon, Bucket Brewery, Coors, Guinness, Finch’s, Foolproof, Goose Island, Grey Sail, Harpoon, Heineken, Magic Hat, Narragansett, Newport Storm, Opa-Opa, Paper City, Radeberger, Ravenous, Revival, Samuel Adams, Shipyard, Sierra Nevada, Stark, Traveler, Trinity Brewhouse, Two Roads, Union Station, Victory, Woodstock Inn, and Yuengling [plus Angry Orchard, Downeast, and Twisted Tea]. Sessions run from 1 to 4:30 pm [with music by the Rock] and 6:30 to 10 pm [the Network]; tix are $52 at the door.

 On Saturday, you have two opportunities to meet ’n’ greet Ashleigh Bennett and Kristie Martin, the esteemed authors of Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History On Tapand sample Innsmouth Olde Ale, the second entry in Narragansett/Revival’s H.P. Lovecraft Series. They’ll be at Barrington Books from 1-2:30 pm and Symposium Books in downtown Providence from 5-7.

 On Sunday [4.26], The Grange will host Whaler’s Brewing Company’s first-ever beer dinner. Click here to see the menu for the three-course bash [6-8 pm, $40pp], which will be followed by a set of standup and storytelling by Vito Lantz around 9. And huzzah to Whaler’s, which was cited as Best No-Frills Brewery in Yankee Magazine’s Best of New England issue.

  You can toast the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame’s 2015 inductees on Sunday at the Met. We did some typing about that event on Thursday… [And before we head to Pawtucket, we’ll be watching them scrappy Boston Celtics. Chris Forsberg has a sweet piece on this year’s Green: “You’re going to miss this team when its season is over.”]

 Two no-go destinations: the Bucket Brewery will be closed on Saturday, but you can visit them at the Convention Center; and Proclamation is closed all weekend, as they prep their HQ for the arrival of the shiny new brewing tanks.

 And you can still let us know “What brewery would you most like to see in the RI market?” The poll will be open till Sunday.

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