Track 84 is closed: “It truly feels like the end of an era”

On Tuesday, June 30 at 8:15 pm, this post appeared on Track 84’s Facebook page:

We reached out to owner Dave Longiaru and got the following statement:

“The business has been down for quite awhile, [it] just hasn’t been profitable [due to] several factors: lack of a menu, competition. Tried my best to keep it going but fell short. Thanks to everyone that supported us through the years. Also I would like to honor any gift certificates that haven’t been redeemed.”

track_84_squareTrack 84 was one of the state’s craft beer pioneers, and a genuine local treasure — as evidenced by its triumph in the 2015 Favorite Rhode Island Beer Bar Bracket. We sang its praises in this post.

We wish Dave and his crew the best of luck, and raise a glass to the 10-plus great years and thousands of outstanding beers which were savored on Kilvert Street. OK, it’s time to cue up Hank Williams’ “There’s a Tear In My Beer.” Damndamndamn… [P.S.: The property is on the market.]

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Plan ahead for holiday growler-getting! [updated]

It’s baaaaack: Proclamation’s Zzzlumber
It’s baaaaack: Proclamation’s Zzzlumber

We’re running the weekly growler lineup today so you can plan ahead for the holiday weekend. Most of the breweries will be open on Saturday, so you can celebrate Local Independent Beer — and the return of three acclaimed stouts [it’s always stout season] — before oooh-ing and aaah-ing at the evening’s not-so-phantom fireworks [we’ll update this post as we get new intel].

Grey Sail has its regular lineup — Flagship, Flying Jenny, Hazy Day, Captain’s Daughter, Avenue N, and Pour Judgement — plus Dynasty Imperial Cream Ale, the latest Chalkboard Series offering, a Farmhouse Ale made with Belgian yeast, spelt malt, and Sterling, Styrian Aurora, and Hallertauer hops, and Great Ketch IPL. Belly up to the tasting station on Wednesday and Thursday from 4-7, on Friday from 2-7 pm [two extra hours this week only], and on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm.

Whaler’s Brewing has Citra IPA, East Coast IPA, Rye Pale Ale, Chinook IPA, Ginger Wheat, and Hazelnut Stout [Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm, Sunday 1-5 — and extended hours on Saturday [12-8 pm].

[Updated 7.1 @ 2:05 pm] Tilted Barn Brewery will be open on Friday from 4-7 and closed on Saturday; they’ll be pouring Early Riser IPA a fresh batch of Spruced, a new American Wheat ale made with spruce tips from TBB’s Christmas trees. Matt says, “Everything else is sold out right now…people have been very, very thirsty lately!”

Crooked Current’s doors will open on Friday from 5 to 8 pm and on Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. They’ll have Oatmeal Raisin Stout [back by popular demand], plus Kickback American Wheat and Strawberry Blonde Ale.

Head to Foolproof on Friday only from 5-8 for tastings [$10, includes three samples] and growler fills of their usual fine brews [Backyahd, Barstool, Raincloud, La Ferme Urbaine, and King of the Yahd].

 [Updated 6.30 @ 4:45 pm] Proclamation Ale will be open on Friday from 3:30-8 pm and on the 4th from 10 am-1 pm — and will bring back Zzzlumber, the mighty Russian Imperial Stout [this batch was not barrel-aged], for tastings and growler fills. Check the website for what else will be on tap.

[Updated 7.1 @ 9:05 am] Ravenous will be open on Thursday from 4-7 pm and on Friday from 4-6.

Bucket Brewery: TBA. Hit the website for updates.

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The Bottles & Cans Top 5 Most-Read Posts

13-high-fidelity-1266968082Every Saturday, we collect links to the week’s best beer reads. Today, inspired by High Fidelity’s recent return to Netflix and as a shoutout to the hundreds of Sundays we spent with Casey Kasem, we’ve compiled the Top Five Most-Read Bottles & Cans Posts  [not counting the Favorite Rhode Island Beer Bar Bracket polls]. The inspiration for this self-indulgence? We’ve welcomed many new readers in the last few weeks, thanks to a stealth marketing campaign [have you found a B&C business card on a beer shelf or a pile of beer coasters?] and a mention in a roundup of “Rhody blogs” in the July issue of Rhode Island Monthly. [The piece describes us as an “all -around craft beer expert.” We appreciate the kind words, but every day we learn how much more there is to know. Garrett Oliver and Randy Mosher are “all -around craft beer experts”; we are privileged to talk with local “all -around craft beer experts” and share their wisdom with you.] So if you’re a first-timer, here are B&C’s greatest hits. Thanks for reading! Come back soon!

Growlers and beyond: raising the beer bar in Rhode Island [5.22.15]

Grey Sail’s Captain’s Daughter: a star is born [11.11.14]

Out of the ashes: the Isle Brewers Guild/Narragansett Brewery site [3.11.15]

The winner of the Favorite Rhode Island Beer Bar Bracket is… [4.2.15]

2014: The year in beer ’round here [1.2.15]

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Read all about it: defining ‘craft beer’; sell your homebrew [legally]; and can craft beer survive AB InBev?

ReadingOn Saturday, we search Google News for “beer” so you don’t have to. Here are this week’s finds. And please take the time to scroll down and catch up on our postsWe’re always working for you at the B&C desk!

Can Craft Beer Survive AB InBev?, by Devin Leonard @ Bloomberg Business [“Nobody is investing in the craft breweries as aggressively as AB InBev. Some craft brewers say the company wants to flood the market with its own quirky beers and confuse consumers who are looking for alternatives to Budweiser. Others say the company wants to do more than just befuddle beer fans—it wants to drive its craft rivals out of business.”]

Sam Adams is about to be kicked out of the ‘craft beer’ category, by Jason Notte@ MarketWatch [“On June 11, Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, introduced the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act [S. 1562] that would not only cut excise taxes imposed on brewers, but would finally settle who’s a craft brewer and who isn’t.”]

This is how to make money off your homebrewed craft beer, by Chris Morris @ Fortune [“Noble Brewer lets home brewers distribute their product on a national level – and get feedback from people who have no bias. Best of all, home brewers can pocket a little money in the process.”]

Beck’s Beer drinkers feel bamboozled, win refund, by Tom Rotunno @ CNBC [“The suit, filed in U.S. district court in Miami in 2013, alleged the brewing giant ‘committed unfair and deceptive practices’ by marketing and selling beer ‘in a way that misleads consumers into believing that Beck’s Beer is German, still imported from Germany.’ ”]

NH Oks putting baby pictures on beer bottles, by The Associated Press via WCVB.com

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Your weekend beer-to-go guide

Here’s the weekly brewery roundup — a virtual 401 beer kiosk…

Grey Sail has its regular lineup — Flagship, Flying Jenny, Hazy Day, Captain’s Daughter, Avenue N, and Pour Judgement — plus Dynasty Imperial Cream Ale [8%ABV], Farmhouse Ale, the latest Chalkboard Series [made with Belgian yeast, spelt malt, and Sterling, Styrian Aurora, and Hallertauer hops, 6.5%], and Great Ketch IPL [by the way, the cans are still waiting for labels; soon come]. Cozy up to the tasting/growler station today from 4-7 pm and on Saturday + Sunday from 1-5 pm [and on Wednesday + Thursday from 4-7]. And be sure to offer a fond farewell and best wishes to “beertender/beergeek” Jon Brodie, who is leaving the smallest state for a new job in the largest state at Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau. Jon says: “I’ll miss representing Grey Sail [as I did] just about every weekend for the past 2.5 years in the tasting room, but hopefully I can transition smoothly from slinging Captain’s Daughter to their Smoked Porter.” Cheers, Jon!

Proclamation Ale has two variations of Derivative — Mosaic and Galaxy — for tastings and growlers. Dave says they’re “dialed in and ready to go — two nice summer fruit bomb pale ales.” Plus: bottles of Harper I Apricot [a blonde sour fermented in oak barrels] and Keraterra “with a different brett strain, fermented in red wine barrels, and dry hopped with Galaxy and Mosaic hops.” Head to West Kingston tonight from 5-8 pm and on Saturday from 1-5 pm.

Whaler’s Brewing has Citra IPA, East Coast IPA, Rye Pale Ale, Strawberry Blonde, Ginger Wheat, and Plum Pale Ale [Thursday + Fridays 4-8 pm, Saturday 1-7, and Sunday 1-5].

Bucket Brewery has 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Sabin’s Stout [aged in an Uprising barrel from Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.], Park Loop Porter, and B.O.G. Cranberry Orange Saison. Tastings today [1-7:30 pm] and Saturday [11 am-5 pm, $5] and tours on Saturday [1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm, $13, includes pint glass].

On Saturday [1-4 pm], Tilted Barn Brewery will share Early Riser IPA [The Beer Formerly Known As Brewfest], Raffi [oatmeal stout] and Half Mile IPA. Plus: the crew from Walrus and Carpenter Oysters will be shuckin’ ’n’ sellin’ their savory delicacies.

Crooked Current has Kickback American Wheat, Immorality Pale Ale, and Strawberry Blonde Ale on Saturday from 1 to 5 pm.

Aaaand Foolproof is open today from 5-8 and Saturday from 1-5 [with tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4] for tastings [$10, includes three samples] and growler fills of their usual fine brews [Backyahd, Barstool, Raincloud, La Ferme Urbaine, and “super-fresh” King of the Yahd].

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A Goose Island update; the tale of ‘Gansett’s rebirth; plus, R.E.M. and Queen

chi-gooseIt’s National Leon Day! [“Leon is Noel spelled backwards and June 25 marks the six-month point until Christmas.”] It’s also National Here-Are-Five-Items-For-Your-Skimming-Pleasure Day!

An update on the Goose Island Migration Week tap takeovers: as of last night, the whales were still pouring at Pour Judgement [BCBS Proprietor’s] and Midtown Oyster Bar [BCBS Vanilla Rye]. But if you couldn’t make the arduous trek to Newport, head to Bottles [141 Pitman St, Providence] today at 3:30. Brewer Brian Taylor will be talking about all things GI and sharing some BCBS Vanilla Rye [samples only; no bottles for sale], Lolita, Halia, and Summer Ale. Then head to Doherty’s Ale House [30 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick] and mix a flight from more than a dozen Goose Island beers on tap, including Halia, Juliet, Madame Rose, Sofie, Matilda, and Lolita. [And don’t hold your breath hoping for an alert re: more mega-rarities suddenly popping up in the Providence metro in the next day or three; there are no mo’ logs in the pipeline.]

[In the parenthetical Blowing Our Own Horn Dept., Bottles & Cans was the ONLY place to get ALL the details on ALL of the Goose Island Migration Week events. A Newport site hyped Pour Judgement but didn’t mention Midtown or Buskers; GI’s site listed the Newport and Doherty’s events, but didn’t have the G Pub stuff. You should follow B&C to get the lowdown!! Just sayin’! We’ll put this here for a change: For updates and post alerts, PLEASE follow Bottles & Cans on Twitter [@BottlesCansRI] and Facebook and/or SIGN UP for e-mail alerts at the top of this page. Tell your friends!!!]

We spent a few fruitless minutes on the Google looking for info on the East Bay Beer Fest that was scheduled for Saturday [6.27] in Warren. There’s no info to be found because the event has “been put on ice until further notice,” the organizers told us. Now you know!

On Wednesday, ’Gansett prez Mark Hellendrung tweeted:

To commemorate the occasion, here’s a link to a story that ran in the late, lamented Providence Phoenix on August 19, 2005. Ian Donnis took a deep dive into “The beer boom,” with a history of Rhody beer and ’Gansett’s rise-and-fall-and rebirth, visits to Newport Storm and Trinity Brewhouse [and Anchor Brewing Company], and more heady brew lore.

A brew for Wayne and Garth: Queen to toast ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ with beer brand [“Queen Bohemian Lager is described as a ‘golden hoppy’ beer…Brewed in Czech Republic (Bohemia, of course) the beverage will hit shelves in Europe this summer ahead of a planned worldwide rollout. A 12-pack of 330ml bottles are priced at £20 ($31).”]

rem-1983 On 11.20.14, we took a brief detour from the beer world and dedicated a post to our all-time favorite band: R.E.M. [though beer did get a shoutout]. As a #ThrowbackThursdayTreat, here’s a link to the band’s phenomenal performance at the Paradise in Boston on 7.13.83 [some band called the Replacements were the openers]. It was a special night. Need proof? Check these quotes from the 2006 compilation, And I Feel Fine…: The Best of the I.R.S. Years 1982-1987 [which includes three songs from 7.13.83]. Mike Mills said: “I remember the Paradise show, which is perhaps surprising considering what we were probably up to at the time. Boston was always a great town to play; I don’t think we ever had a bad show there.” And Peter Buck: “I remember this show. It was taped for WBCN…Murmur was out, and we drew a crowd and played well — I think it even sold out [note: yep]. For me, it was like, ‘We just played this cool rock club that I’ve read about.’ It felt like, ‘Oh, yeah, we’re a band.’ Sometimes when you’re playing those early tours and not a single person shows up, you’re like, ‘Well, I don’t think this is exactly the way the Rolling Stones did it.’ ” OK, hit play!

How to make a shandy, beer vacations, a wicked old magnet, and more

It’s National Pecan Sandies Day! To celebrate, here are a half-dozen chewy items.

Check out ’Gansett’s “How To Make a Shandy” commercial:

Looking for beer, two book-writing girls [and a dude], pretzels, and more beer? Here’s some fun you should get it on:

Goose Island Migration Week takes over Newport today. The details are here; we’re crossing the bridge and getting in line as soon as we hit “Publish”…

Look what we found in the basement!

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We got it from Pete Slosberg himself at one of the early editions of the Great International Beer Fest [maybe we’ll include it in The Massive Prize Package we’re assembling to celebrate our rapidly-approaching 200th post].

Gotta getaway? On Saturday, we posted a link to Beer Connoisseur’s list of the world’s best beer cities; here’s The Street’s roundup of the seven best beer vacations you can take in the US [complete with lodging suggestions].

And set an alert on your Apple Watch for this event, which is down the road apiece:

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