• Waaaaaaay back on July 16, we broke the news about Reanimator Helles Lager, the third release in Narragansett Beer’s H.P. Lovecraft series [get alllllll the details here]. The revival of ’Gansett’s Bock, which was retired in 2013, was slated to arrive around Labor Day, but it’s finally ready to emerge from the lab [and the new mashup, Allie’s Donuts Double Chocolate Porter, started hitting stores on Tuesday]. The trucks are ready to roll, and the launch party will be on Saturday, October 10 at 8 pm at the Columbus Theatre. There will be a screening of Re-Animator, the 1985 film directed by Stuart Gordon [at 9], and Aaron Bosworth, the Cranston artist who did the striking artwork on the can, will be signing prints of his work. Admission is $10.
• Newport Storm has been on a creative tear this year: their 10th release is Red Dawn, a Russian Imperial Stout. Many people have fond memories of Vlad, the RIS that was released in 2012 as part of the Cyclone Series; the new brew has a completely different flavor profile and ingredients. From the PR: “Traditionally, Russian Imperial Stouts are known for their malt complexities that can take on slight burnt tones reminiscent of black coffee. With Red Dawn, brewers wanted to going to the extreme with the roast profile and added ample amounts of Canada Pale and Castle Special B Malt. Flaked barley and oats were also added to tame the full-bodied flavors for a smooth finish.” Four-packs are on shelves now.
• Heads up for a few events: Tonight from 7-9 pm, the Malted Barley will host a tap takeover with its pals from down the street, Grey Sail. You can enjoy Hazy Day, Great Ketch, Flying Jenny, Autumn Winds, and Dark Star, an imperial stout made with cherries…At Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren tonight from 6-9, Two Roads will be on two taps and Two Roads Bill will dig into “the private collection of brewery-only bottles that [we’ve] been holding onto for a rainy day (Sorry for the bad pun but we couldn’t help it).”…On Thursday [10.1], Powers Pub in Cranston will host Throw Back Thirstday, featuring Dogfish Head’s Kvasir, an ancient ale [throwing waaaaaaay back] made with wheat, berries, honey, and birch syrup, and other DFH goodies…On Saturday [10.3], WBRU will present a Craft Brew Fest at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel [go here to read our piece on the club’s 40th anniversary]. There will be more than 100 beers from Foolproof, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Stone, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point, Stony Creek, Shipyard, Sierra Nevada, Narragansett, and a few more, and three ciderists. Sessions are from 12-3:30 and 4:30-7:30 pm; tix are $35…
And on Saturday, October 3, the Wild Colonial Tavern is launching its “Revisiting the Classics” series. Here’s the mission statement: “Some works are classics just because someone says so, but Mozart, Shakespeare, and Michelangelo are all pretty good. And, while the shiny and new are interesting and fun, sometimes revisiting the classics reveals that they are classics because they are great.
“This fall, we at the Wild Colonial are doing the craft beer equivalent and dancing with the ones that brung us in a series of events designed to reappreciate some of the breweries that have been at this as long — or longer — than we have, breweries with whom we share some history, breweries who helped nurture the craft beer movement and who continue to innovate without forgetting whence they came.” The first honoree: Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, ME. Savor the 2015 GABF award-winning Allagash White [gold for Belgian-Style Witbier], and try the rarities Hugh Malone [Belgian IPA] and Midnight Brett [wild ale]. And stop by early: the WC will be participating in the South Main Street Merchants’ Fall Festival from 2-5 pm. Future classics include Long Trail [October 10] and Sierra Nevada [October 24].