Read all about it: the I Am Providence launch party, the ‘eeuuww’ factor, BrewDog, beer books, and more

After you dig into these meaty beer reads, head to the Arcade [130 Westminster St, Providence] today [2.27] at 5 pm for the I Am Providence Launch Party. Celebrate the fourth release in Narragansett Beer’s Lovecraft series with the crew from Ship Street plus their pals at Rogue Island Bar and Kitchen, New Harvest Coffee and Spirits, and Lovecraft Arts and Sciences. You can sample the new imperial red ale [8% ABV] and take in “weird fiction, movies, [and] amazing food [including free passed appetizers from Rogue Island].” Say hello to Cthulhu for us!

How craft beer became a ‘pay-for-play’ bad guy, by Jason Notte @ Market Watch [“Independent beer distribution is key to a diverse, fair marketplace that benefits both drinkers and brewers. We just aren’t so sure that’s what brewers or their wholesalers want.”]

The ‘Eeuuww’ Factor, by Randy Mosher @ All About Beer [On “the dreaded ‘first pour’ syndrome” and other beer problems.]

The world’s biggest beer company is in purgatory, by Linette Lopez @ Business Insider [“Anheuser-Busch InBev — the biggest brewer in the world and maker of the ubiquitous Budweiser — is in a really funky place.”]

Beer-making ‘punk’ behind BrewDog spills his entrepreneurial secrets, by Teresa Novellino @ New York Business Journal

Two books that will turn you into the ultimate beer geek, by John Verive @ The Los Angeles Times [“One explores pairing beer with food, and the other is a treatise on all things bitter.”]

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Go get beer [2.25.-28]!: Foolproof coronates the Queen of the Yahd, Long Live welcomes Cousin Vinnie, and Crooked Current goes tropical

Wondering what’s on tap this weekend? Wonder no longer! You’re welcome!!

At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5]: check out their expanded tasting room, featuring the debut of Queen of the Yahd, a new raspberry IPA [5.2% ABV; four-packs of 16-ounce cans will ship in a month or so], plus Shuckolate, Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yahd — and a special cask of Backyahd brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops — and Fruity Pebbles [we’re hoping Raincloud with Count Chocula is up next].

At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm]: Black Goat o’ the Woods [spiced milk stout], 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, and Fireside Harvest Ale, and BOG Cranberry Orange Saison [plus some tests and prototypes and IPA left from last weekend’s IPA Day]. And on February [2.27], Bucket will host Roadhouse: The Musical [based on the beloved 1989 Patrick Swayze film]. Doors at 8, show at 9, tix are $20 [includes four drink tix and a souvenir pint glass].

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5] for tastings and growlers: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops], Derivative: Galaxy, Derivative: Mosaic — and a new batch of Broze [oatmeal milk stout].

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: ’Nuff Said IPA  and ’Nuff Said 2 [with a different hop profile], Milk Milk Stout, and Heck Hound [smoky red ale]. Plus on Firkin Friday [2.26], Cousin Vinnie [Black Cat pale ale dry-hopped with Vinnie Special hops; tastings only].

At Tilted Barn [Saturday 1-4 pm]: growlers/tastings of Libby, their new American Blonde Ale [with Citra], the Chosen One [double IPA], Second Harvest [pale ale], and Winter Sol [a winter ale “somewhere between a brown ale and a porter”].

At Crooked Current [Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 5-8, Saturday 1-5]: The CC folks are “going tropical” with a “cameo appearance” from their New Zealand IPA, the Hawaiian Robust Porter, and a pineapple-infused Hawaiian Robust Porter. When the latter kicks, “which we anticipate will be early as we did not make much, the remaining Russian Imperial Stout will be on deck ready to bat.”

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: Spring Irish Red Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry, plus Annual Release [samples only].

At Ravenous [Saturday 1-4 pm]: Blackstone Pale Ale, Bienvenu French Quarter Red, Chocolate Milk Stout, and Coffee Milk Stout.

Seek and find for theeself re: Grey Sail and Whaler’s.

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The Pretty Things wake, the Newport Craft Beer Fest, and feathers in Proclamation Ale’s and Norey’s caps

A few quick shares [to help shore up Zuckerberg’s crumbling empire]:

Tonight [2.23] at Julians [6 pm], the Avery [7 pm], and Pizza J [8 pm]

Get yr tix for the next big beer fest:

Proclamation Ale Company’s Derivative = #14!

[Updated at 12:11 pm] This just in:

CraftBeer.com’s Great American Beer Bars
Readers Name Best Beer Bar in Every State

With more than 4,100 small and independent craft brewers operating in the country, there are more options than ever to enjoy great beer. To help beer lovers navigate their way to the best places they can take advantage of this phenomenon, CraftBeer.com, the Brewers Association website for beer lovers — recently polled readers for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition. New this year, a winner has been named in all 50 states and Washington D.C.

Methodology: CraftBeer.com readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state and fill out a short survey about what makes it so great including atmosphere, staff, beer selection and special events. Craft beer fans cast over 9,000 votes in total from August to December 2015.

“CraftBeer.com readers know craft beer and 9,000 of them took the time to cast their vote rewarding their favorite beer bar in each state,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com. “Cheers to each of the winners and the ever-increasing diversity of our local beer movement here in the U.S.”

Congrats to Norey’s in Newport for taking top honors in Rhode Island. Here’s a list of the winners [and here’s a link to a sortable list with each bar’s profile including photos and stats]:

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durty And we’ve been meaning to enthuse about the third annual batch of Smuttynose’s Durty Mud Season Hoppy Brown Ale. The potent [8.4%] brew does justice to both elements in its name — a massive hop presence blends beautifully with rich caramel/chocolate malts. It’s a bold and splendiferous flavor bomb. Go get it!!

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Read all about it: #DrinkItNow Day, grapefruit IPA, the beer biz, and more

Capture-10Need an excuse to drink beer today? Of course you do! Here ya go: it’s Drink It Now Day. The folks at Allagash Brewing Company [along with Sierra Nevada, Boulevard, New Belgium, and others] “are inviting the beer community to #DrinkItNow. a beer that means something to you and join us on Sunday, February 21 — share your experience with the #DrinkItNow hashtag. No cellar? No problem! Every beer is invited.” It also provides a great excuse to post photos of alla your whales and uber-rarities [oh wait, that happens every day; never mind]. Here are some worthy beer reads to peruse while you #DrinkItNow.

How the Brewing World Became Obsessed with Grapefruit IPA, by Ethan Fixell @ Food Republic [“Unlike the slow, organic growth Ballast Point has experienced since it opened as a brewery 20 years ago, the reception to Grapefruit Sculpin was immediate and explosive.”]

The “craft beer” label needs to be retired, not replaced, by Will Gordon @ Vinepair [“We need to stop kvetching over business decisions that don’t concern our own job security or cat-food funds. We need to stop defining our preferences backward, by listing what we hate first.”]

Millennials’ new drinking habit is stealing customers from beer companies, by Kate Taylor @ Business Insider [“Wine consumption is on the rise — especially among younger drinkers that Big Beer needs to win over.”]

Craft brewers are teaming up to take on Big Beer, by Kate Taylor @ Business Insider [“On Tuesday, two major craft brewers, Victory Brewing Company and Southern Tier Brewing, joined forces under parent company Artisanal Brewing Ventures (ABV) to better compete in a category Big Beer is determined to dominate.”]

Sam Calagione Shares ‘Off-Centered Leadership’ Lessons In New Book, by Jane Logthrop @ Brewbound [“Set to hit shelves February 22, Off-centered Leadership: The 
Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration
 & Smart Growth, describes challenges Calagione faced while building Dogfish Head into the nation’s 13th largest craft beer company.”]

 ICYMI, here’s our piece in the latest Motif: Pow! RI-based beer company fights the good fight.

And here’s what we’ll be digging out of the cellar for #DrinkItNow Day:

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Beer ’round here [2.18-21], including IPA Day at Bucket, Whaler’s unveils its renovated digs, and beer-and-cheese at Newport Storm

Ready, set…get tastin’-’n’-growlin’!

At Bucket Brewery: On Friday [1-7:30 pm]: Black Goat o’ the Woods [spiced milk stout], 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, and Fireside Harvest Ale [plus BOG and/or “assorted prototypes/experiments”]. On Saturday [11 am-5 pm]: it’s IPA Day. Nate says: “All of the taps will be a different IPA, some of which will be candidates for moving to full production based on guest voting.” Also pouring: the return of 9 Men’s Misery. And: “We’ll pour our usual beers from cans and bottles by request if anyone does not want IPA. All of the IPAs are very small batches, so they will be served as long as they last.” Andand: On February 27, Bucket will host Roadhouse: The Musical [based on the beloved 1989 Patrick Swayze film]. Doors at 8, show at 9, tix are $20 [includes four drink tix and a souvenir pint glass].

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5] for tastings and growlers: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops], Derivative: Galaxy, Derivative: Mosaic [also available in super-fresh-bottled-on-Thursday bombers] — and a new batch of Broze [oatmeal milk stout].

At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5] : check out their expanded tasting room, featuring Shuckolate, Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yahd — and a special cask of Revery with Mexican chocolate and chipotle peppers [on deck: a pin of Backyahd with Fruity Pebbles, made with Mosaic and Citra].

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: ’Nuff Said IPA, Milk Milk Stout, Heck Hound [smoky red ale], and ’Nuff Said 2 [with a different hop profile]. Plus on Firkin Friday [2.19], Oak Oak [Milk Milk aged on bourbon-soaked oak].

At Tilted Barn [Saturday 1-4 pm]: growlers/tastings of Libby, their new American Blonde Ale [with Citra], the Chosen One [double IPA], and Second Harvest [pale ale]. Matt advisess: “Check all pages for updates on hours…the mud is for real right now.” UPDATED 2.19 @ 9:59 pm: “Last minute call that we are going to be closed tomorrow (2/20) due to muddy conditions here at the farm. Sorry folks.”

Head to Wakefield to check out Whaler’s Brewing’s renovated digs [Thursday + Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 1-7, Sunday 1-5]; head to their Facebook page to see what‘s on tap.

At Crooked Current [closed Thursday to “replenish supplies from our fantastic Valentine’s Day weekend crowd; Friday 5-8, Saturday 1-5]: The CC folks say “they’re too uncertain to call any shots about what might be pouring on Fri or Sat”; check their Twitter/Facebook for updates “as our fermenters report their statuses back to us.”

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: Spring Irish Red Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry, plus Annual Release. Plus, Newport Storm will team up with Narragansett Creamery for beer-and-cheese pairing sessions [five of each] on Saturday [2.20] at 6:30 pm and Sunday [2.21] at 5:30 [$15, $12 with a Newport Winter Festival bracelet; click here for tix].

Seek and find for theeself re: Grey Sail and Ravenous.

POW!! New Rhode Island beer company fights the good fight

Here’s the lead from our column in the new issue of Motif:

Last week during a visit to Nikki’s, I saw a stack of beers topped by a cardboard standup of a Daredevil-ish superhero declaring, “Drink Our Beer, Make the World a Better Place!” I pulled a bottle of Anti-Villain Ale Co.’s Wicked Warmer from a four-pack rack and squinted at the label copy, which informed me that the beer was made at Coastal Extreme [aka Newport Storm]. Bam! Pow! A new local brew!?! I needed to get some intel ASAP! So I hooked up with company founder Domenic Passarella, who answered a few questions about his unique venture…

Click here to read the Q&A with Domenic!

Welcome to Boulevard Brewing Company [updated]

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Waaay back on October 16, Boulevard Brewing Company made its official Rhode Island debut at Beervana. This week, the brews from the long-running [est. 1989] and high-quality Kansas City, MO, brewery will finally roll into the Ocean State. Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, The Calling [imperial IPA], and Tell Tell Tart [American wild ale] are in the initial draft shipment. The package ETA is TBA; we trust that a few year-round offerings — Unfiltered Wheat Beer, Pale Ale, Bully! Porter, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer, Single-Wide IPA — will be in the mix. [And keep your fingers crossed for the Sixth Glass, a Belgian dark strong ale, and Dark Truth Stout.]

There are six launch parties happening this week, kicking off tonight [2.15] at Harry’s On the Hill [301 Atwells Ave, Providence, 6-8 pm]; on Tuesday [2.16] at Pizza J [967 Westminster St, Providence, 6-8] and the Malted Barley [42 High St, Westerly, 7-9]; on Wednesday [2.17] at Mews Tavern [456 Main St, Wakefield, 6-8]; on Thursday [2.18] at the English Cellar Alehouse [165 Angell St, Providence, 7-9]; and Friday [2.19] at Tavern On Broadway [16 Broadway, Newport, 6-8]. Enjoy!

Psst: There’s still time to enter the BIG ticket giveaway for the Craft Beer Pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel Show on Saturday [2.20 @ noon].