Before we get to the regularly scheduled growlin’ ’n’ tastin’ roundup, we need to share the latest chapter in the push for better beer laws. When there’s a push for change, the change-ees push back. [As we noted in “Growlers and beyond: raising the beer bar in Rhode Island,” “We’re hoping that the old saw about a rising tide lifting all boats can be embraced by the lobbyists and that the potential for increased sales at local breweries isn’t seen as a threat to sales at liquor stores.” Some retailers don‘t want to ride the rising tide.] Read this letter which was sent to the state’s breweries:
And now dig into the spirited and enlightening response by Proclamation Ale Company’s prez/brewmaster Dave Witham, titled “Idle Threats of Dark Age Babies.”
This dustup was inspired by the bills that have recently been introduced at the State House; here’s our update from 3.28, “Better beer bills in the pipeline at the State House.” As we noted in that post, if you’re on the side of change [and since you’re reading this blog we’re guessing you are], contact your legislators and encourage them to support said bills, H 7705 and S 2382.
OK, here’s what you can get 72 ounces of this weekend:
• At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5], where there’s such to be an even higher level of the usual lively conversation: Process/Progress #3 [6.5% ABV IPA with Mosaic and a “sooooper secret hop” and fermented with a “soooooper secret yeast,” and rye in the malt base; but “don’t worry, it tastes like everything else we make”]. Plus: a “super-fresh, juicetacular batch” of The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, 8.6%ABV], also in 22-ounce bombers; Derivative: Galaxy [bombers available] and Mosaic [pale ale, 6%]; and Burgess [“ESB brewed with English malts/hops/yeast,” 5%].
• At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-5]: Flagship [cream ale], Flying Jenny [extra pale ale], Leaning Chimney [smoked porter], Black Mast [American stout], Pour Judgement [IPA], Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice Ale, Great Ketch [IPL], and Captain’s Daughter [imperial IPA] — and a special firkin or pin.
• At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5]: Queen of the Yahd [raspberry IPA, 5.2% ABV], plus Shuckolate, Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yahd — and a special cask of Queen of the Yahd made with extra raspberry and Citra hops, plus a pin of Raincloud with cara cara orange and mint — “if the firkin kicks.” And it just might kick since Foolproof will celebrate its “favorite holiday” at the April Fool’s Night bash from 5-8 pm; tix include a tulip glass, three beer samples [including two exclusive bottle offerings: LFU Blanche, a farmhouse ale aged in chardonnay bottles, and LFU Rouge, aged in a pinot noir barrel], food samples from Delsie Catering and a take-home beer voucher. Hit their Facebook page for all the details. Get your tickets ASAP, they’re going fast!!
• Tilted Barn will be closed this week. Matt and Kara say: “There’s no easy way around it…we literally can’t keep up with you guys.” Click here for their complete Spring 2016 update [spoiler alert: new barrelhouse on the way; more beer on the way; more days/hours on the way].
• At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: a new brew[s]: Bricks and Mortar [oatmeal brown ale] and “maybe” Shop Truck DIPA [Armando calls it “grapefruit candy”], plus Lil’ Sippy [dry-hopped session pale ale] and Black Cat [dry-hopped pale ale]. Plus on Firkin Friday [4.1]: Bricklayer’s Tan [toasted coconut brown ale; the name refers to brewmaster DeDona’s previous occupation]. Also on Friday: it’s Beer + Sausage Night, with delicacies [hand-crafted sausage and hot dogs] from the Gastros 401 food truck. Yum!
• At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: the seasonal Pilsner [which will be available in the Twelve Sheets To the Wind Variety Pack], plus Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, and Spring Irish Red Ale..
• At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm]: the new Prudence & Patience Rosehip Gose, plus Black Goat o’ the Woods [spiced milk stout], 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Park Look Porter, Pawtucket Pail Ale, and Park Loop Vanilla. And Bucket is still raising funds for Save The Bay: donate $1 [or more] and get a free pint!
• At Crooked Current [Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 5-8, Saturday 1-5]: Irish Red Ale, Hawaiian Robust Porter, and Oatmeal Raisin Stout.
• Hit their website to get details on Whaler’s fare, but plan ahead for the launch party for their Stone & Steel Series. The Wakefield crew is concocting one-off brews; the first batch includes Prometheus, a stout aged in bourbon barrels; Pleiades, a Berliner Weisse-style ale fermented with blueberries; and Lazarette, a double IPA. The bombers will only be for sale at the brewery; the big bash is on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-8:30 pm; tix are $30; get ’em here. In other Whaler’s news, they’ll be releasing a new pale ale, the Rise, made with Chinook, Cascade, and Citra, in the spring. Those bottles will be available at a store near you.
• At Ravenous: Bienvenue Red Ale, Sarah Session IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout, and Coffee Milk Stout.
• Seek and find for theeself re: Revival.