Tug-of-war over better beer laws; Whaler’s debuts the Stone & Steel Series; and the Go Get Beer report, with new brews (and sausage) at Long Live, 4.1 fun at Foolproof

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.

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