• Grey Sail has a yachtload of news and updates. On Sunday [5.22], they had a soft open of their fabulous new Tap Room. Here’s the blurb from the website: “The idea for the new Tap Room came about when Grey Sail Brewing owners, Jen and Alan Brinton, purchased the historic house next door to the brewery. After many months of interior and exterior renovations, the Tap Room has finally come together, maintaining the historic charm that makes this house unique. All of the interior walls are hand-painted with murals and the outdoor bier garten is complete with a working fountain, bocce ball court, cornhole, can jam, and more to enjoy in the summer months.” The Tap Room features 16 lines — Grey Sail’s full lineup comprising eight of them, plus three local offerings and five specialty imports, which will rotate regularly [and a local red and white wine on tap]. You can get flights of the house beers, snacks, and locally-made soft drinks. The Official Grand Opening is on Sunday [5.29], but the Tap Room will be open all weekend [Saturday-Monday from 12 to 5 pm]. The regular schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3 to 8 pm, on Friday and Saturday from 12 to 8 pm, and on Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.
Here’s what’s available at the Tap Room and to-go at the growler station: Hazy Day [Belgian wit], Flagship [cream ale], Flying Jenny [extra pale ale], Leaning Chimney [smoked porter], Black Mast [American stout], Pour Judgement [IPA], Great Ketch [IPL], and Captain’s Daughter [imperial IPA]. The growler hours this weekend are Thursday and Friday from 4-7 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday 1-5. On Wednesday [6.1], the summer hours kick off: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 4-7 pm, on Saturday from 1-7 pm, and on Sunday from 1-5 pm.
Got all that? Good!
• At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5]: Tendril [IPA, 7.5% ABV, growlers/tastings — and super-fresh bombers]; Flummox [“We brewed a lager to confuse everyone. 5% ABV pilsner with pilsner malt and a touch of Vienna malt”]; Derivative: Mosaic [bottles and growlers], Pacific Gem [growlers only], and Galaxy [growlers only]; and Plattelander [“classic saison profile”; bottles only/no tastings].
• Tilted Barn will be open on Friday [5-8 pm] so you can get Early Riser [IPA], Peeptoad [pale ale, very limited], Rype [apricot/rye IPA made with Proclamation Ale], Libby [with Citra], and Raffi [oatmeal stout].
• At Foolproof [Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-6]: Shuckolate, Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and Queen and King of the Yahd — and Nick says, “We’re planning on a vanilla Barstool cask for the weekend and possibly a keg of nitro Barstool [if it’s ready in time].”
• Long Live Beerworks has new expanded hours: Wednesday and Thursday 4-9 pm, Friday 4-10, Saturday 1-10, and Sunday 12-4. Go get the debut of Lonely Weekend, a 7% IPA brewed with Idaho 7 and Citra hops. Also: Bricks and Mortar, Shop Truck DIPA [9% ABV, tastings only], and Heck Hound [smoky red ale, 6.%]. Armando adds, “This Saturday, we have the guys from Gastros serving up the best tubed meat in the state. There may be another new release this Saturday: Course Grind, an expresso stout brewed with Dave’s Coffee.”
• At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: Summer Hefeweizen, India Point Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, Rhode Island Blueberry, and Smoke RIng.
• Whaler’s Brewing also has added new hours: Thursday + Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 1-8, Sunday 1-7. Go get Hefeweizen, Hazelnut Stout, Mamosa Ale, Ginger Wheat, Oak Porter, and The Rise [IPA]. And Whaler’s brews are now available in 32-ounce cans!
• At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm, tours on Saturday at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30]: Prudence & Patience Gose, 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Vanilla Porter, Black Goat of the Woods, and Leroy: The Million Dollar IPA. And Nate says: “Back by popular demand, we’re stocking limited quantities of 64-oz. growlers of most styles. They aren’t on display, so just ask if you want one. Bucket cans are all getting a new and improved look. Leroy, Prudence & Patience, and Black Goat are debuting in the new style, and 33rd Inning is the first of the existing styles getting an upgrade.”
• At Crooked Current: Hefeweizen, Raspberry American Wheat, Oatmeal Raisin Stout, Immorality Pale Ale, and Hawaiian Robust Porter.
• At Ravenous: Sarah IPA, Bienvenu French Quarter Red, Coffee Milk Stout, and the release of “Solis Citrio,” a lemon basil hoppy wheat beer.
• Seek and find for theeself re: Revival [dammit, we almost got everyone on board!].
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Head to Norey’s in Newport for their latest tap takeover: 10 Trappist Ales will be pouring, including Chimay’s Première [Red], Dorée, and Tripel; La Trappe’s Isid’or, Witte, Quadrupel, and Bockbier; Spencer Trappist Ale; and Stift Engelszell’s Gregorius and Benno. The fest starts on Friday at 4 pm; Norey’s is open Monday-Saturday from 4 pm-1 am; the tap takeover brews are usually available for a week or two.
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And we’ve been sitting on this “news” for awhile, but a few minutes ago we saw that the beans were spilled 10 days ago [!]. But it’s not official until it’s on B&C, sooooooooo [drumroll, please]: we’re pleased to “announce” that New Belgium Brewing will debut in Rhode Island on June 20, making the Ocean State its 45th state of distribution. Here’s a bit of their pr [which must have gone to our spam folder; we hope the samples can find their way to our front door]: “With 500,000 barrels of additional capacity coming online from their new brewery in Asheville, NC, New Belgium will focus on building out its national footprint over the next two years. New Belgium is proud to partner with C &C Distributors.
“ ‘Rhode Island was a fun state to survey, and all the retailers and distributors we met there were great,’ said New Belgium’s Northeast and Canada Division Sales Director, Rich Rush. ‘It’s a beautiful state with amazing coastline and we look forward to helping grow the craft scene there.’
“Initial draft offerings will include Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Citradelic IPA, Heavy Melon Watermelon Lime Ale (seasonal), and La Folie Sour Brown. In 12-oz bottles consumers will find Fat Tire, Ranger, Citradelic, Heavy Melon, Rampant and Glutiny (gluten-reduced). Fat Tire and Citradelic cans will also be immediately available. Slow Ride Session IPA, 1554 Black Lager, and Lips of Faith beers will become available as of August, 2016.”
In the Brewers Association’s list of the top 50 breweries of 2015, New Belgium, which opened in 1991 in Fort Collins, CO, was the fourth-largest craft company [#1-3: Yuengling, Boston Beer Company, and Sierra Nevada] and the eighth-largest overall beermaker.