BIG news from Proclamation Ale Company!!!!

proc_logo_newThis just in from Dave Witham:

Big boy pants

Hey Everyone!

As we start to close in on the end of Proclamation’s 3rd year, (wait…already!!?), I find myself looking up and around, wondering how the F*** we got here. From a dumb kid opening a nano, having no idea what I was doing (let’s be honest, I still don’t know jack), to packing every possible piece of equipment we could fit into our dirty little warehouse, plus having six of the most follically-gifted super-rad-awesome employees (and one awesome coachdad), we’ve grown quite a bit, to say the least. And we REALLY want to make more delicious libations for you all, but we can’t really push any more beer out of our West Kingston blue-stripey-pallet fortress… SO!

It’s time to put on the big boy pants.

We found an awesome 15,000 square-foot spot in Warwick, RI. We are planning to move there in late spring/early summer 2017. We plan on opening the new facility with a 30-barrel brewhouse, 60-barrel fermenters, and enough cellar capacity to start producing about 6,000 barrels per year at the get-go. As we continue to grow at the new facility, we will have even more room available for further growth down the line and should be able to get up to a theoretical 25,000 barrels per year (if we desire to take it that far).

Whoa.

Yup. Along with the largely increased capacity, the new brewery will allow us to have a MUCH larger tasting room, a dedicated sour beer cellar, increased parking, easier access…. The list goes on and on. And while it is awesome to move to a new, bigger, shinier place, we will definitely miss our turf-laden roots of West Kingston and all the people that supported us in our little rural ghetto brewery.

That’s all I have for now. We’re all super-excited and we will give more details once we hammer out some more of the contractual and business matters, but for now, know that we are hoping to move and be operational as early as possible in the middle of 2017.

Thanks everyone so much for the support over the last few years.

Can’t wait to do this thing.

Dave Witham

Founder

Proclamation Ale Company

P.S.: It’s gonna be OK Pheel.

[B&C P.S.: Our theory is that the real reason behind the move is that Dave, being a true Vo Dilunduh, wanted to eliminate his commute from Warwick to West Kingston…]

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Goose Island’s BCBS arrives on Friday [11.25]

goose-island-bcs-2016-featureGoose Island Beer Co. has a Black Friday [11.25] option that is much more pleasurable than lining up in front of Best Buy at 3 am. On the day after Thanksgiving, you can celebrate the annual release of Bourbon County Brand Stout — in spiffy embossed 16.9-ounce bottles, which will be sold individually, not in four-packs. When the superb, thick, rich, potent, layered, and complex brew [caramel, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, with a warming burn] was first available in Rhode Island in 2012, quantities were super-limited, but the supply has since increased [2015 bottles can still be found] and the demand has dropped a bit, perhaps because so many other barrel-aged brews have hit the market. As was the case in 2014 and ’15, the only variant making its way to RI is BCB Barleywine Ale.

Tonight [Wed., 11.23] you can get a jump-start on yr BCBS indulgence: G Pub [81 Orange St, Providence] will host a special pre-release tasting at 6 pm.

Cheers to five years of Revival Brewing!

rev_logoThis just in from Revival HQ:

Revival Brewing Company, one of Rhode Island’s premier craft breweries, commemorates five years of brewing in the Ocean State as well as one year of making a home in Cranston this November. Revival has been distributing several of their craft brews for five years to bars and package stores throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, upstate New York, and Japan. For the past year, they’ve been operating the Tasting Room in the basement of Brutopia where the majority of the brewing is done. The Tasting Room acts as a home base for the brand to offer tours, release limited edition 22-oz. bombers, host special and non-profit events, retail merchandise, and run a “Sour Beer Program.”

“I am extremely proud of my team and excited for the next big things we are working on,” said brewmaster Sean Larkin.

To celebrate this milestone, Revival is hosting an anniversary party on Saturday, November 19 from 4-10 pm at the Tasting Room located at 505 Atwood Avenue in Cranston, RI. Tickets [starting at $20] can be purchased here and include samples of Revival’s beers paired with eats from Laughing Gorilla, PVDonuts, and D’Licious Desserts. There will be a special brewer’s toast and keg tapping of the double-secret anniversary ale at 5 pm with Larkin. Guests will also enjoy entertainment from DJ Cat Scratch, cornhole and ping pong tournaments, and all-around general merriment.

And click here to read our Q&A with Larkin in the fall beer ish of Motif.

Congrats to the entire Revival crew! Don’t stop! Never stop!!

The winners of the 20th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition

gibfThis just in from Gregg Glaser @ YankeeBrewNews:

The 20th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition was held on November 4, in Providence, one day before the 23rd Annual Great International Beer Festival. Festivals of America produced both events. New England beer newspaper Yankee Brew News was the media sponsor for the competition.

Eight hundred fourteen (814) beers and ciders from breweries and cideries across the U.S. and from around the world entered the competition. One hundred-thirty (130) professional brewers, beer industry professionals (retail and distribution) and beer journalists acted as judges in a blind tasting format. First, second and third place awards were presented in fifty-eight (58) categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.

Since the competition began in 1997, over 2000 beers and ciders have been judged. The awards were presented during the afternoon session of the beer festival, announced by Yankee Brew News Editor-in-Chief Gregg Glaser. On the floor of the festival, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, over 3500 beer lovers were able to sample over 250 beers and ciders.

The 21st Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition and the 24th Annual Great International Beer Festival will take place in November 2017 in Providence. The Tenth Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place on June 10, 2017, in Providence [beerfestamerica.com].

The Rhode Island winners are in bold. Congrats to Grey Sail, Trinity, and Foolproof! [A PDF of the winners list is posted here.]

WHEAT — AMERICAN
1: Session Wheat – Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR
2: Hefeweizen – Widmer Bros. Brewing, Portland, OR
3: Leisure Time – Jack’s Abby Brewing, Framingham, MA

WHEAT — GERMAN
1: Geyser Gose – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
2: Hefeweizen – Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO
3: Schnickelfritz – Urban Chestnut Brewing, St. Louis, MO

WHEAT — WEIZENBOCK/DUNKELWEIZEN
1: Weizenbock – Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, MA
2: Schleuter Dinkel Weizen – Brewport, Bridgeport, CT
3: The Witching Hour – Relic Brewing, Plainville, CT

LIGHT ALE — CANADIAN/OTHER
1: Nerd Alert – Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta, GA
2: 7 Hills – Wormtown Brewing, Worcester, MA
3: Cream Ale – DuVig Brewing, Branford, CT

LIGHT ALE — CREAM ALE
1: Flagship – Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Westerly, RI
2: Lawn Beer – Moustache Brewing, Riverhead, NY
3: New Hampshire Ale – 603 Brewery, Londonderry, NH

LIGHT ALE — GOLDEN
1: Big Wave – Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO
2: Blonde Cougar – Wormtown Brewing, Worcester, MA
3: Blonde Ale Weizenbock – Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, MA

LIGHT ALE — KÖLSCH
1: Kölsch – Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI
2: Goody Two Shoes – Exhibit “A” Brewing, Framingham, MA
3: Golden Messenger Kölsch – Hog River Brewing, Hartford, CT

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — ENGLISH BITTER/IRISH RED
1: Samuel Adams Irish Red – Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2: Omagh – The Tap, Haverhill, MA
3: None awarded

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — ENGLISH ESB
1: Wanderust – Moustache Brewing, Riverhead, NY
2: Bard’s Bitter – Trinity Brewhouse, Providence, RI
3: ESB – Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — SCOTTISH
1: Fat Scotsman – Adirondack Brewing, Lake George, NY
2: Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale – Pike Brewing, Seattle, WA
3: Sett 7 – Portico Brewing, Cambridge, MA

AMERICAN PALE ALE
1: Hop, Hop & Away – Aeronaut Brewing, Somerville, MA
2: Red, White & NoLi – NoLi Brewhouse, Spokane, WA
3: Rye Pale Ale – Guinness Brewing, Dublin, Ireland

AMERICAN AMBER ALE 
1: Amber Ale – Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR
2: Red Eye Rye – Flying Dreams Brewing, Worcester, MA
3: American Ale – Thimble Island Brewing, Branford, CT

BLACK IPA
1: Shortest Day CDA – Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR
2: Lydia’s Black Heart – Aeronaut Brewing, Somerville, MA
3: Black Maria – Heretic Brewing, Fairfield, CA

IPA
1: Greyhound IPA – Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
2: Step Fight – Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta, GA
3: IPA – Great North Aleworks, Manchester, NH

BROWN/COPPER ALE — AMERICAN BROWN
1: Hazelnut Brown Nectar – Rogue Ales & Spirits, Newport, OR
2: Autumn Brown – Elm City Brewing, Keene, NH
3: Pulpit Supply Brown Ale – Wolf Hollow Brewing, Schenectady, NY

BROWN/COPPER ALE
1: Nut Brown Ale – Wachusett Brewing, Westminster, MA
2: Shay’s Best Bitter – Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
3: None awarded

BROWN/COPPER ALE — NORTHERN/SOUTHERN BROWN
1: Berrat Brothers Brown – Brewport, Bridgeport, CT
2: Blizzard of ’78 – Wormtown Brewing, Worcester, MA
3: Milk & Honey – Moustache Brewing, Riverhead, NY

BROWN/COPPER ALE — GERMAN ALT
1: Harvest Ale – Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, MA
2: Autumn Winds – Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Westerly, RI
3: Munich Alt – Willimantic Brewing, Willimantic, CT

PORTER — BROWN
1: Pope Smoked Porter – Hog River Brewing, Hartford, CT
2: Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter – Foolproof Brewing, Pawtucket, RI
3: Porter – Cape Cod Beer, Hyannis, MA

PORTER — ROBUST
1: Firelands Smoked Cherry Porter – Outer Light Brewing, Groton, CT
2: Porter – Port Jeff Brewing, Port Jefferson, NY
3: Steel Bridge Porter – Widmer Bros. Brewing, Portland, OR

STOUT
1: Oatmeal Stout – Elm City Brewing, Keene, NH
2: Whole Hog Espresso Stout – Stevens Point Brewery, Stevens Point, WI
3: Samuel Adams Cream Stout – Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

LAGER — BOHEMIAN PILSNER
1: Smiley Blue Pils – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY
2: Maize á Faire – The Tap, Haverhill, MA
3: Pilsner – Paradox Brewery, Schroon Lake, NY

LAGER — CONTINENTAL PILSNER
1: Stammtisch – Urban Chestnut Brewing, St. Louis, MO
2: PDX Pils – Widmer Bros. Brewing, Portland, OR
3: Pils – Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA

LAGER — DORTMUNDER/HELLES
1: House Lager – Jack’s Abby Brewing, Framingham, MA
2: Longboard Island Lager – Kona Brewing, Kailua-Kona, HI
3: Helles – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY

LAGER — PREMIUM LAGER
1: Session Premium Lager – Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, OR
2: Reserve Beer – Sapporo Brewery, Tokyo, Japan
3: Lager – Thimble Island Brewing, Branford, CT

AMBER/DARK LAGER — AMBER
1: Saranac Adirondack Lager – FX Matt Brewing, Utica, NY
2: Trailblazer – Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond, VT
3: Toasted Lager – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY

AMBER/DARK LAGER — BOCK/DUNKEL/OTHER
1: Zoigl – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY
2: Dead Guy Ale – Rogue Ales & Spirits, Newport, OR
3: Dunkel – Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO

AMBER/DARK LAGER — SCHWARZBIER
1: Premium Black – Sapporo Brewery, Tokyo, Japan
2: Smoke & Dagger – Jack’s Abby Brewing, Framingham, MA
3: Conundrum – Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA

AMBER/DARK LAGER — VIENNA
1: Schultzie’s Vienna Lager – Stark Brewing, Manchester, NH
2: Festbier – Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO
3: Vienna Lager – Kretschmann Brewing, Webster, MA

OKTOBERFEST
1: Samuel Adams Octoberfest – Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2: Oktoberfest – Franklin’s Brewery, Hyattsville, MD
3: Oktoberfest – Von Trapp Brewing, Stowe, VT

STRONG — BALTIC PORTER
1: Bourbon Barrel Aged Framinghamer – Jack’s Abby Brewing, Framingham, MA
2: Baltic Porter – Elm City Brewing, Keene, NH
3: Five Beans – Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn, NY

STRONG — BARLEYWINE
1: Jack the Giant Killer – Franklin’s Brewery, Hyattsville, MD
2: 1635 Series American Barleywine – Newburyport Brewing, Newburyport, MA
3: Old Howling Bastard – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY

STRONG — BELGIAN DARK STRONG
1: Big Belgian Draft – Stone Coral Brewery, Richmond, VT
2: Stout – Spencer Trappist Brewery, Spencer, MA
3: Tennessee Prinse – Brewmaster Jack, Northampton, MA

STRONG — BELGIAN DUBBEL/TRIPEL
1: Barrel Aged Belgian Tripel – Paradox Brewery, Schroon Lake, NY
2: Monk’s Uncle Belgian Tripel – Pike Brewing, Seattle, WA
3: For Whom the Belge Tolls – Franklin’s Brewery, Hyattsville, MD

STRONG — BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG
1: Special Golden Ale – Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers, Pompano Beach, FL
2: Divine Sublimation Belgian Golden Strong – Aspetuck Brew Lab, Bridgeport, CT
3: None awarded

STRONG — DOUBLEBOCK
1: Weathertop Doppelbock – Martha’s Exchange, Nashua, NH
2: Samuel Adams Double Bock – Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
3: Doppelbock – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, New York

STRONG — IMPERIAL IPA
1: Demo Tape 7 – Exhibit “A” Brewing, Framingham, MA
2: Hopzilla – Stark Brewing, Manchester, NH
3: Solar Plexis – The Tap, Haverhill, MA

STRONG — OLD ALE
1: Love of the Damned – Adroit Theory Brewing, Purcellville, VA
2: Old News – Brewport, Bridgeport, CT
3: Barrel Aged Strong Ale – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

STRONG — RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
1: The Black Pearl – Martha’s Exchange, Nashua, NH
2: Revery Russian Imperial Stout – Foolproof Brewing, Pawtucket, RI
3: Joshua Norton – The Tap, Haverhill, MA

STRONG — SCOTCH ALE
1: Scotch Ale – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY
2: Bo’s Scotch Ale – Stark Brewing, Manchester, NH
3: Highland Hugh – Franklin’s Brewery, Hyattsville, MD

STRONG — OTHER
1: Vanilla Norton – The Tap, Haverhill, MA
2: Panic Attack Café Cubano – Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers, Pompano Beach, FL
3: Samuel Adams Utopias 2015 – Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

SOUR/WILD BEERS — AMERICAN
1: Hudson Valley Harvest Apricot Sour – Captain Lawrence Brewing, Elmsford, NY
2: Brett Pale Ale – Paradox Brewery, Schroon Lake, NY
3: Ridiculous – Franklin’s Brewery, Hyattsville, MD

SOUR/WILD BEERS — BERLINER WEISSE
1: Farmer’s Daughter – Stone Cow Brewery, Barre, VT
2: Tartuffe – Heretic Brewing, Fairfield, CA
3: Breakfast in Berlin – John Harvard’s Brew House, Framingham, MA

SOUR/WILD BEERS — FLANDERS RED BROWN
1: Philasmic – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
2: None awarded
3: None awarded

SOUR/WILD BEERS — FRUIT LAMBIC
1: Kriek – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
2: Hexotic – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
3: Samuel Adams Kriek – Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA

BELGIAN/FRENCH — WITBIER
1: Fu Manchu – Monday Night Brewing, Atlanta, GA
2: Dry Wit – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY
3: Celis White – Celis Brewery, Austin TX

BELGIAN/FRENCH — BELGIAN PALE ALE/BIÈRE DE GARDE/BELGIAN BLONDE/ BELGIAN SPECIALTY
1: Holiday Ale – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
2: Fuzzy Logic – Portico Brewing, Cambridge, MA
3: Apple Brown Betty – Martha’s Exchange, Nashua, NH

BELGIAN/FRENCH — SAISON
1: Worker’s Comp – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
2: La Femme Urbaine Farmhouse Ale – Foolproof Brewing, Pawtucket, RI
3: Prophecy – Saltbox Kitchen Brewery, Concord, MA

GLUTEN FREE
1: Blueberry Brewed Tonic – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY
2: None awarded
3: None awarded

GLUTEN REDUCED
1: Omission Pale Ale – Omission Beer, Portsmouth, NH
2: Omission Lager – Omission Beer, Portsmouth, NH
3: Omission IPA – Omission Beer, Portsmouth, NH

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — ALE
1: Pumpkinwizen – Martha’s Exchange, Nashua, NH
2: Passionfruit Gose – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
3: Red Drank – Franklin’s Brewery, Hyattsville, MD

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — BELGIAN
1: Bergamonster – Two Roads Brewing, Stratford, CT
2: Belgo Sutra – Magic Hat Brewing, South Burlington, VT
3: Pumpkin Pie Bock – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — LAGER
1: Samuel Adams Porch Rocker – Boston Beer Co., Boston, MA
2: Cucumber Jalapeño Kölsch – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA
3: Mexican Lager – Blue Point Brewing, Patchogue, NY

CIDER — COMMON
1: Semi-Dry Cider – McIntosh Cellars, South Haven, MI
2: Premium Dry Cider – Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA
3: India Pressed Cider – Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford, VA

CIDER — ENGLISH
1: Strongbow Gold Cider – H. P. Bulmer, Hereford, England
2: None awarded
3: None awarded

CIDER — FRENCH
1: Celt Cider – Groupe Eclor, Rennes, France
2: Virtue Percheron – Virtue Cider, Fennville, MI
3: Pearfect Peary – Portland Cider Co., Clackamas, OR

CIDER — FRUIT
1: Strawberry Magic – Ciderboys, Stevens Point, MI
2: Blackberry Wild – Ciderboys Hard Cider, Stevens Point, MI
3: Pure Cider Purée – Possman Cider, Kelterei Possmann, Frankfurt, Germany

CIDER — SPECIALTY
1: Oaked – White Winter Winery, Iron River, WI
2: Pumpkin Patch – Lookout Farm Hard Cider, Natick, MA
3: Spur & Vine – Square Mile Cider, Portland, OR

Grey Sail celebrates its 5th anniversary on Friday [11.11]

grey_sail_5thThis just in from the Grey Sail HQ in Westerly:

Due to an overwhelming amount of inquiries, here are the deets for the release of our 5th Anniversary Triple IPA. This Friday, November 11th, the brewery will be open from 4-7 pm for can sales, limit one case per person (70 total) first come first serve until it’s gone. We are not offering growlers of this beer but all of other beers will be on tap and available for fills. The@greysailtaproom will have it on tap for the first time ANYWHERE from 3-8 pm alongside 14 other Grey Sail offerings, including some other specialties we’ve pulled out of the cellar. Follow the taproom [@GreySailTapRoom] for more info leading up to the party on Friday!