Trillium / Chomp Fest on August 26 [tix on sale 8.1]

Big news from Warren:

Chomp Kitchen and Drinks Hosts One-Day Beer Fest on August 26 with Trillium Brewing Company

One-day beer fest to feature acclaimed Trillium Brewing Company, food from Chomp, and live music

Chomp Kitchen and Drinks, located at 440 Child Street in Warren, RI is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with Trillium Brewing Company, rated the third-best craft brewery in the world and first in Massachusetts by RateBeer, to host an inaugural beer fest on Saturday, August 26, featuring some of the world’s best craft beer not available in Rhode Island, delicious food and live music from local musicians. Tickets go on sale August 1 at noon.  For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the Chomp website or head over to EventBrite.

“We are so excited to team-up with the JC and Esther Tetreault at Trillium,” said Sam Glynn, owner of Chomp Kitchen and Drinks. “Even though the brewery has been around for fewer than five years, Trillium brews some of the best craft beer in the world, and we are so pleased to be able to offer this unique experience to our guests.”

The beer fest will be open to the public in two sessions, 12 to 3 pm and 5 to 8 pm. Session one will feature live music from Sasquatch and the Sick-A-Billys and session two will feature local band Keats and Co. Guests will enjoy several beer-centric burgers and sandwiches, whole-roasted pig tacos, French fries, frickles, wings and more. Expect many of their world renowned beers on draft. The cost for each session is $40 per person and will include one Trillium beer ticket, one burger or sandwich from Chomp Kitchen and Drinks, and a commemorative 16 oz. tulip glass. Additional beer and food will be available for purchase.

Read all about it! An eight-pack of 401 brew news!

In our column in the brandy-new/out-today [7.20] edition of Motif, we dig into a slew of brew news, with intel on Revival, Proclamation, Ragged Island, Bucket, Whalers, Foolproof, Crooked Current, and Isle Brewers Guild!

Click here for the [leading-challenged] html version and/or click here and flip to page 6 for the Virtual Newspaper Experience. Cheers!

Beer by the Bay: The Craft Brew Races beer list

Get set for Rhody’s best summer beer fest: The Craft Brew Races event will take place at Fort Adams State Park in Newport on Saturday [7.22]. A 5K run/walk [at noon] is followed by a beer fest [12:30-4 pm], with more than 50 breweries [and ciderists and seltzerists] pouring tantalizing samples of fermented goodness, plus food [trucks and vendors] and all-around big fun [real talk: the 2015 and ’16 bashes were mega-swell times]. Tix are $60 for the race and fest, $50 for the brew fest-only [$15 for designated drivers], and will cost $5 more [$10 for DD] at the gate [a portion of the proceeds benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild]. Tix sold out last year, so don’t dawdle!

Who’s pouring what at the Fort? Glad you asked! We have the exclusive beer list [all info subject to change, natch], including many TBAs, which will yield a slew of surprises from the locals — finding out what they bring is part of the fun of being there!

Twelve of the Ocean State’s breweries and brewpubs will be seaside:

Bucket Brewery: TBA

Crooked Current: TBA

Foolproof: The Grotto, Forecast Chapter 2 [Gose], Barstool, Shuckolate

Grey Sail: Captain’s Daughter, Hazy Day, Flying Jenny

Long Live Beerworks: TBA

Narragansett: It’s About Time IPA, Summertime Citra Ale, Del’s Shandy

Newport Storm: Rhode Sodah, Rhode Trip, LocAle [saison with honey], High Test [coffee stout]

Ragged Island: Beach Night IPA, Two Tree IPA, Hydrofoil DIPA, Baulston Porter

Ravenous: Bienvenu French Quarter Red, Coffee Milk Stout, TBA

Revival: Fanny, Night Swim’ah, You Thirsty?

Trinity Brewhouse: TBA

Whalers: The Rise, East Coast IPA, Pleiades [Berliner Weisse style]

And here are the offerings at the New England/national tables:

Allagash: TBA

Ballast Point: Bonito Blonde Ale, Mango Even Keel, Sculpin

Barrel House Z: Sunny & 79º ITB, Sunny & 79º Tequila

Beer’d: Frank & Berry DIPA, 8 Days a Week APA, Whisker’d Wit

Black Hog: S.W.A.G. [summer wheat ale with grapefruit], Granola Brown, Easy Rye’da IPA

Buzzards Bay Brewing: TBA

Clown Shoes: TBA

Coney Island: Mermaid Pils, TBA

Dogfish Head: SeaQuench Ale, Lupu-Luau IPA, Saison du BUFF

Farmer Willie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer: TBA

Hanging Hills: YPA, Hills Pils

Harpoon: IPA, Camp Wannamango [pale ale], UFO Huckleberry

Hidden Cove: Summer, Booty [blonde ale], Patroon [IPA]

Jack’s Abby: Leisure Time, House Lager, Calyptra

Lord Hobo: Hobo Life, Glorious, Boomsauce [IPAs]

Magic Hat: #9, Low Key [session IPA], Mother Lager

Mighty Squirrel: Sport Kiwi, Sport Grapefruit IPA, Mocha Stout

Newburyport: Greenhead IPA, Plum Island Belgian White, Melt Away Session IPA

Otter Creek: Backseat Berner [IPA], Free Flow IPA, Orange Dream [cream ale]

Owl’s Brew: The Blondie, That’s My Jam, Wicked Watermelon

Samuel Adams: A variety of Rebels, Bohemian Pilsner

Shiner: Bock, Strawberry Blonde, Ruby Redbird

Sierra Nevada: Tropical Torpedo, Sidecar Orange Pale Ale, Summerfest [pilsner]

Sixpoint: The Crisp [pilsner], Sweet Action [cream ale], Resin [DIPA]

Stone: Stone IPA, Ripper [APA], Ghost Hammer [IPA]

Stony Creek: La Garza [American pale lager], Sun Juice [Belgian summer ale], Stony Joe [golden mocha stout], Big Cranky [double IPA]

Switchback: Ale

Thimble Island: American Ale, Ghost Island DIPA, TBA

Traveler: TBA

21st Amendment: Hell or High Watermelon [wheat beer], El Sully [Mexican-style lager], Blood Orange Brew Free! Or Die IPA

Two Roads: TBA

Von Trapp: Helles, IPL, Vienna

Wachusett: TBA

Wormtown: Be Hoppy [IPA], MPL: Maxican Lager, Citron Wit

Plus: ciders from Angry Orchard, Champlin Orchards, Citizen Cider, Downeast, and Lookout Farm, and seltzer by Nauti and Truly.

Even with unlimited — and responsible — sipping, you can only sample a fraction of the tantalizing treats. So plan ahead — work the list and pencil in a few must-tries! Then enjoy the bounty of local brews and chat with their creators and reps! Explore the wide range of brews from other states! Compare notes and swap ale tales with fellow beer enthusiasts!! Discover a few new favorite liquids to enjoy year-round!! Wear pretzel necklaces!!! [And bring the sunscreen: it’s gonna be hot at the Fort!] Go!!!!!

Newport Storm keeps it LocAle

This just in from Aquidneck Island:

Newport Storm is re-releasing LocAle! “While similar to the last version, the brewers couldn’t resist making interesting tweaks to this one,” says founder and president, Brent Ryan.  Little changes have been made to this honey colored saison ale such as teaming up with another great local honey from Annie B’s Honey Farm.  The finish is also drier than the last version, giving rise to more spicy character. Annette, a local bee keeper, turned her one hive into career of caring for over 80 hives that rest on two and a half acres in Cumberland, RI. It’s her Clover Honey that adds a touch of sweetness to this golden ale.
The pure saison yeast worked around the clock like a busy bee creating hints of lemongrass, pepper and ginger. Golding, Equinox and Tettanger hops don’t bitter this beer, but rather bring out fragrant aromas of apple and pear. Canada pale, Canada wheat and honey malts round out the brew for a balance.
LocAle is 7% ABV and is available in 4-packs and on draught starting this week [7.17]! For more information on where you can track down this limited batch brew and all of Newport Storm’s beers go to

Ragged Island hits area taps

This just in from the Portsmouth brewery:

We are excited to have our beer on draft [distributed by the Craft Beer Guild of Rhode Island] at the following bars and restaurants starting Friday [7.14]:

Tavern on Broadway
Salvation Cafe
Pour Judgement
Fastnet Pub
Brick Alley Pub [upstairs at Plumby’s]
Wharf Pub


Square Peg

Lil’ Bear

Get more Ragged info at their website.

Hanging Hills is coming to RI

This just in from the folks @ Horizon Beverage:

Hanging Hills Brewing Company, of Hartford, CT, will be available for purchase [draft and cans] starting Tuesday [7.11] and as early as today [7.10]!!! We are rolling with two styles to start. This first batch is limited, but the brewery is ramping up production for the second batch for Rhode island. Here is the breakdown!

YPA (Yellow Pale Ale) – YPA is liberally hopped with Cascade, Equinox and El Dorado in the kettle and then again during dry hop.  It is fruity, balanced and full of joy. This beer is crushable and hits on all the best aspects of IPAs and Pale Ales. A perfect hyrbid.

Hills Pills (German Pilsner) – Hills Pils Pride is crisp, refreshing and spicy. It is exceedingly dry and, true to style, and comes with the expected quality and craftsmanship of a Hanging Hills beer. Difficult to brew and impossible to ignore.

Click here for the Hanging Hills story, and click here for alla the other HH info.

There will be launch parties for the well-regarded and highly-rated brewery at the Malted Barley in Providence on Friday [7.14] from 6-9 pm; at Pizza J on Tuesday, July 18; and at Tavern On Broadway in Newport on Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm. There will also be tastings at Nikki’s on Saturday [7.15] and High Spirits on July 20, and Pint Nights at Pour Judgement [August 9] and Brick Alley Pub [August 29].

Great North Aleworks [NH] is the latest partner at Isle Brewers Guild

This just in from Manchester, NH:

Great North Aleworks is pleased to announce a partnership with Isle Brewers Guild (IBG) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island to help expand their production capabilities. IBG is designed as a partner brewery, where Great North can brew its beers under the care and supervision of its own staff. Other IBG partner breweries include Narragansett Brewing Co. and Newburyport Brewing Co.

Starting in July, Great North will be brewing its award winning flagship Great North IPA at IBG under the careful watch of owner and head brewer Rob North, as well as quality control and assurance manager John Cataldo.

Every detail has been thoroughly reviewed to insure that Great North IPA tastes the same whether it is brewed in Manchester or Pawtucket. From the water chemistry, to the dry-hop technique, the beer will be the same.

The reason for this partnership is to allow Great North the ability to keep up with the demand for Great North IPA, as well as meet the growing demand of other beers such as Tie Dyed dry-hopped pale ale.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have found a partner like IBG with a state-of-the-art facility, an all-star team, and a shared obsession to quality. Our partnership will help us provide a reliable supply of fresh, consistent, and exciting beers to our loyal customers in New Hampshire and Connecticut.” said Rob North.

About Great North Aleworks

Great North Aleworks is a 20-barrel production brewery located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Founded in August 2015 by award winning homebrewers Rob and Lisa North, Great North specializes in brewing flavorful, food friendly beers, with a fanatical devotion to quality. 

Great North’s beers are available in cans and kegs throughout New Hampshire thanks to a distribution partnership with Amoskeag Beverages and in Connecticut with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors. Year round offerings include: Great North IPA (India Pale Ale), RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter), and Tie Dyed (Dry-Hopped Pale Ale). Seasonal beers include: Northbound (American Pilsner), Cranberry Wit, Chocolate Milk Stout, and Tragically Hopped (Double IPA). Other special releases and collaborations are available throughout the year. 

Great North Aleworks has a tasting room located at their brewery where guests can take a tour, have a growler filled, sample beers, and enjoy a pint.