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!!!!!


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