75 tix for the “sold out” OSBF go on sale today [8.10] @ 6 pm

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Read all about it: Apponaug Brewing is getting closer, plus news re: Smug, Long Live, ‘Gansett, and Foolproof

In our column in the brandy-new issue of Motif, we get an update on the work-in-progress at Apponaug Brewing, and share intel on Smug Brewing, Long Live Beerworks, Narragansett, and Foolproof.

Click here to read the HTML version; the Virtual Newspaper Experience hasn’t been added to the “Newest Issue” link @ the top of the page [as of 8.3 @ 8:30 AM], but it will be there eventually . . . .

Pint [of blood] for a pint [of beer] in August

This just in from our friends at the Rhode Island Blood Center. Do good, feel good!!

With a new “Pint for a Pint” promotion, four local breweries are teaming up to encourage Rhode Islanders to donate blood during the summer months, a notoriously difficult time to ensure a steady blood supply.

During the month of August, all presenting donors at Rhode Island Blood Center’s (RIBC) six blood and platelet donation centers [in Providence, Warwick, Westerly, Middletown, Narragansett, and Woonsocket] who are 21 or older can choose to receive a coupon for a free pint of beer. Participating breweries include Whalers Brewing Company in South Kingstown, Foolproof in Pawtucket, the Guild in Pawtucket, and Newport Craft Brewing Co. in Newport.

Kara LeBlanc, manager of marketing communications at RIBC, says, “We’re competing with beautiful beach days, vacations, and schools that regularly hold drives not in session. But patients need blood no matter what the weather. We appreciate these four local organizations coming together encouraging the community to help someone else in need of blood by thanking donors with a pint of their brew.”

Whalers piloted a similar promotion with RIBC in February. Emily Sorlein, brand manager of Whalers, says, “When the Blood Center first approached us about partnering for a blood drive promotion, it was a no-brainer for us. We see the Whalers taproom as a very community-oriented space, so being able to give back to this community, which has been so supportive of us over the years, is very meaningful to us. We had really positive feedback from staff and customers the first time around, so we were happy to help again this summer. It’s great to see other breweries joining in, too.” Foolproof ran a similar promotion after the Whalers pilot, then The Guild also sponsoring a successful blood drive. Now Newport Craft is joining.

A typical blood donation is one pint, which can help save up to three lives by being processed into three blood products — red cells, platelets and plasma. Blood is needed to help women and newborns during complications with childbirth; people battling cancer or undergoing chemotherapy; people who have suffered trauma or severe burns; people with heart and kidney disease and blood disorders like sickle cell anemia; and individuals who need surgery and organ transplants.

All presenting center donors will also be automatically entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to see a New England Patriots’ opening home game on September 9. All presenting donors 16 years and older will be eligible for the Patriots ticket drawing; donors must be 21 years of age to participate in the Pint For a Pint promotion. To encourage responsible drinking, coupons cannot be redeemed on the same day as the blood or platelet donation. Breweries strictly enforce checking identification of patrons to ensure they are of legal drinking age.

Exclusions and details apply.

[Update] Tix for 4th Annual Ocean State Beer Fest are sold out

The 4th Annual Ocean State Beer Fest, presented by the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 1-4 pm @ Proclamation Ale Company [298 Kilvert St, Warwick]. The fest will take place in the parking lot [the brewery will be open from 12-6 for regular business during the fest].

The bash features more than 20 RI breweries and brewpubs [including the debut of Apponaug Brewing Co., plus Buttonwoods, Coddington, Crooked Current, Foolproof, Grey Sail, Long Live, Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling, Proclamation, Ragged Island, Ravenous, Revival, Shaidzon, Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits, Tilted Barn, Trinity, Union Station, Whalers, and more], three food trucks, and other local vendors. General admission ticket [$35 + $4.01 fee, $15 + $2.89 for designated driver; limit 4 tickets per transaction] includes unlimited beer samples, a souvenir taster glass, and a bottle of water. An exclusive 2018 OSBF T-shirt will be available through pre-order as an add-on to your fest tickets; the shirts will not be available for purchase at the fest.

Click here to buy yr tix — the event goes live today [Wed 8.1] at 6 pm — and don’t dawdle: only 350 are to be had…