In our column in the brandy-new Fringe 2018 issue of Motif, we collected intel from Newport Craft Brewing [lotsa new releases!], Shaidzon, Revival, and Ragged Island; shouted out the Craft Brew Races happening this weekend and the on-sale-now Beervana Fest tix; and shared some data re: how yr beer-drinking affects your actuarial status.
Beervana Fest 2018 — the 10th Anniversary Celebration — will take place on October 12 from 6:30-10 pm at Rhodes-On-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston. Sixty tables, 250-plus beers . . . We’ve written quite a few pieces about the fest; dive into the archives for the effusive missives.
Tix are $55 [$60.12 w/ fees]. Click here to get ’em!
In our column in the brandy-new Theater Awards Nominees issue of Motif, we collected intel on the grand opening of Beer On Earth — happening this weekend in North Kingstown — plus updates from Buttonwoods, Shaidzon, Revival, Ragged Island, Crooked Current, and Newport Craft Brewing.
Click here to scoop into the digs . . . er, dig into the scoops!
Nation’s Best Homebrews Awarded in Beervana
National Homebrewers Conference & Competition wraps in Portland, following U.S. Senate passing resolution celebrating American Homebrewers Association’s 40th anniversary
Portland, Ore • June 30, 2018 — Over 3,200 homebrewers and beer enthusiasts gathered at thepresented by the (AHA) this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center, where they attended seminars, bonded over brews and had their beers judged in the world’s largest beer competition.
On June 28, Homebrew Con’s opening day, the U.S. Senate, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) passed ahonoring the 40th year of the AHA and its founder, Charlie Papazian, who was the conference’s keynote speaker.
Since 1979, thehas recognized the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider produced by homebrewers worldwide each year. This year’s submissions included 8,405 entries from 3,517 homebrewers located in 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 18 countries. Over its 40-year history, the National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 143,240 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colo., judged 34 beers.
This year’s winners include Michael Rogers of Wichita, Kan., who earned the Homebrewer of the Year Award; Nathan Williams of Somerville, Mass., who won the Cidermaker of the Year Award; and Michael Wilcox of Wichita, Kan., who received the Meadmaker of the Year Award. QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity), based in San Diego, Calif., won the NHC Homebrew Club award; and North Seattle Homebrew Club based in Seattle, Wash., won the Gambrinus Club Award; while Greg Young of Roseville, Calif., won the Samuel Adams Ninkasi Award, for accumulating the most wins in the competition.
A complete list of winners of the 2018 National Homebrew Competition can be found.
“This has been a milestone year for the American Homebrewers Association. It’s inspiring to see such a great turnout at this year’s conference, and to see such a strong comradery and passion among homebrewers who have traveled far and wide to celebrate their love of homebrewing,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.
In addition to the competition, the conference provided attendees the opportunity to enhance their brewing skills and homebrew knowledge through over 60 seminars focused on beer styles, the brewing process, ingredients, recipe formulation, sensory analysis, and yeast & formation.
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without Charlie’s vision, devotion and passion to this community,” added Glass. “We thank him for the strong foundation he has built for over one million homebrewers in this country. He leaves a lasting legacy.”
Conference-goers also enjoyed a series of events where they sampled each other’s brews and commercial craft beers. Theand were opportunities for participants to try beers and meads from homebrew clubs and breweries across the country, while making new brew-savvy friends.
In 2019, Homebrew Con will be held June 27-29 for the first time since 1993 in the New England area in Providence, Rhode Island.
In our column in the brandy-new — and strikingly re-designed! — Food Issue of Motif, we collected intel on the new Taproot Brewing Company, plus updates from Shaidzon, Grey Sail, Long Live, Revival, Ragged Island, Crooked Current, and Foolproof.
On Sunday, June 10, the 2nd Annual Bacon & Beer Fest is happening at the Steel Yard [27 Sims Ave, Prov] from 2-5 pm. The epic team-up of the Beervana and Rhode Island Food Fights crews combines brews and bacon-y treats. Here’s the list of pairers:
84 Tavern on Canal / Grey Sail Brewing of RI
Bayberry Beer Hall / Finback Brewery
Boru Noodle Bar / Two Roads Brewing Company
Bucktown / Proclamation Ale Company
The East End / Heavy Seas Brewing Company
El Rancho Grande / Beer’d Brewing Co.
The Engine Room / Fox Farm Brewery
Feast Sandwich Company / Transmitter Brewing Company
Flatbread Providence / Narragansett Brewing Co.
The Galactic Theatre / Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Gastro’s / Brooklyn Brewery
Great Northern BBQ / Cambridge Brewing Company
The Hungry Goats Kitchen / 14th Star Brewing Company
JC’s Butcher Shop / Stone Brewing Company
Julians / Shelton Bros – Red Church
Loie Fullers / Founders Brewing Co.
Mews Tavern / Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales
Milk Money / Allagash Brewing Company
Nick’s on Broadway / Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
Ocean State Sandwich Company / Newport Craft Brewing Co.
Pizza J / Hanging Hills Brewing Company
Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar / Whalers Brewing Co.
The Salted Slate / Devils Purse Brewing Co.
Simone’s / Ballast Point Brewing Co.
Tilly’s / Shaidzon Beer Co.
Troop / Revival Brewing Company
The Wharf Pub Newport / Foolproof Brewing Company
What Cheer / Wormtown Brewery
Tickets are $55; click here to get ’em!
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And to celebrate the arrival of Bell’s Brewery in RI on Monday [6.11], there will be a coupla tap takeovers: Head to the Malted Barley in Providence on Wednesday, June 13 from 6–9 pm and/or Norey’s in Newport on Thursday, June 14 from 8-10 pm and sample the Michigan brewers superb liquid, including Oberon (a seasonal wheat ale), Oarsman (wheat ale), Lager of the Lakes, Amber, Porter, Kalamazoo Stout, and Two Hearted.
In our column in the brandy-new 2018 Music Award Winners issue of Motif, we collected intel from Newport Craft Brewing, the Rhode Island Brew Fest, Grey Sail, Shaidzon, the Bacon & Beer Fest, and Foolproof, plus items re: Isle Brewers Guild’s partnership with Johnson & Wales University and Bell’s Brewery arrival in Rhode Island.