Read all about it: fresh beer news here!

In our column in the brandy-new/out-today [8.17] edition of Motif, we spill a slew of beer news, with intel on Tilted Barn, Long Live, Providence Brewing, Revival, Newport Storm, Bucket, Foolproof, and Whalers!

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Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub is closed

We haven’t been able to get official confirmation [update: see below], but word on the beer boards [including from former Doherty’s employees] and from beer biz sources is that Doherty’s East Avenue Irish Pub, the long-running and 401-trailblazing craft beer outpost in Pawtucket, shut its doors last week — though it’s been noted that a sign on the door says they are remodeling and will re-open in October [see update below] [hat tip to Larry Brown of Yankee Brew News, who first posted the news on 8.5]. The pub was part of the Tapped Restaurant Group, which also operates three still-open beer-centric spots — Doherty’s Ale House on Jefferson Blvd and the Shannon View Inn on Post Rd in Warwick, and Sullivan’s Publick House in Pawtucket [Dave Miller, the namesake of Miller’s Crossing in Cranston, is a co-owner of the latter two establishments]. [The ill-fated and short-lived Doherty’s Lakeside in Coventry closed in January, shortly after its rebranding as Tiogue Tavern.]

Update on 8.7 @ 6:07 pm: Kim Kalunian and Ted Nesi at WPRI tracked down the pub’s lawyer, who confirms that Doherty’s on East Ave will not reopen; click here for the story and video report.

Read all about it: weird beer and more

In our column in the brandy-new/out-today [8.3] edition of Motif — the NecronomiCon edition — we talk about the weird link between H.P. Lovecraft and Narragansett Beer, and detail H.P.’s dislike of intoxicating beverages [he wouldn’t love craft beers — oof, sorry]! And there are mini-grafs on three beer events on tap this month.

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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!

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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