Read/weed all about it: a big batch o’ beer news!!!!

In our column in the brandy-new 4/20 Issue of Motif, we have intel on the latest developments at Long Live Beerworks, Beer On Earth, Ragged Island, and Narragansett Beer, and a lightning round featuring tidbits from Shaidzon, Norey’s/Proclamation, Apponaug Brewing, and Whalers!

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Welcome to Community Bruin

Community Bruin , Rhode Island’s newest brewery, has opened in West Greenwich [74 Nooseneck Hill Rd]. Carl Mattson notes that his operation is “the smallest nano-brewery in the smallest state in the US,” with a half-barrel setup; he adds that “the plan is to be small enough to experiment with some five-gallon homebrew-sized batches of beer to sample in the tasting room, as well as increase the volume to a more marketable sized half-barrel to a full barrel of production so customers may purchase some beer to go.” [And FYI, the name is a regional dialect play on “brewin’ some beah.”]

Last week, the tap list included Chamomile Blonde, a pilsner with chamomile, honey, and vanilla flavors; Pizza II, a pilsner and maize base, with added “pizza” accents; Wild Bore, an amber clone from Bermuda, malty and mild hops; and Munich SMaSH, made with Munich Malt, Columbus Hops; there were two beers on deck: St. Joseph, a copper-colored clone from Italy, to honor the Saint; and Gingerbread Cookie, a brown Ale with ginger spice [our fave Spice Girl].

CB is open on Saturdays from 1-4. Get updates at



Read all about it: sloshing through some beer news

In our column in the brandy-new Activism Issue of Motif, we spill some beer news re: the 3rd Annual Bacon & Beer Fest, another increase in the ounce-to-go limit at breweries, some tasty new releases from Shaidzon, and mini-updates on the bigger-and-better plans at Long Live Beerworks and Ragged Island.

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Read all about it: spring things and more new 401 breweries!

In our column in the brandy-new Spring Guide issue of Motif, we spring ahead to guide you to some of the season’s notable gatherings, plus some more immediate pleasures — and even more new breweries!!!

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Read all about it: 401 beer pros on #FlagshipFebruary

In our column in the brandy-new 2019 Music Award Nominees issue of Motif, we asked local beer pros to share their long-loved classics that blazed the trail for the craft beer revolution in honor of #FlagshipFebruary, and dropped a bit o’ news re: Long Live Beerworks and Beer On Earth.

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Castle Island to distribute in Rhode Island

This just in from Craft Brewers Guild of RI:

Castle Island Expands Distribution to Rhode Island

After three years of exclusively selling beer in its home state of Massachusetts, Castle Island Brewing Company has announced plans to begin distribution in Rhode Island.

With plans to begin shipping beer to the state in late February, this marks the first time Castle Island has sent beer over state lines on a continuous basis.

“We’re less than 30 minutes from the Rhode Island border, and we regularly have guests from all over the state traveling to the brewery for our beer,” says Adam Romanow, Castle Island’s President and Founder. “The market is super close to our back yard, and we are incredibly excited to finally share our story with beer lovers in Rhode Island.”

Beer drinkers in the ocean state will soon be able to enjoy Castle Island’s award winning beer thanks to a partnership with Craft Brewers Guild of Rhode Island. Founded in 2010, Craft Rhode Island specializes in craft beer, wine, and spirits, and is located just south of Providence in Cranston, Rhode Island.

“Craft Beer Guild is extremely excited and proud to be partnering with Castle Island Brewing as they travel south to Rhode Island”, says Dave Cummings, Market Manager for Craft Beer Guild of Rhode Island.  “Castle Island is an established brewery that has been making consistently solid beer from their inception.  We have gotten to know Adam and his crew over the last few years, and it’s evident that they all take pride in making sure their liquids are high quality, served fresh, at a fair price.  We can’t wait to showcase these beers throughout the Ocean State!”

“It’s an awesome experience to be going from a fan of the brewery to partnering with them in RI”, stated Shaun Daniels, sales supervisor for Craft Beer Guild of Rhode Island.  “It’s great to work with a brewery that matches your own passion for craft beer, and it’s a bonus to have them located so close to the Rhode Island border.  We are looking forward to bringing to Rhode Island the award winning and innovative beers Castle Island has become well known for.”

In late February, Castle Island will begin sending core products to the market, including its flagship Keeper IPA, Candlepin Session Ale, Hi-Def Double IPA, and its American Lager, which took home a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival last year. The company also plans to send limited amounts of its Social Studies brand, a rotating hazy IPA series that focuses on a different hop every batch.

“We launched Social Studies midway through 2018,” says Romanow, “but the brand has already taken on a life of its own thanks to the popularity of New England-style IPAs these days.”

Launch events in the state are currently being planned for mid-March, and details will be announced on the brewery’s website and social media channels.

For additional information about the brewery and for an updated list of retail locations where Castle Island beers can be found, please visit the company’s website and Facebook page.

Read all about it: the TTB shutdown slowdown

In our column in the brandy-new Romance issue of Motif, we have intel re: how the government shutdown affected our beloved 401 brewers, including Grey Sail, Shaidzon, and Foolproof; and we have some good news re: Long Live Beerworks’ imminent move to their new digs; Norey’s morphing into a brewpub; and Narragansett Beer’s plans to buy every Vo Dilunduh a ‘Gansett!

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