Ragged Island hits area taps

This just in from the Portsmouth brewery:

We are excited to have our beer on draft [distributed by the Craft Beer Guild of Rhode Island] at the following bars and restaurants starting Friday [7.14]:

Tavern on Broadway
Salvation Cafe
Pour Judgement
Fastnet Pub
Brick Alley Pub [upstairs at Plumby’s]
Wharf Pub


Square Peg

Lil’ Bear

Get more Ragged info at their website.

Hanging Hills is coming to RI

This just in from the folks @ Horizon Beverage:

Hanging Hills Brewing Company, of Hartford, CT, will be available for purchase [draft and cans] starting Tuesday [7.11] and as early as today [7.10]!!! We are rolling with two styles to start. This first batch is limited, but the brewery is ramping up production for the second batch for Rhode island. Here is the breakdown!

YPA (Yellow Pale Ale) – YPA is liberally hopped with Cascade, Equinox and El Dorado in the kettle and then again during dry hop.  It is fruity, balanced and full of joy. This beer is crushable and hits on all the best aspects of IPAs and Pale Ales. A perfect hyrbid.

Hills Pills (German Pilsner) – Hills Pils Pride is crisp, refreshing and spicy. It is exceedingly dry and, true to style, and comes with the expected quality and craftsmanship of a Hanging Hills beer. Difficult to brew and impossible to ignore.

Click here for the Hanging Hills story, and click here for alla the other HH info.

There will be launch parties for the well-regarded and highly-rated brewery at the Malted Barley in Providence on Friday [7.14] from 6-9 pm; at Pizza J on Tuesday, July 18; and at Tavern On Broadway in Newport on Thursday, July 20 at 6 pm. There will also be tastings at Nikki’s on Saturday [7.15] and High Spirits on July 20, and Pint Nights at Pour Judgement [August 9] and Brick Alley Pub [August 29].

Great North Aleworks [NH] is the latest partner at Isle Brewers Guild

This just in from Manchester, NH:

Great North Aleworks is pleased to announce a partnership with Isle Brewers Guild (IBG) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island to help expand their production capabilities. IBG is designed as a partner brewery, where Great North can brew its beers under the care and supervision of its own staff. Other IBG partner breweries include Narragansett Brewing Co. and Newburyport Brewing Co.

Starting in July, Great North will be brewing its award winning flagship Great North IPA at IBG under the careful watch of owner and head brewer Rob North, as well as quality control and assurance manager John Cataldo.

Every detail has been thoroughly reviewed to insure that Great North IPA tastes the same whether it is brewed in Manchester or Pawtucket. From the water chemistry, to the dry-hop technique, the beer will be the same.

The reason for this partnership is to allow Great North the ability to keep up with the demand for Great North IPA, as well as meet the growing demand of other beers such as Tie Dyed dry-hopped pale ale.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have found a partner like IBG with a state-of-the-art facility, an all-star team, and a shared obsession to quality. Our partnership will help us provide a reliable supply of fresh, consistent, and exciting beers to our loyal customers in New Hampshire and Connecticut.” said Rob North.

About Great North Aleworks

Great North Aleworks is a 20-barrel production brewery located in Manchester, New Hampshire. Founded in August 2015 by award winning homebrewers Rob and Lisa North, Great North specializes in brewing flavorful, food friendly beers, with a fanatical devotion to quality. 

Great North’s beers are available in cans and kegs throughout New Hampshire thanks to a distribution partnership with Amoskeag Beverages and in Connecticut with Sarene Craft Beer Distributors. Year round offerings include: Great North IPA (India Pale Ale), RVP (Robust Vanilla Porter), and Tie Dyed (Dry-Hopped Pale Ale). Seasonal beers include: Northbound (American Pilsner), Cranberry Wit, Chocolate Milk Stout, and Tragically Hopped (Double IPA). Other special releases and collaborations are available throughout the year. 

Great North Aleworks has a tasting room located at their brewery where guests can take a tour, have a growler filled, sample beers, and enjoy a pint.

Get your woof on at Pints for Paws this Sunday

On Sunday [6. 25], the Providence Animal Rescue League will host the 8th Annual Pints for Paws at its HQ on Elbow St in the Jewelry District from 2 to 6 pm. The event features a ticketed beer tasting [$25, 2-4 pm] with more than a dozen breweries [including Foolproof, Narragansett, Smuttynose, Whaler’s, Grey Sail, and Lagunitas] running concurrently with a block party with food trucks, music, a Revival Brewing-powered beer bar and many pet-related activities [microchipping, a cooling doggie pool]. The PARL folks note that “every penny of the ticket price goes directly to support our programs that help animals in need.” Get your woof on [and get more details] at parl.org.

Newport Storm launches Rhode Trip on Friday

This just in from the beermakers in the City By the Sea:

This June we’re beginning a Rhode Trip. This hazy unfiltered yellow-orange IPA is bursting with juicy hop flavors! Your mouth waters from aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit.  Oats give this beer a soft mouthfeel. Each time we brew this beer we choose a new hop to feature.  For our inaugural brew we have featured Galaxy hops.

This perfect summer beer is arriving just in time to take along to all the great summer events we have going on in Rhode Island. At 6.3% ABV, this refreshing, summertime IPA is available in 4 packs of 16-ounce cans ($12).  Newport Storm Beer is available all over Rhode Island; if you don’t see it in your liquor store request an order today!

Join the Newport Storm Crew for Rhode Trip’s kickoff tasting events at:

Wines & More, Cranston, from 2-4 pm

Bellevue Wine & Spirits, Newport, from 3-5 pm

Charlestown Wine & Spirits, Charlestown, from 3-5 pm

Grapes & Gourmet, Jamestown, from 3-5 pm

Washington Hill Liquors, Lincoln,  from 3-5 pm

B&C Liquors, Smithfield, from 3-5 pm

I.M. Gan Discount Liquors, Warwick, from 3-5 pm

Tiverton Liquor Store, Tiverton, from 3-5 pm

Crestwood Liquors, Coventry, from 4-6 pm

Patriots Wine & Spirits, Warren, from 4-6 pm

Kingstown Liquor Mart, North Kingstown, from 4-6 pm

Wakefield Liquors, Wakefield RI from 4-6 pm

Liquid Assets Fine Wine & Spirits, Cranston, from 4-7 pm

Town Wine & Spirits, Rumford, RI from 5-7 pm

Doherty’s Ale House, Warwick, RI at 7 pm

Shannon View Inn, Warwick, RI at 8 pm

Grey Sail garners RI’s Top Beer and Top Brewery honors in the 2017 Zymurgy Best Beers By State poll

Huzzah to Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, which garnered accolades in the 2017 Zymurgy / American Homebrewers Association tally of the Best Beers in America. Grey Sail was cited as the state’s Top Brewery, and Captain’s Daughter was chosen as Top Beer. Click here for the entire list

…and click here to glom the results the Top-Ranked Beers, Top Breweries, Top Imports, and Best Portfolio.

Cheers to Grey Sail!

Read all about it! Breweries celebrate the anniversary of the Better Beer Laws

In our column in the brandy-new/out-today [6.15] edition of Motif — the Food Issue — we celebrate the first anniversary of the passage of the Better Beer Laws. We asked #401 brewery folk to tell us how the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes have impacted their establishments — and six of them shared their insights and success stories!

Click here for the html version and/or click here and flip to page 7 for the Virtual Newspaper Experience. Cheers!