Go get beer [4.14-17]; get your tix NOW for the Newport Craft Beer Fest; and the Beer Summit

We have a growler-less-than-half-full post this week [we gotta up our squeaky wheeling game], but here’s what we do know re: what’s pouring this weekend:

 At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 5-9, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5]: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, 8.6% ABV]; Derivative: Citra and Mosaic [pale ale, 6%]; Process/Progress #3 [IPA with 40% rye in the malt base, 6.5%]; and Burgess [“ESB brewed with English malts/hops/yeast,” 5%].

Tilted Barn will be closed on Saturday; in case you missed their announcement, they’ll be open every other week through June 4.

At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-5]: Hazy Day [Belgian wit], Flagship [cream ale], Flying Jenny [extra pale ale], Leaning Chimney [smoked porter], Black Mast [American stout], Pour Judgement [IPA], Great Ketch [IPL], and Captain’s Daughter [imperial IPA].

At Whaler’s [Thursday and Friday  4-8 pm, Saturday 1-7, Sunday 1-5]: Spiced Blueberry Berlinner Weisse, Ginger Wheat, East Coast IPA, RYE pale ALE, Lazarette Double Citra IPA [from the Stone & Steel Series], Hazelnut Stout, White IPA, the Rise [American pale ale]. And: “We also have some big surprises that are going to be debuting this weekend.”

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: Something Fancy [IPA, 7.5%, tastings only], Shop Truck DIPA [Armando calls it “grapefruit candy,” 9%], and Bricks and Mortar [oatmeal brown ale, 5.25%], plus a cask of I Know a Girl [IPA with thyme and lemon zest]. On Saturday from 1-5, the Gastros food truck will be serving its savory sausagey creations, paired with a new cask: Canyonero [Heck Hound cask-conditioned with dry and smoked chili peppers].

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: the seasonal Pilsner, Summer Hefeweizen, Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, Spring Irish Red Ale — and an Experimental Hop Test Batch [limited supply].

Seek and find for theeself re: Bucket, Crooked Current, Foolproof, Ravenous, and Revival.


There are a handful of tickets available for the Newport Craft Beer Festival; go here for details and the link to the ticket page.

RedLogoBut there’s another big brew fest in Boston this weekend: the Beer Summit will be at the Park Plaza Castle [130 Columbus Ave, a few blocks from the Common] on Friday [4.15, 6-9:30 pm] and Saturday [4.16, 12:30-4 and 5:30-9 pm]. The fest will host 50 brewers pouring more than 200 beers; click here to scan the list. Tix are $60.

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Get in line for Proclamation’s Zzzlumber; the Beer Summit; share your ‘crazy beers’ on Thanksgiving; and more

proc_zzzzSome short items for your scrolling pleasure:

We’ll have the full growler report on Friday, but you’ll want to plan ahead for the Zzzlumber bottle release at Proclamation Ale Company. Brewmaster Dave Witham sez: “We brewed our giant Imperial Stout back in June and added whole bean coffee, cacao, vanilla beans and a lonely licorice stick [for mojo] to 4 [Breckenridge Bourbon barrels and Sons of Liberty whiskey barrels]. The beer slept, waiting until early November when it was bottled and now it’s ready to go. 11.5% ABV, this will be a good Thanksgiving sipper to contribute to your food coma! Available Friday, Nov 20. In 22-oz. bombers only, limit 3 per person. $12 per bottle. We have 60 cases available (720 total bottles) if you want it, come get it. No, we will not hold bottles. Not fair to those who wait.”

harvest_darkredThere’s nothing on the RI beer fest calendar ’til 2016, but there’s big brew fun in Boston this weekend: the Beer Summit Harvest Fest. It’s at the Park Plaza Castle [130 Columbus Ave, a few blocks from the Common] on Friday [11.20, 6-9:30 pm] and Saturday [11.21, 12:30-4 and 5:30-9 pm]. The fest will host 56 brewers pouring more than 200 beers; click here to scan the list. Tix are $55.

And speaking of the 2016 RI beer fest calendar, the Rhode Island Brew Fest has revealed about half of its lineup for the January 30 bash at the Pawtucket Armory; new additions include Beer’d, Black Hog, Lord Hobo, and Two Roads. Click here to see the list-in-progress and buy tickets.

Thanksgiving is one week from today. Last year, we posted “Share your ‘crazy beers’ on Thanksgiving,” with suggestions for hosting “a mini-sampling session as part of your holiday gathering” to share your beer geekery. It’s worth reading — and doing! And whilst mixing a however-many-you-can-afford selection at your favorite better beer store, devote some of your beer budget to the tens of sensational seasonal selections in “It’s the most wonderful time for beers,” our piece in the new ish of Motif.

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Two girls, one history of Rhode Island beer

RIBeerWe do our best at the Bottles & Cans desk to bring you all things beer ’round here, but you should also spend some time at Two Girls, One Beer, the blog by Ashleigh Bennett and Kristie Martin. It’s a great source for brew reviews, events, and more [they’ve been at it since October 2011]. A few days into the New Year, we contacted the dynamic duo about their forthcoming book, Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History On Tap, to be published on March 30 by The History Press as part of their American Palate Series, which focuses on regional beer lore. Now that the book can be pre-ordered at Amazon, we’ll share what they told us so you can get your palate whetted, follow the link, and boost its Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

It is essentially part historical guide, part modern day brewery tour guide. It begins with the history of brewing in Rhode Island, dating as far back as the 1600s, covering the booming beer business throughout the 1800s, and also going into how Rhode Islanders and their breweries dealt with Prohibition.

Each currently operating brewery and brewpub in the state gets their own chapter, even the newest arrivals like Tilted Barn and Crooked Current. We give their stories — the beginnings, everyone’s unique approach to brewing, and descriptions of their available beers. We tried to make it as up-to-date as possible, but you know how hard that is, with the brewery landscape here changing every day.

We finish off the book with chapters of recipes made with local beers, and a guide to our favorite bars and bottle shops.

Oh and Sean Larkin wrote the foreword!

We’ll have more info about the release and any events we’ll be doing in the next few months, so will definitely keep you posted.

The launch parties for Rhode Island Beer will be big fun. When spring rolls around, we’ll let you know where to meet-and-greet and get your books signed by Ashleigh and Kristie.

On Thursday, the folks at the Rhode Island Brew Fest tweeted, “Just a few dozen tickets left!” for the January 31 event. They’ll likely sell out today, so whatareyouwaitingfor?

If you already have your Brew Fest tix but are ready for a twist on this week’s Bottles & Cans mantra — “So many beers, so much time [and money]” — then head to Boston for the Beer Summit Winter Jubilee, which is happening tonight [6-9:30 pm, $45] and on Saturday [12:30-4 and 5:30-9 pm, $55 each] at the Park Plaza Castle. Here’s the list of brewers [with our locals in bold]: Aeronaut Brewing, Angry Orchard, Backlash, Bad Martha, Ballantine, Banner, Bay State, Berkshire, Blue Point, Brooklyn, Boulder, Boulevard, Cape Ann, City Steam, Clown Shoes, Dinkelacker, Downeast Cider, Duvel, Finch, Foolproof, Global Beer, Grey Sail, Harpoon, Henniker, Hofbrau, Ireland On the Road, John Harvard’s Brewery, Kennebec River, Lagunitas, Lexington, Mayflower, McKenzie’s Cider, Narragansett, Naukabout, Olde Burnside, Opa Opa, Paper City, Revival, Rickers Hard Cider, Riverwalk, Sam Adams, Sapporo, Saranac, Sebago, Shmaltz, Sixpoint, Stiegl, Tennents, 3 Beards, Trinity Brewhouse, Two Roads, VT Hard Cider, and Woodstock Inn. The castle is a fun and funky venue, and the Beer Summit is always a great time.

And if you’re really planning waaaay ahead, the 9th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, April 25 [1-4:30 and 6:30-10 pm]. Tix [$49 + $5.90 fees] are on sale now at Ticketmaster [you need a code — SPRING — for the “presale” which runs through Sunday at midnight, but there’s no discount so . . .].

Beer News: The Bucket, Tilted Barn, and Beer Summit

The Bucket Brewery [100 Carver St, Pawtucket] will present its monthly Friday Night Sound Check tomorrow [11.21] from 6-9 pm, with music by Haunt the House [at 7], beer samples, and free raffles. Admission is $15; if you bring non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Food Bank, you’ll get more beer! Do it!

• An update today from Titled Barn, the state’s first [and only!] hop farm/brewery: “To answer the questions tiltedwe’ve been getting on our hours after this weekend [Saturday, 11.22, 1-4 pm at 1 Helmsley Place in Exeter; they’ll have an IPA, pale ale, and pumpkin ale]  . . . we plan to take the week of Thanksgiving off to catch up and starting in December the brewery will be open on Saturdays from 1-4 for tours, tastings, and growler fills. The farm is open 7 days a week for Christmas trees, wreaths, and the gift shop through Christmas. After December we may add an additional day or night for growlers . . . depending how thirsty you guys and gals are!” Updates will be at their Facebook page.

• And if you feel like traveling north a bit: the Beer Summit Harvest Fest will take place in Boston on Friday [11.21] and Saturday [11.22]. All the details are here!

Roomful of brews: The 21st Great International Beer Festival

GIBF The last big Rhode Island beer event of 2014 — the Great International Beer Festival — is on tap [oof, sorry] this Saturday [11.8] at the Rhode Island Convention Center. It’s the 21st [!] year for the GIBF, with unlimited sampling of more than 200 different beverages [and free slices from Pizza Pie-er].

And we’re not kidding about the big part: more than 5000 folks will ride the escalators to the massive beer hall-for-a-day. We prefer to hit the afternoon bash: it usually has a lot more elbow room and a lot less spillage and talking-too-loud [and the beer is fresher]. Pace yourself, chat with the brewers and reps, and find a new favorite or two for your sipping pleasure.

Here’s the list of pourers [updated on 11.6]:

Rhode Island: Brutopia, Bucket, Foolproof, Grey Sail, Narragansett, Newport Storm, Ravenous, Revival, Trinity, and Union Station

Massachusetts: Bad Martha, Berkshire, Cape Ann, Gardner Ale House, Harpoon, Mayflower, Paper City, Samuel Adams, Wachusett

Connecticut: City Steam, Cottrell, Two Roads

Vermont: Magic Hat, Traveler

New Hampshire: Elm City, Redhook, Stark, Woodstock

Maine: Shipyard

The rest of the US: Blue Point [NY], Brooklyn, Finch’s [Chicago], Firestone Walker [CA], Goose Island [Chicago], Green Flash [San Diego], Ithaca [NY], Kona [HI], Lagunitas [Petaluma, CA], Saranac [NY], Sierra Nevada [Chico, CA + Mills River, NC], 21st Amendment [San Francisco], Victory [PA], Widmer Brothers [OR]

The macros: Blue Moon, Coors, Leinenkugel’s, Shock Top, Yuengling

The international presence: Guinness, Heineken, Radeberger Gruppe, Singha

Ciders, etc.: Angry Orchard, Downeast, Far From the Tree, Greenwich Cove Meadery, McKenzie’s, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Original Sin, Twisted Tea, Woodchuck

Sessions run from 1 to 4:30 pm [with music by Steve Smith and the Nakeds] and 6:30 to 10 pm [Neal Vitullo and the Vipers]; tix are $52 at the door.

harvest_darkred Meanwhile, the last big Boston beer event of the year— the Beer Summit Harvest Fest — will take place on November 21 [6-9:30 pm, $45] and November 22 [12:30-4 + 5:30-9 pm, $55 each] at the Park Plaza Castle. Here’s the list of brewers: Allagash, Anderson Valley, Angry Orchard, Backlash, Banner, Battle Road, Bay State, Blue Hills, Boulder, Brasserie De St Sylvestre, Brooklyn, Cape Ann, Carlsberg, Central City, Cisco, Clown Shoes, Crabbie’s, Downeast Cider, Duvel, Finch, Foolproof, Grey Sail, Harpoon, Hofbrau, Ipswich, Ireland on the Road, Kronenbourg, Lagunitas, Left Hand, Lexington, McAuslan, McKenzie’s Cider, Moa, Mont des Cats, Narragansett, Naukabout, Newport Storm, Opa Opa, Oskar Blues, Peak Organic, Portico, Pretty Things, Rince Cochon, Sam Adams, Shmaltz Brewing, Sixpoint, Staropramen, Stiegl, Thatcher’s, 3 Beards, Traveler Beer, Trinity Brewhouse, Tuckerman, Two Roads, Uinta, Victory, Wasatch Brewing, Woodchuck, Woodstock Inn, Wychwood. The castle is a fun and funky venue, and the Beer Summit is always a good time.