Beer ’round here [2.18-21], including IPA Day at Bucket, Whaler’s unveils its renovated digs, and beer-and-cheese at Newport Storm

Ready, set…get tastin’-’n’-growlin’!

At Bucket Brewery: On Friday [1-7:30 pm]: Black Goat o’ the Woods [spiced milk stout], 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, and Fireside Harvest Ale [plus BOG and/or “assorted prototypes/experiments”]. On Saturday [11 am-5 pm]: it’s IPA Day. Nate says: “All of the taps will be a different IPA, some of which will be candidates for moving to full production based on guest voting.” Also pouring: the return of 9 Men’s Misery. And: “We’ll pour our usual beers from cans and bottles by request if anyone does not want IPA. All of the IPAs are very small batches, so they will be served as long as they last.” Andand: On February 27, Bucket will host Roadhouse: The Musical [based on the beloved 1989 Patrick Swayze film]. Doors at 8, show at 9, tix are $20 [includes four drink tix and a souvenir pint glass].

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5] for tastings and growlers: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops], Derivative: Galaxy, Derivative: Mosaic [also available in super-fresh-bottled-on-Thursday bombers] — and a new batch of Broze [oatmeal milk stout].

At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5] : check out their expanded tasting room, featuring Shuckolate, Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yahd — and a special cask of Revery with Mexican chocolate and chipotle peppers [on deck: a pin of Backyahd with Fruity Pebbles, made with Mosaic and Citra].

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: ’Nuff Said IPA, Milk Milk Stout, Heck Hound [smoky red ale], and ’Nuff Said 2 [with a different hop profile]. Plus on Firkin Friday [2.19], Oak Oak [Milk Milk aged on bourbon-soaked oak].

At Tilted Barn [Saturday 1-4 pm]: growlers/tastings of Libby, their new American Blonde Ale [with Citra], the Chosen One [double IPA], and Second Harvest [pale ale]. Matt advisess: “Check all pages for updates on hours…the mud is for real right now.” UPDATED 2.19 @ 9:59 pm: “Last minute call that we are going to be closed tomorrow (2/20) due to muddy conditions here at the farm. Sorry folks.”

Head to Wakefield to check out Whaler’s Brewing’s renovated digs [Thursday + Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 1-7, Sunday 1-5]; head to their Facebook page to see what‘s on tap.

At Crooked Current [closed Thursday to “replenish supplies from our fantastic Valentine’s Day weekend crowd; Friday 5-8, Saturday 1-5]: The CC folks say “they’re too uncertain to call any shots about what might be pouring on Fri or Sat”; check their Twitter/Facebook for updates “as our fermenters report their statuses back to us.”

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: Spring Irish Red Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry, plus Annual Release. Plus, Newport Storm will team up with Narragansett Creamery for beer-and-cheese pairing sessions [five of each] on Saturday [2.20] at 6:30 pm and Sunday [2.21] at 5:30 [$15, $12 with a Newport Winter Festival bracelet; click here for tix].

Seek and find for theeself re: Grey Sail and Ravenous.

Stouts take over the taps at Norey’s; plus, the weekly growling-and-tasting report [2.11-14]

xlbj4g21kbrw08upyfgtThe first big beer event of 2016 at Norey’s [156 Broadway, Newport] — the World Stouts Tap Takeover — starts on Friday [2.12] at 4 pm. Here are the dark and potent and delightful [and highly-rated] offerings:

Dogfish Head’s Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew [imperial stout made with honey beer and gesho root, 9% ABV]

De Struise Brouwers’ Black Albert Russian Imperial Stout [13%]

Founders’ KBS Kentucky Breakfast Stout [11.2%]

AleSmith’s Speedway Stout [12%]

HaandBryggeriet’s Odin’s Tipple Russian Imperial Stout [11%]

Heavy Seas’ Siren Noire [cask, 9.5%]

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout [13.8%]

Cisco’s Island Reserve Russian Imperial Stout [13.5%]

Birrificio Del Ducato’s My Blueberry Nightmare [a sour ale variation of Verdi Imperial Stout brewed with hot chili and aged for two years in oak barrels with blueberries. 9.4%]

Allagash’s St. Klippenstein [Belgian strong dark ale made with dark roasted malts and aged in oak bourbon barrels, 9%]

These big beers will be pouring for your midwinter sipping pleasure ’til the kegs run dry. Enjoy!

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Aaaand here’s our regularly scheduled content: the weekly brewery roundup:

Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 5-9, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5] has another big release event on Friday: Harper 2: Electric Boogaloo, “a blend of blonde, red, and dark sour beer refermented on about two pounds per gallon of tart and sweet cherries.” There are 40 cases [12/case] and a two-per-person “hard limit. If you want this beer, we urge you to come early, we expect this release to be madness and all the beer will be gone very quickly.” So go line up now. Other reasons to head to West Kingston: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops] and Derivative: Galaxy [bombers and growlers/tastings for both]; Derivative: Mosaic [growlers/tastings only, bombers sold out], and the last two cases [750ml bottles] of Adelia, a tart blonde “warehouse ale.”

At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday  4-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5]: Black Mast American Stout, Flagship, Flying Jenny, Leaning Chimney Smoked Porter, Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice, Pour Judgement, Great Ketch, and Captain’s Daughter, plus special Valentine’s Day tastings of Dark Star Batch, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with cherries, and a cask of Black Mast with coconut.

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: ’Nuff Said IPA, Milk Milk Stout, and Heck Hound [smoky red ale]. Plus: Super Fancy, a ’Nuff Said/Black Cat blend, and on Firkin Friday [2.12], Toasted Milk [Milk Milk with whiskey-soaked toasted pecans].

At Tilted Barn [Saturday 1-4 pm]: growlers/tastings of Peeptoad Pale Ale, Raffi [oatmeal stout] — and Libby, their new American Blonde Ale. Matt says: “We’ll be featuring different hops each time she comes around. Citra is featured in this batch.”

At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm, with tours at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30]: Slater Pils, Black Goat o’ the Woods [spiced milk stout], 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, and Fireside Harvest Ale [plus a few prototypes/experiments if you ask real nice].

At Crooked Current [Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 5-8, Saturday 1-5]: Chocolate Cherry Stout, Hawaiian Robust Porter, and Oatmeal Raisin Stout.

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: Spring Irish Red Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry, plus Annual Release ’15 [tastings only].

At Ravenous [Saturday 1-4 pm]: Chocolate Milk Stout, Coffee Milk Stout, Blackstone Pale Ale, and Dolly Cole [black ale].

The crew at Whaler’s Brewing is still renovating its space, but will have a grand reopening on February 18.

Seek and find for theeself re: Foolproof.

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P.S.: Click here [or scroll down] if you want to win tickets to the Craft Beer Pavilion at the Boston Globe Travel Show…and click here to read our latest piece for Motif, “Beer + chocolate = bliss.”

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The weekly what’s-on-tap report [2.4-7], plus brewery reps on the Rhode Island Brew Fest

The weekly what’s-on-tap intel — with bonus content: reflections on the Rhode Island Brew Fest!

At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday  4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-5]: Flagship, Flying Jenny, Smoked Porter, Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice, Pour Judgement, Great Ketch, and Captain’s Daughter, plus a very limited supply of 500ml bottles of Dark Star Batch 3 [bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout]. AND on Friday, the newest entry in the Chalkboard Series will debut: an American stout test batch with hopes of it becoming our next year round, to be named Black Mast. Re: RIBF, assistant brewer Michelle Kirms says, “The one thing I always take from working festivals is the local comaraderie. There’s only a few times a year when all the local brewers get a chance to be in the same place at the same time, and you see a lot of familiar faces and local supporters, which is why Rhode Island is such a great market.”

* At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5, with tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4 ($10, includes three samples)]: The new-and-mega-spacious tasting area will be unveiled, where you can belly up for pours of Shuckolate, the seasonal chocolate-oyster stout made with succulent ingredients from Walrus & Carpenter Oysters and Garrison Chocolates, plus Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, King of the Yard — and a special cask of Shuckolatté (with espresso beans and lactose). And after its reception at the RIBF, Nick Garrison says, “We might need to consider making Peanut Butter & Jelly a year-round offering!”

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: Spring Irish Red Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry [tastings/growler fills], plus Annual Release ’15 [tastings only]. And NS rep extraordinate Clare Simpson-Daniel says: “Keiko and I had a blast at the RI Brew Fest (like we always do)! It was great seeing old Storm friends who knew Brent and Derek from the early days back on Oliphant Lane and making new friends who were obsessed with the Annual Release ’15 [aka ‘the bacon brew’] and RIèzes our barrel aged Belgian blonde ale. The best part was seeing people get out their phones and go to our website to find out where they could go and get our beers after the festival was over.”

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, closed Friday this week so the staff can attend the Extreme Beer Festival, AND CLOSED Saturday (updated 2.6 @ 9:21 AM), Sunday 12-5]: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops], Derivative: Galaxy and Derivative: Mosaic [bottles/growlers/tastings], and the last few cases of Adelia, a tart blonde “warehouse ale.”

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday 4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: ’Nuff Said IPA, Black Cat Pale Ale, Milk Milk Stout, and Heck Hound [smoky red ale].

At Tilted Barn [Saturday 1-4 pm]: growlers/tastings of Early Riser IPA, Peeptoad Pale Ale, and Winter Sol [“somewhere between a brown ale and a porter”], and tastings-only of Raffi [oatmeal stout. And the TBB crew says, “We’re 90% done with the tasting room renovations so people can get a glimpse of the new loft, draft lines, etc.”

At Ravenous [today 4-7 pm, Saturday 1-4 pm]: Coffee Milk Stout, Dolly Cole [black IPA], Blackstone Pale Ale, and the new Chocolate Milk Stout.

Seek and find for theeself re: Bucket, Crooked Current, and Whaler’s.

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Long Live Beerworks opens on Saturday; the weekly growler report; and who will be under Isle Brewers Guild’s roof?

isleYes, we made a New Year’s resolution: The weekly growler report will now appear on Thursday, since the majority of our correspondents start pouring on that day. But before you start growling, click through to read “Pawtucket City Council approves tax treaty with Isle Brewers Guild,” by Ethan Shorey of The Valley Breeze. The story notes that “Jeremy Duffy, co-founder of the company, updated council members on the latest plans for the brewing hub, which will includ[e] four to six existing brewers all running brewing operations under one roof. He didn’t answer whether Narragansett Beer is one of the breweries in negotiations to move in. One of the breweries is from Rhode Island, while several others are from Massachusetts.” On December 28, when we asked ’Gansett’s Mark Hellendrung a few questions, he said, “In Q1 we’ll be announcing plans for the brewery, which should be the final piece in a long process that I’m sure a lot of people have anticipated, with a likely opening in late summer,” but he also didn’t reply to our specific query re: getting under the roof at IBG. Do you have any guesses re: who the “several” breweries from Massachusetts are? Scroll down and post ’em in the “Leave a comment” section.

OK, here’s the beery intel:

From November 2011 through November 2014, nine breweries were launched in Rhode Island. But no one joined the party in 2015. In April of last year, Armando DeDona, the brewmaster/owner at Long Live Beerworks, got a special use permit to build a microbrewery in a commercial zone. Before that change, beer could only be made in a manufacturing zone. He had his fingers crossed for a grand opening in the fall, but the Big Day has finally arrived: the first 21st-century production brewery in Providence [at 425 West Fountain St] will open its doors on Saturday, January 9 from 1 to 5 pm. Armando told us: “I’m very excited and nervous about our opening. It’s going to be tight in our little brewery opening day, but we can handle it.” Three of the five beers listed on LLB’s website will be on tap: ’Nuff Said IPA [7% ABV], Black Cat Pale Ale [6.5%], and Milk Milk Stout [5.5%]. Regular hours start on January 13: Wednesday through Friday from 4-9 and on Saturday from 1-8. Congrats, Armando!

At Proclamation Ale Company [today 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5]: The first run of a new single batch one-offs, Process/Progress #1, which brewmaster Dave Witham describes as “an oatmeal IPA with Nelson Sauvin, Motueka, and Centennial hops. Lemon/lime pith/white grapefruit, earthy, 6.5% ABV.” Also available for tastings and growlers: Tendril, Derivative: Citra, and Broze; and there are a few bottles of Adelia, a tart blonde “warehouse ale” [6.3 %].

At Grey Sail [Thursday and Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm]: Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice, Great Ketch, Captain’s Daughter, Pour Judgement, Leaning Chimney, Flying Jenny, and Flagship. Assistant brewer Michelle Kirms says: “We got a silo in last month, just started brewing into a 60-barrel fermenter, and have another 60-barrel fermenter and brite tank on the way. So yes, for all those who are wondering, we have plans to up our production of Captain’s Daughter.”

At Crooked Current [Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 1-5 pm]: a “fresh and final batch” of Extortion Eggnog Milk Stout [quoth the CCers, “Get it now; a year is a long time to wait”], Oatmeal Raisin Stout, and Immorality Pale Ale.

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5] for growler fills: India Point Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry. And look for infeRIority complex, the sixth release in the brewery’s barrel-aging series; it‘s a “Belgian-inspired brett beer aged in Thomas Tew Rum barrels for a year.”

At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm, with tours at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30]: 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Hive Mind Honey Ale [last keg], Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, Fireside Harvest Ale, and Vanilla-Oak Park Loop Porter.

At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5, with tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4 for tastings ($10, includes three samples) and growler fills]: Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yard.

Tilted Barn is closed this week for construction in the barn for the new and improved tasting room. They’ll be back in action on the 16th with a new pale ale, a new IPA, and Raffi.

Check the website for an update from Whaler’s [and drive to Woonsocket to see what Ravenous is up to; they rarely share info on the social mediums].

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An update on the “Better Beer Laws” petition; the holiday growler-getting guide; and much more

We haven’t posted any missives since 12.10 because we’ve been camped out 24/7 at Island Cinemas, patiently waiting for the opening of a highly anticipated film with a hyphenated title [maybe you’ve heard about it: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip]. And this will likely be the last B&C post till 2016, since everyone is in holiday hecticity mode and we’re not expecting any Breaking News until after the ball drops. But we do have a few items to share before we get to the holiday growler-getting guide…

Image courtesy of CraftBeer.com

On October 21, we launched the petition to “Support the passage of better beer laws in Rhode Island.” The goals: to change the law that arbitrarily and unfairly limits the amount of beer [72 ounces] that can be purchased at breweries [there’s no ounce limit at brewpubs] — which puts a limit on the income and potential growth of small brewers; and to float the notion of allowing pint sales in tasting rooms at breweries [click the petition link to read the entire pitch]. The document garnered 1165 signatures and hundreds of insightful comments.

So what happens next? Brent Ryan, co-founder of Newport Storm and president of the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, told us: “The Guild is still working toward forming a strategy for legislative matters. Josh Karten from Proclamation Ale took over the vacated legislative committee chair this fall and is in the process of re-recruiting for the committee. Although we have not come to any conclusions on whether we will seek to pursue any legislative changes, we have taken the steps to create a process by which this would be considered and approached.” The legislators get back to the State House on January 5; the last day for public bill introduction is February 11 [though we understand there is some wiggle room re: that deadline]. Soooo it sounds like you, dear reader, will be bitching about the 72-ounce limit for another year. But we embrace a growler-half-full attitude here at the B&C desk, soooo [all together now]: fingers crossed for Better Beer Laws In Rhode Island in 2016!!!

LongLive From November 2011 through November 2014, nine breweries were launched in Rhode Island. But no one joined the ranks of local beermakers in 2015. Armando DeDona, the brewmaster/owner at Long Live Beerworks, had his fingers crossed for a grand opening in the last few months, but the latest word is that the first craft brewery in Providence [at 425 West Fountain St] will share its first pours on January 2, 2016. Fingers crossed! [Updated 12.24: Long Live’s Official Opening will be on January 9, 2016, from 1-5 pm. Fingers uncrossed!]

Julians will host its Solstice Party on Monday [12.21] at 6 pm. The event features an all-you-can-eat buffet, music, and “an epic tap list” [click through; it’s epic!]. Admission is free with a donation of five canned goods or a winter coat.

We did a swell beer gifts guide last year; we’ve updated all the info/links for your 2015 clicking pleasure…And you should check our recent columns for Motif: “Gift giving tips from beer pros,” “It’s the most wonderful time for beers” [a round-up of seasonal brews], and the latest, “Pop a corked beer on New Year’s Eve.”

OK, let’s get growling:

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5]: Derivative: Mosaic, Derivative: Galaxy, Broze, on for growlers/tastings, with Tendril making an appearance by Friday on the taps. Also: 750ml bottles of Adelia, a tart blonde “warehouse ale.” Bonus holiday hours: Wednesday [12.23] from 3-7 pm; closed 12.24 + 12.25; normal hours on 12.26 + 12.27; Wednesday [12.30] 3-7 pm, and New Year’s Eve from 12-4.

At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm, with tours at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30]: 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, BOG Cranberry Orange Saison, Hive Mind Honey Ale, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, and Fireside Harvest Ale. Nate adds: “I’m not sure how we’ll work it, but we also still have some of the various porters [oaked, chocolate, vanilla and Whisper] sitting in kegs, a bunch of test batches, and some pilsner that was buried in the fridge and has aged very well. I’ll find some way to serve some of those up as well!” And: Bucket is doing a food drive for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank through the end of the year. “Come in any time we’re open with a non-perishable food donation and get a free pint. One pint per person per visit.” Bonus holiday hours: Monday [12.21]-Wednesday [12.23] until 6, and 10 am-3 pm on Christmas Eve.

At Grey Sail [Thursday and Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm]: Pekko Pale Ale, Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice, Great Ketch, Captain’s Daughter, Pour Judgement, Autumn Winds, Leaning Chimney, Flying Jenny, and Flagship. Plus: the third batch of Dark Star, a barrel-aged imperial stout made with cherries, which is only available at the brewery in 750ml bottles. Bonus holiday hours: Wednesday [12.23] 4-7 and 12-4 on Christmas Eve.

At Crooked Current [Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 1-5 pm]: Extortion Eggnog Milk Stout, Oatmeal Raisin Stout, and Immorality Pale Ale. Bonus holiday hours: Wednesday [12.23] 5-7 pm.

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Monday and Christmas Eve 12-6] for growler fills: India Point Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry.

At Foolproof [Friday 5-8 pm, Saturday 1-5, with tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4 for tastings ($10, includes three samples) and growler fills: Revery [Russian Imperial Stout; cans only], Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yard. Plus: a few leftover bottles from Barrel Reserve Night [first-come, first-serve]. Bonus holiday hours: they might be open on 12.23; check their Facebook for updates.

Tilted Barn is open on Wednesday from 5-8. Check their Facebook for what will be on tap on 12.23.

Check the website for updates on Whaler’s.

The tasting-and-growling roundup

Voting in the 2nd Annual Favorite Rhode Island Brewery Poll runs through Saturday. Support your favorite local beermaker now! Perhaps you should visit alla the local breweries this weekend before casting your vote…

Proclamation Ale Company has another big bottle release today from 5-9 pm [plus Saturday 12-7 and Sunday 12-5]: Adelia, which brewmaster Dave Witham describes thusly: “Our new ‘Warehouse Ale’ is an aged tart blonde ale, fermented with our house culture of yeast and bacteria then blended with a fresh new batch of non-acidic blonde ale that is dry-hopped with Styrian Golding hops. The result? A moderately tart, dry, drinkable beer with lemon/floral notes [6.3% ABV, available in 750ml bottles only, bottle limit only restricted by state law].” Also on tap: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra and Amarillo, 8.5%], Derivative: Mosaic [pale ale, 6%], and Broze [oatmeal milk stout, 5.5%].

At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm; Saturday 11 am-5 pm, with tours at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30]: 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, BOG Cranberry Orange Saison, Hive Mind Honey Ale, Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, and Fireside Harvest Ale. And: Bucket is doing a food drive for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank through the end of the year. “Come in any time we’re open with a non-perishable food donation and get a free pint. One pint per person per visit.”

At Grey Sail [Thursday and Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm]: Pekko Pale Ale, Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice, Great Ketch, Captain’s Daughter, Pour Judgement, Autumn Winds, Leaning Chimney, Flying Jenny, and Flagship. You can also get the third batch of Dark Star, a barrel-aged imperial stout made with cherries, which is only available at the brewery in 750ml bottles. And there’s new merch: “ugly Christmas sweaters,” hoodies, and winter hats. ’Tis the season!

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Monday and Wednesday 12-5] for growler fills: India Point Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry.

And a reminder: Tilted Barn is open on Wednesdays from 5-8, to accommodate Christmas tree sales on the weekends. Check their Facebook for what will be on tap on 12.9.

Check the websites for updates on Foolproof, Whaler’s, Crooked Current, and Ravenous.

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The 2nd Annual Favorite Rhode Island Brewery Poll!

beer-voteWe’ve launched quite a few Favorite polls this year: Favorite Rhode Island IPA [Proclamation’s Tendril], Favorite Rhode Island Beer Store [Blackstone Valley: B&C Liquors; Providence/Cranston: High Spirits; Kent County: Haxton’s; East Bay: Grapes & Grains; Aquidneck Island: Sandy’s Liquors; South County: Wyoming Package Store], Favorite Rhode Island Brewpub [Brutopia Brewery & Kitchen], and the epic Favorite Rhode Island Beer Bar Bracket [the late. lamented Track 84] — and we sked “What brewery would you most like to see in the RI market?” [top three: Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Cigar City, Bell’s]. A whole lotta pollin’ goin’ on!

But the original Favorite poll was posted on December 3, 2014 — the time, it flies! — and now it’s our first second-time-around popularity contest: the 2nd Annual Favorite Rhode Island Brewery Poll! The first time around, we had just logged our first full month at the B&C Desk and were looking for a way to boost our profile and get people talkin’ and typin’ — and have some fun boosting the local beermakers. Mission accomplished: we amassed lotsa new visitors and followers, lotsa shares, lotsa votes — and Crooked Current was the readers’ choice [in July, they also nabbed Best Brewery honors in Rhode Island Monthly’s 2015 Best of Rhode Island].

This is the most equitable of the B&C polls: every brewery is included [as we noted in ’14: yes, we know that Narragansett is not made in Rhode Island, but the local ownership is good enough for us; and this time around we’ve made a single entry for Revival/Brutopia]. You may have to flip a coin or two before you make your choice; as you deliberate, please heed these words from Mr. Letterman: “This is only an exhibition. This is not a competition. Please, no wagering.” The ballot will run through Saturday [12.5], with one vote per reader [and if you’d like to cite your fave beer by your fave brewery, add it in the “Leave a comment“ link]. All right, get voting ’n’ sharing ’n’ talking ’n’ typing.

Cheers to our local breweries ’n’ beers!

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