Beer + music = Dogfish Head + Record Store Day 2016

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The time, it flies! This Saturday [4.16] is Record Store Day! So let’s dig into the B&C archives for this updated post from 4.14.15 to get you ready for the Big Day [if you wanna skip the history and musical musing, scroll to the bottom for details on Dogfish Head’s slate of RSD events happening all over the state this week]:

As we’ve often noted, we love music even more than we love beer, and regularly combine those life-enriching pleasures at the B&C desk. In November, we did a story about Beer Thousand, Dogfish Head’s liquid tribute to the 20th anniversary of Guided By Voices’ cult classic, Bee Thousand. Here’s an excerpt:

Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, is passionate about beer — and music. In the section titled “Rhythm” in his book Brewing Up a Business: Adventures In Beer, he writes, “I have always loved music — I remember waving my magic Wiffle ball bat and chanting hexes on my parents’ radio in an effort to get it to spit forth Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’…As I got older my tastes developed, diversified, and intensified, but my love of music goes back to my earliest childhood memories.”

In 2010, Sam combined his love of beer and music with Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, an imperial stout [which is now a recurring release] commemorating the 40th anniversary of the trumpeter’s milestone disc. Hellhound On My Ale [an imperial IPA] followed in 2011, marking the 100th birthday of storied bluesman Robert Johnson. Dogfish’s Music Series has also spawned a series of one-time [for now] offerings: Faithfull [2011], a Belgian Golden Ale, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam’s Ten; Positive Contact [2012], an herb/spice beer, with Dan the Automator; and American Beauty [an imperial pale ale], a 2013 and 2015 partnership with the Grateful Dead.

So, as Crowded House sang, it’s only natural that Dogfish Head is the Official Beer of Record Store Day, the worldwide celebration of independent music retailers and the permanent and inspiring bond they forge with their customers [aka fellow obsessives]. RSD is highlighted by the release of a jaw-dropping array of very limited edition mostly-vinyl offerings [picture discs, colored discs, 10-inch discs, box sets] by a wide-ranging array of artists.

Metallica are the 2016 ambassadors of RSD. Drummer Lars Ulrich said: “Independent record stores are part of Metallica’s DNA. They have been pivotal in shaping each one of us into the music fanatics we’ve all become. We could not be any prouder to be Record Store Day Ambassadors for 2016 and are looking forward to screaming from every rooftop the next few months about everything independent record store and beyond.”

You can hit the racks and grab the RSD goodies [and much more] at the Music Box [Newport], Armageddon Shop [Providence], Newbury Comics [Warwick and Providence], Olympic Records [Providence], What Cheer Records + Vintage [Providence], Looney Tunes [Wakefield], In Your Ear [Warren], and Vinyl Guru Record Shop [Newport]. Check their sites for details on in-store performances and other enticements.

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 11.25.15 AM.previewOK, back to the beer-and-music connection: Dogfish Head has released a special tuneful brew, Beer To Drink Music By. The DFH crew says it “was created as the perfect beer for fans to pair with their favorite songs. Utilizing ingredients inspired by some of our favorite tunes, the four primary ingredients (orange peel, peppercorns, candi sugar, and cardamom) were inspired by the following: ‘Orange Crush’ by R.E.M., ‘Sgt. Pepper’ by The Beatles, ‘Sugar On My Tongue’ by Talking Heads, and ‘Mock Song’ by Phish. The result is a Belgian-style Tripel and a perfect marriage between beer and music. ‘The enjoyment of a beautiful beer with an amazing album at the same time is an exponentially awesome experience,’ Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione says. ‘This beer is purposely built for this ideal.’ ” There’s also a sweet new official RSD poster by artist Tim Parrott [available for free at select stores and bars that sell Dogfish and on RSD at participating music retailers] and a custom mini-traveling turntable by Crosley, with the Dogfish logo and the slogan “Analog beer for the digital age” on the inside of the cover. You can buy the record player [$120] at Dogfish.com — or you can enter to win one at RSD/DFH events at these spots [you get a raffle ticket with each purchase of a DFH beer]: today through Saturday at the Mews Tavern [enter all week; drawing on Saturday]; on Thursday [4.14] at Pizza J [drawing at 10 pm]; on Friday [4.15] at the Thirsty Beaver in Cranston; and on Saturday [4.16] at 84 Tavern on Canal in Westerly [drawing at 10 pm]; the Ocean Mist in Matunuck; the Scurvy Dog in Providence [drawing at 10 pm]; the Malted Barley Providence [drawing at 10 pm]; and Pour Judgement in Newport [drawing at 10 pm].

And, to come full circle to the B&C desk, here’s a suggestion for your Record Store Day bin-diving: Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece, a transporting treasure from 1974. Here’s a highlight:

Read all about it: rethinking ‘craft beer’ after the Ballast Point sale; Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione gets into the magazine biz; and much more

ballast-point-logo1Exit 5B off RI-4S is going to get a workout today, with alla youse folks headed to Tilted Barn and Proclamation [click those links for details on TBB’s first anniversary bash today and our Q&A with Matt Richardson, and the intel on Proc’s Zzzlumber]. Here are some good reads to dive into before and after you acquire the liquid splendor in Washington County…

It’s Time To Rethink What We Mean by ‘Craft Beer,’ by Jolie Myers @ Los Angeles Magazine [“With Ballast Point’s billion dollar sale, it‘s gotten more complicated than small vs. big”]

Why Oskar Blues chose craft beer over $1 billion, by Jason Notte @ Market Watch [“Is there any way to preserve your independence and get an influx of cash without turning to another, larger brewer? For Oskar Blues, the answer involved finding a private-equity firm that wouldn’t be overly controlling and using their money to acquire other breweries and avoid being the brewery acquired.”]

Beer Before Liquor and Other Booze Myths, Busted @ Yahoo! [“When it comes to the world of spirits, questions about alcohol’s impact on your health still abound. To make sense of it all, we took a deep dive into our liquor cabinets to do some investigating.”]

The 5 Stages of Craft Beer Grief: How To Cope When Your Favorite Brewery Sells Out, by Don Ayres @ Paste [“Lucky for you, America is still in the midst of a craft beer renaissance, which means that there are still plenty of options for you to get a great brew from a local, independent brewer.”]

palletCalagione enters publishing biz with Pallet, by Rem Reider @ USA Today [“Calagione is executive editor of Pallet, a new quarterly aimed at people who, in the words of the Dogfish Head website, ‘like to think and drink.’ While the magazine is aimed squarely at craft beer lovers, it’s not a beer magazine. There will be plenty about beer, but the subject matter will be wide-ranging and eclectic, as the debut issue makes clear. Its subtitle says it all: ‘Only interested in everything.’ ”]

And ICYMI: It’s the Most Wonderful Time For Beers, our roundup of superb seasonal beers in the new issue of Motif.

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Crooked Current is expanding; Newport Storm’s ’15; spooky brew fun; and it’s B&C’s birthday!

Let’s get to some news — that’s why you’re here! — before we indulge in a bit of self-congratulatory hooey…

Work-in-progress at Crooked Current's new sampling area
Work-in-progress at Crooked Current’s new sampling area

Big news from Crooked Current, the state’s smallest brewery. Jason Lourenco and Nichole Pelletier are very pleased to tell us: “We are expanding. We are nearly doubling in size as we move to the other side of the Lorraine Mills right next door to Nuts & More. This news comes on the heels of our one-year anniversary being open to the public, which fell on Sunday [10.25]. The move will expand the sample area, and allow for an increase in production by approximately 75 percent. We anticipate the new location having a soft opening to the public on Thursday, 11.5 from 5 to 7 pm, followed by a grand opening to be announced. We’re hoping the increased production will allow us to open on Sundays in addition to our normal hours [Thursday 5-7 pm, Friday 5-8 pm, and Saturday 1-5 pm]. Our goal is to be open on Sundays before the end of 2015.” Congrats, folks! [And gosh, imagine if they could sell more than 72 ounces per customer!]

Newport Storm inaugurated its Annual Release series with ’00, the brewery’s second-ever beer [after the flagship Hurricane Amber Ale]. The always-formidable [’04 was 14.1% ABV] and extreme beers have included a wide range of styles [lager, fruit. Belgian] and brewing adventures [the ’11 was a collaboration with RI brewers made with RI-made ingredients; ’14 was a “snow beer” brewed with 1300 gallons of melted winter wonder]. This year’s edition is on the way — ’15 [11% ABV] is a new spin on an old favorite. Here’s the skinny: “The crew here loves bacon. In fact, our 2014 fall office meeting, which was dominated by the smoky meat, is now referred to as ‘Baconfest.’ When we started experimenting two years ago with a hardwood smoked barley, it was only a matter of time before it showed up in our beer. In searching for flavors to pair it with, the brewery reached back a decade to our Annual Release ’05 for inspiration. There, they found exactly what they were looking for. This time, instead of adding cocoa to the beer, they used a brand new barley that was specifically malted to bring out this flavor. Think chocolate. Think bacon. Now stop thinking and start drinking.” The distinctive cobalt blue bottles sealed with wax are hitting stores now. And on Thursday [10.29] from 6 to 8 pm, the Newport Storm crew with host a launch party at their HQ [293 JT Connell Hwy], with tastings of ’15 [plus R.I.P.umpkin and the rest of their lineup], Halloween movie trivia, and other ghoulish fun. Admission is free!…And look for the return of InfRIngement, which was first released in August ’14. The Russian Imperial Stout [10% ABV] was aged in Thomas Tew Rum barrels; the name was inspired by the trademark infringement imbroglios that affected a few of our local breweries.

More spooky stuff: Foolproof will present some macabre fun at its Haunted Brewery Tours on Friday [10.30] and Saturday [10.31]. The party plan: “Come drink beer, be scared, and have fun!” Tix are $20; get ’em here. There are four sessions each night and some are close to selling out, so get ’em fast; the outdoor beer garden will be open for tastings if you don’t get inside for the boo!fest [Updated 10.29 @ 4:14 pm]: “Haunted Tours have officially sold out both nights! We might be able to let in a few walk-ins. Outdoor tastings will still be offered”.…And Bucket Brewery’s monthly Sound Check will be in the seasonal spirit on Friday from 6-9 pm. The bash at 100 Carver St in Pawtucket features music by Sharks Come Cruisin’ [get ready to sing along], a costume contest, and more frightful frivolity. Tix are $15, which includes four beer sample tickets [an extra $5 = a souvenir glass and extra beer per pour; bring a non-perishable food item for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and you get a bonus beer ticket] and entry for raffle prizes.

Dogfish Head mainman Sam Calagione was a very popular guy at Beervana. Tonight [10.28] at Federal Taphouse & Kitchen [279 Atwells Ave, Providence] at 6:30 pm, you can experience Beer Dinnervana with a delectable four-course meal featuring Dogfish brews. The pairings: General Tso’s Turkey Meatballs with Burton Baton; Roasted Bacon Wrapped Sea Scallops with Sixty-One; Braised Beef Short Ribs with Indian Brown Ale; and Milk & Honey [chocolate mousse-and-more] with Tweason’ale. Tix are $65; call 401.454.8881 for reservations.

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One year ago today, we launched this modest enterprise; here’s the origin story. We’ve fulfilled our mission statement, delivering “mostly-daily news on Rhode Island breweries, events, and the freshest releases from our own backyahd and beyond.” And we’ve been privileged to break some big news, talk with brewers and other industry folks, and have some beyond-beer fun [see: R.E.M. and the radio].

This is our 280th post! We’ve spent hundreds [nay, thousands] of hours at the B&C desk. In the wee hours this morning, while musing about what to say in this post, these words by Frank O’Hara came to mind [as they have so many times through the years]:

…it is good to be several floors up in the dead of night
wondering whether you are any good or not
and the only decision you can make is that you did it

If you’re new ’round here, we encourage you to dive into the  archives. Here’s a helpful shortcut: in June, we shared B&C’s Top 5 Most-Read Posts [which excluded the closing-of-Track 84 entries and various polls]; since then, exclusive stories about the Malted Barley coming to downtown Providence and Narragansett’s Reanimator Helles Lager, the launch of the “Support the passage of better beer laws in Rhode Island” petition, and Q&As with brewmasters Dave Witham [Proclamation Ale Company] and Mike Gerhart [Otter Creek] have joined the top 10 [the Beervana-related posts are also lodged in the most-viewed realm]. And to all of our regular readers, including a few who have been here since the very first entry, sincere and heartfelt thanks for hanging out with us.

We had Big Giveaways for our 100th and 250th posts [which contain more huzzah-for-B&C! tidbits and stats]. Today we’ll be waiting for the truckfuls of beer and bagfuls of cash to arrive at B&C HQ to fête our Big First Birthday [we’ve backed the Kia out of the driveway]. Bring it on!

Cheers!

One more Beervana tidbit; and one year after The Providence Phoenix

On Wednesday we wrote that the Beervana floor plan was “our final pre-fest share.” But wait — here’s one more. We sent questions to the pros who will be speaking at the event: brewmaster Mike Gerhart of Otter Creek [read that Q&A here] and Dogfish Head founder/prez Sam Calagione. Our missive to Sam got lost in the shuffle, but yesterday he told us that the topic of his beerducation session [at 8:30 pm]: “I am doing my talk on the chronology of exotic beers released at Dogfish through the years — and will be sampling the audience on Chicory Stout, 90 Minute, Palo Santo Marron and Namaste.” Now ya know!

       

final_feenixOne year ago today, the final issue of The Providence Phoenix was hitting racks and shelves and floors and counters all over the state [the calendrical anniversary is October 16, but Thursday was the street date]. Six months ago, we wrote a brief piece about post-Phoenix life; those words still apply:

In The Final Issue, Phil Eil asked, “What will Rhode Island be missing without The Providence Phoenix?” We encourage you to read his piece on page 12 of that issue; after revisiting Phil’s 10 eloquent paragraphs, the void the paper has left seems even larger.

You can read those words because we were thrilled to discover that 50 issues — 15 from January to May 2013 and 35 from 3.14.14 to our swan song — are still alive and well at issuu.com. [The issuu.com account will most likely expire someday soon, so hit ’em now.]

Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another door opens.” The passing of the Phoenix led to the biweekly “Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands” column evolving into this mostly-daily happening. We’ve enjoyed opening the door to all-things-local-beer [and beyond] even wider, and hope that you’ve enjoyed the barrage of news and musings. Cheers!

Take a few minutes to turn some of the virtual pages in those 50 digi-issues; we wish fresh stacks of non-virtual papers were on their way to you right now. If you have any post-Phoenix musings to share, please drop ’em in the Comment box. And thanks for reading B&C!

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“High-quality brews for the people”: An interview with Otter Creek brewmaster Mike Gerhart

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Beervana is on Friday; perhaps you’ve read a mention or three about the event on this site [here’s the beer list]. The fest’s mission is to share “Craft Beer Enlightenment.” In addition to the satori provided by the delectable samples pouring in the main room, there are educational seminars, which feature tastings of the beers being discussed — you won’t go thirsty and you will learn a thing or three. [And if you’re still on the fence re: buying tickets, get off that fence now: the event is thisclose to selling out. Click here to get in on The Best Beer Event in Rhode Island.]

This year’s speakers are Sam Calagione, the founder and president of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and Mike Gerhart, brewmaster at Otter Creek Brewing Co. in Middlebury, VT. In his formative years Mike wanted to be a cowboy or a garbage man, but when he started homebrewing at the tender age of 14, his true career path was set. We sent Mike a few questions about his life in beer and all things Otter Creek, and he kindly answered them. Grab a Backseat Berner or Couch Surfer and dive in.

We’ve read a lot of bios that cite brewers’ homebrewing background, but we’ve never read one like yours: you made your first batch at age 14! What inspired you to start at such an early age?

The credit goes to my folks and to the prodding probation officer that was looking to guide my energy and creativity into producing substances that are legal to sell.

What brewery experience is on your résumé?

Kross Brewing Co. [Morrisville, VT]; Magic Hat [S. Burlington, VT]; Old World Brewing [Staten Island, NY]; Coors [Golden, CO]; Dogfish Head [Milton, DE]; Otter Creek Brewing [Middlebury, VT].

What was the most important thing you learned while at Dogfish and/or the best advice that your fellow Beervana speaker Sam ever gave you?

Best thing I learned from Sam: “Don’t take beer too seriously. It’s just beer.” That, and, there’s no idea that should be considered off-limits when it comes to brewing.

This is the seventh year for Beervana — and your seventh year at Otter Creek. What do you think the most significant changes in the better beer world since 2009?

The craft beer scene has really exploded since 2009. With something like 1.5 new breweries opening every day, people want more and more to know about knowing where their food and other products — especially beer — are coming from. They also want to know the brewers behind their favorite beers, too…it wasn’t like that in 2009.

People are also looking for a way more flavorful experience. It’s led to a kind of industry-wide arms race for hops and specialty malts. It’s a whole different world with contracts and our supply chain than it was in 2009, when a phone call is all it took to get hops or malts.

A phrase we’ve heard and read quite a few times recently is “Otter Creek has really raised its game.” What role did Vermont’s rep as a beer haven, driven by the plaudits for the Alchemist and Hill Farmstead and Lawson’s Finest Liquids, inspire you to change Otter Creek’s portfolio and approach?

The reasoning behind changing our portfolio has everything to do with being a beer drinker and wanting more from the brand we all inherited. The Otter Creek lineup was dated and had been mistreated at times. There is a lot of creativity around this place, and the new beers are a collection of everyone’s talent and insistence on brewing better beer for our customer and ourselves.

We owe it to the entire team to not only create beers that we want to drink, but to keep growing, be profitable, and keep everyone employed.

We have a freak show of talented brewers and a brew crew that enjoys good beer – and they know how to brew the stuff we’re looking for.

Backseat-BernerWhen we ask a brewer to pick their favorite beer, it’s rare to get an answer — the usual variation on “loving all your children equally” — but on the OC website you chose Backseat Berner IPA. Tell us why that brew is at the top of the list.

It’s got hops, a VW bus, and some burning on the package…how can you go wrong with that? Plus, my main man, Oslo [Mike’s 150-pound Bernese mountain dog], is on the label and everyone loves a little backseat burning.

You’ve been described as “Vermont’s best kept secret,” brewer-wise. With OC’s profile rising with each new release — Kind Ryed, Citra Mantra, Fresh Slice, Overgrown, and the three great new year-rounders, Couch Surfer, Backseat Berner, and Over Easy, plus Double Dose, your collab with Sean Lawson  — the secret is pretty much out, wouldn’t you say?

We still try to fly under the radar up here. The real secret is the team we have assembled. We have a bunch of freaks that know good beer and how to create them.

You’ve said that your mission at Otter Creek is to “continually push the envelope in search of the perfect beer.” What beer or beers would you cite as a Perfect Beer?

Haven’t found it yet, but we’re still looking every day. It’s not about the destination, though, it’s about the journey.

Have you ever hit upon a solid brew as the result of a “happy accident”? Something that shouldn’t have worked, recipe-wise, but did?

Not so much here, on the bigger system, but some of the beers I did at Dogfish are the result of some substance-fueled experimentation sessions.

What’s pumping on the stereo during brew days at Otter Creek?

[Grateful] Dead bootlegs all day long.

A rendering of Otter Creek post-expansion
A rendering of Otter Creek post-expansion

Any Otter Creek news we can share with our thirsty readers?

We broke ground [last] week on a brand new 8000-square-foot brew house project that will make us the largest brewery, by volume, in Vermont. We’ll be adding a 120-barrel, fully-automated BrauKon brew house to the existing system which will increase our annual capacity to about 200,000 barrels [up from 65,000].

We’re stoked for this project. It’ll give is the tools to keep cranking out high-quality beers for the people.

What will you be talking about at Beervana?

We are going to focus on the transformation and revolution of Otter Creek. After almost 25 years, we started from scratch this year – blowing up everything but the name of the brewery. I’ll give some insight into what we have done, how we are doing, and where we are going as we continue on the next leg of this journey.

I’ll also talk a little bit about where we fucked up along the way.

Do you have any advice for a fest game plan for first-timers?

Don’t try to drink everything. There are a lot of great beers at Beervana – especially ones that folks have worked on for years. Preserve your palate as you tour around so you can fully appreciate these exceptional offerings.

What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten to one of your beers?

I can’t think of anything specific that really stands out, but we get emails and phone calls every week from fans that have been influenced by – or are under the influence of – our brews. It makes for an entertaining Monday morning.

On the whole I’m just blown away with the positive feedback we have received with the new brews we’ve let loose with this year. People seem generally stoked with the direction that we have taken.

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Link o’ the day…

beer_funWe’re working on a few long-term projects today, but we encourage you to read our piece in the new issue of Motif: “Find Beer Bliss at Beervana.” If you’ve been hitting B&C the last few weeks you’ll know most of the info, but there is a bit of news re: a local-brewers-collaboration tucked into the “Curation” graf. Seek, find!

And don’t forget the Throw Back Thirstday event tonight at Powers Pub; check Wednesday’s post for details. And you should visit your favorite better beer store and grab some GABF award winners to savor while Waiting For Joaquin…

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’Gansett’s Reanimator emerges from the lab; Newport Storm’s Red Dawn; two tap takeovers tonight; the WBRU Brew Fest; and the Wild Colonial honors the classics

OK, let’s clear off the B&C desk and plow through the inbox…

Waaaaaaay back on July 16, we broke the news about Reanimator Helles Lager, the third release in Narragansett Beer’s H.P. Lovecraft series [get alllllll the details here]. The revival of ’Gansett’s Bock, which was retired in 2013, was slated to arrive around Labor Day, but it’s finally ready to emerge from the lab [and the new mashup, Allie’s Donuts Double Chocolate Porter, started hitting stores on Tuesday]. The trucks are ready to roll, and the launch party will be on Saturday, October 10 at 8 pm at the Columbus Theatre. There will be a screening of Re-Animator, the 1985 film directed by Stuart Gordon [at 9], and Aaron Bosworth, the Cranston artist who did the striking artwork on the can, will be signing prints of his work. Admission is $10.

Newport Storm has been on a creative tear this year: their 10th release is Red Dawn, a Russian Imperial Stout. Many people have fond memories of Vlad, the RIS that was released in 2012 as part of the Cyclone Series; the new brew has a completely different flavor profile and ingredients. From the PR: “Traditionally, Russian Imperial Stouts are known for their malt complexities that can take on slight burnt tones reminiscent of black coffee. With Red Dawn, brewers wanted to going to the extreme with the roast profile and added ample amounts of Canada Pale and Castle Special B Malt. Flaked barley and oats were also added to tame the full-bodied flavors for a smooth finish.” Four-packs are on shelves now.

Heads up for a few events: Tonight from 7-9 pm, the Malted Barley will host a tap takeover with its pals from down the street, Grey Sail. You can enjoy Hazy Day, Great Ketch, Flying Jenny, Autumn Winds, and Dark Star, an imperial stout made with cherries…At Chomp Kitchen and Drinks in Warren tonight from 6-9, Two Roads will be on two taps and Two Roads Bill will dig into “the private collection of brewery-only bottles that [we’ve] been holding onto for a rainy day (Sorry for the bad pun but we couldn’t help it).”…On Thursday [10.1], Powers Pub in Cranston will host Throw Back Thirstday, featuring Dogfish Head’s Kvasir, an ancient ale [throwing waaaaaaay back] made with wheat, berries, honey, and birch syrup, and other DFH goodies…On Saturday [10.3], WBRU will present a Craft Brew Fest at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel [go here to read our piece on the club’s 40th anniversary]. There will be more than 100 beers from Foolproof, Southern Tier, Dogfish Head, Stone, Oskar Blues, Ballast Point, Stony Creek, Shipyard, Sierra Nevada, Narragansett, and a few more, and three ciderists. Sessions are from 12-3:30 and 4:30-7:30 pm; tix are $35…

Glass1.JPGAnd on Saturday, October 3, the Wild Colonial Tavern is launching its “Revisiting the Classics” series. Here’s the mission statement: “Some works are classics just because someone says so, but Mozart, Shakespeare, and Michelangelo are all pretty good. And, while the shiny and new are interesting and fun, sometimes revisiting the classics reveals that they are classics because they are great.

“This fall, we at the Wild Colonial are doing the craft beer equivalent and dancing with the ones that brung us in a series of events designed to reappreciate some of the breweries that have been at this as long — or longer — than we have, breweries with whom we share some history, breweries who helped nurture the craft beer movement and who continue to innovate without forgetting whence they came.” The first honoree: Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, ME. Savor the 2015 GABF award-winning Allagash White [gold for Belgian-Style Witbier], and try the rarities Hugh Malone [Belgian IPA] and Midnight Brett [wild ale]. And stop by early: the WC will be participating in the South Main Street Merchants’ Fall Festival from 2-5 pm. Future classics include Long Trail [October 10] and Sierra Nevada [October 24].

And in case you missed it, 12 new breweries were added to the Beervana list.

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