Brewers Association announces the Top 50 US craft brewers of 2015; ’Gansett is #38

This just in: The Brewers Association, the trade organization which represents small and independent American craft brewers, has released its list of the top 50 US craft brewers and top 50 overall beermakers. In our own backyahd, Narragansett Beer is #38 on the craft list and #45 overall. In 2014, ’Gansett was #47 on the craft list, and didn’t make the overall top 50. Big week for Mark Hellendrung and his crew. Cheers!

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Click here to see the top 50 overall list.

Read all about it: the I Am Providence launch party, the ‘eeuuww’ factor, BrewDog, beer books, and more

After you dig into these meaty beer reads, head to the Arcade [130 Westminster St, Providence] today [2.27] at 5 pm for the I Am Providence Launch Party. Celebrate the fourth release in Narragansett Beer’s Lovecraft series with the crew from Ship Street plus their pals at Rogue Island Bar and Kitchen, New Harvest Coffee and Spirits, and Lovecraft Arts and Sciences. You can sample the new imperial red ale [8% ABV] and take in “weird fiction, movies, [and] amazing food [including free passed appetizers from Rogue Island].” Say hello to Cthulhu for us!

How craft beer became a ‘pay-for-play’ bad guy, by Jason Notte @ Market Watch [“Independent beer distribution is key to a diverse, fair marketplace that benefits both drinkers and brewers. We just aren’t so sure that’s what brewers or their wholesalers want.”]

The ‘Eeuuww’ Factor, by Randy Mosher @ All About Beer [On “the dreaded ‘first pour’ syndrome” and other beer problems.]

The world’s biggest beer company is in purgatory, by Linette Lopez @ Business Insider [“Anheuser-Busch InBev — the biggest brewer in the world and maker of the ubiquitous Budweiser — is in a really funky place.”]

Beer-making ‘punk’ behind BrewDog spills his entrepreneurial secrets, by Teresa Novellino @ New York Business Journal

Two books that will turn you into the ultimate beer geek, by John Verive @ The Los Angeles Times [“One explores pairing beer with food, and the other is a treatise on all things bitter.”]

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It’s National Lager Day!

lagernapToday is National Lager Day. As is the case with many beer “holidays,” no one seems to know the origin of the stylistic celebration; the earliest online mention is from 2006. But we’ll play along!

“Lager” is from the German word for storage [and means place to sleep or camp in Swedish]. In the beer world, it refers to an extended gestation: lagers are usually aged for four to eight weeks at cool temperatures; ales are ready to move on after one to three weeks in warmer settings. The other lager/ale distinction is in the yeast: ales use top-fermenting types [Saccharomyces cerevisiae] whose esters often impart more distinctive flavors; lagers are made with bottom-fermenting yeast [Saccharomyces uvarum] and leave the flavoring to the malt and hops. Some generalities: most lagers have an ABV between 4 and 6 percent; most are yellow/golden, but there are some dark variations. And lagers are the most popular style all over the globe; in the US, three-quarters of the [mostly-light/lite] brews sold are by MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

We gleaned a few fun facts from an infographic compiled by Samuel Adams [you may have heard of their Boston Lager] to commemorate National Lager Day:

Ales have brewed for more than 7000 years; lagers debuted in Bavaria in the 16th century.

The first American lager was made around 1840, when lager yeast arrived from Europe

According to a survey by Wakefield Research, 63 percent of people don’t know the difference between a lager and an ale.

There are quite a few craft options for National Lager Day: the flagship beers from Brooklyn Brewery and Sam Adams, plus Heavy Seas’ Cutlass, Kona Longboard Island Lager [which won the silver medal in the Lager: Helles category at the 2015 Great International Beer & Cider Competition], Full Sail’s Session Lager, and Blue Point’s Toasted Lager [the gold medalist for Amber/Dark Lager at the ’15 GIBCC]. You can go off-road a bit and savor an India Pale Lager, which combines a bulked-up hop profile with the smoothness from lagering. Dig into Grey Sail’s Great Ketch, Samuel Adams’ Double Agent IPL, and alla the liquid splendor from Jack’s Abby. And you get seasonal with a bomber of Southern Tier’s Krampus, an Imperial Helles Lager [9% ABV] named for St. Nick’s storied horned demon who punishes naughty children at Yuletide [the Krampus tale is currently haunting the big screen at a cineplex near you].

narrylagerdayYou should also get your “Hi-Neighbor!” on and hoist a Narragansett Lager [it won the silver for Premium Lager at the ’15 GIBCC]. To celebrate NLD and share the spirit of the season, they’re running a fundraiser for Toys For Tots. Take a picture of your ’Gansett, tag it with #LagerDay, post it on Twitter and/or Instagram, and the folks on Ship St. will donate $1 to the charity. Tell your friends!

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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Narragansett’s Big Mamie comes to shore; updates on the Malted Barley and Proclamation’s Tendril; and more

Some short items for your scrolling pleasure:

Narragansett’s recent special releases — Reanimator Helles Lager, the third entry in the H.P. Lovecraft series, and Double Chocolate Porter, the mashup with Allie’s Donuts — got a bit delayed on their way to market a month or so ago, but were very well received when they reached the shelves. But the ’Gansett crew is happy to report that the next new brew — Big Mamie Indestructible American Pale Ale — is right on schedule. Big Mamie is the nickname of the USS Massachusetts; the battleship “has the distinction of firing both the first and last US Navy shells in World War II,” as noted on the label. Indestructible APA commemorates the 50th anniversary of Battleship Cove, the maritime museum in Fall River, MA, which became Mamie’s home after the ship was saved from being scrapped [’Gansett was a major supporter of the fundraising campaign]. The brew is described as “a flavorful and easy-drinking pale ale [4.4% ABV], as solid and reliable as its namesake.” Six-packs of tallboys will arrive next week — right on schedule and in time for Veterans Day. [And look for news on the final edition in the Lovecraft series real soon.]

On October 6, in “An update on the Malted Barley: ‘Patience, grasshopper,’ ” it was noted that work on the third floor expansion at the Westerly location was only slightly behind schedule and that Colin and Stephanie Bennett hoped to unveil the new space “before Halloween or the first or second week of November.” A little more patience is needed, per their newsletter: “We’re almost there! Renovations have been moving along at a steady pace and we expect to have the third floor opening for business in early December. Specific dates and official opening announcements will arrive by mid-November.”

It’s stout season. Paste magazine blind-tasted and ranked 51 of them [five or six of the Top 20 are in stock at a better beer store near you]:

A little housekeeping: On Thursday [10.29], we posted: In August, Proclamation Ale Company’s Tendril was the readers’ choice in the Favorite Local IPA Poll, garnering 40 percent of the vote. The “1 and 1/2 times IPA” was one of Proc’s first two offerings [with zzzlumber], but has been out of the rotation for a while and has become something a local [sub]urban legend. But we think we know what this tweet is saying:

Later that day, Proclamation mainman Dave Witham got back to us: “No tendril. It’s zzzlumber.” So we updated: “We thought/guessed wrong about what the tweet was saying. We took the ‘roots’ reference literally and assumed that Tendril was making a triumphant return, but it’s zzzlumber. Proving the adage about what happens when one assumes…”

On Tuesday, we updated the update: “Well, it turns out that we were right about what the tweet was saying. Proclamation just posted that Tendril will make its triumphant return on Thursday [11.5]”:

So hallelujah [after all] re: Tendril! Sometimes assuming doesn’t turn participants into a posterior…

Aaaaand please sign the petition!

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The winners of the 19th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition

This just in from Gregg Glaser @ Yankee Brew News:

The 19th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition was held on Friday, October 23, in Providence, one day before the 22nd Annual Great International Beer Festival. Festivals of America produced both events. New England beer newspaper Yankee Brew News was the media sponsor of the competition.

Six hundred eighty (680) beers and ciders from breweries and cideries across the US and from around the world entered the competition. One hundred-twenty (120) professional brewers, beer industry professionals (retail and distribution) and beer journalists acted as judges in a blind tasting format. First, second and third place awards were presented in 59 categories of ales, lagers and ciders. The judges knew only the style and subcategory of each beer and cider.

Since the competition began in 1997, over 2000 beers and ciders have been judged. The awards were presented during the afternoon session of the beer festival, announced by Yankee Brew News editor-in-chief Gregg Glaser. On the floor of the festival, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, over 3500 beer lovers were able to sample over 250 beers and ciders.

The 20th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition and the 23rd Annual Great International Beer Festival will take place in November 2015 in Providence. The Ninth Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place April 9, 2016.

The 13 Rhode Island winners are in bold. Congrats to Revival, Grey Sail, Trinity, Foolproof, Tilted Barn, Union Station, and Narragansett! [A PDF of the winners list is posted here.]

WHEAT — AMERICAN
1] Honeyspot Road – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2] Leisure Time Wheat Lager – Jack’s Abby Brewing – Framingham, MA
3] Miami Weiss – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD

WHEAT — GERMAN
1] No Limits – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2] Hefeweizen – Kretschmann Brewing – Webster, MA
3] Zeppelin Hefeweizen – Revival Brewing – Cranston, RI

WHEAT — WEIZENBOCK/DUNKELWEIZEN
1] Weizenbock – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
2] Weizenbock – Kansas City Bier Co. – Kansas City, MO
3] Hingham Hay-Rider – Hingham Beer Works – Hingham, MA

LIGHT ALE — MIXED: CREAM ALE/OTHER
1] Saranac Gev IV Session IPA – FX Matt Brewing – Utica, NY
2] Flagship – Grey Sail Brewing of RI – Westerly, RI
3] Daytime – Lagunitas Brewing – Petaluma, CA

LIGHT ALE – KÖLSCH
1] Kölsch – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
2] Keene Kölsch – Elm City Brewing – Keene, NH
3] Brewmaster 1635 Kölsch – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA

LIGHT ALE — GOLDEN
1] Big Wave Golden Ale – Kona Brewing – Kailua-Kona, HI
2] Vineyard Summer Ale – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA
3] Deckbeer – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — ENGLISH BITTER
1 – Saranac Pale Ale – FX Matt Brewing – Utica, NY
2 – Uncle Bob’s – Riverwalk Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – Old Golden Hen – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — SCOTTISH
1 – Belhaven Scottish Oat Ale – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK
2 – Whole Hog Scotch Ale – Stevens Point Brewery – Stevens Point, WI
3 – Belhaven Scottish Ale – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — ENGLISH ESB
1 – Train’s Best – Firefly Hollow Brewing – Bristol, CT
2 – Old Speckled Hen – Greene King / Morland Brewery, Suffolk, UK
3 – ESB – Redhook Ale Brewery – Portsmouth, NH

BRITISH/IRISH ALE — IRISH RED
1 – Samuel Adams Irish Red – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
2 – Red Lantern – Firefly Hollow Brewing – Bristol, CT
3 – Murphy’s Red Ale – Murphy’s Brewery, Ireland

AMERICAN PALE ALE
1 – Stone Path Ale – John Harvard’s Brew House – Framingham, MA
2 – Pale Ale – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – X.P.A. – Upstate Brewing – Elmira, NY

AMERICAN AMBER ALE
1 – Moonrise – Firefly Hollow Brewing – Bristol, CT
2 – BRR – Widmer Brothers Brewing – Portland, OR
3 – Santa’s Private Reserve – Rogue Ales & Spirits – Newport, OR

BLACK IPA
1 – Route of all Evil – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Black Racer – Bear Republic Brewing – Cloverdale, CA
3 – Cantankerous Crow – Gardner Ale House – Gardner, MA

IPA
1 – Battle Axe IPA – Kelsen Brewing – Derry, NH
2 – Juggernaut IPA – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA
3 – Greyhound IPA – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA

BROWN/COPPER ALE — AMERICAN BROWN
1 – Paradigm Brown Ale – Kelsen Brewing – Derry, NH
2 – Leaf Raker – Mankato Brewing – North Mankato, MN
3 – Pecan Brown Ale – Main Street Brewing – Belleville, IL

BROWN/COPPER ALE — MIXED: ENGLISH MILD/NORTHERN BROWN/GERMAN ALT
1 – Squeaky Bike Nut Brown Ale – Moab Brewery – Moab, UT
2 – Anacostia Ale – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
3 – Harvest Brown Ale – Brü Rm. @ BAR – New Haven, CT

PORTER — BROWN
1 – Black Butte Porter – Deschutes Brewery – Bend, OR
2 – UBU Ale – Lake Placid Brewing – Lake Placid, NY
3 – MV Porter – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

PORTER — ROBUST
1 – Porter – Appalachian Mountain Brewery – Boone, NC
2 – Raincloud Robust Porter – Foolproof Brewing – Pawtucket, RI
3 – Hingham Smoked Porter – Hingham Beer Works – Hingham, MA

STOUT
1 – Granite Stout – 603 Brewery – Londonderry, NH
2 – Black Cat Stout – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA
3 – The Raffi – Tilted Barn Brewery – Exeter, RI

LAGER — BOHEMIAN PILSNER
1 – Czechvar Lager – Budejovický Budvar, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
2 – Bohemian Pils – Von Trapp Brewing – Stowe, VT
3 – Bohemia – Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Mexico

LAGER — CONTINENTAL PILSNER
1 – Pepperell Pilsener – Banded Horn Brewing – Biddeford, ME
2 – Ol’ Factory Pils – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
3 – Pilsner – Paradox Brewery – Schroon Lake, NY

LAGER — HELLES
1 – Kato Beer – Mankato Brewing – N. Mankato, MN
2 – Longboard Lager – Kona Brewing – Kailua-Kona, HI
3 – House Lager – Jack’s Abby Brewing – Framingham, MA

LAGER — PREMIUM LAGER
1 – Birra Moretti – Birra Moretti Brewery – Udine, Italy, Italy
2 – Lager – Narragansett Brewing – Providence, RI
3 – Moosehead Lager – Moosehead Breweries – Saint John, NB, Canada

LAGER — DORTMUNDER/OTHER
1 – Wet Hop Pilz – Blue Point Brewing – Patchogue, NY
2 – Lagerhaus – Fort Hill Brewery – Easthampton, MA
3 – None awarded

AMBER/DARK LAGER — AMBER
1 – Toasted Lager – Blue Point Brewing – Patchogue, NY
2 – Red Flag – Fort Hill Brewery – Easthampton, MA
3 – Saranac Adirondack Lager – FX Matt Brewing – Utica, NY

AMBER/DARK LAGER — DUNKEL
1 – Dunkel – Kansas City Bier Co. – Kansas City, MO
2 – Rufous – Gardner Ale House – Gardner, MA
3 – Dorfbier – Urban Chestnut brewing – St. Louis, MO

AMBER/DARK LAGER — SCHWARZBIER
1- Smoke & Dagger – Jack’s Abby Brewing – Framingham, MA
2 – Anniversary Lager – Main Street Brewing – Belleville, IL
3 – Conundrum – Northampton Brewing – Northampton, MA

AMBER/DARK LAGER — MIXED: BOCK-VIENNA-OTHER
1 – Dead Guy – – Rogue Ales & Spirits – Newport, OR
2 – Session Fest – Full Sail Brewing – Hood River, OR
3 – Festbier – Kansas City Bier Co. – Kansas City, MO

OKTOBERFEST
1 – Oktoberfest – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
2 – Fest Lager – Paradox Brewery – Schroon Lake, NY
3 – Samuel Adams Octoberfest – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA

STRONG — BARLEYWINE
1 – Brewmaster 1635 American Barleywine – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
2 – Old Bawdy Barleywine – Pike Brewing – Seattle, WA
3 – Tenebris – Adroit Theory Brewing – Purcellville, VA

STRONG — BELGIAN DARK STRONG
1 – 21st Anniversary Ale – Martha’s Exchange – Nashua NH
2 – Rococo Belgian Dark Strong – Relic Brewing – Plainville, CT
3 – Scaldis Amber – Brouwerij Dubuisson, Pipaix Belgium

STRONG — BELGIAN DUBBEL/TRIPEL
1 – Abbey Dubbel – Elm City Brewing – Keene, NH
2 – Tripel Fish – Roosterfish Brewing – Watkins Glen, NY
3 – Belgian Tripel – Gardner Ale House – Gardner, MA

STRONG — DOUBLEBOCK
1 – Samuel Adams Doublebock – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
2 – Henry’s Farm – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
3 – Liberator Doublebock – Thomas Hooker Brewing – Bloomfield, CT

STRONG — IMPERIAL IPA
1 – The Chosen One Double IPA – Tilted Barn Brewery – Exeter, RI
2 – Prospect – Foley Bros. Brewing – Brandon, VT
3 – Canal Street Big Boy – Boston Beer Works – Boston, MA

STRONG — RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT
1 – Igor’s Dream – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Darkness – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
3 – Russian Imperial Stout – Stone Brewing – Escondido, CA

STRONG — SCOTCH ALE
1 – Bo’s Scotch Ale – Milly’s Tavern – Manchester, NH
2 – Highland Hugh – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
3 – Perry’s Revenge – Cottrell Brewing – Pawcatuck, CT

STRONG — OTHER
1 – Golden Delicouse – Captain Lawrence Brewing – Elmsford, NY
2 – Smashed Pumpkin – Shipyard Brewing – Portland, ME
3 – 97 Pound Weakling – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD

STRONG — MIXED: BALTIC PORTER-BELGIAN GOLDEN STRONG-IMPERIAL PILS-OLD ALE
1 – Pratt’s Strong Ale – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
2 – Fenway Redeemer – Boston Beer Works – Boston, MA
3 – Innsmouth Olde Ale – Narragansett Brewing – Providence, RI

SOUR/WILD BEERS — AMERICAN
1 – Urban Funk – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
3 – Psychedelic Smokehouse – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD

SOUR/WILD BEERS — BERLINER WEISSE
1 – Chambord du Nord – Framingham Beer Works – Framingham, MA
2 – Berliner Weisse – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
3 – Krazy Pucker – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT

SOUR/WILD BEERS — FLANDERS RED BROWN
1 – Philsamic – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
3 – The Dissident – Deschutes Brewery – Bend, OR

SOUR/WILD BEERS — FRUIT LAMBIC
1 – Kriek – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – LambickX – Brouwerij De Troch, Wambeek, Belgium
3 – None awarded

SOUR/WILD BEERS — LAMBIC
1 – Gueuze – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Viking Froach Scottish Sour – D9 Brewing – Cornelius, NC
3 – Ezekiel 25:17 Black Sour – D9 Brewing – Cornelius, NC

BELGIAN/FRENCH — WITBIER
1 – Worcester’s Bravest – Wormtown Brewing – Worcester, MA
2 – Plum Island White – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – Inedit Damm – Cervecería Damm – Barcelona, Spain

BELGIAN/FRENCH — BELGIAN PALE ALE
1 – Belgian Style Pale Ale – Bronx Brewery – Bronx, NY
2 – Affligem Blonde – Brouwerij De Smedt/Brouwerij Affligem, Opwijk, Belgium
3 – Tenacious Belgian IPA – Thomas Hooker Brewing – Bloomfield, CT

BELGIAN/FRENCH — BIERE DE GARDE
1 – Red Devils – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
2 – Holiday Ale – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
3 – Bière de Garde – Roosterfish Brewing – Watkins Glen, NY

BELGIAN/FRENCH — BELGIAN BLONDE
1 – Spencer Trappist Ale – Spencer Trappist Brewery – Spencer, MA
2 – Fuzzy Logic – Portico Brewing – Cambridge, MA
3 – Via Cordis – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT

BELGIAN/FRENCH — SPECIALTY
1 – Belgeastie Boys – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
2 – Apple Brown Betty – Martha’s Exchange – Nashua NH
3 – RIPTA Belgian Tripel IPA – Revival Brewing – Cranston, RI

BELGIAN/FRENCH — SAISON
1 – Worker’s Stomp – Two Roads Brewing – Stratford, CT
2 – Brewmaster 1635 Saison – Newburyport Brewing – Newburyport, MA
3 – Saison – Bad Martha Farmer’s Brewery, Edgartown, MA

GLUTEN REDUCED
1 – Omission IPA – Omission Beer – Portsmouth, NH
2 – Daura Damm – Cervecería Damm – Barcelona, Spain
3 – Omission Pale Ale – Omission Beer – Portsmouth, NH

GLUTEN FREE
1 – Farmer Willie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer – Farmer Willie’s – Truro, MA
2 – New City Original Ginger Beer – New City Brewery – Easthampton, MA
3 – None awarded

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — ALE
1 – Cherry Picker – Franklin’s Brewery – Hyattsville, MD
2 – Coconut Porter – Maui Brewing – Kihei, HI
3 – Blueberry Wheat – Sea Dog Brewing – Portland, ME

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — BELGIAN
1 – Belgian Strawberry – Trinity Brewhouse – Providence, RI
2 – Scaldis Pêche Mel – Brouwerij Dubuisson, Pipaix Belgium
3 – Samuel Adams American Kriek – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA

FRUIT/SPICE BEERS — LAGER
1 – Samuel Adams Porch Rocker – Boston Beer Co. – Boston, MA
2 – Union Station Blueberry – Union Station Brewery – Providence, RI
3 – Pumpkin Lager – Paradox Brewery – Schroon Lake, NY

CIDER — COMMON
1 – Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider – Angry Orchard Cider Co. – Cincinnati, OH
2 – Woodchuck Gumption – Woodchuck Hard Cider – Middlebury, VT
3 – Hard Cider – Cigar City Cider & Mead – Tampa, FL

CIDER — ENGLISH
1 – Angry Orchard Stone Dry Cider – Angry Orchard Cider Co. – Cincinnati, OH
2 – Angry Orchard Traditional Dry Cider – Angry Orchard Cider Co. – Cincinnati, OH
3 – None awarded

CIDER — FRENCH
1 – Celt Thirsty Warrior Cider – Groupe Eclore – Brittany, France
2 – None awarded
3 – None awarded

CIDER — FRUIT
1 – Rambunctious – Cigar City Cider & Mead – Tampa, FL
2 – Pear Cider – Foxcraft Hard Cider – Santa Rosa, CA
3 – Honey Plum Cider – Champlain Orchards – Shoreham, VT

CIDER — SPECIALTY
1 – Black Jack 21 – Ace Cider Co. – Sebastopol, CA
2 – Strongbow Ginger Hard Apple Cider – H. P. Bulmer, Hereford, England
3 – Macintosh & Maple Cider – Champlain Orchards – Shoreham, VT

Reviving some Revival Brewing news; and The Washington Post says ’Gansett is “cool”

deskSpring cleaning gets all the hype, but this weekend we tackled the B&C desk in a flurry of fall sprucing [aka autumn organizing]: recycling press releases and magazines, clearing clutter, purging pyramids of Genesee Cream Ale cans, and leafing through four pads with notes-to-self and future topics and intel-to-share. And whilst perusing the crossed-off items and shared intel and future topics, we were mortified to find that we hadn’t crossed off intel-to-share from waaaaay back [aka three weeks ago]. So for the record, here’s a post from September 14 by Sean Larkin, Revival’s brewmaster:

As of today it is official: Revival Brewing Company now has a permanent home at Brutopia.

We have signed a deal where we are renting and managing the brewery part of the space and working with the pub as a business partner.

rev_logoWe will soon be giving tours, selling special bottle releases, having our own events, and setting up a full-fledged merchandise component to the brewery. As well as kicking in our “Sour Beer Program.”

I am extremely proud of my Team, and I am very excited for the next few big things we are working on.

Thanks to everyone that has supported us in the past.

#cantstopwontstop

Belated congrats to Sean and the Revival crew!

All right, onward and upward! Coming this week: the complete Beervana beer list and a compendium of Providence Craft Beer Week events! Andandand…more!

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Every Saturday we do a roundup of beer reads, but we can’t wait to share this feature on Narragansett Beer: “After 125 years, hipsters have deemed this brewery’s beers cool,” by Fritz Hahn @ The Washington Post.

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