Two Rhody breweries are widening their horizons: Foolproof Brewing Company is now distributing in New Hampshire [through the NH Craft Alliance]. The Pawtucket brewery, which will celebrate its second anniversary in January, also ships to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont — and Dallas. Congrats to Nick Garrison and his crew . . . And Newport Storm is reaching beyond New England [they’re in CT, ME, and MA] and will start shipping to Pennsylvania. The Biggest Little’s beer footprint keeps growing . . . It’s loooooooong overdue, but was worth the wait: Revival Brewing’s new website is up, and it’s gorgeous, with descriptions of their 10 beers [and their striking label art], where to find ’em on tap, and more. And FYI, you can get growlers of Conga, Revival’s imperial IPA [9.5% ABV], at Brutopia . . . Dave and his pals at Proclamation Ale are in full expansion/renovating/upgrading mode [hit their Instagram to ooh and ahh at their shiny new fermentation tanks], which will prevent them from filling growlers this weekend. Their doors should reopen on Friday 12.12.
• Today is Repeal Day, the 81st anniversary of the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which overturned Prohibition in 1933. As the RepealDay.org site eloquently states, “The thirteen years of Prohibition were a dark time for the United States, as the criminalization of alcohol led not only to a rise in civil delinquency and organized crime, but also to the loss of customs associated with the production, preparation, and consumption of alcohol. We celebrate Repeal Day because December 5th marks a return to the rich traditions of craft fermentation and distillation, the legitimacy of the American bartender as a contributor to the culinary arts, and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol as a sacred social custom.” Cheers to the spirits of freedom! [And thanks to @coachdonovan, who added this note to our Repeal Day trivia entry: “not only was RI among first to sign 21st amend, but they never ratified prohibition in the first place. Never signed 18th am.”]
• And if you haven’t done it yet, we encourage you to vote for your Favorite Rhode Island Brewery. We’ve received hundreds of responses [though it seems a couple of brewery’s supporters are vigorously clearing their cookies to stuff the ballot box]; the poll will be open until Saturday, and results will be posted on Monday.