Brew news: Foolproof, Newport Storm, Revival, Repeal Day

foolproofTwo 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 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.”]

beer-vote 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.

Trivia Tuesday!


A new occasional series, with fun facts and other ephemera . . . .

Third In Line! Repeal Day, marking the end of Prohibition in 1933, is on Friday, December 5. On that date, Utah was the 36th state to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment, which trumped the 18th Amendment, which had prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol since 1919. Here’s the trivial trivia: Rhode Island was near the front of the line to get the 21st Amendment passed: Congress proposed it on February 20, and on May 8 Rhody was the third state to sign on [after Michigan and Wisconsin].

Prep for a toast to Repeal Day by picking up some of 21st Amendment Brewery’s fine fare. The San Francisco beermaker is new to the market; their three year-round beers are Brew Free! Or Die IPA, Back In Black [a black IPA], and Bitter American [a session ale]; Fireside Chat, a winter spiced ale, is making its annual appearance. [And 21st Amendment is the Beer of the Month at High Spirits — six-packs are $7.99!]

What’s In a Name? We’ve wondered for awhile [and kept forgetting to ask]: Who is the Nikki in Nikki’s Liquors [the store is owned by David and Michael Iannazzi]? Last week, when the wondering floated into our brain yet again, we finally asked and they told us: “Nikki is the name of the previous owner’s daughter. When we bought the business 15 years ago it was established, so we kept it. Then we built it up with craft beer and everyone associated Nikki’s with craft beer.” Now ya know!

There’s a Word For That! A labeorphilist is someone who collects beer bottles. And cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty [beer] glass [here’s how to pronounce it].

Did You Know? In 1993, Sam Calagione, the founder of Dogfish Head, wanted to establish his off-centered brewery-to-be in one of the five states that didn’t have one. His first choice was Rhode Island, but the bureaucratic fees and red tape were too daunting, so he ended up in Delaware [the home state of his wife Mariah]. Dang!

Founders-Big-Lushious Addendum! Here are two brews to add to Monday’s “New month, new beers” entry: Founders’ Big Lushious, a stout brewed with all-natural dark chocolate and raspberries [7.8% ABV]. It’s on draft [Norey’s tapped it on Monday] and 750ml bottles will be in stores this week . . . And Victory‘s Moving Parts Batch No. 02, the second edition of their “ever-evolving IPA” series, which “tweaks” ingredients from batch to batch [on draft and in bombers].