Go get beer [4.14-17]; get your tix NOW for the Newport Craft Beer Fest; and the Beer Summit

We have a growler-less-than-half-full post this week [we gotta up our squeaky wheeling game], but here’s what we do know re: what’s pouring this weekend:

 At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 5-9, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5]: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, 8.6% ABV]; Derivative: Citra and Mosaic [pale ale, 6%]; Process/Progress #3 [IPA with 40% rye in the malt base, 6.5%]; and Burgess [“ESB brewed with English malts/hops/yeast,” 5%].

Tilted Barn will be closed on Saturday; in case you missed their announcement, they’ll be open every other week through June 4.

At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-5]: Hazy Day [Belgian wit], Flagship [cream ale], Flying Jenny [extra pale ale], Leaning Chimney [smoked porter], Black Mast [American stout], Pour Judgement [IPA], Great Ketch [IPL], and Captain’s Daughter [imperial IPA].

At Whaler’s [Thursday and Friday  4-8 pm, Saturday 1-7, Sunday 1-5]: Spiced Blueberry Berlinner Weisse, Ginger Wheat, East Coast IPA, RYE pale ALE, Lazarette Double Citra IPA [from the Stone & Steel Series], Hazelnut Stout, White IPA, the Rise [American pale ale]. And: “We also have some big surprises that are going to be debuting this weekend.”

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: Something Fancy [IPA, 7.5%, tastings only], Shop Truck DIPA [Armando calls it “grapefruit candy,” 9%], and Bricks and Mortar [oatmeal brown ale, 5.25%], plus a cask of I Know a Girl [IPA with thyme and lemon zest]. On Saturday from 1-5, the Gastros food truck will be serving its savory sausagey creations, paired with a new cask: Canyonero [Heck Hound cask-conditioned with dry and smoked chili peppers].

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: the seasonal Pilsner, Summer Hefeweizen, Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, Spring Irish Red Ale — and an Experimental Hop Test Batch [limited supply].

Seek and find for theeself re: Bucket, Crooked Current, Foolproof, Ravenous, and Revival.

     

There are a handful of tickets available for the Newport Craft Beer Festival; go here for details and the link to the ticket page.

RedLogoBut there’s another big brew fest in Boston this weekend: the Beer Summit will be at the Park Plaza Castle [130 Columbus Ave, a few blocks from the Common] on Friday [4.15, 6-9:30 pm] and Saturday [4.16, 12:30-4 and 5:30-9 pm]. The fest will host 50 brewers pouring more than 200 beers; click here to scan the list. Tix are $60.

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It’s National Beer Day! And Session Beer Day!! Plus: the Go Get Beer report [4.7-10], with a bottle release at Proclamation!!!

5_Prohibition_Disposal(9)_0It’s National Beer Day [aka every day]. Why? Let’s turn the wayback machine to 1933, in the waning days of Prohibition. On March 22, FDR signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, which legalized the sale, purchase — and drinking — of beer [with an ABV cap of 4%]. The law went info effect on April 7. On the 6th — New Beer’s Eve — thousands of suds-craving folks waited outside bars and breweries for the stroke of midnight; in the next 24 hours, 1.5 million barrels of the first-legal-beer-in-13-years were consumed. So raise a glass and toast the sweet nectar of freedom!

sbp we supportThe folks at the Session Beer Project have declared it Session Beer Day. They don’t mention National Beer Day in their manifesto — “insist on 4.5% or less” — and one wonders why they didn’t choose another date for their “holiday.” Spread the cheers!

By the way, it’s also National No Housework Day and National Coffee Cake Day. Beer pairs very well with those celebrations.

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OK, here’s what you can get 72 ounces of this weekend:

plasma Proclamation Ale Company has another big bottle release on Friday, with big special hours: 5-9 pm [no tastings until 6 or so after the initial sales rush]. Proc fans will be lining up for Plasmatic: “Blonde Sour fermented in oak for 14 months and refermented with blood orange. Available in 375ml bottles, limit 2 per person per day. Small run. Only 35 cases available first release.” The rest of the lineup for growlers/tastings [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5] : Process/Progress #3 [6.5% ABV IPA with Mosaic and a “sooooper secret hop” and fermented with a “soooooper secret yeast,” and rye in the malt base; but “don’t worry, it tastes like everything else we make”]. Plus: The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, 8.6%ABV]; Derivative: Mosaic [pale ale, 6%; they may have Derivative: Citra on “mid-weekend”]; and Burgess [“ESB brewed with English malts/hops/yeast,” 5%].

 An update from Matt and Kara at Tilted Barn: “As most of you know by now, we’ve been doing our best to keep up with demand but it’s been difficult at times lately. Our new, bigger brewhouse is ordered and being built as we speak but we’re still a few weeks out until it gets here and we’ll need a couple of weeks after that to get it online, scale up recipes, etc. In the meantime we’ve been trying to figure out a way to stay consistent and not have to do the last minute ‘Hey, we’re closed this week!’ post. So after much debate and many beers we’ve decided that we’re going to be open every other Saturday from now through the end of May. Sorry to our regulars that come every week but this way we’ll have some consistency to our schedule until we ramp up production. Starting some time in June, we’ll be back to our regular every Saturday hours plus we’ll be adding a couple of weekday afternoons/nights. Bear with us, we’re almost there. Promise. That being said, here is our upcoming schedule for tastings and growlers at the Barn: April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21, and June 4. As we get closer to the new system being online we’ll keep you guys updated. Thanks for understanding.” On Saturday from 1-4 pm, line up for Pour Sap Maple Brown, Farm Girl IPA, and Libby [blonde ale with Cashmere hops].

Tonight [4.7, 5:30-8:30 pm] is the night of the launch party at Whaler’s Brewing for the Stone & Steel Series. The Wakefield crew is concocting one-off brews; the first batch includes Prometheus, a stout aged in bourbon barrels; Pleiades, a Berliner Weisse-style ale fermented with blueberries; and Lazarette, a double IPA. Tix [$30] will be available at the door; the presale-tix-with-reserve-bottle are sold out, but they say, “[We] should hopefully have some available to buy tonight.”

At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-5]: Hazy Day [Belgian wit], Flagship [cream ale], Flying Jenny [extra pale ale], Leaning Chimney [smoked porter], Black Mast [American stout], Pour Judgement [IPA], Great Ketch [IPL], and Captain’s Daughter [imperial IPA].

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: Shop Truck DIPA [Armando calls it “grapefruit candy,” 9% ABV], Bricks and Mortar [oatmeal brown ale, 5.25%], Lil’ Sippy [dry-hopped session pale ale, 5%] and Black Cat [dry-hopped pale ale, 6.5%].

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: the seasonal Pilsner [which is available in the Twelve Sheets To the Wind Variety Pack], plus Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, Spring Irish Red Ale — and an Experimental Hop Test Batch [limited supply].

Seek and find for theeself re: Bucket, Crooked Current, Foolproof, Ravenous, and Revival.

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Tug-of-war over better beer laws; Whaler’s debuts the Stone & Steel Series; and the Go Get Beer report, with new brews (and sausage) at Long Live, 4.1 fun at Foolproof

Before we get to the regularly scheduled growlin’ ’n’ tastin’ roundup, we need to share the latest chapter in the push for better beer laws. When there’s a push for change, the change-ees push back. [As we noted in “Growlers and beyond: raising the beer bar in Rhode Island,” “We’re hoping that the old saw about a rising tide lifting all boats can be embraced by the lobbyists and that the potential for increased sales at local breweries isn’t seen as a threat to sales at liquor stores.” Some retailers don‘t want to ride the rising tide.] Read this letter which was sent to the state’s breweries:

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And now dig into the spirited and enlightening response by Proclamation Ale Company’s prez/brewmaster Dave Witham, titled “Idle Threats of Dark Age Babies.”

This dustup was inspired by the bills that have recently been introduced at the State House; here’s our update from 3.28, “Better beer bills in the pipeline at the State House.” As we noted in that post, if you’re on the side of change [and since you’re reading this blog we’re guessing you are], contact your legislators and encourage them to support said bills, H 7705 and S 2382.

OK, here’s what you can get 72 ounces of this weekend:

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5], where there’s such to be an even higher level of the usual lively conversation: Process/Progress #3 [6.5% ABV IPA with Mosaic and a “sooooper secret hop” and fermented with a “soooooper secret yeast,” and rye in the malt base; but “don’t worry, it tastes like everything else we make”]. Plus: a “super-fresh, juicetacular batch” of The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops, 8.6%ABV], also in 22-ounce bombers; Derivative: Galaxy [bombers available] and Mosaic [pale ale, 6%]; and Burgess [“ESB brewed with English malts/hops/yeast,” 5%].

At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-5]: Flagship [cream ale], Flying Jenny [extra pale ale], Leaning Chimney [smoked porter], Black Mast [American stout], Pour Judgement [IPA], Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice Ale, Great Ketch [IPL], and Captain’s Daughter [imperial IPA] — and a special firkin or pin.

At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5]: Queen of the Yahd [raspberry IPA, 5.2% ABV], plus Shuckolate, Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yahd — and a special cask of Queen of the Yahd made with extra raspberry and Citra hops, plus a pin of Raincloud with cara cara orange and mint — “if the firkin kicks.” And it just might kick since Foolproof will celebrate its “favorite holiday” at the April Fool’s Night bash from 5-8 pm; tix include a tulip glass, three beer samples [including two exclusive bottle offerings: LFU Blanche, a farmhouse ale aged in chardonnay bottles, and LFU Rouge, aged in a pinot noir barrel], food samples from Delsie Catering and a take-home beer voucher. Hit their Facebook page for all the details. Get your tickets ASAP, they’re going fast!!

Tilted Barn will be closed this week. Matt and Kara say: “There’s no easy way around it…we literally can’t keep up with you guys.” Click here for their complete Spring 2016 update [spoiler alert: new barrelhouse on the way; more beer on the way; more days/hours on the way].

At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: a new brew[s]: Bricks and Mortar [oatmeal brown ale] and “maybe” Shop Truck DIPA [Armando calls it “grapefruit candy”], plus Lil’ Sippy [dry-hopped session pale ale] and Black Cat [dry-hopped pale ale]. Plus on Firkin Friday [4.1]: Bricklayer’s Tan [toasted coconut brown ale; the name refers to brewmaster DeDona’s previous occupation]. Also on Friday: it’s Beer + Sausage Night, with delicacies [hand-crafted sausage and hot dogs] from the Gastros 401 food truck. Yum!

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: the seasonal Pilsner [which will be available in the Twelve Sheets To the Wind Variety Pack], plus Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, and Spring Irish Red Ale..

At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm]: the new Prudence & Patience Rosehip Gose, plus Black Goat o’ the Woods [spiced milk stout], 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, Park Look Porter, Pawtucket Pail Ale, and Park Loop Vanilla. And Bucket is still raising funds for Save The Bay: donate $1 [or more] and get a free pint!

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

Hit their website to get details on Whaler’s fare, but plan ahead for the launch party for their Stone & Steel Series. The Wakefield crew is concocting one-off brews; the first batch includes Prometheus, a stout aged in bourbon barrels; Pleiades, a Berliner Weisse-style ale fermented with blueberries; and Lazarette, a double IPA. The bombers will only be for sale at the brewery; the big bash is on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-8:30 pm; tix are $30; get ’em here. In other Whaler’s news, they’ll be releasing a new pale ale, the Rise, made with Chinook, Cascade, and Citra, in the spring. Those bottles will be available at a store near you.

At Ravenous: Bienvenue Red Ale, Sarah Session IPA, Chocolate Milk Stout, and Coffee Milk Stout.

Seek and find for theeself re: Revival.

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Go get beer [3.10-3.13]: bottle release at Proclamation, two brews with tea, bundles of joy, and more

Thirsty? Hit the road, enjoy the early spring weather, and slake that thirst!

 In the Revival tasting room at Brutopia, you can enjoy tastings of Sour Munk, Up Ships Kriek, Fanny, Rocky Point Red, Have No Mercy Porter, Juliett Imperial Stout, and Bourbon-Aged Barley Wine. On cask for Firkin Friday: an IPL made with green tea, orange, and dragon fruit, and a Dark Sour with cherries formally know as Matt the Radar TEQ. Sean Larkin tells us: “Disney had sent a cease and desist letter, so in the interest on not getting sued we will think about changing the name. Probably not.” Bombers [22-0z.] of Rocky Point, What Cheer, Fanny, Conga, Juliett, and Bourbon-Aged Barley Wine are also available to-go. And Brutopia has its 14 beers [available for growlers].

 Proclamation Ale Company has another big bottle release on Friday, with big special hours: 5-9 pm. Proc fans will be lining up for Polychrome: “Blended blonde/amber/dark sours fermented in red wine and whisky barrels.  Moderate acidity, cherry, vanilla,  fruit and oak notes.  8% ABV.”  There are 650 375ml bottles available, with a limit of three-per-person-per-day. The rest of the lineup for growlers/tastings [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Saturday 12-7, Sunday 12-5] : Process/Progress 2 [“Batch 2 of our ‘mess around’ IPA series. QUAD (yes, I said quad) dry hopped with a blend of Centennial/Equinox/Bitter Gold hops and about 30% oats in the grist. Giant, hoppy, grassy, citrus, berries, floral.  6.7% ABV”]; Burgess [“Straight up 5% ESB brewed with English malts/hops/yeast. Named after a mofo that looks like Jake Gyllenhaal and made Dave drink too much”; growlers only]; The Stalk [double IPA made with Citra, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops], Derivative: Galaxy [pale ale, 6%], and Broze [oatmeal milk stout; on nitro].

 At Bucket Brewery [Friday 1-7:30 pm, Saturday 11 am-5 pm]: the new Prudence & Patience Rosehip Gose, plus BOG Cranberry Orange Saison, Black Goat o’ the Woods [spiced milk stout], 33rd Inning Pawtucket Pail Ale, and Park Loop Porter. And Bucket is raising funds for Save The Bay: donate $1 [or more, hint-hint] and get a free pint.

 At Grey Sail [Thursday + Friday 4-7 pm, Saturday + Sunday 1-5]: Black Mast American Stout, Flagship Cream Ale, Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale, Leaning Chimney Smoked Porter, Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice Ale, Pour Judgement IPA, Great Ketch IPL, and Captain’s Daughter [imperial IPA].

 At Foolproof [Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 1-5]: Queen of the Yahd, a new raspberry IPA [5.2% ABV; four-packs of 16-ounce cans are due soon], plus Shuckolate, Revery, Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yahd — and a special cask of Queen of the Yahd made with rooibos tea.

 Tilted Barn is “closed this week for our expansion…no, not that one. Kara is due on Friday so we’ll be closed Saturday. Reopening next week.” Congrats to the Richardsons on their new addition!

 Here’s more bundle o’ joy news: Dorian at Ravenous asks, “What do you do when your beautiful IPA-loving wife has to stop drinking for nine months while she carries your child? You make an IPA just for her.” Head to Woonsocket on Saturday from 1-4 pm for tastings and growlers of SARAH Session IPA, Blackstone Pale Ale, Chocolate Milk Stout, and Coffee Milk Stout.

 At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 12-5]: Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, Rhode Island Blueberry, and Spring Irish Red Ale. And yep, the Storm HQ will be open while the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is bringin’ the green through the City By the Sea.

 At Long Live Beerworks [Wednesday-Friday  4-9 pm, Saturday 1-8]: ’Nuff Said IPA, Milk Milk Stout, and Lil’ Sippy [dry-hopped session ale]. Plus on Firkin Friday [3.11]: Ol’ Rusty [double IPA — 9% ABV — with grapefruit zest].

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

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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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Short stuff: The Rhode Island Brew Fest, Revival’s grand opening, Proclamation Ale’s roots, and more

We’ll ease into our second year at the B&C desk with a few short items [we dropped 1000-plus words on Tuesday, including some exclusive news about Crooked Current]:

ri-brew-fest-no-date The first Big Beer Event of 2016 has been announced: The fourth annual Rhode Island Brew Fest will take place on January 30 at the Pawtucket Armory. The fest hosts more than 55 breweries; 13 locals are already proudly represented on the website. Tickets [$50, $15 for designated drivers; sessions from 1-4 and 5:30-8:30 pm] are on sale now — and there’s a $5 early bird discount through November 15 [promo code: EARLYBREW16]. We’ll have a lot more to share about the fest in the New Year — it’s a great beer gathering which chases the winter chill.

revival_nov1 The Revival Brewing Tour Launch Party — aka the “No Longer Homeless Party” — is on Sunday [11.1] at Brutopia Brewery & Kitchen [505 Atwood Ave, Cranston]. The event is the Official Grand Opening Celebration of the Revival crew “renting and managing the brewery part of [Brutopia] and working with the pub as a business partner,” as stated in a mid-September note from brewmaster Sean Larkin. There are tours and tastings at 1, 2, 3, and 4 pm; the $10 tickets are sold out, but $15 tix, which include an upgrade to a souvenir tulip glass, were still available when we hit “Publish” at 10:36 am. But don’t delay! You snooze, you…well, you know.

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:

[Update on 10.29 @ 1:55 pm] 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…

[Update on 11.3 @ 12:50 pm] 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].

Pro tip: don’t play poker with the brewmaster — Dave didn’t show his hand when we asked about Tendril last week….

We posted an update at Change.org:

Let’s get to 1000 signatures!

Thanks to all who have signed the petition! We’d like to reach 1000 signatures before the end of day [10.29]. PLEASE share the link and encourage all of your beer-loving contacts to get on board. Next week we will forward the signatures to the governor, senators, and representatives. And when a bill is submitted in January 2016, we’re going to need your help again — this is the only the first step!

We will keep you posted re: future developments. Cheers!

We’ve scanned the list of signees and noted that some of our regular B&C readers still haven’t signed the petition [you know who you are]. So: just do it [please]. And share the doc! One K is in reach! Thank you!

And ICYMI, here’s our latest piece for Motif: “Devilish brews for the scary season,” a compendium of Halloweenish beers.

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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