Rhode Island Brew Fest: the beer list

People have been clamoring for the beer list for the 100% sold-out Rhode Island Brew Fest — and we have the intel [thanks to Matt and Brian]! Fifty-three breweries [including three ciderists and a seltzerist] will share more than 200 samples of liquid goodness at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday [1.30]. Start scrolling and get your game plan ready for a few hours of sippin’ ’n’ socializin’. See you there!

21st Amendment: Brew Free! or Die IPA, Down To Earth Session IPA, Fireside Chat, Toaster Pastry Red IPA

Bad Martha: Martha’s Vineyard Ale, Island IPA, Vineyard Honey Ale

Beer’d: Dogs & Boats, Granola Brown Ale

Black Hog: Ginga Ninja IPA, Tarnation California-Style Lager, Hayride Autumn Ale

Brewery Ommegang: Rare Vos Amber Ale, Hop House

Boulevard: The Calling Imperial IPA, Heavy Lifting IPA, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Lager, Defender IPA, Quinitaceratops

Bucket: Black Goat O’ The Woods, Pawtucket Pale Ale

Clown Shoes: Clementine Double White Ale, Space Cake, American Monastic, The Barista

Coronado: Islander IPA, Idiot IPA, Mermaid’s Red, Orange Avenue Wit

Crooked Current: Hawaiian Robust Porter, Immorality Pale Ale

Dogfish Head: 90 Minute IPA, Midas Touch, Higher Math, Raison D’Extra

Downeast Cider House: Original Blend, Cranberry Blend, Seasonal TBD

Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer: Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Foolproof: Shuckolate Chocolate Oyster Stout, LFU Farmhouse Ale, King of the Yahd Imperial IPA, Barstool American Golden Ale, Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter, Experimental Raspberry IPA

Founders: Azacca IPA, Dark Penance, Breakfast Stout, All Day IPA

Green Flash: Passion Fruit Kicker, Hand Shake IPA

Grey Sail: Flying Jenny IPA, Captain’s Daughter, Great Ketch IPL, Pour Judgement IPA

Harpoon: Harpoon IPA, Take 5, UFO White, Hoppy Adventure, EHOP, Gingerland

Heavy Seas: Loose Cannon IPA, Double Cannon Imperial IPA, Deep Six English Porter, Small Craft Warning Über Pils

Hidden Cove: Patroon IPA, Trinal, Jali Fruit Beer, Berried Treasure

Jack’s Abby: Hoponius Union, Leisure Time Lager, Smoke & Dagger, Red Tape, Calyptra

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel: KBB Ale, KBB Stout, Bluegrass Sundown

Lagunitas: IPA, Imperial Stout, Bitter Oats

Long Trail: Unearthed Stout, Limbo IPA, SMasH, Culmination Chocolate Porter

Left Hand: Milk Stout Nitro, Introvert Session, Polestar Pilsner, Bittersweet

Long Live Beerworks: Black Cat, Heck Hound, Eureka — There’s Hops!

Lord Hobo: Boomsauce, Steal This Can

Narragansett: Lager, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout, I Am Providence Imperial Red Ale, Big Mamie Pale Ale

Newport Storm: Annual Release 2015, Hurricane Amber Ale, India Point Ale, Spring Irish Red, InfeRIority Complex

Oskar Blues: Dale’s Pale Ale, Pinner, IPA, Ten Fidy, Old Chub

Otter Creek: Backseat Berner, Kind Ryed, Double or Nothing Russian Imperial Stout, Couch Surfer

Proclamation Ale: The Stalk, Derivative, Zzzlumber, various sours

Ravenous: Coffee Milk Stout, Blackstone Pale Ale, Dolly Cole American Black Ale

Revival: Conga Imperial IPA, Fanny IPA, White Electric Coffee Stout, Elder Dweller, Matt the Radar Technician [dark sour blend], Lonesome Luke [cherry sour], Pastrami Beer

Samuel Adams: Cold Snap, Rebel IPA, Rebel Grapefruit, Nitro White, Nitro Coffee, Nitro IPA, Boston Lager

The Shed: Profanity Ale

Shiner: Bock, Wicked Ram IPA, Birthday Beer

Shipyard: Red IPA, Blood Orange, Monkey Fist, Smashed Blueberry

Sixpoint: Crisp, Hi-Res, C.R.E.A.M., Sesher, Bengali, Global Warmer

Small Town Brewery: Root Beer, Ginger Beer

Sonoma Cider: The Hatchet, The Pitchfork, The Anvil, The Pulley

Spiked Seltzer: West Indies Lime, Valencia Orange, Cape Cod Cranberry, Indian River Grapefruit

Stone: Pataskala Red X IPA, Vertical Epic, Grainiac, 24 Carrot Golden Ale

Tilted Barn: Winter Sol, Second Harvest, and more

The Traveler Beer Co.: Curious Lemon Shandy, Illusive Grapefruit Shandy, Jolly Winter Shandy, Aloha Pineapple Shandy

Trinity Brewhouse: Black Hops Barrel-Aged, Darkness, Kolsch, Ice Melt, Scotch Ale

Two Roads: Igor’s Dream, Road 2 Ruin Double IPA, Lil’ Heaven

Uinta: Hop Nosh IPA, King’s Peak Porter, Detour Double India Pale Ale, Baba Black Lager, Wyld Extra Pale Ale

Union Station: Golden Spike, Wee Heavy, Rusty Griswold IPA, Vanilla Bean Porter

Wachusett: Blueberry Ale, Bella Czech Pils, Larry Imperial IPA, Larry Triple Double,  Green Monsta, Brewin’ APA

Whaler’s: American Strong Ale, Wanderer Double IPA, Blueberry Berliner Weisse, The Golden IPA

Woodchuck Hard Cider: Winter Chill, Gumption, Reposado

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Get in line for Proclamation’s Zzzlumber; the Beer Summit; share your ‘crazy beers’ on Thanksgiving; and more

proc_zzzzSome short items for your scrolling pleasure:

We’ll have the full growler report on Friday, but you’ll want to plan ahead for the Zzzlumber bottle release at Proclamation Ale Company. Brewmaster Dave Witham sez: “We brewed our giant Imperial Stout back in June and added whole bean coffee, cacao, vanilla beans and a lonely licorice stick [for mojo] to 4 [Breckenridge Bourbon barrels and Sons of Liberty whiskey barrels]. The beer slept, waiting until early November when it was bottled and now it’s ready to go. 11.5% ABV, this will be a good Thanksgiving sipper to contribute to your food coma! Available Friday, Nov 20. In 22-oz. bombers only, limit 3 per person. $12 per bottle. We have 60 cases available (720 total bottles) if you want it, come get it. No, we will not hold bottles. Not fair to those who wait.”

harvest_darkredThere’s nothing on the RI beer fest calendar ’til 2016, but there’s big brew fun in Boston this weekend: the Beer Summit Harvest Fest. It’s at the Park Plaza Castle [130 Columbus Ave, a few blocks from the Common] on Friday [11.20, 6-9:30 pm] and Saturday [11.21, 12:30-4 and 5:30-9 pm]. The fest will host 56 brewers pouring more than 200 beers; click here to scan the list. Tix are $55.

And speaking of the 2016 RI beer fest calendar, the Rhode Island Brew Fest has revealed about half of its lineup for the January 30 bash at the Pawtucket Armory; new additions include Beer’d, Black Hog, Lord Hobo, and Two Roads. Click here to see the list-in-progress and buy tickets.

Thanksgiving is one week from today. Last year, we posted “Share your ‘crazy beers’ on Thanksgiving,” with suggestions for hosting “a mini-sampling session as part of your holiday gathering” to share your beer geekery. It’s worth reading — and doing! And whilst mixing a however-many-you-can-afford selection at your favorite better beer store, devote some of your beer budget to the tens of sensational seasonal selections in “It’s the most wonderful time for beers,” our piece in the new ish of Motif.

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The Friday the 13th growler report

It’s Friday the 13th. But you can ward off bad luck by grabbing some fresh beer alllll around the state:

At Proclamation Ale Company [Thursday 3:30-7 pm, Friday 3:30-8, Saturday 12-7, and Sunday 12-5]: Tendril [per Dave: “a slightly revamped version of our old-school friend… 7.5% ABV, resin loaded fruit/pine punch”], zzzlumber [“giant imperial stout,” 11.5%], Broze, a new oatmeal milk stout [5.5%] and Derivative: Citra. And check out the label art for Adelia, a soon-come farmhouse ale.

At Crooked Current’s new space [today from 5-8 pm and Saturday from 1-5]: tastings and growler fills of oatmeal raisin stout, Plunderdome Pumpkin Maple Ale, and Immorality Pale Ale. But a word to the wise from the CC crew: “Early is going to be the name of the game this weekend. We anticipate shortages with the move having thrown our brew schedule briefly into chaos. Empty fermenters are much easier to move than full ones. We’re scrambling to replenish now, but this will likely be the weekend during which we must pay the piper for our fairly smooth transition into the new brewery.”

Don’t head to Tilted Barn Brewery this weekend. Matt and Kara say: “Good news, bad news time. Bad news is we will be closed this Saturday 11/14. Good news is that we are preparing for our 1-year anniversary event on 11/21! We’ll be featuring some of our best (award-winning!) beers, oysters from Walrus & Carpenter, wood-fired pizza from Farm and Forest Pizza, and a few other treats. No tickets necessary, this will all take place during our regular hours of 1-4 on Saturday 11/21. Cheers to an amazing 12 months. Can’t wait to celebrate with you guys and gals.”

At Whaler’s Brewing [Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm, Saturday 1-7 pm, Sunday 1-5 pm]: Blueberry Berliner Weisse, a saison, Olneyville Megazord [dry-hopped brown ale], Hazelnut Stout, a Belgian Tripel, and Golden IPA. And check out their new barrels!

At Grey Sail [Thursday and Friday from 4-7 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1-5]: Pekko Pale Ale, Leaning Chimney Smoked Porter, Great Ketch IPL, Autumn Winds, Pour Judgement IPA, Flagship Cream Ale, Mary Ann’s Ginger Spice, and Captain‘s Daughter [growler fills only].

On tap at Bucket Brewery: Fireside Harvest Ale [a new holiday beer made with molasses, vanilla, ginger, and cinnamon], 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager, BOG Cranberry Orange Saison, Hive Mind Honey Ale, Pawtucket Pail Ale, and Park Loop Porter. Bucket prez Nate Broomfield notes: “We no longer do 64-ounce growler fills; 32-ounce growlers of Hive Mind, Fireside and Sabin’s Stout will be available; 33rd Inning, BOG, and Park Loop Porter are available in cans.” Tastings today [1-7:30 pm] and Saturday [11 am-5 pm, $5], with tours on Saturday [1:30, 2:30, 3:30 pm, $13, includes pint glass] — and snacks.

At Newport Storm [Thursday-Saturday 12-6 pm, Monday and Wednesday 12-5]: R.I.P.umpkin, Smoked Porter, Oktoberfest Marzen Lager, India Point Ale, Hurricane Amber Ale, and Rhode Island Blueberry.

At Foolproof: Peanut Butter Raincloud, Backyahd, Barstool, La Ferme Urbaine, Raincloud, and King of the Yard [today 5-8 pm, Saturday 1-5, with tours at 1, 2, 3, and 4 for tastings ($10 includes three samples) and growler fills]. And Revery, the Russian imperial stout, will be shipping at the end of next week — in 12-ounce four-packs.

Reminder: the Heavy Seas tap takeover kicks off today at 4 pm at Norey’s in Newport. Brewery founder Hugh Sisson will be in the haus at 6 pm. Read all about it here.

And heads up: Sunday [11.15] is the last day to get he $5 early bird discount for Rhode Island Brew Fest tickets. The promo code is EARLYBREW16; the event is on January 30 at the Pawtucket Armory. [Hint: they’ll make a sweet Xmas gift.]

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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 Rhode Island Brew Fest: By the numbers

We were happy to see the Rhode Island Brew Fest release its beer list a few hours ago. It gave us the opportunity to break it down, and an excuse to put off heading outside with the shovel…

Sixty breweries [including three ciderists and one meadery] will share 228 different samples of liquid goodness at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday, January 31. [See below for a few notable new releases; we cited other highlights  in our January 13 entry on the Fest.]

Fourteen of the Ocean State’s 16 breweries will be representing, pouring 57 varieties. Here are the details, with styles added when they’re not part of the beer’s name on the #RIBrew beer list — extra value from the Bottles & Cans desk!:

Brutopia: Never Ender [IPA], Valhalla [amber ale], First Coast [Belgian double IPA], Munk [Belgian-style abbey ale]

Bucket Brewery: 9 Men’s Misery [IPA], Park Loop Porter

Crooked Current: Kickback American Wheat, Immortality Pale Ale

Foolproof: Barstool Golden Ale, Backyahd IPA, La Ferme Urbaine Farmhouse Ale, Shuckolate Stout, Raincloud [Robust Porter], Revery Imperial Stout

Grey Sail: Captain’s Daughter [double IPA]; Leaning Chimney [smoked porter], Flying Jenny [extra pale ale], Maryanne’s Ginger [spice ale], Flagship [cream ale]

Narragansett: Lager, Light, Coffee Milk Stout, Lovecraft Honey Ale

Newport Storm: Hurricane Amber Ale, RI Blueberry, India Point Ale, Winter Porter, Spring Irish Red Ale

Proclamation Ale: Tendril [“not quite an imperial IPA”], Derivative [American pale ale], Anniversary [Belgian dark strong ale with plums; some details from brewer Dave Witham: “The keg I am bringing to the RI Brew Fest is the base beer. It’s the only keg I have of it, because the rest of the beer got put into whisky and bourbon barrels at the brewery. 2 whiskey barrels full are aging and 1 bourbon barrel with brett and another 40 lbs of plums”], Harper [sour beer with apricots], Plattelander [saison]

Ravenous: Blackstone Pale Ale, Bienvenu Red Ale, Coffee Milk Stout

Revival: Fanny Session IPA, Conga [imperial IPA], Burnside Pale Ale, White Electric Coffee Stout, Elder Strong Cocoa Stout, Zeppelin [Hefeweizen ale]

Tilted Barn: Half-Mile IPA, First Harvest Pale Ale, Raffi Coffee Oatmeal Stout, Winter Sol [brown ale]

Trinity Brewhouse: Barleywine, Russian Stout, IPA, Gingerbread Man, Tommy’s Red, Scotch Ale

Union Station: Citra Big Ass Down [IPA], Providence Pale Ale

Whaler’s: American Strong Ale, Hazelnut Stout, White IPA

Of the 171 offerings at the New England/national tables, there are some new entries: you can get a first taste of session brews from Oskar Blues [Pinner Throwback IPA], Green Flash [Jibe], and Heavy Seas [CrossBones]; take a virtual getaway from the snow with Baxter’s Window Seat, a new seasonal porter made with coconut and almond; Sierra Nevada will showcase its new Nooner Pilsner and one-time-only Hoppy Lager; and Founders will unleash its Black Rye. You can see the complete list here; it notes that beers are subject to change. And that’s true, here’s a change now: Stone will bring Enjoy by 2.14.15 and Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean to vie for your attention with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard. And check out the floor plan too.

Even with unlimited — and responsible — sippling, you can only sample about one-seventh of the tantalizing treats [our math is based on 32 two-ounce pours, aka four pints; your mileage may vary]. So plan ahead. Work the list! [And designate that driver, and/or take advantage of the Brew Fest’s Uber offer].

As we said two weeks ago: The Rhode Island Brew Fest is a  very welcome winter warmer — the Big Beer Event to circle on your calendar during these cold, cold [and now snow-caked] months. You can enjoy the bounty of local brews and chat with their creators! Compare notes and swap ale tales with fellow beerists!! Discover a few new favorite brews to enjoy year-round!! Wear pretzel necklaces!!! Huzzah!!!!

Today around noon @RIBrewFest tweeted, “Get your tickets to session two ASAP. Only a handful remain.” There were at least 10 left when we hit “Publish” at 3:44 pm… Get ’em here!

Two girls, one history of Rhode Island beer

RIBeerWe do our best at the Bottles & Cans desk to bring you all things beer ’round here, but you should also spend some time at Two Girls, One Beer, the blog by Ashleigh Bennett and Kristie Martin. It’s a great source for brew reviews, events, and more [they’ve been at it since October 2011]. A few days into the New Year, we contacted the dynamic duo about their forthcoming book, Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History On Tap, to be published on March 30 by The History Press as part of their American Palate Series, which focuses on regional beer lore. Now that the book can be pre-ordered at Amazon, we’ll share what they told us so you can get your palate whetted, follow the link, and boost its Amazon Best Sellers Rank:

It is essentially part historical guide, part modern day brewery tour guide. It begins with the history of brewing in Rhode Island, dating as far back as the 1600s, covering the booming beer business throughout the 1800s, and also going into how Rhode Islanders and their breweries dealt with Prohibition.

Each currently operating brewery and brewpub in the state gets their own chapter, even the newest arrivals like Tilted Barn and Crooked Current. We give their stories — the beginnings, everyone’s unique approach to brewing, and descriptions of their available beers. We tried to make it as up-to-date as possible, but you know how hard that is, with the brewery landscape here changing every day.

We finish off the book with chapters of recipes made with local beers, and a guide to our favorite bars and bottle shops.

Oh and Sean Larkin wrote the foreword!

We’ll have more info about the release and any events we’ll be doing in the next few months, so will definitely keep you posted.

The launch parties for Rhode Island Beer will be big fun. When spring rolls around, we’ll let you know where to meet-and-greet and get your books signed by Ashleigh and Kristie.

On Thursday, the folks at the Rhode Island Brew Fest tweeted, “Just a few dozen tickets left!” for the January 31 event. They’ll likely sell out today, so whatareyouwaitingfor?

If you already have your Brew Fest tix but are ready for a twist on this week’s Bottles & Cans mantra — “So many beers, so much time [and money]” — then head to Boston for the Beer Summit Winter Jubilee, which is happening tonight [6-9:30 pm, $45] and on Saturday [12:30-4 and 5:30-9 pm, $55 each] at the Park Plaza Castle. Here’s the list of brewers [with our locals in bold]: Aeronaut Brewing, Angry Orchard, Backlash, Bad Martha, Ballantine, Banner, Bay State, Berkshire, Blue Point, Brooklyn, Boulder, Boulevard, Cape Ann, City Steam, Clown Shoes, Dinkelacker, Downeast Cider, Duvel, Finch, Foolproof, Global Beer, Grey Sail, Harpoon, Henniker, Hofbrau, Ireland On the Road, John Harvard’s Brewery, Kennebec River, Lagunitas, Lexington, Mayflower, McKenzie’s Cider, Narragansett, Naukabout, Olde Burnside, Opa Opa, Paper City, Revival, Rickers Hard Cider, Riverwalk, Sam Adams, Sapporo, Saranac, Sebago, Shmaltz, Sixpoint, Stiegl, Tennents, 3 Beards, Trinity Brewhouse, Two Roads, VT Hard Cider, and Woodstock Inn. The castle is a fun and funky venue, and the Beer Summit is always a great time.

And if you’re really planning waaaay ahead, the 9th Annual Great International Spring Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, April 25 [1-4:30 and 6:30-10 pm]. Tix [$49 + $5.90 fees] are on sale now at Ticketmaster [you need a code — SPRING — for the “presale” which runs through Sunday at midnight, but there’s no discount so . . .].

The Rhode Island Brew Fest: a great winter warmer

The Rhode Island Brew Fest is a  very welcome winter warmer — the Big Beer Event to circle on your calendar during these cold, cold months. You can enjoy the bounty of local brews and chat with their creators! Compare notes and swap ale tales with fellow beerists!! Discover a few new favorite brews to enjoy year-round!! Wear pretzel necklaces!!! Huzzah!!!!

There are a dozen new reasons to plan on attending the fest: the third annual bash will feature 57 breweries, up from 45 in 2014. Fourteen are from our own backyahd: Brutopia, Bucket, Crooked Current, Foolproof, Grey Sail, Narragansett, Newport Storm, Proclamation, Ravenous, Revival, Tilted Barn, Trinity, Union Station, and Whaler’s. There are top-notch reps from the rest of New England [Baxter, City Steam, Shipyard, Sea Dog, Cisco, Slumbrew, Two Roads, Downeast, Goodfellow’s, Smuttynose, Long Trail, Otter Creek, Wolaver’s, Harpoon, Berkshire, Clown Shoes, Woodchuck, Magic Hat, Sam Adams, Wachusett, Bad Martha] and heavy hitters from all over the US [Sixpoint, Oskar Blues, Stone, 21st Amendment, Dogfish Head, Heavy Seas, Lagunitas, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Green Flash, Finch, Ommegang, Founders, Uinta, Saranac, Firestone Walker, Left Hand, Kentucky Ale, New Holland]. But wait — there’s more! The Rhode Island Brewing Society and the crew from Craft Brews Supplies will be pouring home-brewed beer and talking up the joys of making your own beer; the Craft Brewers Guild of RI will showcase several of its brands; and the good folks from High Spirits will share some goodies at their table.

Matt Gray, the Brew Fest honcho, told us a few of the many standouts that will be worth lining up for: Grey Sail will extend its nautical theme with Maryanne’s Ginger Spiced Ale [which is brewed for the Newport Restaurant Group]; Foolproof will bring the love with Shuckolate Chocolate-Oyster Stout [a collab with Garrison Confections and Walrus and Carpenter Oysters]; and Stone, which is making its first appearance at the BrewFest, is definitely out to impress with Quadrotriticale, a Belgian Quadrupel from their Stochasticy Project, and Double Bastard on draft, and bottles of Delicious IPA [bottle], its new seasonal release which they say “reminds many on the brewing team of a Lemon Starburst® candy” and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale [which was exclusive to the Arrogant Bastard Box]. And, yes, ’Gansett will have plenty of its Lovecraft Honey Ale.

The 2015 Rhode Island Brew Fest will be at the Pawtucket Armory [172 Exchange St] on Saturday, January 31 [the day before some big football game]; there are two sessions [1-4 pm and 5:30-8:30 pm]. Tix are $55 for unlimited [but responsible] samplings [$15 for designated drivers], and they’re selling faster than ever: when we posted this item [@ 11:45 am on 1.13], about 200 [of 1200] tickets were left [100 or so for each session]. But wait — there’s more! You get a sweet parting gift: a 13-ounce goblet encircled with a panoramic “Rhode Island brewscape.” There’s additional info at the Rhode Island Brew Fest site.

To summarize: Great brews! Sharing the beer love with 600 of your new best friends!! Tickets going fast! See you there!!!

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