In 2015, the most-read posts at B&C [aside from the feature on Rhode Island beer laws and various polls] concerned bad news: the fire at the Isle Brewers Guild site-to-be and the closing of Track 84. So we’re gladdened that our scoop on the Malted Barley coming to downtown Providence has brought good news to so many visitors this week [it’s still spreading and has gone international: we’ve had views from Spain, India, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Belize, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Taiwan, Mexico, Virgin Islands, and the UK]. Literal and figurative cheers!
OK, let’s clear the inbox and share a bit of growler intel!
• On Thursday, Rhode Island Monthly’s 2015 Best of Rhode Island bash took place at PPAC. The new mega-issue features 378 [!] awards, a combo of Readers’ Poll winners and Editors’ Picks. Crooked Current was the people’ s choice for Best Brewery; congrats to Nichole Pelletier and Jason Lourenco [the RIM plaque will look nice next to the one they garnered in December 2014 in the 1st Annual Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands Favorite Rhode Island Brewery Poll]. The Avery was chosen as Best Neighborhood Bar; and the Rhode Island Brew Bus crew got a well-deserved hat tip from the editors for Best Brewery Tours [“not too much competition, haha,” RIBB owner Bill Nangle noted; next year RIM should honor Best Independent Man, Best Bridge Named In Honor of Clairborne Pell, and Best Beer Blog Which Got Its Name From A Line In Beck’s “Where It’s At”]. Congrats to all the winnahs [we’ll add the other beer-related honorees ASAP].
• On Sunday [7.26], the Scurvy Dog presents its annual Parking Lot Mega-Show — sponsored by Dogfish Head, which will be pouring Namaste and 90 Minute IPA, and upcapping some sweet bottled offerings. The Scurvy crew will provide an “outdoor tiki bar…awesomeness, and a pinch of love,” and 11 bands: Huckleberry War [2 pm], Swan Point [2:45], Jealous Fuck [3:30], the Jonee Earthquake Band [4:15], the Silks , Muck and the Mires [5:45], Citizen Blast Kane [6:30], Sauna Heat [7:15], Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes , Round Eye [from Shanghai, 8:45], and M.O.T.O. [9:30]. Admission? Free!! [And it’s Mick Jagger’s birthday.]
• Two weeks ago, we shared the growler-filling policy at local breweries. We’ve heard that there’s still some confusement, so here’s an encore [and we still need to nail down a few breweries’ rules]:
Crooked Current: They only fill their own glassware.
Foolproof: Will not fill outside growlers.
Grey Sail: “We fill any growler under 72 ounces as long as it has the government warning on it. If it is the 32-ounce ‘medicine bottle’ style, customers need to bring their own cap because we don’t have those in house. Swing tops are also fine.”
Newport Storm: They only fill their own growlers.
Proclamation Ale: Will fill outside growlers.
Tilted Barn: Outside growlers are OK.
Whaler’s: Will fill growlers from other breweries.
A few highlights on tap this weekend:
Proclamation Ale is unveiling Dark Sprout. Brewmaster Dave sez: “4.1% abv dark hoppy session beer. This beer was designed to be a mindf@ck. Looks dark, but still tastes like a dry, light session beer. Simcoe, Citra, Cascade hop combo. Drinkable, poundable.” And this just in: “Just ordered more tanks. More tanks = more beer.” Yay!
Crooked Current reports: “The Raspberry Wheat is back on tap while the Strawberry Blonde Ale takes a breather. We’ll also have our Immorality Pale Ale, and some Oatmeal Raisin Stout that we do not expect to last past Friday night…in the event a relief pitcher is needed, an exotic newcomer, our Neapolitan Brown Ale, will be called up early from the experimental bullpen. Yes, Neapolitan brown ale, just like the Neapolitan ice cream! This brown ale is flavored with vanilla, cocoa, and strawberry. It’s likely to be a new taste for even some of the most seasoned craft beer drinkers among us.”
Tilted Barn has Peeptoad, Raffi, and Sunrise, and their pals from Walrus and Carpenter Oysters will be back for your shucking pleasure [Saturday, 1-4 pm].
And get your tix for Foolproof’s Augtoberfest [Saturday 8.1, 2-8 pm, details here].