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Rhode Island Breweries: Week 8

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Long Live Beerworks

The new kid on the block, Long Live Beerworks has clever beers that are shaking things up. The brews are the creations of head brewer Armando DeDona and the colorful beer labels are designed by his wife, Jessica DeBry.

From the mouth of the brewer, Armando DeDona:

Black Cat, our hoppy pale ale, is our most popular brew to date. It pairs well with duck confit fries from The Slow Rhode. The citrusy, bright flavor of the beer contrasts nicely with the richness of the duck confit. At home, I pair Black Cat with grilled barbecue chicken tacos. The bright citrus of the hops cuts through the sweet barbecue sauce nicely and complements the experience of grilling outdoors (in warmer weather, of course).

Tastings: Wed. and Thu., 4–9 p.m., Fri. 4-10 p.m., Sat., 1–8 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m.

Photos courtesy of Long Live Beerworks' Facebook

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Rhode Island Breweries: Week 7

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Grey Sail

Grey Sail Brewing has a committed crew of brewers, “yeast wranglers” and beer aficionados. Their brews range from a classic Pale Ale, The Flying Jenny, to their award winning Flagship Cream Ale. No strangers to getting funky, they also carry an array of seasonal and small-batch brews like their Mary Ann’s Ginger spice ale.

From the Mouth of the Brewer, Jennifer Brinton:

Captain’s Daughter Double IPA is our most popular beer. Our pairing would be any seafood dish, especially one with a little spice to it.

Tours and Tastings: Thu. and Fri. from 4–7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. from 1–5 p.m. A pint glass and tasting is $5 per person. Tours are informal.

Photos courtesy of Grey Sail's Facebook
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Rhode Island Breweries: Week 6

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Foolproof

Foolproof was the brainchild of home-brewer Nick Garrison and since its inception it has received much acclaim. Funky brews like Peanut Butter Raincloud and Shuckolate have a fevered following, and the brewery hosts an array of fun events like yoga and beer tastings.

From the Mouth of the Brewer, Nick Garrison:

Right now, our most popular beer is our Peanut Butter Raincloud Porter, which I recommend pairing with vanilla or peanut butter ice cream. Even better, blend the beer and ice cream together and create your own beer float!

Tours and Tastings: Tours on Sat. at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. for $10. Participants receive a Foolproof glass, an overview of the brewing process, a tour of the brewery and three beer samples. Tastings on Fri., 5–7 p.m. are also $10 (includes three tastings and a pint glass).

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Rhode Island Breweries: Week 5

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Whaler's Brewing Company

Run by three friends who are quite the cast of characters (one describes himself as ‘the sexiest brewer alive’), Whaler’s is a laidback brewery that fits in with its South County setting. Visit to taste the brews on tap, including the heady Wanderer Double IPA with hints of tangerine, citrus, and mango, or the popular East Coast IPA, a floral brew with a smooth hop finish.

From the Mouth of the Brewer, Andy Tran:

Our most popular brew is our East Coast IPA being sold in most bars and restaurants in the area. It’s a 6.5 percent single IPA with a malty backbone and complex dark floral aroma, accented with moderate bittering hops. Our general pairing recommendations are piquant, spicy or zesty foods. We have a chicken za’atar recipe that we paired with this beer to great effect.

Tours and Tastings: Thursday: 4-9pm Friday: 4-10pm Saturday: 1-10pm Sunday: 1-7pm

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5 Things To Do on a Rainy Day

We need the rain, yes, but what’s a person to do when the entire week is forecast to be wet and dreary? Here are five alternative, trendy, mildly hipster activities to make your rainy day SO AWESOME that you’ll be like
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  1. Get cozy with a good book a the Providence Athenaeum. A rainy day is the perfect excuse to bury your nose in a book, and what better place to do it than this creaky, cozy, filled-with-nooks-and-crannies library? Oh, and leashed dogs are allowed—talk later, we are driving over now.
  2. Get a coffee at a cool, local coffee shop. Yes, this isn’t a particularly earth-shattering idea, but hey, we will put the bug in your ear just in case. Some of our favorite places for a quality cuppa include Dave’s Coffee (yummy honey latte), Seven Stars (coffee+butter-laden pastry= the only way we will leave is if you scrape us off our seat like a particularly stubborn bit of queso that leaked out the side of a grilled cheese), and Vanuatu Coffee Roasters (exotic coffee, friendly owners, win-win).
  3. Get cultured at the RISD Museum. Ah, the good ‘ol RISD museum. Perfect for first dates, philosophical conversations and duh, rainy days. Don’t miss the giant Buddha (so peaceful, so tranquil) and the splattered canvases in the contemporary section. Who says rainy days are for sleeping? STIMULATE YOUR MIND!
  4. Climb a rock. And we mean indoors, at Rock Spot Climbing in Lincoln and Peacedale. Not only do they have climbs for all levels of climbers (ranging from soft-palmed newbies to calloused, badass experts), but they also have college and military discounts.
  5. Tour a brewery. If you didn’t already know, we have tons of local breweries here in Rhode Island. From the South County based Whaler’s and Proclamation Ale, to Long Live Beerworks in Providence, and a smattering of others in Pawtucket and Woonsocket, the choices are endless. Plus, brewers are generally a jovial bunch and what better way to spend a rainy day than sipping cool brews and talking about beer with the people who make it?
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Rhode Island Breweries: Week 4

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Crooked Current

Crooked Current may be the smallest brewery in the smallest state, but it has a lot going for it. Named after the often crooked ways of Rhode Island politicians, they brew beers with fanciful names like “Extortion Eggnog Milk Stout” and “Immorality Pale Ale.” Plus, the flavors are super creative (Neapolitan ice cream flavored ale, anyone?). Visit them in Pawtucket to taste their brews.

From the Mouth of the Brewer, Nicole Pelletier:

The Oatmeal Raisin Stout is our most popular beer on tap; it’s designed to taste just like the cookie it’s inspired by. It began as a winter seasonal but was brought back this past July as a year round offering. It is a dry, light bodied stout brewed with cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans. It is not cloyingly sweet or syrup-like and could be enjoyed paired with something that does have a hint of sweetness — for example: slow cooked barbecue ribs. In fact, reducing the beer and adding it for some extra flavor to a homemade barbecue sauce is also a great idea!

Tastings: Thurs., 5–7 p.m., Fri., 5–8 p.m., Sat., 1–5 p.m. Guests get a brewery pint glass along with three samples for $8.

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Rhode Island Breweries: Week 3

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate the coming of fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Tilted Barn

With the large number of craft breweries popping up like hops, it’s a wonder that more don’t grow their own, well, hops. Tilted Barn is one of the few exceptions, a fully functional brewery (in a barn) with hops growing right outside. After scouting out the brewery, relax in a cozy barn with beer in hand, with choices including the popular “The Chosen One” or the resinous “Spruced.”

From the Mouth of the Brewer, Matt Richardson:

Our most popular beer is The Chosen One, our double IPA. This took home a gold medal in the 2015 Great International Beer Competition and usually sells out hours whenever we have it available. At over 8 percent ABV and 80 IBUs, it needs to be paired with food that can match the flavor intensity. My favorite pairings would be a sharp cheddar cheese or a juicy steak.

Tours and Tastings: Fridays from 5-8 and Saturdays from 1-4

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Rhode Island Breweries: Week 2

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate the coming of fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Ravenous Brewing Company

Based in Woonsocket, Ravenous is a nano-brewery that conjures up big flavors. Their artisan, hand-crafted brews are one-of- a-kind and include their Coffee Milk Stout and crisp IPA. Head over on a Thursday for pizza and beer from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.

From the Mouth of the Brewer, Dorian Rave:

Our most popular brew is the Coffee Milk Stout. With its strong coffee taste and aroma, it goes great after dinner with an amazing dessert like a flan or Tiramisu.

Tours and Tastings: Sat., 1–4 p.m. Some Thursdays from 4–7 p.m. Tastings/tours include samples of available beers for $3 per person, or $7 to take home a pint glass. Check out their Facebook page before you go.

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Rhode Island Breweries

We're posting a brewery a week to celebrate the coming of fall (and the fact that brewery tours and tastings just seem cozier and more fun when the leaves start to change!).

Today's brewery is...

Bucket Brewery

Bucket Brewery was born of two home-brewers, Erik Aslaksen and Nate Broomfield. After finding access to larger production methods, they realized they were producing more beer than they could drink, and Bucket Brewery was created in 2013. Bucket produces an array of refreshing brews including a zesty cranberry-orange saison and a smoky-sweet maple stout.

From the Mouth of the Brewer, Nate Broomfield:

The most popular brew overall is our Pawtucket Pail Ale (spelling of “pail” is intentional). The hop profile has hints of apricot and tangerine while the malts lend a caramel sweetness. The Pail Ale would most likely go well with just about anything. I’d probably have it with some fried pub food, maybe a burger or wings.

Tours and Tastings: Tours on Sat., 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Cost is $13 per person and includes a tasting and a pint glass.

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