The highly-regarded brews from the MAINE BEER COMPANY are now available in Rhode Island. The Portland-based small batch brewer has a half-dozen styles, and three of those are on shelves: Peeper, an American ale; King Titus, a robust porter; and Mean Old Tom, a stout aged on vanilla beans. And we hope that Lunch, their American IPA which is at #12 on Beer Advocate's list for that style, joins them on shelves soon.

The other Big Beer Arrival News is that WEYERBACHER, which was founded in 1995 in Easton, PA, is back in the market after a two-year absence. A recent brewery expansion (four new 80-barrel fermenters) has allowed their supply to meet demand. Six beers are here: Last Chance IPA (5.9% ABV); Double Simcoe IPA (9%); Blithering Idiot, a barleywine ale (11.1%); Verboten, a Belgian-style pale ale (5.9%); Merry Monks, a Belgian-style tripel ale (9.3%); and Old Heathen, an imperial stout (8%). They're all fine examples of the style; we were particularly fond of the Double Simcoe, with a mighty serving of the pungent (and polarizing; some say it has a "catty" character) namesake hop and Merry Monks.

GREY SAIL has whipped up "Bring Back the Beach," a blonde ale which will be in stores and on tap any day now. All of the proceeds will benefit the post-Hurricane Sandy cleanup effort at Misquamicut Beach.

And get your tickets for the RI BREW FEST. You can sample Foolproof and every other local brewer there; Ommegang and Sam Adams were recently added to the lineup. Hit ribrewfest.com now (the evening session was close to selling out at press time).

Send info to  bottlescansclaphands@yahoo.com.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Liquid , Beer, brew
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY LOU PAPINEAU
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   WANT BEER, WILL TRAVEL  |  July 09, 2014
    Windows down, music up, a chance to discover new brews, and — the best part — bring a growler or three home to savor said discoveries.
  •   WHAT'S IN A NAME?  |  June 27, 2014
    Rhode Island breweries have had a bit of trouble with their handles.
  •   DRINK THESE BREWS  |  May 28, 2014
    A selection of taken-for-granted/readily available/often veteran selections.
  •   RAISE A GLASS (OR THREE)  |  May 07, 2014
    With the continuing growth of the better beer industry locally and nationwide, one can make a case that every week is American Craft Beer Week.
  •   BEER ON THE MOVE  |  April 16, 2014
    Plus, Shiner Bock is coming to town

 See all articles by: LOU PAPINEAU