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The second beer in NARRAGANSETT's Private Stock series is on the shelves. IMPERIAL BOHEMIAN PILSNER is a lager on steroids, a beer that draws on 'Gansett's German roots but amps up the ABV (8.6%) and the flavor. Brewmaster Sean Larkin has knocked another one out of the park. The 22-ounce bombers are $6 or $7 . . . And the Hi-Neighbor! folks want you to know that its flagship Lager is now available in 30-packs. Bulk is good.

FOOLPROOF's first specialty beer — REVERY, a Russian Imperial Stout (10.7%) — is in stores. We had a few sips at the brewery and the RI Brew Fest and can vouch for its savorability. There are only 3240 bottles (and 32 draft logs), so grab it when you see it. (Their next limited edition will be a farmhouse ale, slated for a late April release.)

And the NEWPORT STORM folks drew inspiration from the other side of the country for the latest edition of their Cyclone Series. Named after the brewery's fourth founder, Will Rafferty (from Spokane, WA), WILL is a massive hop bomb, with seven varieties making for a complex creation. "We added more hops to this tank than any other tank we have ever brewed," said brewmaster Derek Luke. Will will hit stores next week.

And save the date: the 2ND ANNUAL NEWPORT CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL will be at the Great Friends Meeting House on Saturday, April 27. Last year's inaugural event was a blast, and we're sure the sequel will kick it up a notch or three.

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