There will be a slew of events statewide. Some highlights: you should follow Sean Larkin all week. The Revival brewmaster will host meet-and-greets at Doherty's (5.14), What Cheer (5.15), Brown's CGB and the Avery on the 16th, and Malt in Newport (5.17), and he'll be bringing Revival's new Zeppelin, an unfiltered Hefeweizen ale (a wheat beer), with him. There are also tap takeovers (the Goose Island event at Norey's on 5.15 will be epic), pint nights, and beer dinners (flip a coin on 5.16, with Goose Island at 84 High Street in Westerly and Weyerbacher at Christie's in Newport). And wherever you celebrate on the 16th at 8 pm, raise a glass for the Coast To Coast Toast (which has its own poem, also at craftbeer.com).
For a list of local ACBWness events we've been able to scare up, go HERE.
MIX IT UP
A few more suggestions for ACBW: enjoy a wide range of styles. If you've never mixed a six before, do it now. Start light and work your way up the beer ladder as the week goes on. Grab some cans: meander from Narragansett's Summer Ale (in tallboys and 12-ounce 12-packs this year) to Grey Sail's Hazy Day Belgian Wit to Sixpoint's sparkling Apollo. Dip into Founders' All Day IPA, a 4.7% self-proclaimed "session ale" which packs a ton of flavor. Try a Mountain Ale ("a rugged brown ale") from the Shed. Make the considerable leap to Sierra Nevada's Hoptimum and Founders' Double Trouble, venerated seasonal imperial IPAs which just hit the shelves. And then dig deeper into the thousands of artistic, innovative creations. Happy exploring!
BEER BY THE BAY
A quick save-the-date — Saturday, June 15 from 12-4 pm — for the first East Bay Beer Festival, presented by Brickyard Wine & Spirits of Barrington and the East Bay Home Brew Club. It's all local: Foolproof, Revival, 'Gansett, Grey Sail, Ravenous, the Bucket, and Newport Storm, on the waterfront near the Blount Clam Shack in Warren. Get tickets at eventbrite.com/event/6560098431/efbnen.
, Sean Larkin, American Craft Beer Week