Fill your glass with cheer

By LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 11, 2013

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BACK IN 401 Calagione.

A WELCOME RETURN

It’s official: Dogfish Head announced last week that they’ll reunite with C&C Distributors for distribution in the Ocean State (for those of you who haven’t been making the trekallllll the way to Massachusetts to score Dogfish brews since they left Rhody and three other states in March 2011 when their supply couldn’t meet demand). The trucks rolled out of Delaware on Monday (hit their Facebook page to check the video of Dogfish founder Sam Calagione waving the Rhody Hope flag on the loading dock), stocked with the likes of 90 Minute IPA, Indian Brown Ale, Burton Baton, and other diverse and potent delights from the craft innovator. You can toast Dogfish’s return at a beer dinner hosted by Sam at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick on Wednesday (the 18th) at 6 pm. The menu features cheeses, chowder, brats, hop pickles, and desserts, all paired with DFH . Tix are $35 (includes a Dogfish glass); proceeds benefit the beer education program at Johnson & Wales University. We’ll drink to that!

HO-HO-GO!

Julian’s Longest Night of the Year Party is always a seasonal treat; they’ve backpedaled from the first day of winter since the inaugural event in 2009, so this year’s Fifth Longest gathering is on Tuesday, December 17 (do the math). There’s an all-you-can-eat buffet from 6-9 ($18ish), 20 astounding beers (including 2011 Scaldis Noel, 2012 Delirium Noel, and 2011 Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti), and music by Tyler James of the Silks, Snake Wagon (with folks from the Low Anthem), the Curtsies, and Jenn Kitten. It’s gonna be a heckuva night. The full beer list and other deets are @ facebook.com/events/731627343533458 . . . And on the afternoon of theactual longest night of the year, Saturday, December 21, Newport Storm will host its fourth annual Hoppy Holidays party, with haus beers and Thomas Tew Rum Cider, tours of the brewery and distillery, pictures with Santa, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” (close enough, right?), and more. The fest runs from 12-5 pm; admission is $10, kids are free, and donations of non-perishable food items for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center are encouraged.

HISTORICAL BREWS

The aforementioned Sean Larkin has concocted two new beers at Revival Brewing Co.:Burnsider Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) combines English malts with three uber-flavorful hops to honor the 30th governor of Rhode Island, who is perhaps best remembered for his distinctive facial hariyness (aka sideburns). And the Revival folks say “dried plum, toasted malts, and dark caramel tones mix with a spicy herbal hop flavor” inMercy Brown Imperial Ale (8% ABV). You can toast General Burnside this week, and look for Ms. Brown next week (the namesake has a macabre back story that we don’t have room for here; Google it).
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