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Foolproof, Grey Sail, and a coupla fests
We're too busy prepping The Best ish to do a "real" column, but we need to share some beer happenings . . .
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  April 10, 2013

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Beer on Broadway: Taking Newport by storm

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On Saturday, the snow was finally gone, the air was semi-warm, and the clocks were set to spring ahead in the wee hours of the 10th.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 13, 2013

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Beer on a budget: ‘Craft lite,’ and a trip To Trader Joe’s

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Beer is often referred to as "an affordable luxury."
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  February 20, 2013

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From our own backyahd: Foolproof’s great new brews

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It's a fairly common path in the beer industry: a passion for beer leads to homebrewing, which leads to making the leap to dreaming about opening a brewery.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  January 31, 2013

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Straight outta Utah: Heralding the arrival of Uinta

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In 2012, we were blessed with the arrival of Founders and Goose Island; their year-round beers were a more-than-welcome addition to local shelves and taps.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  January 15, 2013

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Beer brings holiday cheer: Local pros on what to give (and what they’d like to receive)

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'Tis the season to make with the beer-giving.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 05, 2012



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Beer to go: Where to find the good stuff

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In April, we columnized about building the Best Beer Store. We trumpeted shopper-friendly displays, well-chosen stock (bigger is not always better), making new releases easy to find, mix-a-six options, and fresh stock.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  November 20, 2012

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Local brews shine at the Great Int’l Beer Fest: And the winners are. . .

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Big fun at the Rhode Island Convention Center last weekend: On Friday I was among 83 judges for the 16th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  November 08, 2012

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A fantastic voyage to the beer summit: Go tell it ’bout the mountains

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We usually keep things ultra-local in this space, but we're making an exception this week ( and taking a lot of space).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 24, 2012

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Exalted beer bliss: Treat yourself to Beervana; plus, Providence Craft Beer Week

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Beervana is a truly special beer fest.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 11, 2012

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Follow the Trail: One beer story leads to another

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A new bar, new breweries, new bottles and boxes and beers. Let's go.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  September 20, 2012



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Before the Fall: Sierra Nevada & Firestone Walker’s new brews

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After a couple of weeks of watching the summer fare make way for the towers of autumn offerings (follow the progress of Madeira Liquors' Wall of Fall at their Facebook page), we were thrilled to see new brews from Sierra Nevada and Firestone Walker on the shelves.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  August 17, 2012

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Get ready for IPA Day

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Hey, it's another great excuse to line up a pint or three: Thursday, August 2 is the 2nd Annual IPA Day!
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  July 19, 2012

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Beer wars: Grey Sail and Full Sail face off

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Full Sail is a craft brewing company in Hood River, Oregon, about 60 miles east of Portland just below the Canadian border.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 21, 2012

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The suds of summer: Warm weather brings the lighter side of beers

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"Summertime, and the livin' is easy," as the song says. And with the onslaught of summer seasonals, the drinkin' is easy too.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 08, 2012

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Hoppy hybrids: Samuel Adams’ IPA crash course

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One of 2011's best beer geek treats was Samuel Adams' Latitude 48 Deconstructed box, which offered five IPAs highlighting the hops that are used in the variety pack's namesake beer and provided a savory contrast-and-compare lesson on the qualities of the distinct flavor buds.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 23, 2012



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Hey! An excuse to drink! Raise a toast to American Craft Beer Week

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Since 2006, the Brewers Association, the alliance of US beer makers, marketers, distributors, and other biz folks, has held American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) in May (pre-'06 July was American Beer Month).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 10, 2012

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’Gansett hits the charts! Plus, the Newport Fest and Let’s Pour

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Last week, the Brewers Association, the group that keeps track of production stats for US beer makers, released its list of the top 50 brewing companies (the top five: Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Pabst, Yuengling, and Boston Beer Co., aka Sam Adams).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  April 25, 2012

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Shelf life: Building the Best beer store

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I spend a lot of time in liquor stores (hey, it's in the job description).
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  April 04, 2012

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Something to honk about: Goose Island delivers the Belgians

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Two weeks ago we huzzahed the arrival of Founders.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 21, 2012

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Reasons to be cheerful: Founders arrives in the Ocean State

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The tweet from Madeira Liquors said it all: "So friggin' excited to announce Founders is now available in Rhode Island!"
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 07, 2012


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