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Counting calories, the Wall of Fall, and more
Octoberfest is here, and big boxes of beer
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  August 22, 2013


A hoppy history lesson

Plus, craft sales keep booming
It all starts with Anchor Steam. The storied brew was saved from extinction when Fritz Maytag bought the brewery in 1965 — inauspiciously launching the craft beer industry and establishing its benchmarks: small, independent, and traditional.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  July 31, 2013


Roll in the barrels

Plus, beer 'sales' at breweries!
It’s been a while since we caught up on beer news in this space. And there’s a boatload of it.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  July 18, 2013


The Philly pilgrimage

Plus, the splendid American Craft Beer Fest
We’re usually all about the local breweries and the locally-available stock in this space, but sometimes we get in the Kia and head for beer adventures across state lines.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 12, 2013


The best beers of summer

Local pros pick the season's top brews and craft beer in cans, and share some warm-weather drinking stories
'Tis the season when beers get lighter and crisper. But summer brews don't have to be bland and watery. The better beer makers pack an abundance of subtle flavors into their golden liquid, from blonde ales to lagers to wheat ales to pilseners.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 29, 2013


Taste sweet freedom!

Celebrating American Craft Beer Week
American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is rolling around again, from May 13-19. It's the eighth annual self-toasting by the alliance of small and independent beer makers, marketers, distributors, and peripheral biz peeps. This year's motto is "Big Week, Small Breweries."
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 08, 2013


American Craft Beer Week events

Tap takeovers, pint nights, and more!
Join the celebration!
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 11, 2013


Big beer news!

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


Beer on Broadway: Taking Newport by storm

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
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


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


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


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


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

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
'Tis the season to make with the beer-giving.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 05, 2012


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


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


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


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


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


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


Get ready for IPA Day

Bottles and cans and just clap your hands
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


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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