NEW HOME FOR NIKKI'S?
For the last 12 years, Nikki's has been the go-to craft beer store in Rhode Island. It now has plenty of quality competition statewide as the thirst for craft beer spreads, but Nikki's is still ahead of the pack. Looking for the newest limited edition release? Nikki's will likely have it first (as I can attest with the acquisitions of the aforementioned Meadowlark IPA and Devil Dancer). But the store is ready for bigger digs, and is hoping to move to 319 Broadway — directly across the street from Julian's, in the former Depasquale Pharmacy (that's a Photoshop of the "new Nikki's"). The corner property has been vacant for six years, and will provide an ideal new home for Nikki's. The location — near downtown Providence, just a bit off Route 95 — will enhance its status as a destination shop for craft devotees and allow them to expand their offerings (more six-packs! even more than their current 1000-plus beers!), host seminars, and become a true haven for all things quality beer. There are some zoning classification matters to be addressed before they can make the move; you can follow their progress and get more details at nikkiswestside.com. And if you're a West Side resident and want to lend your support, stop at Julian's to sign the petition.
GANSETT'S CLASSIC CAN
If you're "of a certain age," as the idiom goes (Google it; there are only 57,700,000 results), you're going to swoon when you see the retro cans that Narragansett just issued. Even if you're not of a certain age, you'll dig the throwback. It's the design that graced the 12-ounce containers in the '70s, with a field of two-tone golden squares crossed by a diagonal red stripe with a field of white at the top, suggesting a beautiful head of foam on the beloved local lager (it tastes extra-good when it's 95 degrees, right?). Yeah, it's the can that Quint drank from and crushed in Jaws in 1975. The limited edition shortboys are only in 18-packs, and the fun-loving 'Gansett folks have concocted a "Crush It Like Quint" contest. Make like the salty seafaring hero from the definitive summer blockbuster, capture your retro can-crushing via photo or video, then stick it on 'Gansett's Facebook wall or post it on Twitter/Instagram/Tumblr (#CrushItLikeQuint), or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will get a BluRay copy of Jaws.
There's not much to report on the Grey Sail/Full Sail branding/copyright dispute. The brewers are trying to resolve the matter out of court, and we hope they find a way to embrace Rodney King's inspirational words of wisdom.
And: Newport Storm's latest Cyclone Series release, Ursula, is a solid pale lager (6.1%), a subtle brew with a bit of an exotic tang from the champagne yeast that was added to the mix. They'll be celebrating Ursula's arrival as well as their impressive new logo and packaging — it's a very classy redesign — tonight (the 19th) from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Brewery (293 J.T. Connell Rd). Admission is $10; hit newportstorm.com for details.
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