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Foolproof, Grey Sail, and a coupla fests
By LOU PAPINEAU  |  April 10, 2013

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We're too busy prepping The Best ish to do a "real" column, but we need to share some beer news: Three short months after shipping its first beers, FOOLPROOF BREWING COMPANY has added three new tanks to its production line — doubling its output, which will expand their reach in the state and, eventually, other markets. Huzzah to Nick Garrison and crew. And look for their new specialty beer, a farmhouse ale called La Ferme Urbaine (the Urban Farm) brewed with New Urban Farmers of Pawtucket, on tap and in bombers soon . . . And GREY SAIL BREWING OF RHODE ISLAND is now distributing in Massachusetts (they've been in Connecticut for awhile). Their summer seasonal, Hazy Day Belgian Wit, should hit taps next week, and tallboy four-packs will hit stores in late April . . . It's sampling season: the 7TH ANNUAL GREAT INTERNATIONAL SPRING BEER FESTIVAL is at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Saturday, April 20, from 1-4:30 pm and 6:30-10 pm ($45; beerfestamerica.com). And the 2ND ANNUAL NEWPORT CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL will return to the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House, and they're doubling the fun, with sessions from 12-3 pm and 4-7 pm. There will be 30 breweries, mostly from New England, sharing more than 100 beers, food and music, and that priceless ocean air. Tix are $45 and will sell out (about half of the allotment was gone last weekend); head to newportcraftbeerfestival.com . . . Julian's will host the EAST COAST VS. WEST COAST PUNK ROCK BREW TOUR on Tuesday, April 16. The event is a friendly hopped-up face-off between titans from the West (Lagunitas, Ballast Point, Oskar Blues, and Sierra Nevada) and sublime suds from the East (Smuttynose, Victory, Bronx Brewing, and Sixpoint). You'll sip and argue for your faves and absorb some beer lore from the reps and soak it all in with punk/hardcore soundtrack. Call 401.861.1770 or hit juliansprovidence.com.

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