Got Beer? 401 Brew News

Its been a coupla months since we’ve rounded up some beer news. So let’s get to it!

  • Revival Brewing Company celebrated its own Independence Day on July 5 with the installation of its very own canning line. Pinky Swear (a 3.7% ABV Berliner Weisse), White Electric Coffee Stout (8.5%) and Conga, an Imperial IPA (9.5%), are now available in tallboy four-packs at their tasting room; Fanny Session IPA (4.7%), You Thirsty? NEIPA (6.5%) and Night Swim’ah Belgian Wit (4.7%) are at Revival HQ and an enlightened packy near you.
  • Dave Witham at Proclamation Ale Company told us that “construction [at the humongous new space in Warwick] is moving along nicely now. The exterior walls are up and doors are in. The production/tasting room floors are being poured in a couple of days and all of our fermenters have arrived. Hoping for mid/late September, but I cant be really sure until we get a lot closer.” Check for updates.
  • Ragged Island Brewing Company has added even more shiny beer-making equipment at their Portsmouth HQ! More tanks mean more beer – and a new distribution deal with Craft Beer Guild of RI means you can find Ragged Island’s fine fare in Newport County, Bristol and Warren (check for details). And the brewery will make its RI beer fest debut at the Craft Brew Races event at Fort Adams State Park on Saturday (July 22); check the blog listed at the bottom of this column to peruse the beer list!
  • Bucket Brewery prez Nate Broomfield sez: “We have changed our distributor [to McLaughlin & Moran]. That means Bucket has been scarce outside of the brewery this summer, but you can expect a big return to the market starting in August. We’ll be lining up tons of events around the state [find ’em at]. In a couple of weeks we’ll release a limited batch of Merci Buckets Saison, made with lavender, coriander and linden flowers. The next limited after that will probably be Payce’s IPA, a session IPA brewed with Horizon hops. Limiteds will be available on select taps in RI, as well as on tap and in cans at the brewery.” And Bucket has expanded its hours for more summer fun: Thursdays (5 – 10pm), with a movie at 8; Friday (1 – 10pm), with an Irish pub sing on the second and fourth Fridays of the month; Saturday (11am – 10pm), with trivia on the second Sat of the month; and Sunday (Noon – 4pm). There’s also a buffet with food from Tugas on Friday and Saturday.
  • Whalers Brewing Company will be distributing its first run of Rise, its superb flagship American pale ale (5.5%), in cans – “hopefully by the end of the month.”
  • Foolproof Brewing Company will be releasing some of its seasonal standouts in the coming months. Augtoberfest is due any day now (and you can throw a few back at its namesake fest on August 5; check for particulars), followed by Peanut Butter Raincloud (late August) and Federal Hill Ale (late September/early October), plus Forecast Chapter 3 (late October).
  • Also in the plan-ahead department, Crooked Current tells us that “late August will see the seasonal return of the S’mores Brown Ale, perfect for those late summer/early fall nights around the fire pit. August will also feature the seasonal return of the Pineapple-Infused Hawaiian Porter, as well as the popular New Zealand IPA made with all New Zealand hops. It resembles a tropical fruit salad in beer form. September will then start the Pumpkin Maple Ale flowing for the season. Other favorites like the Horchata Cream Ale and Coffee Vanilla Bean Porter will also cycle in and out during that time.”
  • And Isle Brewers Guild has welcomed its newest partner, Great North Aleworks, straight outta Manchester, NH. And Ethan Shorey reported in The Valley Breeze that the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation was scheduled to meet on July 19 to greenlight a license for Peak Organic of Portland, Maine, to join the ever-growing collective at the IBG. Assuming the RIDBR said yes, we say “Cheers!” to more beer on Main Street!

For more beer news, check Lou’s blog,, or follow @BottlesCansRI.

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