Cheers to a Bigger, Better Beerworks

 

The last time we met in this space, we noted that Long Live Beerworks had just celebrated its second anniversary. This time we’re pleased to note the BIG news we couldn’t let out of the bag last time: Long Live is moving to a BIG new space on Sprague St (between Dexter St and Elmwood Ave), a little over a mile from its West Fountain St HQ! Brewmaster supreme Armando

DeDona at Long Live's new home

DeDona at Long Live’s new home

DeDona told us, “We’re hoping to move in summer(ish). Since it took longer than expected to get the lease resolved, we’re a little behind schedule, but have an aggressive timeline. We’re working with HB Design & Build, who did PVDonuts, Bayberry Beer Hall and the Nitro Bar, which is super-exciting as we’re planning on investing a lot of energy into the taproom portion of the brewery to enhance the neighborhood/hangout vibe we try to nurture in our current space (just with a lot more room – 4,000 square feet, about five times larger than W Fountain).” Congrats to the hard-working LLB crew; follow their progress on the socials.

As a new door opens, another door closes. Bucket Brewery is wrapping it up this weekend with two action-packed days at its Pawtucket home. On Saturday, aka St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll be tapping Kilkee Dry Irish Stout, and will host the ever-entertaining Roadhouse: The Musical at 8pm. And on Sunday (the 18th), you can help drain the fermenters during the Star Wars marathon, which starts at 10am with Rogue One and runs past midnight with The Last Jedi. Stop by and toast Nate Broomfield and his Bucketeers!

Matt Richardson at Tilted Barn Brewery tells us that the “expanded Friday hours (Noon – 8pm) have helped to spread out the lines and reduce wait times. We officially maxed out our space in the Barn with one more fermenter [recently installed], which will yield a slight increase in production in the coming weeks. And we just released our first beer using wild yeast that we isolated from our farm. We’ll be introducing bottles regularly moving forward, mostly farmhouse styles with fruit and other exciting stuff mixed in.”

Quick sips:

Revival Brewing Company will get a jump on St. Paddy’s Day with the release of Larkin’s Ice Fight Nitro Irish Stout (5.5% ABV) on tap and in tallboy cans on the 16th at 5pm at its CranstonRBDCans_Revival_Irish tasting room. They also promise “some St. Patrick’s Day-themed fun (but no green beer planned).”

Foolproof Brewing Company will be unleashing new 16-ouncers: Ocean State Lager (4.8%) and The Depths, a new double IPA (8%) made with a blend of lupulin powders (the latter is due on March 31).

Shaidzon Beer Company released Hoped Up, brewed with hops from their West Kingston neighbors at Hope Hops Yard. It’s a pale ale with moderate bitterness and piney hop flavor. The beer is available on draft and 500ml bottles at the brewery tasting room. And Shaidzon co-founder Chip Samson says, “As some degree of experimentation has been a mainstay for us to this point, we are looking forward to continuing that trend with new beer styles for the spring while also re-introducing popular beers, such as Buffalo Czech (a pilsner) and Never Tomorrow (an IPA).”

Proclamation Ale Company will begin distributing draft to lucky local taverns any day now, but cans (and the occasional bottles) will only be available at its magnificent new space in Warwick.

And a helpful nudge-nudge: Tickets for 401 beer happenings have been selling out mega-quickly lately, so you should make your plans now for two must-go events: the 7th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival and the 2nd Annual Bacon & Beer Fest. The former takes place on April 28 (the VIB session on the 27th is already sold out) at the Great Friends Meeting House from noon – 3 and 4 – 7pm (newportcraftbeer.com); the latter, hosted by the folks who bring you Beervana Fest and RI Food Fights, will be at The Steel Yard in Providence on Sunday, June 10 from 2 – 5pm (fb.com/events/133136200726122). Nudge-nudge!

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

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