Got Beer? Spooky Brew News

Dig into intel re: a few scares and seasonal delights:

Proclamation Ale Company had a smooth transition to their fresh digs at 298 Kilvert St in Warwick (just down the road from where the late, lamented Track 84 used-ta-be). They closed up shop in West Kingston two weeks ago and were selling four-packs at the loading dock of their humongous new home the very next weekend! Follow ’em at facebook.com/proclamationale for updates and news re: their Grand Opening Event.

Morgan Snyder reports that Buttonwoods Brewery is “nearing completion of all construction and should be opening around the end of October beginning of November, state pending.” Seek updates at facebook.com/buttonwoodsbrewery. He also has a Kickstarter project to help cover the costs of “a few minor unseen issues that have popped up” along the way; it runs through October 28, and you can find the link at the Fbook.

got beer revival_16ozExtra_Can4Revival Brewing is warming up to the cooler weather with three fresh releases in 16-ounce cans (and on draft): Oktoberfest, Porter and the triumphant return of Mercy Brown. The imperial ale is named for Mercy Lena Brown, aka “New England’s Last Vampire.” In 1892, the 19-year-old’s body was dug up at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Exeter; the folks at Wikipedia note that “it is one of the best-documented cases of the exhumation of a corpse in order to perform rituals to banish an undead manifestation.” Happy Halloween issue! And Sean Larkin and his crafty crew are working on a tripled take on You Thirsty?, to be dubbed Extra Thirsty. The mega-hopped New England IPA is slated for a November debut.

Matt Gray of Ragged Island Brewing Co. says they’re “working on a hurricane relief beer with one of our taproom employees, Christian Archival. Archie is from Puerto Rico and his family and friends were devastated by Maria. We have sourced product to produce a sour ale that we plan to bottle. It will be our first-ever bottled beer and will be for sale in the taproom only. We hope to have it ready within the month. 100% of the proceeds will benefit people in PR and Houston, where our business partners reside. More scoop – we are looking into canning. Surfer’s End [a New England IPA] and Hydrofoil [a double IPA] will be the most likely first beers to be available in cans.” Keep up at facebook.com/raggedisland.

Whalers Brewing has a new pumpkin beer on tap in the tasting room at their South Kingstown HQ. It’s called – wait for it – #PumpkinBeer. Genius! The Whalerites say the 7.8% ABV brew has “a rich caramel body and notes of warm pumpkin pie [with a] brown sugar and cinnamon finish.”

Newport Storm has released its seasonal R.I.P.umpkin, made with three pounds of orange gourd per keg, plus chocolate, caramel and cara malts, and spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves) from Spice Mill in Wakefield. And the Storm crew will host Haunted Brewery and Distillery Tours October 27-29 from 7-10pm, where “spine-tingling scares meet delicious bubbling brews and spooky cocktails.” Details at facebook.com/newportstorm.

And Foolproof Brewing Company will stage its Haunted Brewery Ball & Pig Roast on Saturday, October 28 (aka Halloween Eve Eve) from 8 – 11pm. The big bash features beer (duh), including special cask offerings and the release of Forecast Chapter 3 – Salted Caramel Ale, slow-cooked treats from Binge BBQ, and a coffin-full of frightening fun, starring the ghoulish “mobile scare squad” from Darkness Within. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the standout getups. Boo!

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

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