When I heard there was to be a Rhode Island-centric Brew Fest coming last Fall, I was as giddy as a Japanese Anime character. I've long been a preacher of drinking locally and supporting our brothers and sisters of the hops and barley. I bought my VIP tickets early...and I waited. Last weekend the Pawtucket Armory (a beautiful old building, that once featured wrestling matches and other carny sideshows) was the perfect venue to house over 34 brew makers and their tasty libations. Like a good little beer nerd, I tasted, took notes, and snapped picks of the sexy beer porn.
I had the good fortune of enjoying a private tour and beer tasting in Rhode Island's newest entry into it's burgeoning craft brewery revolution, the Foolproof Brewing Company. The company's President and founder, Nick Garrison, was kind enough to answer a few questions for our beer geek faithful, here's what Nick had to say...
1. What was the genesis of Foolproof? Did you always know you wanted to brew beer? Did you start out as a home brewer?
The December Beer of the Month: Furthermore Brewing's Fatty Boombalatty
Submitted by ryan on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 11:37pm
Other than having one of the more unique beer names, this Belgian Pale Ale delivers in all phases. Once in the glass, it has a beautiful gold look, solid head, and a whiff of it oozes with a pleasing citrus smell. This beer delivers a decent hop taste but gives way to a dry, sweet finish. If you're into Belgian Pale Ales, this one certainly doesn't disappoint.
Belgian Pale Ale
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The leaves have changed color, falling gracefully to blanket our once green lawns, and it's a reminder that it's that time again...seasonal brew time. Autumnal ales, Pumpkins, Browns, Porters and Stouts, they all satisfy the soul in the warm glow of a cracking fire. This month? We bring you four...yes FOUR tasty options for your NFL Sunday. So crack open one of these beauties, and remember, they're always best in a glass to unearth the flavors and aromas that the brewmasters work so hard for you to enjoy. Cheers!
I feel like I'm betraying the many hoppy beers of the world, but this month I'm picking a coffee flavored stout from a local brewery in Milwaukee. If you like coffee and you like beer, you have a winner with this one. This dark brew provides a nice aroma of coffee, with some subtle hints of chocolate. Despite the dark, full bodied reputation, this beer is extremely smooth and very easy to drink. Now if you start drinking it every morning, you might have a problem. Enjoy!
I don't know what it is, but it seems like all of my favorite beers recently have been reds. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of discovering Founder's Red's Rye PA. Shortly after that, I fell in love w/ith Lakefront's Fixed Gear. Well just last week, New Belgium Brewing Company released it's newest fall seasonal:
I know, I know, this isn't a fruity Summer brew, sue me. Thing is, when you encounter Belgian style ale done right, you have to pimp it around every corner like a dude named Silky, ya' dig? Allagash, a Portland, Maine based brewer, has been winning awards for it's stellar craft brew for years now, and it's staple "Dubbel" is no exception.
Allagash Dubbel is deep reddish brown in color and is heavy (but not too heavy) on the malt. A dry finish, nutty, yet surprisingly drinkable, yeasty and fruity. Pair this with grilled hangar steak or marinated pork tenderloin.
June Beer of the Month: Clown Shoes "Clementine White Ale"
Submitted by John on Sun, 06/10/2012 - 7:23pm
June. Time to settle down, kick back and break out the charcoal grill. Ribs, burgers, grilled seafood, only one thing is missing...the perfect libation.
Mercury Brewing Co.'s Clementine is Clown Shoes Beer’s Belgian style White Ale. Light and crisp, this is a terrific White Ale and a perfect Summer grilled meats pairing. Golden honey in color and healthily carbonated, it utilizes Chambly yeast to energetically shape its wheat malt base. Incorporated in the brewing process is Clementine, sweet orange peel, a hint of Coriander, and Summit hops.
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Chimay Blue. The undisputed champion of Belgian ales (at least in this man's opinion). I have yet to taste its equal...until now. It's hard to lend credence to an American craft brewer producing a Belgian style in the strict tradition of the Belgian monks, but the Goose Island Beer Co. out of Chicago got this one right. "Matilda" Belgian Ale is chock full of floral notes, fruit and hints of hoppy goodness permeate this complex yet refreshing brew. A stellar Springtime beverage, it's crisp and sweet, and drinks like an effervescent Rose'.