Wenches, Beer, and Wine

 

 

Alas, it is the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Sixteen. Carvershire is under the rule of the benevolent King Richard, and I prithee well.

Okay, so it’s not a beer fest, but King Richard’s Faire, which is a whole new beast. For two magical months the pine barrens of Carver transform into a medieval shire – replete with jousting, monarchy, minstrels, and mead. Stepping into the forest you’re immediately transported into the past. It conjures to mind different literary worlds. The Canterbury Tales, Hogsmeade, Westeros…men and women walk around in boiled leather armor eating turkey legs with tankards of ale and drinking horns of mead while the more refined go in corsets and ermine, sipping on strawberry garnished champagne from crystalline chalices.

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Upcoming Events 

September is shaping up to be a busy month, so here’s a rundown of upcoming events. Are we missing something? Hosting an event? Have some info you want us to add? E-mail us for info on how to get it promoted- twogirlsonebeerblog@gmail.com


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Hop on the Bus! – Sunday, May 31

As much as we love Rhode Island, we both also absolutely adore New Hampshire. Kristie used to call Portsmouth home and any time we have a free weekend in the summer, you’ll usually find us making the trek into the mountains with a car loaded full of camping gear and beer.

Not only do we love the surroundings, but the New Hampshire beer scene is second to none. Breweries like Smuttynose, Earth Eagle Brewing, Throwback, Moat Mountain, and Stoneface are cranking out some of the best brews in New England and each space is so unique that the idea “if you’ve seen one brewery, you’ve seen them all” is quickly dismissed.

That’s why we’re beyond excited to be partnering up with our friend Dave and his brewery tour bus Granite State Growler Tours. On Sunday, May 31, we’ll be on board as guest-hosts of a trip that includes stops at Earth Eagle Brewings, WHYM Craft Beer Cafe, Sea Hagg Distillery, and Throwback Brewery. During the tour, we’ll be talking about our journey into the world of beer writing, the book writing process and a bit about the beer scene in Rhode Island.

Tickets are $55 and available here. RSVP on the Facebook event page.

The night before the tour, we will also be hanging out at WHYM Craft Beer Cafe for their Second Anniversary Party – 2014 Parabola, Allagash Midnight Brett, Stoneface Brewing aaand Lunatique Homard (if you haven’t had this one, you haven’t truly lived) on draft. See you there!

Rhode Island Beer Book Events – Saturday, May 16th

This Saturday from 2-4pm, we will be down in Newport at Rhode Island’s oldest production brewery, Newport Storm! Riley will be pouring samples of their Summer Hefeweizen, Irish Red, Hurricane Amber, India Point Ale, R.I. Blueberry, and Annual Release ’11. As a special treat and as a part of Craft Beer Week, he’ll also be cracking bottles of Annual Release ’07- brewed back in 2007 with 7 types of malt and 7 kinds of hops. Eight years ago, it already had loads of complex coffee and toffee notes. It’ll be a treat to see how some bottle-aging has treated it.

Newport Storm logoSelf-guided tours are available all day, and allow visitors to check out the production floor from the observation deck. A guided tour will leave at 3:00. And if you’re not in the mood for beer (*hisssss*), you can also opt to do a rum tasting and taste the three stages of the distillation process of Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum.

Barrel Room at Newport Storm

Barrel Room at Newport Storm

Location:
293 JT Connell Highway
Newport, RI

Our trip continues north to Barrington, where from 5-7pm, we’ll be signing books in the Reserve Room at Grapes & Grains. Joe from Newport Storm will be in-house at 5:30, pouring samples. We will also be featuring some beers from Sean Larkin’s Revival Brewing. (with a visit from the man himself, as well). Make an evening of it and pick up dinner from Plouf Plouf Gastronomie. This rustic French cuisine food truck will be parked outside of G&G from 5:30-7:30. Check out their menu at http://www.ploufploufgastronomie.com/ and feel free to call ahead to have your order ready when you arrive!

Location:
24 Bosworth St.
Barrington, RI

Two Girls, One Beer Fest: A Photo Recap of the 4th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival

4th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival

NewportIt’s that time of year again, for folks to gather on the grounds of the Great Friends Meeting House in downtown Newport, on a (hopefully) beautiful day. It’s the 4th Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival, and this year there are multiple dates to save, as it has stretched into a two day long event! Friday, May 8th from 8-10pm is the VIB event (Very Important Beers), featuring beers from festival brewers that won’t be available on Saturday, in a smaller, more intimate setting at the Newport Storm Brewery, with some festival brewers in attendance.

Saturday’s two sessions (noon-3, 4-7) will feature 35 craft breweries from across the country. Each brewery is required to send staff employed by the brewery so guests can have all of their questions answered and learn about beer from the people that actually make it. The festival also emphasizes local, Rhode Island beers with “Guild Row”, a special area under the tent where guests can easily access all Rhody beers in one spot. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization that promotes Ocean State brewers.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample brews, snag a commemorative tasting glass, and vote for their favorite brewery in a Fan Favorite award. Some Newport restaurants will also be showcasing their best dishes and live bands will be performing each session.

Did we mention that we will also be there at both sessions signing copies of Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap??

Friday VIB tickets are $35 and Saturday tickets are $45 and are available at http://www.newportstorm.com/GearStore. Space is limited to 75 tickets on Friday and 550 for each session on Saturday so act fast, people! This is a great event for a great cause. For the most up-to-date info and a list of attending breweries, check out the festival Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @NewportBeerFestival

If you can’t make it to the festival, we will also be at Norey’s in Newport from 8-10pm that evening.

Literary Libations Weekend – 4/25/15

We are on the bookstore circuit this weekend and have decided to make things a bit more interesting by throwing some beer into the mix. We’ve partnered with Narragansett Beer to help release the latest in their H.P. Lovecraft Series – The Innsmouth Olde Ale.

Official description:

Chapter 2 in the Lovecraft Series draws its inspiration from “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” one of our favorite Lovecraft stories which chronicles one man’s ominous visit to the fictional sea town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts. The dark, malty Innsmouth Olde Ale represents the shadow that hangs over the blighted town of Innsmouth and its strange inhabitants that spawn from the “Deep Ones.”

The label illustration was designed by famed Lovecraftian and Rhode Island artist, Jason C. Eckhardt.

Roll out the Barrel: 7% Alcohol by Volume and 30 IBUs. The Innsmouth Olde Ale draws its balanced, robust, and slightly toasted features from a complex blend of Two-Row Pale, Crystal, Cara, Dark Munich, and Chocolate malts, Chocolate rye and finishes with just a touch of Summer and East Kent Goldings hops.

Quality Supreme: Brewed in collaboration with Sean Larkin, Head Brewmaster for Narragansett and owner of Revival Brewing, Innsmouth Olde Ale is made with a complex blend of malts and rye followed by just a touch of hops, producing a bold yet balanced English-style Olde Ale.

Taste & Enjoy: We created this ale as our interpretation of the select stock ales served at taverns and roadside inns both found in Olde England and Olde New England, much like how we imagine the very inn that the unnamed protagonist visits in Lovecraft’s story.

The History: Born in 1890, the same year that Narragansett Beer was founded, H.P. Lovecraft spent the majority of his life in Providence as a struggling author, only achieving literary fame posthumously. Commonly referred to as the “Father of Modern Horror,” he is often cited as an influence on other notable authors and artists from Stephen King to Metallica to Ridley Scott. H.P. Lovecraft is best known for creating Cthulhu, a fictional deity described as being part man, part dragon and part octopus. It is this creature that inspired the Cthulhu Mythos, a cultural lore and shared fictional universe of Lovecraft’s successors.

gansettOur first stop is on the East Bay at Barrington Books. We’ll be there from 1:00 – 2:30 with books, posters, beer. They have a Facebook event page set up that you can see here.

Second stop will be from 5-7pm at Symposium Books in Downtown Providence.

Come out and support your local independent book sellers!

Book Signing at Bucket Brewery – 4/11/15

THP MTA Poster 4-11We will be at Pawtucket’s Bucket Brewery on Saturday, April 11 from 12-2pm signing and selling our book “Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap”.

The Bucket crew will be running brewery tours at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 (on the hour). The cost is $13, which includes a tasting and a pint glass. If you just want to do a tasting ($5), pop in anytime between 11am and 5pm. If you just want to chat with us, it’s totally free! (Unless you would like a book or a poster, then I’m afraid our prices go up!).

Bucket will be pouring samples of their Pawtucket Pail Ale, Park Loop Porter, 13th Original Maple Stout, and 33rd Inning Red Rye Lager.

Bucket Brewery logo

Location:
Bucket Brewery
100 Carver St, Pawtucket, RI

Book Release Party & Crooked Current Draft Launch – 3/31/15

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The book is out and we are ready to party! Join us at Providence’s What Cheer Tavern on Tuesday, March 31, from 7-10pm as we celebrate the release of our first book “Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap”. We’ll be signing and selling books, as well as brewery map posters. To make it even more of a celebration, we’ll be joined by Rhody’s first female brewmaster, Nichole Pelletier from Pawtucket’s Crooked Current Brewery, as she launches the brewery’s first tap lines in the state.

Nichole Pelletier of Crooked Current Brewing

Nichole Pelletier of Crooked Current Brewing

What Cheer will be also be pouring other local beers from the likes of Ravenous Brewing, Proclamaton Ale Co., Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Revival Brewing, and Foolproof Brewing.

Pickled delights will be available, courtesy of Fox Point Pickling Company, as well as the full What Cheer menu.

Hope to see you there! RSVP at our Facebook event page.

159. Rhode Island Brew Fest

Rhode Island beer has definitely seen a swelling of the ranks this past year with the opening of Proclamation Ales and Whalers Brewing down in South County, Sean Larkin’s latest brewpub venture Brutopia, and Pawtucket’s newest brewery Crooked Current. This summer’s Rhode Island Brew Fest, put together by the folks at Gray Matter Marketing, has brought together each Rhode Island brewery and will be the first opportunity for a lot of people to sample some of these new offerings.

(Valley Breeze Photo by Bill Murphy)

(Valley Breeze Photo by Bill Murphy)

What: Rhode Island Brew Fest – Summer, 30+ breweries, live music, local food

When: Sunday, July 20, 2014. One Session from 4:30 – 7:30

Where: The Providence Rink at the Bank of America City Center

Tickets are $45 if purchased in advance, and will increase to $55 at the door. Check out http://www.ribrewfest.com/summer/ for tickets and any additional information.

This festival is also being held in conjunction with Craft Brew Races, a 5k for runners and walkers being held at multiple cities throughout New England this summer. The Providence race will be held the morning of the beer fest, with race registration including entrance to the festival. Registration is still open so check out http://www.craftbrewraces.com/providence/ if you feel the desire to sweat out all the beer you’ll be imbibing later.

See you there!

155. 3rd Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival

newport beer fest

As if you need a reason to come hang out in Newport for the day. This Saturday at the Great Friends Meeting House is the 3rd Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival. The event is sponsored by local establishments Pour Judgment Bar & Grill and Newport Storm Brewery with proceeds going to benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild and the Newport Historical Society.

There are two sessions: Session One from noon-3pm and Session Two from 4-7pm. Tickets are $45 and available via the Newport Storm Gear Store.

There’s a lot going on in the Rhode Island beer scene and this is a great chance to talk to brewers and check out some of the state’s best beers. Hope to see you there!

143. January 15-22: A Week in Beer – Rhode Island

I don’t have a lot of familiarity with Rhode Island, and now I live here. I don’t even have a favorite bar yet. New breweries are starting to pop up even before I’ve sampled the old ones. It’s all happening so fast! I wanted to put together a weekly compendium of beer events going in in the Ocean State for a couple reasons. First, are there other beer bloggers in Rhode Island? E-mail me because I’d love to hear from you! RI beer info is a little scattered across the internet right now, so I thought this would help beer folks plan their drinking itinerary. Also, this is to help me figure out where to go, what to drink, how to actually live in this state as a craft beer consumer.

So here’s some events going on this week in Rhode Island. If you hear of anything else, feel free to reach out at twogirlsonebeerblog@gmail.com Cheers.

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139. CBC Great Pumpkin Festival 2013

Pumpkin monks

Pumpkin monks

This past weekend was the sixth annual Great Pumpkin Festival at Cambridge Brewing Company – a place where autumnphiles can come together and have a pumpkin beer without the ubiquitous cinnamon-sugar rim nor the sneers from the general craft beer public. This was our third year in attendance, and in our opinion, the most successful event yet. In the past, the festival operated on a one-in/one-out policy, resulting in a line, usually on the first cold day of October, that left you cursing yourself for wearing a dress and cursing all those terrible terrible people who agreed to hold their friend’s place in line while they went into Tommy Doyles to stay warm doing pumpkin bomb shots. There is a special circle of Hell for line-cutters, I’m sure of it.

Our costumes - Daria & Jane

You’re standing on my neck – Daria and Jane are skeptical of waiting in line to drink beer

This year, the event was divided into three four-hour sessions throughout the day, which got rid of the wait time and made things much more comfortable and accessible inside the restaurant. We chose the last session so we could witness the event we’ve missed years past, a monk-led procession leading to the tapping of a giant pumpkin filled with CBC’s Great Pumpkin Ale.

All Hail the Great Pumpkin

All Hail the Great Pumpkin

This is a great place to experience interpretations of pumpkin beer you’ve never imagined. But truth be told, at least for me, it’s about pretzel rolls with beer mustard and pumpkin ale braised sauerkraut and hanging out with robots. Oh, and commemorative glassware.

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Here’s some of my evening’s most memorable beers:

CBC Stout at the Devil – 666# of pale malt, 6.66 oz. of Devil’s Claw herb, a 6.66% ABV – how can you not love this devilish beer? Plus add to the fact that this is their 2011 version that has been aging on Brettanomyces barrels. “It’s all for you, CBC!” ~*Jumps off balcony*~

Jack’s Abby Pumpkin Crop Lager – A perfect blend of autumnal spices mixed with locally sourced pumpkins makes for a crisp lager with a well-done pumpkin profile without any of the sugary sweetness.

Iron Hill Pumpkin Berliner Weisse – Tons of candied pumpkin and sugar cookies with some tart lemon characteristics. Very interesting and enjoyable.

Avery Rumpkin – Ahhh the venerable Rumpkin; aged in fresh rum barrels and clocking in at a monstrous 18%. Yes, it’s totally overwhelming and like taking a shot of pumpkin pie rum, but it’s still complex, sweet, and good to try once.

131: A Packed Post: Planks & Pints, Riverwalk IPA, and Cooking with Beer

Last week I: chugged a beer through a straw while working out, visited one of my favorite breweries, and got to utilize the grill. Happy Kristie happy happy Kristie.

Let’s start at the beginning and with one of the reasons Amber Jansen of 2beerguys is an awesome craft beer lady. Together with Newburyport’s Riverwalk Brewing and Engage Your Core Pilates, she organized an engaging event combining two very different life paths, in order to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. I have a lot of admiration for someone who is able to take their passion for beer and promote it through their own unique platform (i.e. fitness), all the while, thinking of ways to help others.

Lisa Hamel Happ of Engage Your Core

Lisa Hamel Happ of Engage Your Core

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125. Beer Bloggers Conference 2013

BBClogoThis Friday, Ashleigh and I, along with 150 other beer bloggers from across the country, will be heading to Boston for the 4th annual Beer Bloggers Conference. This is our first time attending the conference and we are incredibly excited to meet the people behind some of the best beer websites and brainstorm ways to make our sites better for you, the reader.

We will be engaging on all social media platforms throughout the weekend so be sure to follow along!

TwoGirlsOneBeer @ Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube