Gift Series Part II: Experience It

This is Part II of our 4 Part Gift series

Have a craft beer lover in your life and don’t know what to get them or want to do something other than the random beer trinket? These gift ideas are ways for you to get out there and immerse yourself craft beer. Ways to meet other people, try new breweries, and make the experience memorable.

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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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New Brewery- Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. in South Dennis

Devil's Purse Brewing Co.

Devil’s Purse Brewing Co.

Homebrewers Mike Segerson and Matt Belson are opening up Devil’s Purse Brewing Co. in South Dennis this Memorial Day weekend. Inside the brewery bags of malts- Vienna, Crystal, Pilsen, Simpons are stacked high to produce their malt-forward European influenced beers.

Matt and Mike both started out as homebrewers, were successful at it, which lead to the formation of Devil’s Purse. Mike had worked at a winery, taken classes at B.U. for wine tasting, and worked at Truro Vineyards, where he began to get into beer. Matt, a former journalist for the Cape Codder, had gotten a homebrew kit for a wedding project that sat dormant for years, the two were introduced through their wives, and “no exaggeration, once we started homebrewing together it was all we did,” said Matt. They researched, brewed, and bottled, with the support of their friends and families.

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Their next step? Opening a brewery. “Every day is a challenge, every day is rewarding, and we are exceptionally lucky to have people support us and cheer us on since day one,” said Matt. Their name, Devil’s Purse, comes from the skate egg pouches found on many a Cape beach. “I used to collect them on north beach, it’s one of my earlier memories,” says Mike, “I found out what they are called, and thought, that’s awesome.” They tossed around the idea of the name at a 2am brew session and it stuck. Their logo combines a devils purse with a surfmans check badge, which are given to highly skilled mates in the coastguard. These used to be given to the lifesavers at Monomony, and Race Point, to name a few.

Their beers and philosophies pay homage to the past and history of the cape. The beers themselves have nautical names as well- Handline Kolsch, Skatemouth Pale Ale, Surfmans Check ESB, and their Light Vessel IPA series named after notorious rips in the area- like Pollock and Cross.

They hope to see the Cape become a craft beer destination, and the town of Dennis was excited to welcome the 7-barrel brewhouse to town, and their new location sits in a spacious industrial bay on Great Western Road. It features a tasting room that does growler fills, and better yet, crowler fills. Not only is it fun to hold a 32oz. giant can of beer, it’s also much better for the beach and boat life.

I’m pretty excited to see another brewery grace the shores of Cape Cod where things seem to move at a painfully slower pace than the rest of the state. Let’s keep the ball rolling, who is going to be next?

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Memorial Day Weekend Opening Hours at the brewery

Friday, May 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Sat. May 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

***CLOSED Sun. May 24 & Mon. May 25***

Their beer has also begun distribution at local bars and restaurants.

Address and Contact info

Devil’s Purse Brewing Company

120 Great Western Rd.

South Dennis, MA 02660

(508) 694-7171

 For more information visit: www.devilspurse.com

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“Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap” Release Party info

It's heeeeeere!

It’s heeeeeere!

Our book comes out on 3/31, and we have several events planned! Releases, signings, and tastings, oh my! The best way to get a book is at one of those events, or from the online store on our blog, which we will be opening up next week once the book is out!

Here is what we have planned so far:

  • 3/31 Release Party and Signing at What Cheer Tavern in Providence from 7-10 PM. We’ll be hanging out at the What Cheer all evening, celebrating the official release of Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap! Crooked Current Brewery will also be launching their first draught lines in the state so come meet Nichole & Jason and grab a glass of their Oatmeal Raisin Stout!

Books will be for sale ($20) as well as 18×12 prints of our original Sara Lyons Rhode          Island Brewery Map ($12), both for $30.

  • 4/18 Release Party at The Lost Dog Pub in Orleans from 9-midnight. We will be at the Lost Dog all evening, celebrating the official release of Rhode Island Beer: Ocean State History on Tap. There will be a live show by surf-punk band THE INFRA-MEN. Come join us for a night full of literate libations, chow down on some pizza and honey habanero wings followed by some Rhodie beers.Books will be for sale ($20) as well as 18×12 prints of our original Sara Lyons Rhode Island Brewery Map ($12), both for $30.
  • 5/9 Rhode Island Beer Tasting and Signing at Grapes and Grains in Barrington, RI from 3-5 pm.

 

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

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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!

150. Rhode Island Beer Book

Ashleigh and I started this website in 2011 mainly as a way to keep track of all the beers we were drinking as we started to venture into the world of craft beer, as well as a way to keep our writing skills sharp. We had both graduated with degrees in writing, but instead found ourselves working whatever jobs we could find.

Cut to present day; we’ve worked our fair share of jobs in the meantime – journalist, cook, bartender, office work, freelancing, marketing, all the while, spending our free time maintaining Two Girls, One Beer and trying to hone in on a more local beer community. We’ve lived all across New England, but our attention is now on Rhode Island. I (Kristie) live here and am fascinated by the beer history, as well as the current expansion and passionate people I’ve met, in a state largely unknown for its beer.

So it is with great excitement that I announce that Ashleigh and I have signed with the History Press to write Rhode Island Beer, which will serve as the only book on the current state of beer in the Ocean State. This book will join the leagues of other books in the American Palate series on beer including Austin Beer: Capitol City History on Tap by the women at Bitchbeer.org, Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland by Josh Christie, as well as New Hampshire Beer which is being written by Brian Aldrich and Mike Meredith of Seacoast Beverage Lab.

We are in the beginning stages of this project and are open to ideas as to what you’d like to see in a beer book. What do you like and what would you like to see that hasn’t been done before? Contact us at twogirlsonebeerblog@gmail.com with any suggestions you have! Also be sure to follow along with the book’s progress on our Facebook page, as well as with the Instagram hashtag #ribeerbook

Cheers!