Gift Series Part III: Inhale

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 This is the last part of our gift installment and not only do the featured items from Swag Brewery smell amazing, they’re also available via Amazon Prime which means they’ll arrive in time for Christmas! Swag Brewery was founded in 2012 by two recent college grads and their craft beer themed goods are all American made by employees who make fair wages. 

Beer Candles: Their hand-poured, soy wax, beer candles are each inspired by a different craft beer and are poured into an upcycled beer bottle. I got Vanilla Porter and I love it. My house smells like I’ve been baking up a storm (newsflash: I haven’t been). Other scents include Tropical Lager, Hard Cider, Breakfast Stout, Apricot Wheat, and more! 

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Beer Soap: I am a soapmaker and sucker for homemade soaps, so when I heard about this I had to try it. Beer used to be used to nourish hair, so the concept of it in soap isn’t too far fetched. The soap is made with craft beer and all-natural ingredients. I just used it as shower soap for now, but I tossed a bar in my gym bag as well because it can also be used as a shampoo (or shave soap for you men out there).

I tried hard cider, breakfast stout (made with coffee grounds), and tropical lager and they also have honey pilsner with crushed oats, vanilla porter, an IPA soap with crushed hops, oatmeal stout with crushed oats, and more!

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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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Gift Series Part I: The Botanicals Edition

This is Part I of our 4 Part Gift Installment

This year I’ve broken down our gift picks into categories because you really can’t lump every beer fan under the same umbrella. First up is the “Botanicals Edition” which is for the person who likes floral flavors, herbal cocktails, and gin cocktails.

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Beer and Food Ideas

Much like how you wouldn’t put curry in your apple pie, there are some guidelines when pairing beer with food. A lot of people know the wine guidelines, but the beer ones aren’t as well known yet. In general with beer you want something that either a) complements or b) contrasts with the food being served. You also want to go from the most mild to the strongest and boldest when arranging a beer dinner pairing.

While we are at it, check out this great book (image is a link) on pairing food and beer:

And this one with some delicious recipes and combos for you to try. New Years Eve party idea:

With these basic guidelines you can get creative and try different combos. After the cut are some tried and true pairings in an infographic from Erik Krass, whose page could be found here: Stateline Nissan Auto.

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Review: Revival Double Black IPA

It’s not secret that we are longtime fans of Sean Larkin and the beers he produces. We had him write the intro to our book, because in our opinion, he’s one of the driving forces behind the RI craft beer scene. And he’s just awesome. He’s the type guy who brings kegs to a first birthday party. For real. From Trinity to Narragansett he’s won 14 awards at the Great International Beer Festival and a bronze at the GABF. This week I got to try the Double Black IPA, one of Revival’s offerings.

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Why did I buy so much pumpkin beer? A solution.

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Did you get all #pumpkinspicebasic this fall like I did and WAY overbuy on the pumpkin beers? “They said there would be a shortage!” Trust me, I’ve done it as well. I live in a Pumpkinhead hoodie because the logo is sweet, and I’ve bartered with reps at fests with beer from the brewery I was working for to land a Pumpkinhead tee.
Well, if your fridge/garage/basement has a few pumpkin beers kicking around and you’ve kind of moved onto winter warmers: I have a solution for you! If you’ve run the gamut of pumpkin rimmers, pumpkin with vanilla vodka, and so on, try these recipes crafted up by Shipyard using Pumpkinhead, a UK meets USA amber ale that is perfect for the fall with it’s sessionable ABV and lightly spiced flavor.

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Smuttynose: The Stallion

I’ll be upfront with this so the haters don’t call me a shill- Kristie of Two Girls is a Smutt peddler now and works for Smuttynose. Lucky for me, I get to enjoy all of the fringe benefits this entails- Smuttoberfest, having her come to my area more often to hit up accounts which usually means getting together for a beer, getting Smuttty at our local beerfests, and samples of Smuttlabs offerings.
Tonight I’m enjoying The Stallion – an 11% imperial stout aged in red wine barrels, from Smuttlabs up in Hampton, NH.
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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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A BBC for everything 

I found myself out on one of the myriad of heatwaves we had this summer looking for a place to feed the baby and simultaneously feed myself. The Cedarville BBC was right nearby and I love it because it’s:

A) Got good pub food and good pub beer, but…

B) It’s also not pub-ish enough so that I feel like a BAD MOM ™ for bringing my newborn in with me mid-afternoon.

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Beer Mail: Beer of the Month

Beer of the Month from MonthlyClubs.com

For most people bills are the only reoccurring monthly mail they receive. However each month promises something to look forward to for those of us who have discovered the world of subscription boxes. Now I look forward to shipments of makeup, snacks, and now beer, packaged in cute little boxes, intermingled with the Fios and water bills.

Kris Calef, owner of The Beer of the Month Club founded by Michael Jackson, sent me a sample shipment from one of their four offerings for me to try out.

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Back with a baby and a new favorite hometown brewery: Indie Ferm

So, a lot has happened and I haven’t been updating for a while. That would be because my husband and I had this little guy on July 2nd:

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So I couldn’t really have much to drink. But it was worth it.

 

We also bought a house and moved to Plymouth. I know Plymouth is home to some great craft beer bars- like the BBC (three of them), Flynn’s, New World Tavern, Speedwell, and Driftwood. It’s also home to some breweries, wineries, and distilleries- Mayflower, Dirty Water Distillery, Plymouth Bay Winery, 1620 Winery, and the subject of this post- Independent Fermentations Brewing (Indie Ferm).

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Revival Night Swim’ah and ConserFest

It was the Fourth of July Weekend and I was hiking in NH up at Arethusa Falls and Frankenstein Cliffs when someone in the parking lot shouted, “Hey, you’re the beer writer!” I had been recognized by Frank, a writer for Yankee Brew News, not only for my writing prowess, but for my Revival “Night Swim’ah” tank top. Everyone knows Revival. Even if you haven’t had a Revival Beer, you’ve probably had something by Sean Larkin, the mastermind behind Revival Brewing (and the foreword to our book, and a ton of other Rhode Island beers such as Trinity, Narragansett, and Brutopia).

Here's a dorky mid-step picture of me atop the cliff in my tank top

Here’s a cute mid-step picture of me atop the cliff in my tank top

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Farmer Willie’s Ginger Beer

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Recently I was at Wequassett for Foolproof Brewing and I was placed right in between a Cape Cod Great White Rum, and a series of unmarked, brown bottles that reminded me of homebrew. Now, I don’t drink hard alcohol so I was a little disheartened to be at the rum cocktail table, however when I found out the mysterious brown bottles contained alcoholic ginger beer, I was in for a night of next level dark and stormys.

But what was this alcoholic ginger beer only available on my part of Cape Cod? How had I never heard of it? Enter Farmer Willie’s, the new libation in town. Based out of a Cape Cod kitchen way out in Truro by the wrist of the Cape, farmer Willie Fenichel began home-brewing alcoholic ginger beer, which he shared at local beaches and soon became a cult sensation. Co-founders Nico and Max got ready to share his ginger beer with the masses, and Farmer Willie’s began.

The water in Truro is good for lots of things, sharks, erosion, surfing, but unfortunately not for brewing. So Farmer Willie’s is brewed in collaboration with Downeast Cider in Charlestown, MA. After raising over $20,000 on Kickstarter to get off the ground and purchase cold storage and a delivery van so they can roll out 30,000 cans for summer, the beer is available at locations all over the Mid-Lower Cape from farmers markets to liquor stores. My choice location would be Cranberry Liquors in Harwichport, because if you’re the type person who is chasing down craft ginger beer, you probably also like to chase down craft beer, and they have the best selection in this part of the Cape.

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And now onto the beer itself:

Made with ginger, lemons, and something secret, this beer pours a very pale straw color, it sort of looks like a cloudy ginger ale. The smell of ginger is the first thing you notice, it;s a very sweet and earthy smell.

It tastes like a solid ginger beer, not to fizzy, not to sweet, only the kicker with this one is that it has alcohol in it. Aside from a slight warming sensation, the alcohol doesn’t impede the taste at all which would make this a great addition to dark and stormys, or, if you’re like me, to drink a cold glass of this with a sprig of mint, while chilling on a hammock.

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!

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

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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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