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).
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.
Self-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.
293 JT Connell Highway
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!
24 Bosworth St.
It’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.
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.
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.
Second stop will be from 5-7pm at Symposium Books in Downtown Providence.
Come out and support your local independent book sellers!
We 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.
100 Carver St, Pawtucket, RI
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.
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.
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.
- 5/2 Rhode Island Beer Tasting and Signing at Craft Beer Cellar, Plymouth from 1-3pm.
- 5/9 Rhode Island Beer Tasting and Signing at Grapes and Grains in Barrington, RI from 3-5 pm.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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