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Want beer, will travel

Three road trips, four growlers
Windows down, music up, a chance to discover new brews, and — the best part — bring a growler or three home to savor said discoveries.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  July 09, 2014

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What's in a name?

Bottles and Cans and Just Clap Your Hands
Rhode Island breweries have had a bit of trouble with their handles.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 27, 2014

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Drink these brews

Local pros pick underappreciated beers
A selection of taken-for-granted/readily available/often veteran selections.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 28, 2014

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Raise a glass (or three)

Bottles & Cans & Just Clap Your Hands
With the continuing growth of the better beer industry locally and nationwide, one can make a case that every week is American Craft Beer Week.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 07, 2014

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Beer on the move

A new home for Nikki's; and the Rhode Island Beer Bus is revving up
Plus, Shiner Bock is coming to town
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  April 16, 2014

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Heady times for craft beer

Plus, 'Gansett's new mashup and a whole lotta new beers
The Brewers Association, which reps craft brewers, released its report for 2013, and the news is no surprise: better beer is still on the rise.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  March 19, 2014



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Mo' better beer

So many brews, so little time . . .
The better beer scene keeps getting better and better .
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  February 12, 2014

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New year, new beer

Meet Proclamation Ale and more
The flow of ambitious Rhode Island brewers is continuing unabated in 2014.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  January 15, 2014

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Fill your glass with cheer

Beer gifts, local liquids, and hoppy holiday bashes
For weeks we’ve been planning to do a detailed gift guide; we hit a few stores, made some notes, and then realized that you don’t need much hand-holding if you’re buying for the beer lover on your list.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  December 11, 2013

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Meet the medalists

Local winners at the Great International Beer Fest
At the 17th annual competition, 575 entries in 48 categories were assessed by 98 judges.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  November 13, 2013

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A shiny new Bucket

Plus, say hello to Slumbrew
Award-winning brews, new brews, and brew news for youse. . . .
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  November 06, 2013



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Beervana turns 5

 The best fest rolls out the barrel-aged beers, and much more
No hype, just fact: Beervana is the Main Event, the annual Big Night Out in our little corner of the craft beer world.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 14, 2013

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Into the wild

Welcome, Stevie D's; new brews; and more
Let’s catch up on some beer news while we wait for the first Christmas ales to hit the shelves . . . .
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  September 25, 2013

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10 items or less

Counting calories, the Wall of Fall, and more
Octoberfest is here, and big boxes of beer
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  August 22, 2013

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A hoppy history lesson

Plus, craft sales keep booming
It all starts with Anchor Steam. The storied brew was saved from extinction when Fritz Maytag bought the brewery in 1965 — inauspiciously launching the craft beer industry and establishing its benchmarks: small, independent, and traditional.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  July 31, 2013

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Roll in the barrels

Plus, beer 'sales' at breweries!
It’s been a while since we caught up on beer news in this space. And there’s a boatload of it.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  July 18, 2013



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The Philly pilgrimage

Plus, the splendid American Craft Beer Fest
We’re usually all about the local breweries and the locally-available stock in this space, but sometimes we get in the Kia and head for beer adventures across state lines.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  June 12, 2013

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The best beers of summer

Local pros pick the season's top brews and craft beer in cans, and share some warm-weather drinking stories
'Tis the season when beers get lighter and crisper. But summer brews don't have to be bland and watery. The better beer makers pack an abundance of subtle flavors into their golden liquid, from blonde ales to lagers to wheat ales to pilseners.
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 29, 2013

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Taste sweet freedom!

Celebrating American Craft Beer Week
American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) is rolling around again, from May 13-19. It's the eighth annual self-toasting by the alliance of small and independent beer makers, marketers, distributors, and peripheral biz peeps. This year's motto is "Big Week, Small Breweries."
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 08, 2013

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American Craft Beer Week events

Tap takeovers, pint nights, and more!
Join the celebration!
By: LOU PAPINEAU  |  May 11, 2013
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