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Achieve brew bliss!

By LOU PAPINEAU  |  October 9, 2014

And hey, look who we haven’t mentioned (with highlights parenthetically cited): Allagash, Brooklyn, Gales, Kiuchi, Brasserie Vapeur, Cisco, Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Heavy Seas, Brouwerij Verhaeghe, Samuel Smith, Brasserie Des Rocs, Firestone Walker (Agrestic Single Barrel #16, a wild red ale), Founders (KBS in the haus, and a 2012-’14 vertical tasting of Old Curmudgeon), Goose Island (BCBS, plus Barleywine and Coffee variants), Lagunitas (see sidebar), Orval, Ayinger, Lindemans, Brasserie du Bocq, OEC (the eccentric crew from Oxford, CT), Ommegang (bringing the Game of Thrones vertical tasting), Otter Creek (Double Dose IPA, the collab with Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and Special Pilot Brew, which brewmaster Mike Gerhart says is “a Russian Imperial Stout that will be cask-aged on some fun shit that is still TBD”), Sam Adams (the big-bucks Utopias), Cantillon, Mikkeller, Konrad, Slumbrew, Spencer, Stone (Bang Bang, a red ale aged in bourbon barrels; Arbalest, a Belgian ale aged in bourbon barrels; Xocoveza Mocha Stout; and 18th Anniversary IPA), Two Roads, Uinta, and many more that didn’t survive the word count cut. We’ve provided quite a few details here, but click through to pages 4-8 for the complete list, with comprehensive and enticing descriptions.

And by the way, this great beer fest is a great bargain: advance tix are $50, $60 at the door (hint: tix sold out before the doors opened last year), the same rate for fests with less stellar samples. Some perspective: last week we saw a beer list that offered one ounce of Utopias for $20. Get in line for Utopias and do the math re: what a bargain — and special event — Beervana is.

But the better beer fun isn’t only on October 17. It’s  Providence Beer Week , taking place all over our tiny state from the 12th-18th, with theme nights and meet-the-brewer sessions and tap takeovers and dinners and more. Check and your fave twitter feeds for the where-to-go and what-to-do.

Fast Facts: A few tidbits that floated from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver last weekend . . . In the fest’s first year, 1982, there were 700 attendees; this year there were 700 breweries sharing their wares . . . The average craft beer lover is a 39-year-old male with an above-average income and education . . . Every day brings another 1.5 breweries, and the rate isn’t slowing down . . . Seventy-five percent of folks in the US live within 10 miles of a brewery . . . There were 268 medals awarded; judged sampled more than 5500 entries from 1309 breweries (all 50 states plus DC) in 90 categories, encompassing 145 styles.

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