Mead Day 2017

By | July 26, 2017

Mead Day
Sunday August 6th, 2017
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Crave Mead
7 Main St
Blackstone, MA 01504


Get ready for an epic Mead-up! On Sunday, August 6, RIBS is teaming up with Crave Mead and Girls Pint Out to celebrate Mead Day! Mead Day is an official American Homebrew Association event created in 2002 to increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among meadmakers. From noon to evening, come join us in honoring the original fermented beverage with samples of mead and beer, food, games, and a demonstration of actual meadmaking!

Guests are invited to increase their awareness by sampling from Crave’s catalogue of fine meads, then try a selection of the Rhode Island Brewing Society’s homebrewed mead and beers. Food will be provided throughout the day by RIBS and Girls Pint Out. Over half a dozen homebrewing demonstrations will be carried out throughout the event, and we guarantee that you will leave with all the knowledge you need to brew your own at home! No tickets are required for this event, but all guests must be 21 or older.

Newport Craft Brew Race 2017

By | July 18, 2017

Join us on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 12:00 to 4:00 as we celebrate another awesome Craft Brew Race in the Ocean State. A fun walk/run 5k in Newport followed by a craft beer festival with more than 40 local craft breweries, including homebrew pours by Rhode Island Brewing Society! All at the gorgeous grounds at Fort Adams State Park. Not into exercise? Pick up a festival only ticket. Online registration closes at midnight on July 21, so grab your tickets now. Cheers!

Pints for Paws 2017

By | June 21, 2017

Pints for Paws
Sunday June 25th, 2017
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
34 Elbow St
Providence, RI 02903


Beer lovers and dog lovers, unite! The Providence Animal Rescue League’s annual fundraising event is returning in 2017 for its 8th year in a row. Join us at 34 Elbow St in Providence this Sunday to help raise funds for the Providence Animal Rescue League by drinking beer, eating food , and listening to live music!

Many members of the Rhode Island Brewing Society are animal lovers who have had their lives improved with the love of a rescued dog, cat, or other small critter from the Providence Animal Rescue League and are excited to have the opportunity to give back by doing what they do best, brewing beer! While you’re enjoying a lineup of our pet themed beers, your furry friends can enjoy a variety of dog treats made from different batches of spent grain. Spent grain dog treats are made by RIBS members using the grain left over from the brewing process; it’s a great way to reduce waste and dogs LOVE them!

The Pints for Paws Beer Tasting is $25 and entitles you to samples of beer from us as well as breweries from around Rhode Island. Every penny of the ticket price goes directly to support programs to help animals in need. Additionally, for the first time ever Pints for Paws is having a Block Party that’s free to attend and provides access to beer, food trucks, live music, raffles, pet supplies, microchipping, a games area, and doggie pools for cooling off if it gets too hot for your puppers!

Rhode Island Maker Faire 2017

By | May 31, 2017

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire Logo

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire
Saturday June 3rd, 2017
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
93 Washington St
Providence, RI 02903



Join us in downtown Providence this Saturday (June 3rd, 2017) from 2PM to 8PM for the Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire’s 9th year in the Ocean State and its first time as part of PVDFest. The event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome, from experienced homebrewers to the merely brew-curious, to join us as we share in our passion for brewing alongside other Makers in Rhode Island’s Creative Capital!

Stop by our booth throughout the day for brewing demonstrations and advice for getting started in the wonderful world of homebrewing!

Maker Faires are gatherings of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faires are a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. Some have called it the “Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth.”

PVDFest is Providence’s signature art festival. During the four-day event, artists and performers from around the globe and just around the corner will descend upon Providence for a multicultural and multidimensional celebration of artistic expression. Last year over 75,000 people attended the festivities and this year is shaping up to be even bigger with new attractions and creative minds leading the festivities.

Beer and Food Pairing on Memorial Day Weekend

By | May 31, 2017

This weekend Brendan and Cate at Green Acres Farm hosted a RIBS Beer and Food Pairing.  We had a delicious 5 course menu featuring dumplings, baby bok choi salad, kimchi fried rice (my favorite!), smoked duck with mushrooms, and red bean paste ice cream with vanilla wafers.  All of the dishes were cooked by Cate and served by their family and friends, and many of the ingredients were sourced on the farm.

  

We kept the pairing pretty informal, with members and their guests sampling and tasting, and commenting on which beers accentuated flavors in the dishes and which styles overpowered.  We had a variety of homebrew and commercial styles and the sampling was relaxed, lasting well into a beautiful spring evening at the farm.

 

Spring Has Sprung!

By | April 27, 2017

Hello Homebrewers!  Exciting happenings are happening this spring at the RI Brewing Society.  This weekend we will have a booth at the Newport Craft Beer Fest so if you are attending make sure to stop by and say hi.  We had a tremendously well attended April meeting hosted by Morgan at Buttonwoods Brewery a few weeks ago.  The brewery really has the space we are looking for to accommodate our growing membership.

May 6th is National Homebrew Day! What better way to celebrate than hosting a Big Brew Party?  We will have our event at Green Acres Farm (51 Farm Street, North Smithfield, RI) and will be part of a worldwide celebration with homebrew clubs from around the globe coordinated through the American Homebrewers Association.  The Big Brew is FREE and open to the public.  We’ll have brewing demonstrations, food, games, and of course homebrew samples for the 21+ crowd.  Hope you’ll come check it out, the first Saturday in May 10-6!

In addition to the Big Brew we distributed kegs from a bulk buy members coordinated, planned a beer and food pairing dinner, discussed a club discount for Brew Your Own magazine, took home fresh hop rhizomes, ate delicious snacks, and of course, sampled homebrew! Our spring homebrew competition is May 11 after the regular meeting items, featuring Saisons and Witbiers. If any of that sounds like a good time to you, feel free to join our mailing list by emailing info@ribrewingsociety.com and hopefully we’ll see you at an event sometime soon.

Big Brew for National Homebrew Day 2017

By | April 6, 2017

Big Brew - May 6, 2017

Join RIBS as we celebrate National Homebrew Day!

AHA Big Brew with RIBS
Saturday May 6, 2017
10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Green Acres Farm
51 Farm Street
North Smithfield, RI 02896


We will be hosting our first Big Brew at Green Acres Farm in North Smithfield on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The kegs will be tapped at 10:30 AM and the closing ceremony will begin at 6:00 PM. Throughout the day there will be various brewing demonstrations and other fun events. Check back often as our event schedule is subject to change.

Opening Ceremony 10:30 AM
Extract brew demo 1:00 PM
Racking/Bottling demo 3:00 PM
Closing Ceremony 6:00 PM

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February Meeting & Winter Styles Competition

By | February 18, 2017

We had a great showing at last night’s monthly club meeting.  Highlights included last minute submissions by members for the Ocean State Homebrew Competition, scheduling mini lectures for March and April, raffling off a chance to assist head brewer Tommy at Trinity Brewhouse, and announcing our first Homebrewing 101 class of 2017 (at Westerly Library on March 16th).  If any of that sounds like fun email us to be added to our mailing list where you’ll be kept up to date in all club happenings.

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The best part of the night hands down was our Winter Styles Competition.  This year Ravenous Brewing Company sponsored the first place prize by donating a generous $50 gift card to the brewery.  We tried a new judging system to allow for personal tastes, overall impressions, and a more relaxed experience. The competition was fierce with styles ranging from Brown Ale, Barleywine, Belgian Quad, Rauchbier & Rauchwine.  IMG_20170216_201045

Ten beers were entered and four advanced to a mini best of show.  Alex MacIntosh’s Russian Imperial Stout won out by one vote (his Wee Heavy also placed in the mini best of show) but he deferred the top prize to Brendan Kennedy who’s Belgian Strong was a very close second.

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Thanks everyone for coming out and making February’s meeting a great success!

2017 Rhode Island Brew Fest

By | February 7, 2017

It was an exciting day for Rhode Island Brewing Society at the 2017 Rhode Island Brew Fest! So many people, with overwhelmingly positive responses, many great new contacts made, friends made, and, of course, there was BEER.

Our South of the Wall, Clan MacIntosh, and KettleFrog were the stand-out hits of the day; not to toot our own horns, but, all of our offerings were pretty darn good!

Many thanks to Gray Matter Marketing for having us again, and to all of you for your support, enthusiasm, and many kind words.

See you at the next meeting, Thursday, February 9th!

Jamboree 16

By | September 22, 2016

14372288_1439101376133954_3587968938292761014_oIt’s only been two short weeks since we got back from attending the New England Homebrewer’s Jamboree and already we’re starting to plan for next year’s jamboree. This was our third year attending this excellent event and we had a bigger crew than the two years before. You know what they say, the more the merrier. It also seemed there were more new clubs there from all over New England and a few new startup breweries. We saw plenty of old friends and also made new ones.

This year we had our best tap setup to date, two jockey boxes with a total of 8 taps, a few coolers full of bottles and a few lone wolf party taps. We brought a total of 15 kegs and 4 cases of bottles. By far I think our most drank beer was the Basil Saison by Charlie and Mike A. Fortunately, they had brought 2 kegs of it. Also of note were the Gaston County Light Lager and the Battlefrog Gratzer.14445227_1439101466133945_2226226064050845005_o

This was also a banner year for RIBS with two of our members taking home first place in two different categories during the competition. A big congratulations to Jamie with his “Some Troubles” Smoked Brown Ale and Alex with his “Lake Wylie IPA” for winning 1st place at this year’s New England Homebrewers Jamboree. In addition Alex’s IPA won Brewer’s Choice Award and his recipe will be brewed and featured at Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company in Ossipee NH. Great work guys!

14380147_1439101282800630_7283500594244860288_oWe were also joined by local RI band, Highway’s End for a set on Saturday. If people had forgotten about our state, we certainly reminded them.

 

Suffice it to say we had a blast and will be back next year!