Author Archives: Kate McPherson

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 and hopefully we’ll see you at an event sometime soon.

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.


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.


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