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Pints for PKD Update!

By | October 2, 2017

We are on track for our Pints for PKD fundraiser, which is just around the corner October 14th. We also had some new additions as the Mash Holes Homebrew Club will be joining us in serving up their brews! Come on down and check it out!

If you are unable to make it but would like to donate to the cause please follow the link below, thank you again for all your support!

September Jam Session

By | July 8, 2016

Mark your calendars, tickets are now on sale for the New England Home Brewer’s Jamboree! Those who are new to the jamboree, it is an awesome gathering of home brewers, where we are able to talk home brew, drink home brew, and serve home brew.  Proceeds from the Jamboree go to the New Hampshire chapter of the Make-a-Wish foundation. What makes this event extra special is this is the 20th anniversary.  This event is family friendly with food, live music, camping and of course home brew from New England’s finest home brew clubs. The doors open Friday September 9th for the brewer’s dinner and Saturday September 10th it is open to the public for sampling.

We look forward seeing everyone there, for more information you can check out the New England Home Brewer’s Jamboree website located here.

Spent Grain Dog Treats

By | June 29, 2016

Spent grain dog treats are a great way to share the fruits of your labor with man’s best friend. Just remember that hops are not good for dogs, so make sure to use spent grain only.

4 cups spent grains
2 eggs
2 cups of whole wheat (can use white) flour
1 cup of peanut butter

Using a mixer or by hand, scramble the 2 eggs.
Slowly add the 1 cup of peanut butter.
Slowly add the 4 cups of grain
Slowly add the 2 cups of flour

To manage the dough better, divide in half.
Roll out half the dough to 1/4 inch thick and cut into strips or use a cookie cutter.

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Lower oven to 225° and bake for 2 hours.
This is important to “dry out” the cookies so they don’t mold and will last for months.

** You can substitute peanut butter for pumpkin – dough will be sticker, and require 1/2 cup more flour.

Sit back and smell the kettles

By | April 27, 2016

Imagine if you will the trees filled with leaves, a warm breeze gently dancing with the steam coming off your boil kettle. You are sitting back in a lawn chair drinking your last stout from winter. The air is heavy with 7 varieties of hops totaling 21oz, as you brew up some of your famous “Facemelter IPA”. This is the average Spring scene for a home brewer.

Just because the weather hasn’t been perfect doesn’t mean RIBS and its members have been sitting idle. Elections were held in December and we have been putting our trust in our new President Chris M., Vice President Josh F. and Secretary Kate M. Both Josh and Kate have been crushing their new rolls making the club run like a well oiled machine. Kate has brought a level of organization not previously experienced by the club and we’re lucky to have her. Josh and Chris taking the helm with Jenn P. from JBREW and running the Ocean State Home Brewing Competition for the second year in a row and the 6th OSHC overall.

It doesn’t stop there, a few months prior we posted about Long Live Beer Works opening in Providence. While many RIBS members have been visiting the brewery we haven’t given it the love it deserves. So with in the next few weeks we hope to do a write up (with sweet beery pictures) of the brewery.

We have also expanded our inter-club activities to include beer experiments, this was an idea stolen inspired by the Brooklyn Brewminaries. Our latest experiment was 5 different regional yeasts in the same wort. The base was a Traditional English Bitter that was was split into 5 – 1gallon samples. Each of the wort samples had English varieties of yeast pitched. The varieties were Whitbread I, Whitbread II, London, English, and British. The results were very stark and really inspired members to branch out with their yeast choices. We have also continued our inter-club competitions with our latest competition being Irish and Scottish Styles.

We are always welcoming new members and are excited to see what the Spring and Summer months are going to bring!

Live long and Prosper- Long Live Beerworks

By | January 5, 2016

This Saturday, January 9th, is a red letter day for “Long Live Beerworks” as it will be the first time they open their doors to the public. Owner, Brewmaster and founding Rhode Island Brewing Society member, Armando DeDona is following the dream we all hold. Armando has worked hard, studied harder, and brewed beers that do not compromise quality. We wish him good luck and are looking forward to checking out his brewery right in downtown Providence. Cheers!

For more information check out the Long Live Beerworks website!

Up and Coming Events

By | October 12, 2015

The Rhode Island Brewing Society is making its last run of Home Brewing 101 classes for the year. You can catch us at these locations.

Harmony Public Library Oct19th – Class Starts at 6PM.
-Check their website for more details.

Louttit Library in West Greenwich Oct 27th – Class starts at 7PM.
– Check their website for more details.
If you or anyone you know has thought about getting into home brewing these classes are geared towards getting started with the basics.

Jamborees to Dictators

By | September 27, 2015

The summer heat is over and the leaves are starting to change meaning outdoor brewing is way more tolerable. This also means that RIBS headed up to New Hampshire for the New England Homebrewer’s Jamboree. IMG_20150911_202728252This was our second year at the jamboree and as the year before, it was a great time! You can see some pictures here.

Even though we are a New England based club, we haven’t just been wandering around the Northern Kingdom with a bunch of other brewers. RIBS has been making diplomatic relations with other home brew clubs. We had the opportunity to spend some time with Sheri Jewhurst who is the dictator of Brewminaries out of Brooklyn, NY, when she joined us for a monthly RIBS meeting. We had a chance to exchange some ideas and see how the club and brewers handle their beers. We look forward to possibly doing collaborations with them in the future and visiting their club!




RIBS President Charlie Baron presenting honorary RIBS schwag to Brewminaries Dictator Sherri Jewhurst.

August Meeting

By | August 12, 2015

We had a great time at RI Mini Maker Faire/Foo Fest, and got the chance to talk to many awesome people about making beer. We want to remind everyone that we have our meetings are every second Thursday of the month.

This month’s meeting will be August 13th. We meet at the Motif Headquarters (65 Blackstone Ave, Pawtucket) and the meetings start around 7pm. Guests are free to bring their latest creation for feedback or some interesting/new/rare brews they may have found in their travels and want to share, but it is not necessary.

If you have any questions please let us know by shooting us an email to or check us out on Twitter or Facebook.

We look forward to meeting with everyone!

Foo Fest and Mini Maker Faire

By | August 6, 2015

If you like live music, artists, and makers come join us this Saturday at the RI Mini Maker Faire, part of the AS220 Foo Fest. We’ll be doing our annual live brewing demonstrations from 1PM till 8PM. Come see how beer is made, try to stump us with your best brewing questions, or horrify us with stories of your sanitation practices.

This Saturday’s forecast calls for a 50% chance of precipitation and 100% chance of fun.


Coventry Library Home Brewing 101 Class

By | June 8, 2015

Did you miss out on The Barrington Home Brewing 101 class? Or just discover that in 1978 President Carter allowed for home brewing to be legal in United States? Come join the Rhode Island Brewing Society for The Home Brewing 101 class at the Coventry Public library, June 17th at 7PM. We will be going over the basics of recipes, equipment and best practices. This is a 21+ event, come thirsty for beer knowledge! As always for more information contact the Coventry Public Library.