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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!

December Meeting

By | December 2, 2015

ChristmasBeer1The usual monthly meeting for December is cancelled in favor of our annual Holiday party and beer swap for members only. If you would like to attend please check back in with us after the new year. Our next public meeting will be January 14th.

Till then, grab some Porter or Scotch ale, light a fire and share it with your loved ones. Stay safe for the Holidays, don’t drink and drive.


Rhode Island Brewfest

By | January 30, 2015

photo 3We’re back! Our insurance woes have been resolved and we’re ready to pour at this Saturday’s RI BrewFest Winter Edition. Our table will be in the left hand corner as soon as you walk through the door, right next to Crooked Current and Tilted Barn. We’ll have plenty of good homebrews for this session:


Master Exploder Porter – 5% An all Grain Porter that fermented so vigorously it painted half the kitchen with trub.

Bourbon Oak Aged Master Exploder Porter –  5% The same porter as before but aged for a month over Oak that had been soaking in Maker’s Mark.

Hibernian Crude – 6% Stout, Dark and thick to get you through any Nor’Easter

Rocky Road to Pawtucket – 6.1% Irish Red Ale 25 IBU’s


Running for Beer

By | August 25, 2014

It’s been quite some time since our last update, we’ve apparently been enjoying summer quite a bit more than expected….

The RIBS Craft Brew Races Team Providence 2014

The RIBS Craft Brew Races Team Providence 2014

It was a mild and overcast day, very unlike any other July in Rhode Island. We had started our stretching routine and gotten the bibs that would mark us official participants in the Providence Craft Brew Races. I was a bit apprehensive of the task ahead knowing full well that my training schedule had been delayed a few weeks by a sprained ankle. There was a mixture of emotions from the RIBS team who boasted 22 bodies when all was said and done. We weren’t sure what the outcome of the day would be but we did know that after a short run we’d be swigging samples of the finest craft beers around.

The call came and we gathered at the starting line…and waited….and waited. Anticipation led to boredom and eventually a deep thirst for some cool suds. Every so often we caught a glimpse of Matt, the race organizer, glued to his phone and getting gray hairs by the second. We all paused to pay respect to our country and those who fight for it during the National Anthem.

Finally, the time came and we were off. Kate disappeared in a cloud of smoke before anyone knew where she was. The rest of us stayed in a group for most of the first mile but eventually separated. After a while I was all alone, I guess you really do have to train to run a 5K. As I was plodding steadily along, I saw members from all the teams, wearing their requisite jerseys. The two largest teams, The Running Fools and Bucket brewery had a steady stream of runners throughout the whole race. I saw many other smaller teams such as RIGPO, Craft Brew Supplies sometimes passing me, other times in lock step.

Passed the first water station we made our way down to the Point Street Bridge and on passed the Wild Colonial. I would have stopped in for a beer if it hadn’t been 11 in the morning, oh and I was being timed after all. We crossed back over the river and went back through downtown to Empire street. Finally as we rounded the Trinity corner we caught sight of our goal, the finish line. I decided it was better to run across the finish line rather than walk. Just one last short push and the torture would be over.

I crossed the line grabbed my medal and looked for my team. They were nowhere to be found, but I knew where they were, they were already sampling. The festival was already getting crowded but there was still plenty of choices and short lines. It was similar to the winter festival but since we had no table, all could drink and enjoy. We spent the rest of the time sampling great brews and talking amongst ourselves about the race, running, beers and anything else we could think of.

All in all, the Craft Brew Races were a wonderful event and we look forward to next years race. I personally will train up a bit more but just so I can have an earlier crack at the beer.


A bigger bucket….

By | March 8, 2014

RIBS at the bucket 2014It was over a year ago when we went to that forsaken place…. the kind of place that only the downtrodden and hopeless would congregate. The population was rife with scurvy. Lights barely lit the room and the seats were covered in splinters….. Oh wait that was last night. What I’m really here to talk about is (new) Bucket Brewery. The last time we visited our friends at the Bucket Brewery it was the waning of 2011. They had a small space with an advanced homebrew setup and a 1bbl capacity. They powered through the years like a nugget of snow rolling down the side of a mountain. Now in early 2014 they’ve picked up a steady pace and are ready to smash through that small town at the bottom of the hill.

Along with some serious momentum they have expanded to a new space in Pawtucket and some serious new equipment. Shiny new 10 bbl fermenters divided the large warehouse space into two areas. One side a tasting room, the other a bottling and kegging area. A Glycol chiller in it’s own mini garage supplies the fermenters with a regular temperature that keeps the beers coming out consistent, clear and fresh. The ceiling was lined with a maze of pipes to dispense the glycol. A small door near the entrance led to the grain room which contained a grain massive grain mill, who seemed all too happy to be on the team. Decorated Kegs

Off in the corner was the tasting area and a red square painted on the floor below it. This red square marked the size of the old brewery. It was amazing they ever got the job done in that small a space. We got to all taste their latest round and it was evident how much their craft has come along.  We even got to decorate some of the newest kegs.

It was a great way to spend a Saturday evening and if you get the chance I highly recommend  it. Here’s to more bucket!

RI Brewfest 2014 Completed!

By | February 11, 2014

Here’s to another wildly successful Rhode Island Winter Brew Fest!MikeD Serves beer at Winter Brewfest 2014

This was our second time in attendance to this wonderful festival and we all had a great time and met a ton of awesome people. We went home with only about 2 kegs worth of beer, after having brought 5 of them. You people all drank too much of our beer, we need to have a talk…but after this beer.

We brought back our awesome make your own pretzel necklace station. It was a hoot watching all of you fumbling with the pretzels and string after a few beers. Remember this for next year, Tie a pretzel to one end of the string, then load from the other end. That way you won’t drop all the pretzels as a lot of people did.

Of course we had time to visit other tables during the festival and chat with the brewers there. There was an even larger showing of actual Rhode Island breweries this year than last year, proving the trend. We were stationed right next to Dave of Proclamation Ale Co. and that was dangerous. The zzzLumber was flowing at the Proclamation table and being good neighbors we had to partake at least a few times.

RIBS members who weren’t working the festival dropped by for their requisite samples and general chatting. They also went to other tables and gave us the skinny on which beers to try.

If you missed the Winter Brew Fest I highly recommend you try to make it to the summer one.

RI Brewfest 2014 (Winter)

By | January 28, 2014

RIBF-2013This is it people, the big day is almost here and it is certainly going to be the highlight of your February. February 1st, the RI Brewfest ( returns to the Pawtucket Armory, boasting 165+ beers on hand for your sampling. If you haven’t bought a ticket already, I suggest you do. Here’s a list of the beers we’re offering for samples. We only have two taps and the beers may be in kegs or bottles. There’s also no real schedule as to when they’ll be available, so come back often to try them all!

Three Sons 60 Minute Double IPA
This Double IPA is continuously hopped every minute for 60 minutes with Chinook, Centennial, Cascade, Glacier, and Nugget hops.  Dry hopped with Cascade, this mighty beer measures 108 IBUs and 8.0% ABV.

Red Barn Coffee Oatmeal Stout
A very dark, full-bodied, roasty, malty, ale comprised of Roasted Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt, and Roasted Barley. Hopped with East Kent Golding, then finished with cold-brewed coffee to round out this easy drinking beer. 5.1% ABV

Hoppy Wheat Ale
This is a low ABV beer weighing in at 3.5%, but is hopped with Columbus for bittering, Willamete and Cascade and finished with Sorachi Ace and Mosaic for aroma. The malt bill is a 50/50 split of 2-row and White Wheat and add a little Caramel 10 for sweetness.

‘Murican Ale
A partial extract ale weighing in at 4% ABV. Amber in color, it is well balanced with Cluster hops for both bittering and aroma. This mild ale is very sessionable and a great “gateway” craft beer.

Darkside Dunkelweizen
Dunkelweizen, literally translated as Dark Wheat, but don’t be afraid of the darkside. It’s amber to deep ruby in color and will taste like the German Hefeweizens you may have had before. Hold the lemon though, this one doesn’t need it. At a respectable 4.4%ABV and flavored with Tettnang hops this beer is meant for enjoying while rambling the streets of Munich.

Peace Coffee Stout Porter
Dark as a winter’s night, this beer takes the best qualities of stouts and porters to make an uncompromising beer that will surely wake you up. After the beer was brewed a half pound of crushed Fair Trade coffee beans were added to the fermenter and take a dominant role in the tasting. Golding hops provide some nice aromas to augment the assertive coffee notes. ABV 4.375%

These beers will all be on Untappd( so you can check into them and give us ratings and feedback. Links to them will be posted in our booth.

See you at the Festival!

PS. We’ll have our ‘Make your own pretzel necklaces’ area returning

December Meeting: Cancelled

By | December 11, 2013

santa-beerJust a reminder, the December meeting is CANCELLED, so we can do our annual Yankee Beer Swap and Potluck. Sorry, this is a Members only event. If you want to get in on next year’s event, we encourage you to show up to our January (Jan 9th) meeting. See you then!

In Craft Beer We Trust

By | July 4, 2013

4thbeerBarrelsConsidering the holiday I feel like I should be writing a sanctimonious tirade about how craft beer will save the country and it’s the utopian future for all of us. While I believe it may be those things I wanted to leave you with a simple thought on this, the 237th birthday of our great nation.

Nothing exemplifies American ingenuity and the can-do attitude quite like a craft beer.

It was those two qualities that formed this country and saved us from near disasters time and time again. They are arguably our two best qualities and uniquely at the center of the American spirit. Looking to history we see more examples of the American spirit. Stories of Adolphus Busch, Eberhard Anheuser and Adolph Coors, immigrants to this country who built empires that are still around today. Craft Beer is the next chapter in the great tale of America. So pop a cold one open on this hot day and support your local Craft Brewers.



Humid Enough for ya?

By | July 1, 2013
Charlie drinks a Gansett Summer while watching the Providence Kickball League

Charlie drinks a Gansett Summer while watching the Providence Kickball League

Ugh, I hate the humidity, good thing I have some homebrew nearby to help cool me off.

I know we’ve been quiet lately, but that’s only because we’re planning some things….big things. I could be more mysterious about it and drop all kinds of hints but why not just cut down to the brass tacks?

Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire

This fantastic event is where the RIBS idea was born. It is a celebration of DIY, garage arts and general flights of fancy. At this event it doesn’t matter what you make, it only matters that you make and you want to share it with all. Maker Faire RI will occur as part of AS220’s FooFest, which is a celebration of music and art. We will be there doing our usual brewing demonstration outside. Feel free to drop by the booth and say hello and talk beer!

Rhode Island Brew Fest – Summer Edition

Matt and the Grey Matter Marketing crew is up to it again, putting together another awesome festival down at Ninigret park in Charleston. We had a blast at the last festival and are happy to be returning for a day under the tents out in the park. Look for our table, sample our brews and tell us what you think. Of course questions are always welcome, we love to talk about beer. For tickets and more information visit

And Now for Something Completely Different…

If you recently decided to emerge from your subterranean shelter that you took refuge in 4 years ago, you’ll be happy to know that Dogfish Head is returning to the Ocean State sometime this year. No specific dates have been announced yet. But it’s happening. (And while I didn’t make the original tweet, I am glad they’ve seen a *^%&*%* map)


Stay tuned for more updates, if we’re not too busy drinking craft beer. Check out Motif  for my monthly musings on the state of beer in RI. Till next time. Cheers!