Drink local ~ Rhode Island Brewfest ~ Pawtucket

Rhode Island Brew Fest
Pawtucket Armory Arts Center
172 Exchange St.
Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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Let's get this out of the way straight off: I really don't like beer. I don't have a moral objection to beer, I just never got a taste for it. But I love Rhode Island, and supporting Rhode Island makers. That's why I went to the 4th Annual RI Brew Fest.

I'm unlikely to buy beer for myself, but I did want to try local breweries. This is the perfect opportunity to sample small amounts without committing to a glass, can or bottle. My dad enjoys trying new microbrews. Since he's in Long Island, anything I bring him is new to him, and it's become a tradition that I bring him a local brew when we visit.

Of course I was mostly interested in Rhode Island brewers for my trip, although there were labels from as far away as Colorado. You can see the full line-up here.

I tried a lot of beer. These are just a few examples.

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My dad, who wasn't with me for BrewFest, but has sampled a number of the brews I've brought him over the years, really liked Big Mamie Pale Ale from Narragansett Brewery. He's an IPA guy. At BrewFest I learned that I prefer less hoppy brews.

I enjoyed Whaler's Brewing's Blueberry Berliner Weiss, Tilted Barn's Second Harvest, Long Live Beer Works' Heck Hound, and Crooked Current's Hawaiian Robust Porter. They ran from a pale yellow to thick black.

It wasn't just beer, either. There were booths with clothing, a whole fermented foods vendor, the Rhode Island Brewers Association, and a homebrew kit business. A couple of beer bus/tours businesses were represented, too.

I learned that there's more to beer than bitters, and may choose one with my next piece of pizza or weiner. Maybe.

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