How to Have the Best Craft Beer Party

How to Have the Best Craft Beer Party

Everyone loves a good party, and there’s no better reason to throw one than to celebrate all of your favorite craft beers in one go! Invite all of your beer enthusiast friends and let’s get you started on decorations, games, and more to have the best party you can have.

Artificial Hops Garland

What’s a good craft beer without the thing that makes it hoppy as can be? The hops of course! From Mosaic to Citra Hops, there are all different kinds that make the beer the flawless drink it is. Of course, this means that you have to pay homage to them! 

This Artifical Hops Garland has got you covered, as they describe it, “Looking as if they have just been cut from a Kentish hop garden, these attractive trailing spikes add a fresh, naturally green ambiance.” It’s the perfect decoration for your sure-to-be ‘hopping’ party. Who needs streamers when you have this? 

Cheers Banner

A party isn’t complete without the hanging decorations, it’s what draws everyone’s attention! And you don’t even have to buy it, because you can DIY it! Follow different tutorials on how to create your own paper banners with just some scissors, glue, different colored paper, or even printed icons! We love the idea of Lia Griffith’s Cheers Banner but of course, you can find the one that fits your theme! 

Inflatable Beer Mug

If you really want to go all out, you could even purchase this 10 Foot Tall Inflatable Beer Mug, that will surely grab the attention of all your neighbors and your friends trying to find the party. 
And last but not least, you’ll need your favorites stocked up for the party! You can’t have a party celebrating them without these brews in attendance! We’ve got you covered, you can find all of your favorites with our Locator here: bsyl.ink/locator Let us know your favorites in the comments down below and maybe send us an invite too? (You don’t have to…but that’d be cool.) 

How to Craft the Perfect Beer-Themed Wedding

We’re reaching Wedding Season and while you may not think that beer and weddings necessarily go together, we know just how to craft the perfect beer-themed wedding, for you beer lovers out there! If you met at a bar, a brewery, or even fell in love over your similar interests in beer, we know these ideas will make you fall in love all over again.

Have a beautiful ‘Beer Unity Ceremony’, a great idea from @aliciavalenski on Instagram, as she said, “Our officiant @thebowen8r said during the ceremony, “The two beers before you represent you both as individuals — all that you are, all that you have been, and all that you will become. The glass in the center is your marriage. It is the place where you are forever blending your lives together. It’s representative of a new one-ness that will come as you join together as husband and wife. After you pour your separate beers into the glass, I ask that you also share a drink from it, celebrating your marriage and your new life together.” 🍻”

Recycle your favorite beer bottles or cans and turn them into beautiful wedding arrangements for your guests’ tables or even little favors for them to take home and put their own flowers in! (Credit: @josh_adam on Instagram)

Read your ‘hoppy’ vows to each other at the brewery where you met, relishing in the memories of your very first meeting, date or even kiss.

Perhaps even find some amazingly unique wedding accessories such as this Hop Boutonnière or Flower Crown! These beautiful creations are created by WitAndWonderDesigns and you can find them in her Etsy shop!

There are plenty of ideas that will leave you and your guests thirsty for more! And may even inspire countless other weddings who didn’t think it was possible to craft a beer themed wedding so elegant! Let us know in the comments down below if you’ve had or attended a beer themed wedding or even plan to! Find your favorite brews for that special someone using our locator: bsyl.ink/locator

Artifact Cider Project is ‘Taking Flight’: All About Artifact Cider Project

Artifact Cider Project is ‘Taking Flight’: All About Artifact Cider Project

Artifact Cider Project is all about brewing high-quality, distinctive ciders using apples from the Northeast. Using these apples, Artifact Cider Project strives to make unique cider flavors unlike any other on the market. You must be careful when you fall in love with a cider from Artifact because their brews come in limited quantities and are only available while supplies last. 

The ciders currently available are:

By Any Other Name: This dry, pink, and crisp cider has sweet floral aromas. Perfectly paired with brunch, dinner, and all the hours in between, this cider is sure to become a staple in your home for as long as you can get your hands on it. 

Wild Thing: This crisp and tart cider is crafted with 100% McIntosh apples. Infused with exotic aromas, Wild Thing has a balanced finish that will leave you wanting more. Better stock up while you can!

Feels Like Home: Feels Like Home is a New England Style cider fermented on run-soaked oak and blended with fresh juice. This cider delivers a warm and cozy feeling that is perfect for fall and winter. It may not last until then, so don’t wait to get some!

You can find Artifact Cider Project brews in many New England restaurants, bars, and retail locations. To find the location nearest you, and to see what brews are currently available, visit the company website here: bsyl.ink/ArtifactCiderProject.

Artifact is very active on social media and love to hear from happy customers. Find them on Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr at @artifactcider, and on Twitter at @ArtifactCider.

Wicked Weed Brewing

It all started with Luke and Walt Dickinson, who sat down with their friend Ryan Guthy and his parents Rick and Denise “at the Guthy’s house in the mountains of Western North Carolina to taste Luke and Walt’s creations while discussing ideas and strategies for what would become Wicked Weed Brewing.” After the idea started in 2009 between the brothers, they began brewing their business plan, and that’s where they started in 2011 with the Guthy’s, and after tasting the test brews, research, and “soul-searching” they came together to start the company.

Starting their journey at their new home for their brewery at 91 Biltmore Avenue, a former hardware store. After a few years, Anheuser-Busch became a partner of Wicked Weed Brewing but worry not, “Wicked Weed’s original founders enjoy the same independent freedom and control over their recipes and brand development they’ve had since being founded in 2012.”

Wicked Weed is “focused on drinkability and boundary-pushing recipes. Wicked Weed Brewing will always evolve, always grow, and always aspire to be better.” Another interesting aspect of their brews is their unique branding and designs of their bottles and cans. Find a few of them, such as Lieutenant Dank and Reccurant today: bsyl.ink/locator

Virtue Cider

Virtue Cider, founded in 2011 by Gregory Hall provides people with delicious ciders, made the traditional way, where they hand-press their apples and use 100% Michigan apples from local farmers.

Traditional, crisp and all-natural ingredients straight from Michigan, “one of the top producing apple-growing areas in the United States.” Gregory is known for his “20-year tenure as brewmaster at the Goose Island Beer Company, having won 14 consecutive Great American Beer Festival medals,” so he knows his stuff.

He left Goose Island in the spring of 2011 and began a trip through England and France, studying the craft of cider. He brought back his findings and experience to the states and launched Virtue Cider. “In 2013, Hall brought the cidermaking venture as close as possible to  one of the United States’ best apple-growing states of Michigan launched Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan.”

Only a couple years back, in 2015 Virtue Cider and Anheuser-Busch partnered together, combining their family of craft brands. They continue to “enjoy independence and creativity” in their cidermaking. All of their operations continue to be led from their original homesteads.

Find a few of their ciders, such as Michigan Apple and Rosé today: bsyl.ink/locator

Holiday Beers

Hoppy Holidays everyone! It’s time to celebrate the holidays with your favorite winter brews and cozy up to the fireside.

We have just the right brews in mind for the perfect holiday night, afternoon, week…so on, really anytime.

The first on our list is Shiner Holiday Cheer, a dark wheat ale, brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. “The malty flavors…are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying.” We sure think it’s time for some Holiday Cheer!

Another brew on the “Nice List” is Heavy Seas Winter Storm. This Winter Ale is a mix of “pale and darker malts” which give it it’s tawny color and body. “True to the style, Winter Storm’s aroma is nutty malts and earthy hops.” We’d brave the storm for this brew!

We think another great brew to add to your list to try, is Wormtown Brewery Blizzard of ‘78. Their English-Style Brown Ale is created with fresh roasted coffee beans added from “Acoustic Java to give Blizzard of ‘78 a rich,  smooth character.” A good brew to have after a day of shoveling snow.

Winter is the time for staying inside, cozying up with loved ones or even with a good book, and your favorite seasonal brew. What winter brew is your favorite? Let us know in the comments down below.

Find your favorite brews today: bsyl.ink/locator

Welcome Berkshire Brewing Company

Let’s give a warm welcome to the Berkshire Brewing Co. as they join the McLaughlin & Moran family!

Founded in the fall of 1994, Berkshire Brewing Company started in South Deerfield, MA. Their founders “shared a single purpose: to revive a time-honored tradition of high-quality craft brewing in this part of the region.”

Through the people of New England and beyond, whether it be “by word of mouth,” Berkshire’s ales became a success throughout its twenty years of business. Growing from a small microbrewery, that was brewing only seven

barrels at a time to now being “New England’s premier regional craft brewery.”

They distribute a wide range of ales and lagers to locations across the New England area. We’re proud to welcome their brews, such as their Lost Sailor IPA, a “classic British-inspired IPA boasts a well-rounded malt profile, complex floral and citrus aromas, and generous Goldings dry hopping.”

Along with Lost Sailor IPA, comes Cabin Fever, Coffeehouse Porter, Shabadoo, and more.  

Learn more about them here: www.berkshire-brewing.com

Find your new favorites today: bsyl.ink/locator

Store Your Beer The Right Way

Store Your Beer The Right Way

After finding your perfect beer, it’s time to take the necessary steps researching the correct storage to ensure the brew stays fresh and flavorful for as long as possible. Different beers will need to be stored differently and for different amounts of time, but there are still some general rules to follow. 

General Rules of Thumb For Beer Storage

1. Keep it Dark

Natural light sources hitting your beer will interact with acidic hop compounds found in your beer called humulones. And, it doesn’t take long for this chemical reaction (also known as skunking) to happen – after just a half an hour outside in direct sunlight can hurt your favorite brew. While basement and pantries are often a favorite storage location for beers, you must also keep in mind that any light streaming into these spaces could have a negative effect on your beer. 

2. Keep it Cool

Just like direct sunlight, high temperatures can make your beer lose flavor and make it go stale quicker (even in just one day!) But, beer can withstand some moderate temperature swings for short periods of time, so don’t worry about the car ride home from the store just remember to put it somewhere chilly as soon as you’re home! Fridges kept around 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit are the best places to keep your beer fresh, longer.

3. Keep it Upright

By storing your beer upright, you are minimizing the size of the beer’s surface which is coming into contact with air trapped in the bottle. The less contact your beer has with air, the less oxidation takes place which means your beer will taste fresh longer.

While these rules contribute to the freshness of any beer, different beers can be stored under different conditions for different lengths of time.  

Brews With A High Alcohol Content (8% or higher)

Brews with alcohol contents of 8% or higher are quite resistant so there is no rush to drink them right away. Also keep in mind that sour or smoked beers fall in this category, even if the alcohol content isn’t quite as high. Other high-alcohol beers like imperial stouts, barley wines or lambics can actually improve with age. With these beers, there is no harm done in storing them for a few years in your cool dark basement, as long as they are unfiltered or in bottle condition (information you can often find on the label directly.)

When these high alcohol content beers meet these conditions, there is usually still some active yeast which slowly eats at the beer and causes a positive aging process. Beer experts note that cellaring these beers for around 3 to 5 years can actually cause the brews to develop new levels of flavor complexity like chocolate, leather or dried fruits.

Craft Beers and IPAs

The correct storage is especially important for craft beers and IPAs since they often have a stronger aroma. The longer they sit around, especially in the wrong kind of conditions, the faster they will lose their smell and then their flavor. Keep in mind that these kinds of beers, even with an even higher ABV than 8% still fall in this category.

Bottled Beers

Bottled beers can be tricky to store. A lot of them are very sensitive to direct sunlight especially green and clear bottles. However, brown bottles are slightly more successful in blocking out the harmful rays, so storage is not quite so difficult. But, placing them in the fridge is still your safest bet!

Canned Beers

Beers in cans are pretty durable, especially against the effects of direct sunlight, since the cans can block out UV light entirely. So, whether in your basement, pantry, or in the fridge your canned beer will stay fresh until you’re ready to drink it.

 

Find your favorite brews today: bsyl.ink/locator

Spooky Drinks For This Halloween

Spooky Drinks For This Halloween

Your Halloween party plans may be in full swing, but have you found the right drink for the night of the dead?  We compiled a list of some of our favorite spooky beverages that will go along perfectly with your costume.

All Treats, No Tricks

It’s still fall, so pumpkin season isn’t over yet! Grab some of the last pumpkin treats of the season starting with McKenzie’s Pumpkin Jack Hard Cider. The mix of strong pumpkin flavors and mulled spices is sweet enough to make up for all the candy in the world! One reviewer noted it tastes like pumpkin pie mixed with rum.

If you’re looking for a more classic beer taste Wachusett’s Pumpkin Boo-Yeah is the perfect seasonal ale for you. A caramel malt taste is supported with hints of pumpkin and various spices with a 6.6% ABV.

Half Full Brewery’s Positively Pumpkin is another seasonal selection available from September to October. This medium bodied ale is slightly bitter balanced with pumpkin and notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

As your premiere Rhode Island distributor, we can help you locate everything from alcoholic mixes to your next favorite lager and non-alcoholic beers across the state. Take a look at our locator today!

Beer Desserts

Some may think that beer pairs well only with savory meals, but we’re here to prove you wrong. Craving a dessert and a delicious brew? Have no fear, a few of the breweries we distribute for have listed their own recipes that pair perfectly with their brews!

A fan of Bell’s Brewery Pooltime Ale? Also a fan of Cake Pops? Well, they’ve got you covered with a recipe for their Pooltime Cake Pops. Sweeten up your summer days with their Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale.

Looking for something chocolatey? Try Abita’s Turbodog Espresso Brownies, a recipe from one of their customers Delia Davis. Combining a delicious brownie recipe with their dark brown ale, Turbodog.

How about some ice cream on a hot summer day? Give Abita’s Andygator Ice Cream a try! As they say, it’s a “lusciously smooth ice cream…the perfect vehicle to highlight the flavors of sweet, malty beers.” What more could you ask for?

Pick out your favorite recipe or recipes and find the brews using our Locator today. And as always, please drink responsibly.