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:

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:

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:

Find your new favorites today:

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:

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!

Revival Brewing Co. History

Founded by Owen Johnson and Brewmaster Sean Larkin, Revival Brewing Co. released their Double Black IPA in November 2011. Since then, they have created a selection of over 20 different unique and innovative craft beers.

Revival Brewing Co. has some of the best beers in the US. Brewmaster Sean Larkin has been perfecting his craft for over 20 years and has collected a number of awards including a medal at the 1996 World Beer Cup. Co-founder Owen Johnson shares his love of beer and has been brewing at home for more than three decades!
This New England based brewing company is the passion project of two beer lovers dedicated to bringing you the tastiest most innovative brews possible. If you want to have a true Revival Brewing Co. experience, visit their tasting room Monday to Thursday from 12-8pm, Friday and Saturday from 12-10pm or Sundays from 12-6pm. They also offer group tours to give you a behind the scenes look at their locations. You won’t be disappointed, head on over to our locator and find out where you can get your hands on your new favorite brew.

A History of Heavy Seas Beer

Their mission: To sail new brewing horizons, guided by the winds of traditions, and driven by the quest for adventure.

Hugh Sisson, founder of Heavy Seas, went through immense strides and changes during his years of learning how to manage a business, let alone a brewery.

Wanting to become a stage actor and director, his plan was to make his way to New York City. But Hugh’s father, owner of Sisson’s, a tavern in Baltimore, was able to persuade Hugh to come help him with the newly opened family business.

But when “Hugh showed up to start what he assumed would be a short-term position, his father tossed him the keys to the pub, said “OK, don’t f*** up!” and walked out the door.” What a great start to a story of how the adventurous brews of Heavy Seas came to be!

Leaving the brewery after being there since 1980, Hugh formed a new company of his own, Clipper City Brewing Co., now home to Heavy Seas Beer in 1994. Heavy Seas today now “produces 18 different beer styles and distributes in 17 states.” The company celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2015.

Celebrate the pirate way and enjoy a brew or two by finding your favorite Heavy Seas Beer using our Locator today. And as always, please drink responsibly.

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.

Summer Beer Pairings

Summer is here. It’s time to jump in the pool and feel that cool refreshing water hit your skin. After you find yourself out of the water, you’re hungry and ready for the perfect brew. Your palate will be salivating at the thought of these dishes and their pairings. Are you ready for this?

You can never go wrong with good barbeque. Beer + Barbeque = Beer-beque. Absolute perfection.

The perfect meals that we find go well with any good brew are:

-Pork Chops

Do you agree? Luckily, a few of our breweries that we distribute for have created a few suggested pairings!

A fan of Heavy Seas Smooth Sail? This refreshing American wheat ale, brewed with lemon and orange peel is suggested to pair with tantalizing grilled white fish, citrus, wild rice, and of course: BBQ.

How about Kona Gold Cliff IPA? A brew we just recently began distributing has a delicious suggestion for a great pairing. “Have a Gold Cliff IPA with smoked pork, grilled ham, or chicken sausage to make any meal a luau. It even goes well with dessert. Try it with a piece of moist golden cake and you will have a pineapple upside-down experience that is sooo ‘ono (delicious)!”

We can’t pass up that offer. Who’s ready for that delicious meal? (We’ll take everything please.)

And, last but not least Bell’s Brewery has created their very own recipe to pair with their brew: Porter! Check out their “Porter Beer Cheese Soup” concoction here. And for dessert, they recommend vanilla bean ice cream.

Think you can handle all of these delicious, tasty foods and brews? Find your favorites using our Locator today. And as always, please drink responsibly.

DIY Ideas for Old Beer Cans/Bottles

Recycling is great for the planet but instead of throwing your beer bottles and cans into the recycle bin, why not try out a few DIY crafts instead?

#1 Beer Bottle Vases

We know you definitely have a few bottles lying around after cracking open a good case!Make sure to save them for this DIY tip. Wash out the bottles thoroughly, grab your favorite colored paints, and some painters’ tape! Place the tape around the bottle to create unique designs. Paint around the tape in one solid color. or even try multiple colors in different spots around the bottle! Next time you’re given flowers or you buy for your home, place them in your beautifully crafted Beer Bottle Vases! (No one will even know!)

#2 Beer Can Candles

This one might be a bit more difficult for the beginner DIY crafters but it’s a nifty project that will make for the perfect conversation starter. We recommend finding your favorite scent and picking out a great DIY article specifically for this!

(Or if you’re not ready for this just yet, head over to SpindriftSoapCo’s Etsy Shop where she sells candles made out of Grey Sail Brewing Beer Cans!

#3 Beer Can Succulent Holders

Grab your favorite succulent, plant food, and some rocks to place on the bottom and you’ll have a succulent holder in no time! Just cut off the top of the beer can and sand it down (be careful with this part and make sure you do this with supervision from a friend or family member.) You can even paint the can as well, but there’s no need for it if you want to represent your favorite brewery! Succulents are the new trend lately and with your leftover beer cans, you can start to grow your own!

We love DIY Crafts and Beer, these two things go hand-in-hand with these DIY Tips. Let us know in the comments below what tips you’ll try out and if you’d like to see more of these blog posts in the future! And don’t forget to find your favorite brews using our Locator.