Common Misconceptions About Beer

When you think of beer, you may have all of these ‘facts’ listed in your brain that come up to list off to your friends. But are all of your facts really true? We have a list of Common Misconceptions About Beer, that will have all of your friends wanting to hear more and believing that you’re a beer enthusiast. 

Beer is Simple

Now, this just isn’t true! There is a lot that comes into play in the brewing process, including the steps, ingredients, and final creation of the product. When the brewery creates the idea of their beer, they decide what types of hops they’re going to use, what flavors they want to incorporate, the type of malt they’re going to use, and even the amount of yeast! 

There’s more than just the color that comes with brewing a refreshing beer. They’ll decide if they’ll be incorporating real ingredients, such as coffee beans, or even notes of different types of fruits! There are several different types of hops to choose from too, because there isn’t just one sole hop that goes into every beer, which can be Hallertau, Apollo, Chinook, and so many more! And don’t get us started on the different types of malt they could use!

Beer is Meant to be Ice Cold

Another myth that is very common to hear. Your beer is actually going to be tasteless if you serve it too cold. Don’t you want to taste your beer? According to Business Insider, “Serving temperature varies by style…Pilsners and IPAs are usually served around 40-44° F, while heavier styles are usually served around 55° F.” 

How do you serve or drink your beer? Are you tasting the true potential of your favorite brew? 

Beer and the Beer Belly

Of course, we’ve all heard this one before! Remember, anything in excess and filled with calories will contribute to weight gain, but as MentalFloss writes, “beer is hardly the most calorie-laden drink you’ll find in a bar. Much of the flack beer gets goes back to the fallacy that beer is heavy.” 

Different beers and their respective styles will be different in calories, and that includes the amount of sugar that goes into each brew’s list of ingredients. This just illustrates that you shouldn’t believe everything you hear, without doing the proper research.

Now that you’ve figured out the real facts, we’ve got you covered with your favorite brews, you can find all of them with our locator here: 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!

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
-Steak
-Burgers

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.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s almost time to celebrate an important man in your life, a true superhero, your father! Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have the perfect gift ideas for you! We’re ‘beery’ excited to share them with you.

#1 Choose Your State Beer Cap Trap

We know that you’re reading this blog because your Dad is definitely a fan of his beer. Well, why let those bottle caps go to waste? Represent his favorite state while also letting him showcase his favorite beers. Place the bottlecaps right in the slots and pick the shape/state you’re looking for! Only $34.95 and we’re sure your Dad will love it!

#2 Beer Shaped Cookies

While he might be expecting a nice cold beer, surprise him with a few cookies to go along with it! Make his favorite cookie recipe and shape them into beer mugs! Just grab some yellow, black and white food coloring and frosting, and start painting on the cookie! We all know what a full beer mug looks like, right?

#3 “Beer” Cake

We know this might sound like an actual cake, but it’s not. Grab a few of his favorite beers by using our locator and stack them in three tiers using a circle shaped piece of cardboard to hold each level! Wrap a few of his favorite snacks in between and what you think he’ll like and voila you have his “Beer” Cake!

#4 Handmade Card

Even though we might not all be very creative, there’s nothing wrong with making a handmade card. Find some funny “Beer” and Father’s Day related puns to write on the card! It’ll be sure to make him laugh and something made just from you, will warm his heart. (Ex: “Hoppy Father’s Day!”)

We hope you enjoyed these ‘Crafty’ tips and gifts to treat your Dad this Father’s Day! Let us know in the comments below, which gift ideas you’ll be trying out!

Bell’s Brewery Partnership

We’re proud to announce our latest partnership with… Bell’s Brewery! We were one of the eleven distributors chosen to help them bring their famous brews to New England!

Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery says, “As we add any new state, it is very important to us that we remind all of our fans about our dedication to quality. Part of the process of selecting new distributor partners is making sure that is a shared passion.”

“We are all very excited to welcome each of these distributors to our extended Bell’s family and look forward to launching New England and New Jersey with partners who share our commitment to craft beer and quality,” she added.

We’re thrilled to be able to bring Bell’s beers to our area! Stay tuned for more information by following us on all of our social media platforms to keep you up to date.

Learn more about Bell’s Brewery at www.bellsbeer.com

Outer Light Brewing Company Partnership

McLaughlin & Moran is proud to announce our newest partnership with Outer Light Brewing Company!

Outer Light is a craft brewery based in Groton, CT. founded by Tom Drejer and Matt Ferrucci. They opened their doors to the public in 2015 and have made their mark in the local brewing scene by offering a core and rotating lineup of expertly crafted small batch craft beers.

They capture the beautifully simple pleasures of life: a perfect summer afternoon, a crisp autumn evening shared with family and friends around a crackling campfire and more in a can, glass or growler.

Dave Plummer, our Brand Manager of McLaughlin & Moran states, “Outer Light Brewing has already created a buzz in the craft beer community. Craft beer drinkers are looking for quality and consistency, which Outer Light Brewing brings to the table with their year-round beers and an impressive collection of innovative experimental styles.”

Curious about the styles we’ll be distributing? There will be four year-round offerings: Lonesome Boatman Amber Ale, Libation Propaganda Coffee Stout, Subduction IPA, and Cloudbreak Double IPA. They will be available in cans at liquor stores and on draft at bars and restaurants throughout Rhode Island.

Select seasonal and experimental beers will become available in the summer of 2018.

Learn more about the Outer Light Brewing company here: http://www.outerlightbrewing.com/

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Beer

 

We always hear about the amazing health benefits of wine, but what about beer? Here are five amazing health benefits of beer you may not have known.

Improves Cholesterol

A 2016 study by the American Heart Association revealed moderate consumption of beer slowly decreased cholesterol over time. You may think drinking more would increase those results, but the same study revealed that heavy drinking eliminated this benefit.

Improves Memory

Beer contains vitamin B12, which is essential in maintaining healthy brain cells, concentration, and memory.

Boost Problem-Solving Skills

A study published in the Consciousness and Cognition journal revealed that participants with a blood alcohol level of 0.07 or higher solved 40 percent more problems and took less time to complete than their sober counterparts.

The findings found that participants were in a more flexible mental state which allowed them to be more creative to solve problems compared to those who were sober.

Reduces the Risk of Kidney Stones

Beer acts as a diuretic and increases urination. An increase in urination helps remove toxins and other materials from the body that can result in kidney stones.

Aids in Digestion

Beer is a great source of fiber. It has more fiber than wine which makes it a better option.

Beer may have great health benefits, this does not mean you should increase your alcohol consumption. Remember to always drink beer and other alcoholic beverages in moderation. Do Not Drink and Drive.