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.

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/

Brewery Spotlight: Lough Gill Brewery

Located in beautiful Sligo, Ireland, with many sites to behold, Lough Gill Brewery is the first brewery to be located in Sligo in over 100 years since Foley’s Brewery ceased brewing on the site of what is today the Velvet Rooms building. This brewery strives to think outside the box and brew unique and complex high-quality specialty brews never seen before.

Their mission is to brew interesting, tasty handcrafted beers using the best ingredients available to them and also some unique indigenous ingredients. Their team takes pride in creating these unique, wonderful and adventurous handcrafted beers.

They’ve surpassed their mission of creating interesting beers, with unique flavors and the ability to create dark and mysterious brews. One of their beers is titled Mac Nutty. “Some would say we’ve gone nuts – but taking our time over each and every step is part of what makes every one of our craft brews unique”. This beer exhibits a rich nutty flavor and luxurious dark brown color. Brewed with real macadamia nuts toasted in their own kitchen along with top quality malts and hops.

For those who love to try new and unique beers, with some traditional ingredients, Lough Gill Brewery’s beers are the perfect choice.

Learn more about Lough Gill Brewery here: loughgillbrewery.com and use our locator today to try out their unique flavors, ‘Round the Clock, Mac Nutty, and Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Cream Stout.

What’s the Difference Between Beer and Cider?

Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages around the world, but cider, a staple in Britain, is growing in popularity in the states. Most cider and beer lovers have a hard time differentiating between the two. Here are a couple of differences you should be knowledgeable of.

Ingredients

Beer is made from malted barley while cider is made from fermented apple juice. There are several beers that contain fruit and other ingredients, but the core is always malted barley. No true cider contains malted grains.

Color

Beer comes in a variety of colors from pale to very dark depending on the malt. Ciders are often yellow, orange or brown. Ciders may also vary in cloudiness and sediment due to the fermentation process and filtering.

Sugar Content

The amount of sugar in beer compared to cider is the biggest difference. Beer contains a larger amount of complex sugars post fermentation which aids in balancing bitterness and rounds out the mouthfeel. Beer and Cider both can have sugar added to it in order to dry it out or even to increase the sweetness. Sugar is not used post fermentation to sweeten beer while with cider it can be used pre or post filtering to balance the acidity or mouthfeel. Cider contains a higher quantity of sugar and varies per brand. Dry ciders allow the yeast to feed on the natural sugars to create a less sweet and higher alcohol content. As well as the difference in fermentation, beer is boiled while cider is more often than not, not boiled.

Health Benefits

The fruit juice in ciders contain antioxidants including polyphenols. According to one study, these antioxidants have been linked to protecting against certain types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Naturally occurring polyphenols are present in hops and malts, but brewers often remove it during the beer-making process because it makes the beer cloudy. In a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, beer does contain flavonoids (a type of polyphenol compound) that may be good for your heart.

Alcohol Content

Beer and cider have a similar alcohol content, but in America cider can be alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic. In most English speaking countries, cider is synonymous with alcoholic apple fermented products and apple juice encapsulates all of the other varieties of non-alcoholic apple beverages. Beer always contains alcohol.

These differences don’t make one better than the other. Some may say people who aren’t beer drinkers should start off with ciders and work their way to beer. Regardless of preference, there are a variety of ciders and beers to choose from. If you would like to taste the difference between a cider and beer, try McKenzie’s Hard Cider and Stella Artois Cidre.

5 Fun Facts About Beer

With the holidays coming up, we’re quite sure you’ll have a drink or two. If you need something to talk about, drink up these fun facts about beer and sound smarter while you’re waiting for dinner to be served!

7.5 million liters of beer were served at Oktoberfest 2017

Oktoberfest is one of the most popular celebrations for beer consumers. This years event was another success with approximately 6.2 million visitors and 7.5 million liters of beer consumed. That number is up from 7.3 million liters at Oktoberfest 2015.

Doctors prescribed “medical beer”

During prohibition, brewers, physicians, and imbibers attempted to persuade U.S. Congress that beer was vital medicine. In March 1921, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer declared “doctors to prescribe beer at any time, under any circumstances and in any amount they saw fit.” Doctors prescribed “medical beer” from March 1921 to November 1921 until Congress banned it.

New Hampshire consumes the most beer

You would think Nevada would have been number one, but New Hampshire takes the top spot in beer consumption with 41.7 gallons annually per capita. Montana was second with 39.1 gallons of beer and South Dakota rounded out the top three with 38.6 gallons of beer.

Fried beer won Most Creative Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair

State fairs have become synonymous with unique fried treats. At the 2010 Texas State Fair, deep-fried beer-filled pretzel pockets were entered into the Big Tex Choice Awards and won for Most Creative Food.

Mars has a crater named Beer

Beer is a crater located in the Margaritifer Sinus region of the planet Mars named after the German astronomer Wilhelm Beer. The next time you’re drinking beer under the stars, raise your glass and say, “Cheers to Beer.”