18 Aug

50 States of Beer: Rhode Island

Girls Pint Out has chapters throughout the United States. Each chapter is as diverse as the ladies that run it. To celebrate our exceptional  chapters and their diversity, Girls Pint Out is starting a series of blog posts that highlight each state’s unique craft beer culture. Rhode Island is the first in this series. 

50 States of Beer

Ask someone from outside of southern New England to name a beer brewed in Rhode Island and the answer might be Pawtucket Patriot. Turns out that beer is as fictional as Family Guy, but there are lots of other great beers coming out of this little state. Rhode Island has a long history of brewing, including the iconic Narragansett Brewing Company, which got its start here in the late 1800s before moving production to Rochester, New York.

Over the last few decades as the craft beer movement took off in other states, Rhode Island lagged behind. This isn’t to say that there weren’t great brews to be found. Since the mid-1990s, brewpubs like Providence’s Trinity Brewhouse and Newport’s Coddington Brewing Company have been local favorites. Then, in 1999, Coastal Extreme Brewing Company (more commonly known as Newport Storm) opened its doors as the state’s first microbrewery. Newport Storm remained the only microbrewery in town for the next decade or so, keeping thirsts quenched with year-round favorites like Hurricane Amber Ale or their ever-changing Cyclone Series beers.

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Ladies of Rhode Island Girls Pint Out at Foolproof Brewing Company (Summer 2013)

Finally, just a few years ago, the prayers of beer geeks statewide were answered when plans for not one, but five new microbreweries were announced. Revival Brewing Company, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, Bucket Brewery, Foolproof Brewing Company, and Ravenous Brewing Company all entered the scene within a year or so of one another, each producing unique and well-executed beers. Not long after, they were joined by others including Proclamation Ale Company and Whalers Brewing Company. Impressively, all have managed to carve out their own identity and not crowd one another in this tiny state. More breweries are still coming onto the scene in the next few months. One of them, Tilted Barn Brewery, will brew on the grounds of Ocean State Hop Farm as Rhode Island’s first farm brewery. Narragansett has even gotten back on board, now brewing several of their beers in state.

Most are open for tours, tastings and growler fills, and because they are all still small operations, a visit to the brewery probably means you’ll meet the brewers themselves. The taproom culture is growing, too. Bucket Brewery in Pawtucket, for example, opens up for live music and local food on Friday nights. Being so small, it’s not too hard to brewery-hop in Rhode Island. This summer it just got a little easier with the introduction of the Rhode Island Brew Bus, which will cart you around to some of the best drinking establishments in the state. While most Rhode Island-brewed beer is only available locally, you may find bottles around New England as breweries grow their production and distribution.

Rhode Island has long been known as a culinary hot spot, and the locavore movement is strong here. It’s no wonder that the craft beer industry has really taken off, and a little surprising that it took so long. The growing industry has also supported the establishment of beer bars in every corner of the state offering the best local brews accompanied by amazing food. The food truck scene has grown dramatically in the last few years, too, so it’s not uncommon to find one parked by your local brewery dishing up some fine pretzels, banh mi or tacos.

So this is where Girls Pint Out enters the picture in Rhode Island, inspired to start our chapter last summer to support our growing beer scene. Next time you’re in the area look us up and we’ll grab a pint. Cheers!

Rhode Island Brewers Collage

Rhode Island Brewers Collage

To reach Rhode Island Girls Pint Out, find them on Facebook at Rhode Island Girls Pint Out  or reach Meredith by email at ri@girlspintout.com. 

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14 May

History on Tap at Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie Horizon Council, the young professional group associated with the interactive history park in DSC_8660.NEFFishers, is organizing the third annual History on Tap. This year the event takes place on Friday, May 30, and will feature 20 awesome local breweries.

What makes History on Tap unique from other festivals is the venue and the staff. Conner Prairie is a beautiful outdoor space with a variety of buildings, livestock, and costumed interpreters representing Indiana’s past. History on Tap takes place in and around Prairietown, and the year is 1836. You’ll have a chance to meet people who are dressed in period garb and see the world from the point of view of early 19th century America.

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Tickets are $60 for VIP, $45 for early admission, and $35 for general admission.  Designated driver tickets are available for $10. All tickets include entry into Conner Prairie, tastings from all breweries, and a commemorative glass. Food is available for purchase at the event. The buffet will be $12 per person and will include a taco bar,  brats, grilled chicken, blackened chicken, pasta salad and other good foods.

Girls Pint Out will be giving away a pair of tickets on Twitter! To win, get tweeting! Tweet about what you love about Conner Prairie and tag @cphorizon and @ingirlspintout. We will pick winners at random on Friday, May 16th at 4 p.m. 

Don’t miss this exciting event! Get your ticket here before they are gone: http://www.connerprairie.org/historyontap!  

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08 May

AZ Girls’ Pint Out’s 4th Anniversary

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From VoicePlaces:

Until Beyoncé comes out with a premium cerveza of her own, we have AZ Girls’ Pint Out getting the word out to the ladies about the finer points of ales, lagers, and porters. The brew crew celebrates four years of gathering gals to quaff craft beer throughout the Valley on Thursday, May 8.

The local chapter of the national Girls’ Pint Out movement isn’t just a matter of “I am woman, beer me now”; past meet-ups have included talking to local brewers about the process behind their complex suds in mugs. For its fourth anniversary, AZGPO returns to the site of its inaugural meeting, SunUp Brewing Company, where acclaimed brewmaster Uwe Boer will have a special limited edition beer concocted just for this occasion.

Admission is $35 and includes two beers, food, and a commemorative pint glass. Check the Facebook event for more details!

Join the Arizona Chapter of Girl’s Pint Out as we celebrate four amazing years with a celebration a special brew at Sun Up Brewing Company.

Tickets are $35 and the money will be collected upon arrival at Sun Up the evening of the event.

DATE: 5/8/2014 (Thu 6:30PM – 8:30PM)

LOCATION: Sun Up Brewing Company
 322 East Camelback Road

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05 May

Support for Joy – GoFundMe

This is a tough story to tell. I first learned Joy had breast cancer back in July of 2011. Muncie Girls’ Pint Out had formed the previous year and despite not having the opportunity to get to any tastings up there, I knew that the group had great activity and that made me happy. About a year later, after a couple emails to all of our chapter founders, Joy emailed me back letting me know she would have to step down as the leader of Muncie GPO. On top of the terrible news of cancer, both of her oncologists highly recommended she avoid beer – all of it. Even the terrible Bud/Coors/Miller swill. So of course, this struck a nerve with me. Now – facing skin cancer, a pretty terrible situation is turning worse.

Please take a moment and read the following. Maybe share it with a friend, donate if you can, or just be thankful for what you’ve got. Be happy, even when things are tough, it’ll make things a tiny bit easier.

This is my friend Joy. She needs our help. If you know Joy, you know why she deserves it. If you don’t, then read on:

When I first met Joy several years ago, I was struck by her one-of-a-kind personality. She’s the most genuine person I’ve ever met. She has an energy and zeal for life that I’ve never encountered in another person. Her willingness to live life in the moment without worrying about what is appropriate or what other people may think of her is truly unique. Spending time with her frequently brings thoughts of “I wish I were more like Joy.” 

A few weeks after I met Joy, I was shocked and sad to learn that she had been fighting breast cancer for quite some time. When she was diagnosed, the cancer had already spread too far to be curable. She’s been fighting her hardest to keep the cancer at bay through surgeries, innovative treatments, and incredibly healthy living. So far, it’s worked. 

As if one cancer weren’t enough, a few weeks ago, Joy learned that she also has skin cancer. It’s not the terrible type but man, isn’t one type of cancer enough? 

The story so far is sad and showcases life’s uncertainties, but it’s not something I’d typically start a campaign about. Joy is a fighter and has handled life’s challenges with remarkable grace, courage, and unflagging optimism. But here’s where the plot twist comes in and my need for justice grows too strong to ignore.

A few days after finding out she had skin cancer (in addition to her stage 4 breast cancer), Joy’s husband of 12 years (the man she had trusted would be by her side through the worst if her health issues took a bad turn) handed her a two-paragraph note one night when she got home from a long day at work (she’s a kickass mental health therapist). The note communicated simply and inelegantly, “I’m leaving you and moving in with my mistress.” Joy was stunned to say the least – she had not seen this coming at all. None of us had. The mistress was someone Joy had considered a friend for several years. Her husband’s actions since that day have been heartless and have left Joy in a difficult financial and emotional position with few good options. 

Joy is now in the process of figuring out her future. Of course she is doing this with the same authenticity, optimism, and zeal for life as always. It is difficult for Joy to pay for her substantial medical expenses. She has to move out of state to be near people who can commit to caring for her through her difficult health issues. Because she’s moving, she can’t take new clients at work and her source of income is dwindling while she needs it most. 

That’s where we come in. I’ve stood by the last few weeks, offering support when I could. I’ve had tearful conversations with family and friends about the cruelty of human beings. I’ve wondered if you can ever truly trust another person. I’ve feared that in the end all you really have is yourself. But that’s not true. I have to believe that no matter what happens, the goodness in people will always find a way. 

This is one way to practice hope and belief in good. My realistic hope is that we can raise enough money to give Joy a safety net until she finds somewhere good to land. I want her to be able to pay her current medical bills, continue receiving her life-saving treatments, and to be able to relocate to a safe place without the added stress of worrying about how to pay for it. 

Joy is a beautiful soul. If you know Joy, you know she deserves your help and you’re probably already getting out your wallet. If you don’t, I hope you’ll consider giving even a small amount – in honor of someone you know who is fighting a hard battle with cancer, in honor of someone who has survived or someone who has not, in honor of the goodness within yourself that wants to show the world that goodness is real and powerful. Please consider passing this on to others who may be interested in helping as well.

*All donations will go directly to Joy in support of her medical treatments and moving costs.* 

 

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02 May

Creating the Indiana Girls Pint Out 5th Anniversary Beer!

Our 5th anniversary beer brewers!

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At our April 15th event at Thr3e Wise Men Brewing, we made a big announcement: Thr3e Wise Men’s Head Brewer Keely Thomlinson and Scarlet Lane Brewing’s Brewer Eilise Lane  are collaborating to brew the Girls Pint Out 5th anniversary beer! We are excited that two rockstar women brewers are helping us celebrate this big milestone.  Our anniversary beer brewers, Keely & Eilise

The excitement doesn’t end there. We want your help designing the 5th anniversary beer! What styles do you like? Is the Girls Pint Out beer hoppy? Sweet? Dark? Tart? What beer do you want to drink to celebrate Girls Pint Out’s big day? What should the beer be named? Be creative!

Submit your ideas for the beer style, special characteristics, and beer name by July 1, 2014: tinyurl.com/GPO5beer

We will announce the winning submission at a special event at the new Scotty’s Brewhouse in Brownsburg late this fall!

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25 Apr

Hops to Hand

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Join us for a night of delicious, local beer and food!

Hops to Hand is a collaborative effort between Dig IN~A Taste of Indiana, Girls Pint Out, Indianapolis City Market, and Tomlinson Tap Room. Hops to Hand will feature five rockstar City Market chefs that are participating in this year’s DigIN.

Each chef will be paired with and inspired by a style of beer (porter/stout, amber/red ale, pale ale/IPA, & lager/pilsner/kolsch). All beers will be from breweries also participating in DigIN this year. Girls Pint Out will provide education on the beer style and the pairing to all attendees.

For $40 you get five awesome, local food and beer (6 oz. pours) pairings. You can also buy a combo ticket with early admission to DigIN for $90!

Participating Chefs & Establishments include:

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Nitin Nadu – Spice Box

Fermenti Artisan

Mark Cox & Josh Henson – FERMENTI ARTISAN

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 Roger Hawkins – Circle City Soups

Brad Gates

Brad Gates –  Brad Gates Catering & Events

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Cindy Hawkins – Circle City Sweets

The details: 

Where: Tomlinson Tap Room
222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 423-2337
When: June 21, 2014 6pm
Who: This event is open to the public but seating will be limited
Tickets: ORDER HERE!
This event is 21+.
Hops to Hand General Admission: $40
Hops to Hand + Dig IN Combo: $90

[Combo ticket includes Hops to Hand ticket + Discounted Early Admission to Dig IN on August 17th ONLY available through this offer! At no other time will Early Entry to Dig IN be discounted!

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15 Apr

Brews & Boutiques

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Brews and BoutiquesWe’re so excited for this event! Bier Brewery hosted our event last year where guests were able to shop, drink and shop some more(really ladies, what’s better than that?!) and we’re happy to head back again this spring for an even bigger Brews & Boutiques!

Join us for a pint Thursday, April 24th from 6-9 (holding out for some great weather!)  and shop at some of our favorite local trucks and boutiques – follow the links for each vendor to check out some of the products they will have and make sure to click the image above and let us know you’ll be joining us!

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Genie’s Closet
Bizzy’s Mobile Boutique
Boho Pretty
Ellen & Elvin
Girl in Four Inch Heelz
BrickShirt House
Growler Girls
The Beauty Lounge
Bark Truck

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20 Mar

Puerto Rico: Craft Beer and Yoga

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Who said yoga and beer do not mix? The Girl’s Pint Out group will be celebrating a very special event next Saturday, April 12th where attendees can take a yoga class facilities in Old Harbor Brewery in Carolina.

The event consists of a yoga class one hour per Juliette Rojas starting at 10:30 am, a “tour” through the facilities of the brewery and a tasting of various beers from Old Harbor, where water, fruits and “is included wraps “turkey.

Interested can register through PayPal with thecraftbeergal@yahoo.com .The cost is $ 20 if made ​​before April 2, then is $ 25. Space is limited to 20 people and they should bring their own “mat”.

For more information visit the official Facebook event link .

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11 Mar

A Challenge to Indianapolis Girls Pint Out

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STEADYSERV ONEPAGER NB_Page_1SteadyServ is the inventor of the iKeg™ system, which includes a mobile app that provides real-time information about your beer supply. The SteadyServ keg sensor collects and sends a host of information to users, including how much beer remains, the type and style of the beer in the keg, when it was delivered, when it was tapped, its age, and when the keg may run out. It sends this information to SteadyServ’s cloud-based software, where it is paired with other information, such as how much safety stock remains, the next delivery date, previous order information, past consumption trends, event information, beer consumption trends nearby, and even local weather forecasts which may impact patronage trends.

Last Saturday (March 8th),  SteadyServ hosted Girls Pint Out’s fourth birthday party.  At the party, SteadyServ issued a challenge to Indianapolis Girls Pint Out:

 

Goal: Provide 20 leads from bars, restaurants, taverns and taprooms in the Indianapolis metro area that SteadyServ will convert to customers. (Requirement:  Must have 8+ taps)

Deadline: Friday, May 9th

Rules:  Provide Michael Emrie at SteadyServ the name of the location and the name of the brilliant person you spoke with that immediately recognized the value that iKeg delivers to them and is eager to get started making more money from their beer.  You can do this several ways:

  • Email Michael at michael.emrie@steadyserv.com
  • Text him or call him at 317-696-4780
  • Tweet it! Something like ‘Another bar gets it! @BobsTapRoom (the place) @joebarmanager (the person) @memrie (Michael’s handle) #ikeg”   -Be sure to include the place, the person, Michael and the hashtag so we can track it.
  • Talk up iKeg. Send them to the website: Steadyserv.com. Tell them they will make more money from their beer, have fewer errors, managing their beverages will become easier than ever before and they will get back a lot of time they desperately need.
  • SteadyServ will take it from there and do the heavy lifting.  You just need to do what GPO girls do best –  exert our considerable influence!

 

Prize: BEER DINNER EXTRAVAGANZA

If SteadyServ locks down 20 locations courtesy of GPO, the beer dinner is on! If you deliver a lead that turns into an account, that is your key (plus one!) to the dinner, but we need to get to 20.  SteadyServ will be keeping a tally.  Whichever GPO girl gets the most retailers will get an extra special prize which will be highly coveted and that will be awarded at the dinner.  (A 20-way tie with 1 each doesn’t count by the way!).  SteadyServ will work with local distributors to identify fun and hard to find beers to incorporate at this one-of-a-kind dinner between May 12th and May 18th.

Ready…set…GO!

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02 Mar

International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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Join Georgia Girls Pint Out for our brewday with Neal Engleman at Wrecking Bar Brewpub on Saturday March 8th at 9am. We will be brewing a Unite Session Pale Ale with El Dorado hops.

We will start the morning with a light breakfast and I’ll bring the coffee!

Follow our brew day at:

Here and on Twitter & Facebook!

www.twitter.com/beerheadatl & www.facebook.com/aBeerHead

www.twitter.com/heybrewtiful & www.facebook.com/heybrewtiful

www.twitter.com/GAGirlsPintOut & www.facebook.com/GeorgiaGirlsPintOut

RSVP here.
Details:
Collaboration brew to take place in individual Brewsters breweries across the world. The event is in aid of raising the profile of women in the industry and to raise the profile of beer to women.

Profits from the brewed beer can be donated to charity, namely the Pink Boots Society and/or a local charity of your choice.

www.iwcbd.org

Fundraising proceeds garnered from IWCB for Pink Boots Society are left to the discretion of each brewery. Participants understand that the amount of the donation may vary based on ingredients donated, size of operation, etc. You may choose to donate 100% of the proceeds or $1.00 / $2.00 per pint sold.

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