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Celebrate local craft breweries during Maine Beer Week

You might want to tell your boss now that you'll probably have some foggy mornings in mid-November, but only because you're supporting local business.
Party like a brewer
By LEISCHEN STELTER  |  October 14, 2011

Beer by the sea

Ever since Narragansett closed its Cranston brewery 30 years ago, Rhode Island's brewing history has been sporadic at best. Contract brewers Hope Brewing and the Great Providence Brewing Company never successfully built a brewery, while Emerald Isle Bre
Sipping at Newport Storm
By JOSH SMITH  |  February 18, 2011

On tap for 2011

Unquestionably, 2010 was another banner year for craft beer. Personal highlights include the release of barrel-aged and specialty beers such as Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary Series, and the recognition of Cascadian Dark Ales (or Black IPAs) as a styl
The New Year in beer
By JOSH SMITH  |  December 31, 2010

Have beer, will travel

Culture and experience have taught us that beer in a can is of lesser quality. But with several craft brewers' recent foray into the world of canning, it may be time to put this crude stereotype to bed.
Craft beer in a cooler? Can do!
By JOSH SMITH  |  June 04, 2010

Beer on a budget

The beer industry is generally considered recession-proof, since people are still going to drink beer when times get tough. But has the same been true for more expensive craft beer in the recent recession?
In defense of expense
By JOSH SMITH  |  May 21, 2010

Savor the flavor

Whether you only occasionally hoist a craft beer or carry a notepad to rate beer everywhere you go, we can all become better beer drinkers by following a few simple guidelines.
How to make great beer even better
By JOSH SMITH  |  May 07, 2010



Once upon a time, before the heyday of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, all beer was organic. And now organic is back for good.
The second coming of organic beer
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 23, 2010

Justified arrogance

Stone is the country’s number one brewer. And they know it.
Stone Brewing Company comes to Julian’s
By JOSH SMITH  |  April 09, 2010

Irish ayes

Beer comes in a rainbow of different colors, but green is not one of them. Unless it's St. Patrick's Day, of course.
Don’t go green on St. Patrick’s Day
By JOSH SMITH  |  March 12, 2010


My entry into the world of craft beer came thanks to complete strangers.
72 ounces of beer bliss
By JOSH SMITH  |  February 26, 2010

Roadhouse Craft Beer & BBQ

So, about the long-awaited Roadhouse Craft Beer & BBQ, sister restaurant to the popular Publick House, which has finally been rebuilt, licensed, and is now open.
Off to a (somewhat) smoky start
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  November 12, 2008

Cheers to green beer

Since we drink so much beer, shouldn't we expect it to be produced sustainably?
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 14, 2008

Zedek’s æsthetic

Thalia Zedek is hunched over a pint at the Cambridge Brewing Company, looking a bit like a grizzled veteran of some sort of mythical rock-and-roll war.

Thalia continues to move beyond Come

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008

Beer: the next generation

Nikki’s Liquors, at first blush, seems like a typical liquor store.
Hopped-up brews are proliferating in Rhode Island, from neighborhood bars to the corner package store
By IAN DONNIS  |  February 06, 2008

February 9, 2008

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  February 06, 2008

Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.

“The role of a comedian,” said the late Lenny Bruce, is to make the audience laugh, at a minimum of once every 15 seconds.”
Say what it wants in a big way
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 03, 2007

August 2, 2007

Daily forecast
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  August 01, 2007

The big cheese

Is cheese the new breakthrough trend?
Any way you slice it, cheese is growing in popularity at restaurants all over town
By LOUISA KASDON  |  October 30, 2006

Anheuser-Busch Demon’s Hop Yard IPA

When A-B, the world’s third-largest brewery, announced their “You Choose It, We’ll Brew It” campaign, in which New England beer drinkers were afforded the opportunity to vote on a craft beer that would reflect the region’s tastes, I was wary.
Big brewer, big flavor
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 30, 2006

Never mind the Citgo

For all the complaints that Boston is losing its character, there’s still a lot to this old, weird city. It’s just a matter of taking a closer look.
Beyond the clichés and picture postcards, Boston hangs on to its character
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 05, 2006

A Boston booze time line

The Pilgrims land in Plymouth because they're out of booze. As good a reason to start a country as any.
Boston's place in booze and brews history
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 16, 2006


Narragansett Beer

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in just a couple of days.
It’s back. Have one
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 16, 2006

Strong brew

At microbreweries throughout the city, though, barley wines are intended to be sipped straight — no chaser, no frills, no dilution, no apologies. When made meticulously enough, barley wine needs little embellishment.
E xtra alcohol and lots of malts make barley wine shine
By LIZA WEISSTUCH  |  January 13, 2006