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Beer collaborations have become a big part of the brew business, pushing new partnerships among beverage creators, or with chefs, farms, and other brands. Here are a few new beers that came from some standout alliances around Rhode Island’s growing brewery scene. Each of these are available at their respective brewery.
A hoppy, double IPA for a cause | Grey Sail Brewing and Raw Seafoods
Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly, R.I., recently teamed up with Raw Seafoods, a national seafood distributor and manufacturer in Fall River, Mass., to create a new, limited-edition craft beer dubbed City Pier New England Double IPA. The proceeds from sales of the beer will benefit Clean Ocean Access, a Rhode Island nonprofit working on eliminating debris from oceans and preserving New England’s coastlines. The brew is hazy, using Citra and Chinook hops, and has notes of pine, floral, and citrus.
Grey Sail Brewing, 63 Canal St., Westerly, R.I., 02891.
Porter, with roasts from a wood-fired oven | Six Pack Brewing and W’s Mobile Wood Fired Pizza Oven
Bristol’s nano brewery, Six Pack Brewing, was created as a tribute to the owners’ six dogs, and each brew has its own special hat tip to four-legged friends. Six Pack recently launched W’s Woof Fired Pumpkin Porter in collaboration with W’s Mobile Wood Fired Pizza Oven. It’s an autumn-time ale made with pumpkins, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes that were roasted and spiced by the pizza company.
Six Pack Brewing, 87 Gooding Ave., Bristol, R.I., 02809.
To read up on your rights | Rejects Beer Co. and Twelve Percent Beer Project
Rejects Beer Co. recently brewed its first batch of beers with Connecticut’s Twelve Percent Beer Project. The slick Rhode Island Coastal Access IPA is one of them. With more than 7 percent ABV, this IPA has classic citrus flavors like fresh lime, along with passionfruit, melon, and soft peach notes. Check out the QR code on the can, which brings you right to Article 1 Section 17 of the Rhode Island Constitution so you can read your rights about shore access. Local artist Christopher Abruzzi designed the can. Brewery co-owner Gregory Martell said the team is planning upcoming beach cleanup days (dates to be announced soon) during the offseason across the state, and each volunteer who contributes will be given a four-pack of this IPA.
Rejects Beer Co., 124 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, R.I., 02842.
An Italian Pilsner, with award-winning chefs | Proclamation Ale Co. with Oberlin and Gift Horse
A collaboration with the teams behind Oberlin and its new sister restaurant Gift Horse, Capisce was brewed at Proclamation Ale Company using local and regional heirloom corn from Freedom Food Farm and Maine Grains. This Italian Pilsner has aromas of raspberries and grapefruit, but balances the bitterness with subtle cornmeal, currants, and red berry flavors. This brew is also available at both Providence restaurants.
Proclamation Ale Co., 298 Kilvert St., Warwick, R.I., 02886. Oberlin, 266 Westminster St., Providence, R.I., 02903. Gift Horse, 272 Westminster St., Providence, R.I., 02903.
A toasty new spirit distilled with lager | Narragansett Beer and The Industrious Spirit Company
In late September, The Industrious Spirit Company kicked off its new line of experimental spirits with the launch of March Forth! It is distilled using a toasty Märzen lager by the brewers at the Narragansett Beer Company in a method that’s similar to making whiskey, and then aged for 20 months in charred American oak barrels. Originally from Germany, the Märzen (which means “March”) style of beer was traditionally brewed in the spring and aged throughout the summer. March Forth! used the leftover Märzen beer at Narragansett from 2021 and decarbonized it. It has a mix of honey, cider, elderberry, and caramel flavors on the front palate before warming up with hints of toasted grains, smoked toffee, and a malty finish. Bottles of March Forth! are only available at ISCO’s tasting room.
ISCO, 1 Sims Ave., Providence, R.I., 02909.
For an anytime Pilsner | Narragansett Beer and Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks
One of Boston’s most loved brasseries has been Eastern Standard. Initially located nearby Fenway Park, it was long known to be the kind of place where Red Sox fans, university professors, and restaurant industry workers would gather around the bar for one of the city’s most iconic cocktail lists. After shuttering, owner Garrett Harker has returned his flagship restaurant at a new location. In celebration, Eastern Standard collaborated with Narragansett Beer for a branded Bohemian-style pilsner that’s clean and crisp. Try it with roast chicken, a dozen oysters, or a shot of Fernet. It pairs well with all of the above. The ES Pilsner is available on draft, by the can, or in a four-pack to-go for $24 from the restaurant.
Eastern Standard, 775 Beacon St., Boston, Mass., 02215.