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Collabaration Event: Grey Sail Brewing & Heavy Seas
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Collabaration Event: Grey Sail Brewing & Heavy Seas

HEAVY SEAS BEER:

Hugh & the Heavy Seas Story

Beer takes us on adventures. It allows us to discover new flavors and exotic cultures. Our quest for great beer can lead anywhere, from corner pubs to faraway breweries.

For Heavy Seas founder, Hugh Sisson, beer altered the trajectory of his life.

In 1980, intending to become a stage actor and director, Hugh's plan was to move to NYC after completing his course work for a masters degree in theater. Hugh's father, Albert, a Baltimore area businessman, persuaded him instead to come "help" at a newly opened family business, a tavern called Sisson's. 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.

Hugh had spent a great deal of time in pubs during college and grad school, but until that point, his entire bar experience had always been on the consumer side. With Big Al's handoff of Sisson's pub, Hugh was abruptly faced with learning the "landlord" side of the equation.

Despite no business background, Hugh quickly realized he needed a way to differentiate Sisson's from other bars to give customers a reason to visit. Having studied in England in 1974, his eyes had been opened to traditional cask-conditioned ales, essentially unheard of in the US at that time. His pub and beer experiences abroad made him a fan of "better" beer, influencing his decision to make Sisson's into a beer destination. By 1982, Sisson's had the largest selection of beers in Baltimore and was Baltimore's first draft Guinness account.

The consumer's interest in beer was growing fast, so in 1984, Hugh and his father decided to explore the idea of making their own beer at the pub. Only a handful of brewpubs existed at that time in the US, so turning Sisson's into a brewpub was a groundbreaking concept. One big problem - brewpubs were illegal in Maryland.

Undaunted, the Sissons - under the tutelage of Senator George Della - introduced a bill in the MD Legislature in 1987 to legalize brewpubs. Much to their surprise, the bill passed on first attempt. Sisson's officially became Maryland's first brewpub in August 1989, with Hugh as the brewer.

Hugh remained at Sisson's until December 1994, when he left to form a new company, Clipper City Brewing Co., now home to Heavy Seas Beer.

Today, Heavy Seas produces 18 different beer styles and distributes in 17 states. Heavy Seas has become one of the most respected and award winning craft breweries on the East Coast. The company celebrates its 20th anniversary of business operations on December 8, 2015.

GREY SAIL BREWING:

This brewery had been a thought for Alan and Jennifer Brinton for over 15 years. A move from New Jersey to Rhode Island, and 4 children, put Jen and Alan’s plans on hold until Autumn, 2010.

It was worth the wait. Just one year later, the building had been purchased, the renovation completed, the equipment installed and the beer brewed and distributed.

THE BUILDING

Finding our home at 63 Canal Street came to be a big part of who we are. Built toward the end of the 1920s as The Westerly Macaroni Factory, grain once again courses through the building. We have been fortunate to meet many local residents who still recall the days of purchasing their fresh pasta here.

After WWII, the United States Post Office ran their parcel service out of the building until 1989 when NAPA Auto Parts moved in. After their relocation in 2010 the building was once again available for purchase.

On April 4, 2011, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island moved in. After seven short months the renovation was complete and grain was once again brought to the building, now to brew the first batch of Flagship Ale on 11/11/11.

THE NAME

Sit on any beach in New England and enjoy the views of rolling waves, glistening waters and grey sails on the horizon… it is truly inspiring. Those grey sails inspired us to keep moving forward, and here we are.

Brewing great beer is our passion. We want to share that passion with you. Please visit our facility at 63 Canal Street in Westerly to see where it all began and sample our fine brews.

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Music: Jesse Black
Jul
5
to Jul 6

Music: Jesse Black

Bio:

Jesse Black's style might not be what you'd expect from an artist based a bit outside of Nashville. An accomplished guitar player with a diverse style encompassing many genres including Blues, Soul, Rock n’ Roll, Country, and R&B, among others. As a result, Jesse’s live performances host a broad mixture of songs, providing a little something for everyone in the audience.

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Music: Reckless Saints
Jul
13
to Jul 14

Music: Reckless Saints

Roy Schneider and his partner in music & love, Kim Mayfield, are in their 10th year of touring, and have added bassist Thom Callahan to the band. Their new collection of songs  titled ‘Reckless Saints’ was released November 2018.  Here's what some folks are saying about it…..

“Reckless Saints- Their ‘Blue Twangled Folk ’n’ Roll’ sound rides like a V8, firing on all cylinders!” ~ Gurf Morlix

"On the album, Schneider and Kim Mayfield, his wife and full-time performing partner, dance with elements of authentic folk, country, blues and rock as if they’ve been in love with them all their lives, which is probably true.  Enlisting Blaze Foley’s old musical partner Gurf Morlix for help, Schneider and Mayfield cover Foley’s classic “Election Day” with rough passion, but the beautifully rendered “If I Die Tomorrow” and “Poison Arrow” swoon in their arms. All who cry out for salvation from Reckless Saints might experience the same effect." ~ Peter Lindblad

"Some publications have already likened Schneider to the best songwriters like Earle, Clark, and Lovett. The ringing impression from this offering is the seamless blending of so many forms of roots music. combined with meaningful and often insightful lyrics. It works beautifully.” ~ Jim Hynes

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Double TAPTAKEOVER: with Ommegang Brewery & Boulevard Brewing Co.
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Double TAPTAKEOVER: with Ommegang Brewery & Boulevard Brewing Co.

Boulevard Brewing Story:

Epiphany

It was the summer of 1984, and John McDonald was thirsty. On vacation in Europe, the future founder of Boulevard Brewing Company wandered into a bar specializing in Belgian beers. He tried one, then another and another, amazed by the variety, the aromas, and the flavors. He was hooked.

Opportunity

Back home, John couldn’t stop dreaming about those beers. But dreaming was all he could do, because American beers of the time were homogenous and unremarkable. Kansas City, once home to more than a dozen breweries producing a wide array of beers, had succumbed to the industrial onslaught. Nothing was left.

DIY

After art school John made his living as a carpenter, always fascinated by the creative process. He couldn’t shake the memory of those amazing beers, and he began to wonder, began to consider the possibilities. He started homebrewing. He visited breweries. He put together a business plan, sold his house to raise money, and set out to find the rest of the resources he would need to start a brewery.

“I want to do something different”

As John talked to potential investors, he often heard the same question: “You want to do what? You want to compete with the biggest brewer in the world on the other side of the state?” “No,” he answered, “they do what they do really well. I want to do something different. I want to make big beers, a variety of beers, beers with color and flavor and aroma and body, beers for real beer lovers.”

No place like home

He didn’t have to look far to get started. John lived and worked in an old brick building on Southwest Boulevard that had once housed the laundry for the Santa Fe Railroad. He moved his carpentry shop to a corner and began to build a brewery. It wasn’t ideal, but it was his.

The first beer

It took more than a year and every bit of the money he’d raised to retrofit the building, find the equipment – including a vintage 35-barrel Bavarian brewhouse – and get everything up and running. Finally, in November 1989, the first keg of Boulevard Pale Ale was ready. John loaded it into the back of his pickup and delivered it to a restaurant just a few blocks away.

Roll out the bottles

For the first year the brewery produced only draft beer. The small crew worked long hours brewing, kegging, cleaning, and then selling, convincing bar and restaurant owners to put Boulevard beers on tap. Still, John knew he needed bottles. But there was no money, and bottling lines weren’t cheap. Rejected by bank after bank, one institution finally saw promise in his vision and made a loan that enabled Boulevard to install a very small, very used bottling line.

Steady growth

Word was spreading – Boulevard was making surprisingly good beer. The original business plan called for someday selling 6,000 barrels a year. By the third year sales passed 7,000 barrels, and continued to climb. Boulevard began selling its beers in neighboring cities and states. The original Bavarian brewhouse, designed to produce only a few thousand barrels a year, was approaching 100,000 barrels by 2004, turning out a dozen 1,000 gallon brews each and every day. But it had reached its limit, and a decision loomed.

Doubling down

When John built the brewery deep in the heart of a century-old urban neighborhood, he hadn’t worried about outgrowing it. But it had happened. Now, consultants said the smart move was to relocate to a new site with plenty of room. But the brewery was tightly woven into the fabric of the city, and the Boulevard team was committed to its continued revitalization. So in 2006 a $25 million expansion project brought a new building with a 150-barrel brewhouse, packaging halls, offices and hospitality spaces.

Ommegang Brewery History:

A Tradition Born in 1549

Holy Roman Emperor King Charles V visited medieval Brussels in 1549 with hundreds from his Royal Court. To welcome the King, merchants, vendors, cooks, brewers, musicians, theater troupes, dancers and more lined up around the city walls and joined in a celebration as his entourage passed by. That parade became known as the “Ommegang,” a word that variously means “coming together” and “walking about.” The Brussels Ommegang Festival continues to this day.

1549

The First Farmhouse Brewery in America in 100+ Years

Belgian breweries Duvel Moortgat, Affligem, and Scaldis join with importers/entrepreneurs Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield to build an authentic Belgian-style farmstead brewery in Cooperstown, NY. They locate this cultural transplant on an old 140-acre hop farm in the Susquehanna River valley, in a part of upstate New York once known as Nova Belgium.

1996

Our First Beers

We open in winter with Ommegang Abbey Dubbel, an 8.5% ABV traditional Trappist-style dark ale. Brewed with a complex array of spices and packaged in 750ml bottles, Abbey breaks the mold of the emerging American craft beer scene. 

1997

Our Portfolio (and Reputation) Grow

We expand our offerings with Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Rare Vos Amber, and 12oz bottles. High-end culinary magazines and restaurants across the US take notice.

1997-2002

Ponder the Profound

Responding to a fan’s fantasy of “the perfect beer,” we introduce Three Philosophers, a Belgian-style quadrupel ale. A touch of Belgian kriek – a cherry beer – makes it distinctive, and offers a delicate note of dark fruit.

2001

Witte and First Draft Offerings

Witte Wheat Ale – an authentic Belgian-style witbier – becomes the first Ommegang beer packaged in kegs. Other Ommegang beers are also now available on draft. Distribution expands to 44 states.

2004

Belgium Comes To Cooperstown

Our first full-scale beer festival is held in July. Over 40 breweries and importers join 1,500 beer aficionados in a celebration of Belgian-style brewing that includes tasting, camping, local foods, and music. The festival is a hit. Over the next 15 years, more than 50,000 people participate.

2004

Five Million Bottles

Brewmaster Randy Thiel (1997-2006) holds bottle number 5,000,000 – a commemorative three-liter Jeroboam of Three Philosophers.

2005

Expanding Production

Demand for Ommegang beers leads to the expansion of our brewing facilities, increasing capacity some 40% by 2008.

2006

Our first Visitor Center opens, complete with tasting room, store, 100 seat cafe, and outdoor patio.

2010

The natural amphitheater behind our brewery becomes home to our Summer Concert Series, which  kicks off with performers such as Wilco, Lyle Lovett, Jack White, The Avett Brothers, John Prine, Bonnie Raitt, and The Old Crow Medicine Show. Concerts continue today, drawing as many as 40,000 people per year.

2011

Game of Thrones

HBO and Brewery Ommegang initiate a historic partnership that will run through 2019, with over a dozen beloved brews that honor the characters and storylines from the hit fantasy series. 

2013

Honoring Upstate Hops

In cooperation with Cornell University, we establish an experimental hop yard to promote local hop farming and introduce Hopstate NY, a beer made exclusively with NY-grown hops. The recipe evolves each year, employing the best hops New York has to offer. Starting in 2018, the beer includes New York barley, further supporting local agriculture.

2016

Sours, With a Little Help From Our Friends

Partnering with Liefmans, our sister blendery in Belgium, we create two aged and blended sour beers: Ommegang Rosetta, a kriek-style beer, and Ommegang Pale Sour, a delicious and highly drinkable mixed-culture sour ale. Americans begin to develop a taste for the style – both beers quickly become top sellers.

2016-2017

Farm-Fresh Beer

Deepening our dive into hop-forward styles, we launch The Farmhouse Series, featuring exceptionally interesting and impeccably fresh beer available only at the brewery and limited locations in NY state.

2018

Mixing it Up

Reinventing an age-old Belgian tradition, Blenderie Ommegang offers extremely limited releases only available at the brewery in 750ml bottles. These customized creations blend our own brews with others from our extended Belgian and American family of iconic brewers.

2018

Hospitality, Reimagined

An expanded and radically renovated Tap House opens with a 20 tap bar, 10 tap tasting room, enlarged café and kitchen, covered patio and expanded store, enabling us to properly host several hundred visitors at a time.

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TAPTAKEOVER: 14th STAR BREWING CO.
Aug
1
7:00 PM19:00

TAPTAKEOVER: 14th STAR BREWING CO.

Our Story

14th Star Brewing Co. started as a daydream
in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan.

Seriously, we couldn’t make that up.

A dream that began on the battlefields of Afghanistan

The business plan for 14th Star Brewery was originally drafted on the back of a notebook by Steve Gagner while serving our country on the battlefields of Afghanistan.

Upon returning home to Vermont from deployment our founders, Steve and his best friend and fellow soldier Matt Kehaya, worked to refine their plans to make their dream of 14th Star Brewing Company a reality in 2012.

Lower Newton Days

Matt and Steve first opened the doors to 14th Star Brewing Co in 2012 at 41 Lower Newton Street in St. Albans, brewing beer on a 3.5 bbl pilot brewhouse they hand-built using repurposed retrofitted maple sap collection tanks. For the first two years, the brewery operated selling bottles and growler fills out of the small tasting room. By 2014 the demand for more 14th Star beer was high, and with a growing staff, 14th Star was looking for a new home.

Expansion and Current
Brewery & Taproom

In November of 2014, we moved from our 3.5 barrel brewhouse on Lower Newton Street to our current 30 barrel Brewery and Taproom at 133 North Main Street where we are projected to produce over 8,000 barrels of craft beer this year alone.

Because of this successful expansion, our beercan be found in cans or on tap at your favorite craft beer venues throughout Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

At our Brewery and Taproom, we feature exclusive releases and a rotating lineup of draft, canned, and bottled craft beer. A gathering place for friends, family, and craft beer lovers alike, we frequently play host to live local entertainment and music on our Taproom Stage and many charitable events.

At 14th Star, our commitment to our community is always at the forefront of whatever we do. Our goal is to be outstanding corporate citizens and consistently produce quality products for our consumers.

Great beer is what we produce, community is what we build.

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Music: Rees Finley
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Music: Rees Finley

Biography

Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, Los Angeles based Singer/Songwriter, Rees Finley, released his debut EP, "Songs 1-5" on August 10th, 2017. Rees’ music is always melodic, frequently neurotic, and simultaneously sarcastic and sentimental. On record, Finley ranges from 80’s style synthpop, to retro-motown funk to overdriven alt-rock, often within the span of 3 minutes and 30 seconds.

EartotheGround says “Combine the phrasing and style of Ben Folds and the syntax of Green Day. Do you hear it? Yeah, you do. Because this is an interesting, clever songwriting style that is just about as 'timeless' as alt rock can get. The intricate songwriting elements even sometimes feel like Queen. “

Buffablog writes, “We just can't get enough of Rees Finley - the last time we checked in with him, we were digging his ode to the downtrodden, 'The Band Broke Up.' This time around he's released another juicy frenetic pop nugget called 'Talk to Me.' This LA solo artist really knows how to write a pop hook - fans of Maroon 5 or Bruno Mars will be into his stuff”

Throughout 2018, Finley released another four singles including, "Deserve," "Reckless," "Kill the Lizard," and "Whatever You Want Me to Be." Additionally Rees spent his time playing throughout Southern California and beginning to plan his first full-length album. In early 2019 he began working with producer, Wolfy, on recording his debut full-length, which is expected later this year.

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Music: Glenn Thomas Kendzia Solo (Ticketed Show)
Aug
15
to Aug 16

Music: Glenn Thomas Kendzia Solo (Ticketed Show)

Glenn Thomas is the songwriter and frontman of the alternative rock band Wild Sun, who has quickly become an emerging staple in the New England music scene. The release of their debut album, produced by Bryce Goggin (Phish, Pavement) in 2015 on American Laundromat Records found their music in Top 200 rotation on the national college radio charts. Under the Wild Sun name, Glenn had a cover of Elliott Smith’s “Easy Way Out” on the nationally acclaimed “Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith” album featuring J. Mascis, Julien Baker, and more. Glenn has shared the stage with national acts such as Eve6, The Wombats, Blitzen Trapper, The Barr Brothers, Rubblebucket, Watsky, And The Kids, and others. In 2016, the band was mentioned by Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and their debut album “Little Truths,” was named one of the Top 20 Albums of 2015 by Motif Magazine alongside Wilco and Kendrick Lamar.

Glenn is currently living in Nashville and working on his debut solo album with producer Jordan Lehning.

With "passion that could be felt shining through the performance. (Pancakes & Whiskey, NYC),” Glenn’s show both solo and with the full band are not to be missed. 

"When Glenn sings, he feels it—the music, the song, the lyrics, the truth. You can tell that he sings of a deep and personal truth. Behind the jokes is someone who was meant to play music." - 95.5 WBRU

Glenn is proudly endorsed by Guild Guitars. 

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Music: DJ Mital
Aug
17
to Aug 18

Music: DJ Mital

With a versatile and crowd-pleasing style, DJ Mital’s impressive resume is as varied as his music library. From packing top clubs like Webster Hall, Pacha, and The Roxy to pleasing high-end clients to spinning alongside artists like Nina Sky, Jay Sean, Funkmaster Flex, and Punjabi MC, DJ Mital is a rising star. With a degree in music theory and composition, he infuses each DJ set with unmatched expertise. Mital hits the mark with flawless sets tailored to each audience’s musical tastes. Audiences rave about DJ Mital for both performance and professionalism, making him one of the most sought-after DJ talents in the New England. 

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Music: Scoutt Murphy
Aug
30
to Aug 31

Music: Scoutt Murphy

Bio:

Scoutt - A one-man folk-jam rock band from Troop 132, Plainville, MA, consisting of multi-instrumental playing and live looping to create a unique,thunking, slam-string sound for ears of every age

Instagram: @ScouttMusic

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Music: Sirsy
Sep
13
to Sep 14

Music: Sirsy

“Little band, big sound.” (-The Boston Globe, MA)

SIRSY is a rock, pop, and soul duo from Upstate NY. They write songs that are chock full of sing along melodies; honest songs with lots of heart and just the right amount of sass. It’s “edgy-feel-good”music. (–The Houston Music Blog).

The Boston Globe call SIRSY “the little band with the big sound.” And the SXSW Music Blog say “SIRSY is NOT simply a two piece, they are a head scratching, WOW!” SIRSY is fronted by charismatic vocalist and drummer Melanie Krahmer who has “one of the most powerful and flexible voices you’ll ever hear” (–Times Union). At live shows, Melanie also plays bass on a keyboard with her drumstick & throws in a few mean flute solos too. Guitarist, Rich Libutti plays a road worn and well loved Rickenbacker guitar through a pedal board full of vintage effects. Live, Rich also plays bass on a keyboard with his feet. So, these multi-instrumentalists manage to sound like a full band, despite there being just two of them. And somehow, they do it all with big smiles on their faces. It’s clear they love what they do. And that love is contagious when you see them live. Their energetic show often includes stories from the road, laughter, dance parties, and even Rich’s nerdy Star Wars jokes.

“One of most powerful and flexible voices you’ll ever hear. Songs with more hooks than a tackle box.(-Times Union, NY)

Every show is like a celebration for this couple who endured a tough year in 2018 as Melanie fought her second battle with cancer – and won. That celebratory energy and fighting spirit has been captured in their latest offering “Like a Drum” (produced by Grammy winner Paul Q. Kolderie). The title track “Like a Drum” was written about the day that Melanie’s doctors finally gave her the go-ahead to make music again after a 3 1/2 month hiatus for her treatment. SIRSY’s fans took it upon themselves to support the band during that hiatus with a crowd funding effort that paid their bills and paid for the recording of the record. It’s a true labor of love.

SIRSY has toured for a living for 15 years– playing 250 shows each year all over the US and Canada. (They’ve played in every state, except Alaska.) They average about 60,000 miles per year on the road in their little white van their fans named “Axel”. They’ve shared stages with: Grace Potter, Maroon 5, Train, Cheap Trick, the Spindoctors, Collective Soul, Brandi Carlile, Shovels and Rope, & many more. Their song ‘Cannonball’ was featured in season 6 of the hit tv show “Shameless” (on Showtime). Sirsy’s songs have also been featured on PBS, HBO, and MTVu. Mel’s been featured in Modern Drummer & is endorsed by Paiste Cymbals and Vater Percussion.

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Music: Kimberly Townsend
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Music: Kimberly Townsend

BIO:

NYC based singer/songwriter Kimberly Townsend’s lyric-driven, emotive songs captivate, inspire, and console. A blend of folk, soul, and indie pop, Townsend’s sound is often compared to Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles. Through a powerful songwriting lens and strong, expansive vocals, she offers an earthy, visceral, intimate spin on telling a story through song.

Townsend's songs explore vulnerability, pain, and how this life feels. She writes to heal and ground herself, and she shares them to make you feel things. Her most recent work explores the weight of getting lost and feeling stuck, and the empowering release that comes from finding one's way again.

Townsend's debut album, The History and the Heart of It, released on January 18, 2019.

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Ticketed EVENT: The Turbos!
Oct
11
to Oct 12

Ticketed EVENT: The Turbos!

Ticketed EVENT … Doors open UpStairs At 7 for Enjoying A few Beverages And Bites Before the Show ;-)

TURBOS BIO:

The Turbos are a high energy, alt-rock, quartet based in Columbus. The band started as a side project between its current members. The name is derived from the influence that the Columbus Rock scene had on the band, as Lucas states, “We were watching our friends put on these supercharged live rock shows, where everyone was involved and we just put all the feelings of being in those rooms into our music.” Whether you're freakin' or fightin', they got that rock for your roll! Sweat and groove like you're supposed to with these fellas. Alex D (rhythm Guitar/Vox), Lucas Esterline (Lead Guitar/Vox), Cameron (Bass/Engineer), and Jahrie (Drummer) come together to rock faces and foundations with a fierce thirst for the bright lights. More info here: https://www.theturbos.com


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Music: Gladius
Nov
8
to Nov 9

Music: Gladius

GLADIUS

Bio

www.gladiusmusic.com

More than a fabulous performer and award-winning composer, listeners have called

Gladius a miracle in the making -the guitarist has prevailed over a crippling case of

nerve damage which greatly hindered the dexterity of both hands, and could have

easily ended a musician's career.

Inspired by the great composers, Spanish guitar maestros, and much more, this musical

mad scientist fuses the elements into a refreshing formula—evoking the Spanish spirit,

yet distinctly unorthodox.

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Music: Hambone Relay
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Music: Hambone Relay

THE BAND

“Creating your own lane in the music industry isn’t an easy feat, but Philly based jazz/ funk band Hambone Relay have already solidified themselves as one of the grooviest groups on the East Coast.” (James G. - Vain Culture)

With elements of blues, jazz, funk and rock & roll, Hambone Relay redefines the modern organ trio with their unique brand of improvisational jam music. Since their founding in 2012, the band has played between 75-100 shows a year touring up and down the East Coast and have shared the stage with such great bands as Melvin Seals and JGB, Zak Deputy, Cris Jacobs Band, Swift Technique and The James Hunter 6.

The band was founded in 2012 by organist Mark Brown. He began his career playing keyboards with the Baltimore-based jam band The Bridge. When The Bridge went on hiatus in 2012, Mark founded Hambone Relay in the Philadelphia area where he currently resides. The band began playing a handful of shows and festivals and started to gain some recognition in the area. This would eventually lead to them recording their first album. The self-titled LP would feature 8 brand new original songs and 2 covers recorded live. This first album featured Devin Coleman on guitar and Kyle Moken on drums.

Shortly after recording this first album, the band went on a brief hiatus and returned a few months later with new guitarist, John Udinsky and drummer Rob Tait. Their touring schedule picked up quite a bit in 2016 and the band began playing cities such as Richmond, Charlottesville, Baltimore, New York, Burlington and Washington DC, growing a fan base and beginning to work on new material. In November of 2016, Hambone Relay released their second LP, “Free Hugs”. The album included 10 brand new originals featuring the guitar skills of John Udinsky and the sheer energy of Rob Tait on drums with Brown at the helm behind the Hammond B3. After releasing “Free Hugs” the band toured the East Coast frequently for the next year and a half.

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Walkabout Wednesday Music: Will Evans
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Walkabout Wednesday Music: Will Evans

Walk About Wednesday is one Day in Which there are Stores open later and deals throughout down town Westerly. An Event Sponsored But the Westerly-Pawcatuck Downtown Business Association. Come enjoy our Versatile Downtown Scene!

Will Evans BIO

Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary songwriter, drummer, and front man for the Roots Rock outfit Barefoot Truth. The band released four full-length albums and has surpassed over 20 million plays on Spotify.

With BFT on an extended hiatus, Will has opened a new chapter in his musical journey. In 2018, Will joined his good friend Trevor Hall as a member of his touring band. Together they have performed to passionate crowds across North America and Europe.

On Election Day in November 2018, Will released his third full-length solo album “RISE”. His deepest and most personal album to date, songs contain topics of humanity, compassion, and a reflection of the current political times. In a time when many are looking for words of inspiration and reassurance, the singer-songwriter is once again speaking from his heart, advocating his own brand of socially-conscious messages of love and inclusion. A lifelong surfer and environmentalist, his songs also speak to the importance of connecting with and protecting the earth. The album features guest appearances by Trevor Hall, Mihali of Twiddle, and more.

In his live performances, Will uses his impressive looping skills to combine his drumming background with his highly energized and entertaining acoustic style. A technical tactician on the stage, crowds always get to their feet and he always gets to their hearts.

Will has shared the stage with many top artists including Crosby and Nash, Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby, Rusted Root, Trevor Hall, Nahko, Xavier Rudd, Donavon Frankenreiter, Railroad Earth and members of Dispatch.

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Music: DJ Mital
Jun
7
to Jun 8

Music: DJ Mital

With a versatile and crowd-pleasing style, DJ Mital’s impressive resume is as varied as his music library. From packing top clubs like Webster Hall, Pacha, and The Roxy to pleasing high-end clients to spinning alongside artists like Nina Sky, Jay Sean, Funkmaster Flex, and Punjabi MC, DJ Mital is a rising star. With a degree in music theory and composition, he infuses each DJ set with unmatched expertise. Mital hits the mark with flawless sets tailored to each audience’s musical tastes. Audiences rave about DJ Mital for both performance and professionalism, making him one of the most sought-after DJ talents in the New England. 

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Fundraising Pint Night Event: Left Hand "Wheels Gose Rund"
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Fundraising Pint Night Event: Left Hand "Wheels Gose Rund"

GiveAways, Live Music, Great Beer and More:

Event

Team Left Hand and Bike MS

Why We Ride

Team Left Hand Brewing is a group of employees and friends dedicated to solving the riddle that is Multiple Sclerosis. Since 2008, we have raised over $2.8 million, and won’t stop riding or fundraising until MS stands for Mystery Solved. We hope you’ll consider joining us to raise funds & awareness for the millions of people around the world that are fighting this disease today. We support several MS Chapter rides around the country, with most covering 150 miles from the Colorado Rockies to the sandy beaches of Florida. 2018 rides we are participating in include Team Left Hand’s 11th ride in Colorado, 5th ride in Florida, 4th ride in Ohio, 3rd ride in Texas and our 2nd ride in Los Angeles, California..

LEFT HAND BREWERY:

Our story started in December of 1990 with a small homebrewers kit. Dick Doore, the co-founder of Left Hand, received the kit as a Christmas present from his brother. According to Dick, “it was all downhill from there.” His obsession with homebrewing led him back to Colorado in August of 1993, where he met up with a former Air Force Academy college buddy and soon-to-be Left Hand co-founder, Eric Wallace. In November, home became a former meat packing plant, nestled next to the St. Vrain River near downtown Longmont. We named our brewery Left Hand, after Chief Niwot (meaning left-handed), an Arapaho chief whom wintered his tribe in the Boulder Valley area of Colorado.

Sawtooth wins GABF gold.

With $27 in the bank account, we brewed our first batch of beer, Sawtooth Ale, our original flagship and longtime Colorado favorite. In 1994 we attended our first Great American Beer Festival with zero expectations. Our expectations were quickly blown away with Sawtooth winning gold, Black Jack porter winning bronze and JuJu Ginger receiving an honorable mention.

Our second GABF gold medal. The Red Left Hand.

In 1995 we returned to GABF for the second time. The rush of winning was repeated when Black Jack porter took home gold. Our beer was only available in bombers and draft at the time, but 6-pack bottles were appearing on the market. With our beer going in to bombers it was necessary to shrink the logo to fit on the bottle crown. Quickly we realized that the original logo wouldn’t work at the smaller size. From this simple design challenge our iconic red left hand logo was emerged.

First Bottling Line. Tabernash Merger.

With the change in the craft beer scene, we took the leap to install our first bottling line. We also built a new cooler building (which is now our current brewhouse). In 1998 we also merged with Tabernash Brewing from Denver.

First Batch of Milk Stout. Udderly Delightful.

In 1998, Dick took a trip to Africa where he was inspired by a local sweet stout. When he returned he created a recipe and the first batch of Milk Stout was brewed in the summer of 1999.

2000’s

Tasting Room Expansion.

2002 saw more physical growth at the brewery, with the addition of the current tasting room building.

New Brewhouse. 1st Bike MS Ride.

Team Left Hand was created in 2008 with two employees and a handful of friends and customers riding together to help solve the MS mystery. Since our first Bike MS ride, we’ve had over 2,250 riders out there and have raised over $2.8 million dollars.

2010’s

Milk Stout Nitro Bottles.

On the first night of the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Left Hand changed craft beer history forever with the introduction of Milk Stout Nitro in a bottle. Left Hand was both the first American and the first craft brewery to master the science of bottling a nitrogen beer without a widget.

Left Hand Brewing Foundation Established.

In our 20th year, the Left Hand Brewing Foundation was created. The LHBF is committed to giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. The LHBF supports primary needs, community support groups, arts & cultural activities, housing projects, medical research & responds to issues and emergencies in the Longmont community and beyond. The LHBF also hosts four major events throughout the year that raise money for the foundation and other non-profits: Hops + Handrails, Leftapalooza – Mile High Tribute Competition, Longmont Oktoberfest, and Nitro Fest.

Employee Owned. Righteously Independent.

 In 2015, Left Hand became an employee owned, ESOP structured organization honoring our dedication to brewing independence and broad employee ownership. Per the brewery’s vision statement & core values, the ESOP will help to cultivate long-term service, promote responsibility and trust in all relationships and create a sense of pride in the workplace.

Left Hand Begins Canning.

Left Hand debuted cans in 2016 with our new KHS thirty-head volumetric filler. The canning line was designed with automated volumetric filling, to ensure low oxygen levels and consistent fill heights.

Milk Stout Nitro Cans.

In 2017, Left Hand is back at it again making history with the first ever US production run of a US made nitro widget can. This US widget looks like a small top hat that is adhered to the bottom of the can which provides a consistent nitrogen release from the bottom up. This has shown to provide superior results because it ensures an even and consistent release of nitrogen throughout the beer when opened. Now nitro fans can take the beer on the go and drink a perfectly smooth and creamy Milk Stout Nitro right from the can.

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Back Country Hunters & Anglers Free Pint of Beer'd Brewing W/Purchase of Membership
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Back Country Hunters & Anglers Free Pint of Beer'd Brewing W/Purchase of Membership

Free Pint of Beer For Signing up!

Our Mission

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers seeks to ensure North America's outdoor heritage of hunting and fishing in a natural setting, through education and work on behalf of wild public lands and waters.

A Vision for Backcountry Conservation

Our freedom to hunt and fish depends on habitat. While many of us enjoy hunting and fishing on a range of landscapes, including farm fields and reservoirs, there is something special – even magical – about hunting deep in the backcountry or fishing on a remote river.

Wilderness hunting and fishing deliver a sense of freedom, challenge and solitude that is increasingly trampled by the twin pressures of growing population and increasing technology. Many treasured fish and wildlife species – such as cutthroat trout, grizzly bear and bighorn sheep – thrive in wilderness. Others, like elk and mule deer, benefit from wilderness. From the Steens Mountain Wilderness in Oregon to the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, BHA members treasure America's wilderness system and strive to add to it.

We take the advice of Theodore Roosevelt: "Preserve large tracts of wilderness ... for the exercise of the skill of the hunter, whether or not he is a man of means."

A Hunt for Wild Lands

A land facing ceaseless development. A people overly reliant upon technology and motorized equipment. A quality of life – particularly the sporting life – that seems increasingly in jeopardy.

These are some of the basic tenets of our call to arms – for North American sportsmen and -women to stand up for the wild country and fish and wildlife that depend on it. Now, more than ever before, we need wild lands: places to rekindle the fire at the heart of the human soul. Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is a nonpartisan group of sportsmen and -women who are standing up for these places and for the outdoor opportunities they represent.

Decades have passed since President Ronald Reagan signed the last significant wilderness bill. Today, with the increased pressures of natural resource extraction and continued threats to the high-quality hunting and angling experience, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers is taking a leadership role in advocating for the conservation of wild places. It’s time for national conservation groups from all corners of the continent to set aside differences in philosophy or politics. It’s time to shake hands. It’s time to get something done. The continuation of the very things we love – hunting, fishing, wild places, wildlife – depends upon our ability to move forward.

The visionaries who gave us this great legacy of wildlands – individuals like Theodore Roosevelt and Aldo Leopold – realized something that sometimes is forgotten today: Without wild places for wild animals, there will be no place for sportsmen to hunt and fish.

"This country has been swinging the hammer of development so long and so hard that it has forgotten the anvil of wilderness which gave value and significance to its labors. The momentum of our blows is so unprecedented that the remaining remnant of wilderness will be pounded into road-dust long before we find out its values."

These prophetic words were written by Aldo Leopold in 1935.

The membership of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers values wild lands and wildlife. We are driven to protect what little is left of our public lands heritage before the value noted by Leopold is lost forever.

What can you do? Join us! As sportsmen, our power and influence to conserve what we love lies in our numbers. When we speak up to Congress, land management agencies and in stakeholder coalitions, we stand with all our members behind us. With your help, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers will continue to grow as a force for sustaining wild lands, wildlife, native fisheries and the kind of authentic backcountry experience we are determined to pass on to future generations.

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CRAFT BEER WEEK: Pint Night With Harpoon Brewery
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

CRAFT BEER WEEK: Pint Night With Harpoon Brewery

Who We Are

Harpoon was started in 1986 by Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. They were three friends who loved beer and loved drinking beer together but found the beer choices at the time to be limited. Traveling through Europe and experiencing the rich traditions of European brewing and beer drinking enhanced their love of beer and opened their eyes to the rich beer culture they wanted back home. They decided to build a brewery so that they could brew the beers that they wanted to drink, and invite their friends to the brewery to drink it with them. 

In June of 1987, a warehouse space on the Boston waterfront was transformed into a brewery and the first Harpoon Ale was brewed. Fresh, local craft beer began making its way out to Boston beer drinkers. It was hard to imagine that craft brewing would become what it has today. Though many things have changed since the early days of Harpoon, much has stayed the same. We still love brewing beer and enjoying it with friends. One thing that has changed: in August 2014 Harpoon became an employee owned company! 


We invite all of you to visit our Boston brewery, where it all began, and our beautiful brewery in Windsor, Vermont. Come have a beer with us soon!

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CRAFT BEER WEEK: Wicked Weed Brewing Pint Night
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

CRAFT BEER WEEK: Wicked Weed Brewing Pint Night

How It All Started

In 2009, Walt and Luke Dickinson sat at a craft beer bar and talked about the dream of opening their own brewery focusing on big, West Coast hoppy ales and authentic Belgian ales brewed to inspire those who drank them. There would be no looking back. Over the next two years, a preliminary business plan was developed and test batches were brewed.

In 2011, Walt and Luke’s lifelong friend Ryan Guthy and his parents Rick and Denise all sat down at the Guthy’s house in the mountains of Western North Carolina to taste Luke and Walt’s creations, while discussing ideas and strategies for what would become Wicked Weed Brewing. After weeks of thoughtful research and soul-searching, the Guthys joined the Dickinsons.

With the team and the vision in place, a truly unique and progressive brewery was born.

Wicked Weed Brewing found a home at 91 Biltmore Avenue, in a former hardware store building that seemed destined to be a brewery.

In 2017, Wicked Weed Brewing entered into a partnership with the Anheuser-Busch family of craft breweries. Wicked Weed’s original founders enjoy the same independent freedom and control over their recipes and brand development they’ve had since being founded in 2012. Wicked Weed operations, innovations, and brewing are managed by Wicked Weed employees in Asheville, North Carolina.

Our Beer

Our beer is forward-thinking, ingredient-focused, and a direct reflection of our need to create.

We are focused on drinkability and boundary-pushing recipes. Wicked Weed Brewing will always evolve, always grow, and always aspire to be better.

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CRAFT BEER WEEK: Shaidzon Beer Pint Night
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

CRAFT BEER WEEK: Shaidzon Beer Pint Night

SHAIDZON STORY:

“The sun was in my eyes so I thought ‘I need my shades on’.” The name was initially chosen as a place holder with our made-up spelling to get the business started, but it never changed. Co-owners, Chip and Josh wanted an original name, but couldn’t come up with anything. On the absolute date where Chip was driving to Providence and it was time to register the brewery officially, it came to him in a blinding - of sorts- vision. The placeholder name has since stuck and the sun in our eyes has driven us to have our Shaidzon.

The connection between the two owners came long before. It started with fires on the beach around the turn of the century. The Shaidzon team first came together in the coastal village of Matunuck, RI through a mutual friend. Their paths went in separate directions for a number of years, but they stayed in contact and reconnected. A fortunate circumstance presented itself and with little hesitation, and a lot of work, the duo formed the Shaidzon Beer Company. 

 Josh Letourneau

Josh grew up in Rehoboth, MA where he wandered the woods looking for adventures. For his 21st birthday, his wife, Lindsay, got him his first home brewing kit; this began his lifelong passion of brewing. He graduated from the American Brewer's Guild in 2009 and immediately began brewing at Mayflower Brewing Co. in Plymouth, MA. Josh left Mayflower in 2011 to take the head brewer position at the then newly launching Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly, where he spent 6 years honing his craft. With the start of Shaidzon, Josh is looking forward to using his creativity to brew traditional and interesting beers alike, all inspired by brews he has enjoyed from across the globe.

Chip Samson

Chip grew up in West Kingston on Fairgrounds Rd. just down the street from the Shaidzon Beer Co. site. In 2004, he moved out west to Colorado where he lived in Boulder and then Denver until returning to Rhode Island in 2016. Chip furthered his passion for well crafted beers in Boulder spending many Friday afternoons in the old Avery Brewing Co. tasting room and doing multiple brewery trips to Fort Collins. After moving to Denver, Chip knew he wanted to be involved in the beer world after thriving in a haven city for craft breweries. Chip and his wife, Molly, moved to Rhode Island and worked together with Josh, his wife, Lindsay, to form the plan for Shaidzon Beer Company.

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Mother's Day Music Matinee Show: Marc Douglas Berardo & David Olney
May
12
3:00 PM15:00

Mother's Day Music Matinee Show: Marc Douglas Berardo & David Olney

TICKET LINK ON HOME PAGE:

David Olney www.DavidOlney.com
"Americana Pioneer” singer-songwriter/recording artist, stream-caster and actor David Olney is well-known worldwide for his indelible songs and powerful live performances.

Recorded by Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Young, Slaid Cleaves, The Wailin’ Jennys & many others, David shares his songs and the story behind it in his weekly “You Never Know” Songwriter Series videos posted every Tuesday on DavidOlney.com and YouTube.
The late Townes Van Zandt was the best songwriter in the whole wide world, Steve Earle said in an oft-cited quote, “and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” Seventeen years after Van Zandt’s death, the Americana artists who followed in his wake still speak of him the way rockers invoke John Lennon or Jimi Hendrix — as a standard bearer who represents a pinnacle of credibility and craft. Had he been the coffee-table orating type, however, whose name would Van Zandt have declared? “Anytime anyone asks me who my favorite music writers are, I say Mozart, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bob Dylan, and Dave Olney,” Van Zandt wrote. “Dave Olney is one of the best songwriters I’ve ever heard — and that’s true. I mean that from my heart.”

Marc Douglas Berardo www.MarcDouglas.com

Rhode Island based Marc Douglas Berardo is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, 2013 Rams Head Onstage Rammie for Show of the Year.) No Depression Magazine called his latest CD Whalebone: “a highly polished personal collection with songs that are on the delicate trapeze of poignancy.”
Berardo’s first music show was in a biker bar in Allston, MA in 1987 and since that day he has never stopped performing made up songs. Most recently, he has shared the stage with heavyweights such as The Doobie Brothers, The Pousette Dart Band, Jimmy Lafave, Martin Sexton, 10,000 Maniacs, Red Molly, John Haitt, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Buffalo Springfield, Kevin Welch, Lucy Kaplansky and Livingston Taylor.   As a member of Chris Berardo and The DesBerardo Band with his brother Chris, Marc has been a part of shows with classic rock acts including Little Feat, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foriegner, Badfinger, Reckless Kelly, America, David Allen Coe, Levon Helm, Dickey Betts and Great Southern and others.

In May of 2014, Berardo won the 2014 Wildflower Art and Music Festival Song Contest in Texas. The following week he performed as a finalist in the legendary Kerrville New Folk Contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In early 2015, Berardo's interview and live performance feature on Sirius/ XM Satellite Radio's The Village was voted one of the best of the year by listeners. Berardo was nominated as Best Americana  Vocalist by readers of Motif Magazine in early 2017. In February of 2019, Rhode Island PBS Televison featured Berardo along with songwriters Jesse Terry and Abbie Gardner on the season premier of Rhode Island Live. When not playing his songs all over the place, MDB lives in a heavily secluded and fortified compound on a river near the ocean in Westerly, RI

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