Rhode Island Brew Fest
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Providence, RI – Fall may be in full swing, but for beer enthusiasts, the time to plan ahead for winter is now. The annual Rhode Island Brew Fest is returning in 2019, and ticket sales are open as of October 1st. The event, which features local and regional breweries in two all-samples-included sessions, will be held on January 26th at the Waterfire Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The event is produced by Gray Matter Marketing.

“Attendees have the opportunity to sample beer from across the state and the region, and speak with brewery representatives about their favorite beverages,” says Matt Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing. “The festival is a great way to break up the dreariness of January with a fun, indoor event!”

The 2019 Rhode Island Brew Fest is at a new venue, the Waterfire Arts Center in Providence. “This beautiful venue comes with tons of amazing improvements for the Rhode Island Brew Fest, including increased event space, indoor bathrooms, and on-site parking,” says Lisa McCurdy, Director of Communications at Gray Matter Marketing and the Rhode Island Brew Fest. “We’re thrilled to be supporting Waterfire Providence, a champion of the independent Rhode Island arts scene since 1994. Their mission aligns with our efforts to support our state through the Rhode Island Brewers Guild, Rhode Island brewers, and local Rhode Island vendors.”

“It’s no secret that Rhode Island is unique in its size, which makes the people of it bond in a pretty special way,” says Michelle Kirms, head brewer at Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly, RI. “Everyone knows each other, or some three degrees of separation of each other, and the beer scene is only that much more closely knit. Because of that, so many great breweries have been able to thrive thanks to the supportive scene and the industry appreciation, and for that we consider ourselves very lucky!”

In addition to Grey Sail, the event has drawn more than 60 breweries in past years. The 2019 Rhode Island Brew Fest will have two, three-hour sampling sessions from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All beer samples are included in session tickets. Each session will also feature local vendors including Narragansett Creamery, Knead Donuts, the Newport Jerky Company, Benito’s Hot Sauce, the Edgewood Cheese shop, and Russel Morin Catering. Tickets are limited, and this event will sell out as it has in years past.  

The Rhode Island Brew Fest proudly supports the attending brewers by purchasing all of their product at the festival. Unlike many beer festivals, there are no booth fees for brewers. In addition, a portion of every ticket sold to the 2019 Rhode Island Brew Fest will be donated to the Rhode Island Brewers Guild in their efforts to support breweries in the Ocean State.

The event is strictly 21+. No minors — including infants, babies and strollers — or pets will be permitted inside. Outside food and beverages are prohibited.  For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.ribrewfest.com. Ticket prices will  increase on December 1st, and are only available while supplies last.

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