Oh man, did we have a great time yesterday at the inaugural RI BrewFest at the Pawtucket armory.
Our long day started with prep work at the brewery at 7:00am. With our biggest presence to date about to commence, we didn’t want anything to go wrong. Equipment was all double-checked, every possible supply was packed up, beer was sampled for quality. Okay, that last bit was pretty fun. Then, after a great breakfast at Doherty’s we headed over to the armory to load in all of our equipment and set up the booth. The event organizer, Matt Gray did a great job supporting the local brew scene with the RI breweries, supply stores and the RI Brewing Society homebrew club all located up front.
After, with our banner up and table artfully arranged:
Once we were set up, we got to talk to a lot of our fellow brewers and some homebrew supply store owners who were stationed near us. It was our first chance to meet the guys from the brand new Whalers Brewing Co. from Wakefield RI and sample their IPA.
A few minutes before the doors opened at 1:00pm, I took a look out to see an intimidating number of enthusiastic beer fans waiting to come in and drink.
Once people came in, the band started playing and we were off. Bucket had a non-stop crowd of people coming by. Many had heard of us and were very eager to finally taste some of our brews. Others were simply excited to learn that Pawtucket had a new brewery in town. The reaction to our beers was positive and enthusiastic. At various times we served up the Park Loop Porter, Rhode Scholar, Festive Stout and Pawtucket Pail Ale.
We were exhausted at the end but had a great time! Thanks so much to everyone who tried our beers, bought shirts and stayed to chat a bit. We all left there feeling absolutely buoyed by all of the enthusiastic support!