By Rob Duguay
In the craft beer world, the IPA could be the most polarizing brew. On a personal level, I’ve had India Pale Ales that were deliciously hoppy and floral while others have …
In the craft beer world, the IPA could be the most polarizing brew. On a personal level, I’ve had India Pale Ales that were deliciously hoppy and floral while others have made me feel like I’d just drank a bag full of nickels.
I know others feel a similar way and on June 10 there’s an event offering other variations of beer that’s happening as a creative counteraction.
Starting at 2 p.m. and going on until 5 p.m., the NOIPA Fest will be taking place at the Waterfire Arts Center on 475 Valley Street in Providence.
The folks behind the Beervana Fest, which takes place during the fall, are the ones who have started this unique event as a way to celebrate the many varieties of craft beer in a centralized location.
There’s going to be a few breweries from the area taking part, including both Buttonwoods Brewery and Origin Beer Project who share the same space on 530 Wellington Ave. in Cranston. The folks at Buttonwoods are very much looking forward to Saturday’s festivities and they’ll take two unique beers to the festival.
“We're excited to be pouring at this year's NOIPA Fest,” says Morgan Snyder, who is Buttonwoods’ co-owner, brewer and jack-of-all-trades. “It's a fun event to show off some of our lesser represented styles. IPAs are great, but with such a wide variety of styles we enjoy drinking something a little different every once in a while. There are a lot of exciting breweries coming in from out of town, and we're really looking forward to trying some of their beers and making some new industry friends. We also look forward to having some fun and interesting conversations around some of the styles we will be bringing.”
“We'll be pouring a traditional German style Zwickl, which rhymes with pickle,” he added. “It’s a young lager, meaning there is still some yeast in suspension similar to a witbier. This changes the flavor profile to a more citrusy refreshing flavor than a standard lager and this is in collaboration with the fest. We'll also be pouring an English style pale ale mild on nitro, which is just fun since English drinking culture is all about making beers that are lower in alcohol so that you can sit in the pub with friends, enjoy each other's company and have great conversation.”
Another one of the many breweries who’ll be at the NOIPA Fest is the Proclamation Ale Company located on 298 Kilvert St. in Warwick. They enjoy the eccentricity of the event and how attendees can discover other kinds of beer that aren’t part of the current trends.
"NOIPA Fest is a beer festival unlike any other you’ve been to before,” Proclamation Operations Manager Brendan Kennedy describes the event. “The organizers are thoughtful in the beer styles they ask each brewery to bring, thus ensuring a diverse and exciting drinking experience for every attendee. You can expect to find older beer styles that have fallen out of favor in the current hazy IPA and pastry stout crazes, such as Barleywine, Maibock, and even English Bitter. You can show up knowing you might revisit an old favorite style or discover something new."
Along with Proclamation, Buttonwoods and Origin Beer Project, there will be more than 30 other breweries from various parts of the country having their unique beverages available to drink. For all the information on those other breweries as well as tickets and guidelines, log onto beervanafest.com.