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Bottles’ Travel Experiences: Insider Tours Of Tuscany, Puglia and Long Island

There’s no better way to enhance your wine knowledge and expand your culinary palate than through first-hand experiences in the regions most known for their outstanding gastronomic cultures. Our travel to Italy — and closer to home, the North Fork of Long Island — will allow you live like a local with insider access to the wineries, award-winning restaurants, farms and kitchens that lend each region its world-class status.

During each trip we’ll explore the local food and wine scenes via hands-on, private experiences available only through us. This is small-group travel, filled with behind-the-scenes activities and tastings with leading winemakers, chefs, food artisans and farmers who contribute greatly to each region’s tradition.

Click on each experience below to download our brochure, complete with all details on each trip, including accommodations, inclusions and pricing, and how to make your reservations.

We hope you can join us – Cheers!

Meet the Guys at Bucket Brewery!

Bucket Brewery - Pawtucket RI

Bucket Brewery is one of Rhode Island’s newest craft breweries. Watch Liam’s visit to their new Pawtucket brewery, learn how they got started and what beers they’re currently brewing. You’ll also be happy to find Bucket Brewery Growlers in our beer coolers!

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Tastings Saturdays 10-5
Tours Saturdays 2, 3, and 4

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Meet the Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. – A Rhode Island Distillery

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Get a backstage tour of the Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.,  Rhode Island’s second newest distillery since the 1800s. Mike Reppucci, Sons of Liberty owner/distiller, showed our store manager around the distillery. Learn how they make their great single malt American whiskey, Uprising, and welcome in their seasonal winter release, a Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whiskey that uses local Rhody pumpkins. A winner of the World’s Best Whiskies!

Visit us to shop local, and for a full selection of Sons of Liberty spirits: Uprising Whiskey, Pumpkin Whiskey, Loyal 9 Vodkas, and more.

Cheers!

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Thomas Tew Rum – Drink Rhody Rum!

Thomas Tew Rum - Rhode Island Rum Distillery

Thomas Tew Rum is made by the Newport Distilling Company in nearby Newport, Rhode Island. Watch the tour and overview of how their barrel-aged rum is made, with Brent Ryan, master distiller. Brent was kind enough to give us the behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery. Watch, sip, and enjoy!

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Foolproof Brewing Company

Foolproof Brewing Company is the newest Rhode Island craft brewery, and they are located not to far from us in Pawtucket, RI. Nick Garrison, President & Founder of Foolproof, was kind enough to invite us over during their canning of Raincloud, a robust porter. We got to try beer fresh from the canning line, take a tour of the brewery, and let Nick guide us and give insider’s information about each of Foolproof’s year-round beer offerings: Barstool, Backyahd, and Raincloud.

Watch the video above, and be sure to browse our other brewery tours.

Empty cans of Backyahd, ready to be filled! Backyahd is Foolproof’s India Pale Ale, and a perfect pairing for grilling, summer bbq’s, and all your ‘backyahd’ activities.
Barstool is an American Golden Ale, and the beer of choice for a night out with friends. Foolproof 6-packs come in these handy and distinctive boxes. Conveniently portable, in our opinion.

The Foolproof guys at work! They have weekly tours of the brewery, so you can hang out, drink fresh beers, and see the brewery. If you’re near Pawtucket, Rhode Island, swing by and check them out.

We’re loving Raincloud at Bottles! This porter is “dark, smooth, and mysterious,” and a tasty treat for those rainy (or snowy) days.

Beer in a can? There are many reasons why Foolproof and Bottles like cans over glass bottles when it comes to our craft beer.

  1. Cans block all sunlight from the beer, which eliminates any chance for skunking.
  2. Cans have less airspace at the top, which increases the shelf-life of a beer.
  3. Cans don’t break & shatter! No one likes spilled beer.
  4. Cans are environmentally friendly and recyclable.
  5. Cans are lightweight, portable, and take up less space, making them perfect for hiking, the sailboat, the beach, picnics, golf courses…

Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project

This past spring, Bottles (we’re an inquisitive liquor store in Providence, RI, full of local beer enthusiasts) was fortunate enough to pay a visit to Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project. Dann and Martha Paquette run Pretty Things, which is based in Somerville, Massachusetts, but brewed in Westport, MA. Pretty Things beers are known for being delicious, quirky interpretations and twists on classic beer styles. Watch the video to take a quick craft beer journey with Liam, the Bottles Beer Manager.

The visit happened to coincide with the 4-year anniversary of the first batch of Jack D’Or. You can read the full description of Jack D’Or and the emblematic, mournful grain of barley named Jack, HERE.

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Jack D’Or
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Bottled Jack D’Or ready to go.
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The resident gnome with a few Pretty Things Beers and hop vines.
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Martha at work!
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Dann chatting with Liam, Bottles Beer Manager.
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Sixpoint Brewery Tour

Watch Liam’s (Bottles Beer Manager) visit to Sixpoint Brewery in Red Hook, Brooklyn this fall. Learn about Sixpoint’s history, the brewery, their hip can and packaging design, and about their beers, including Sweet Action, Resin, The Crisp, and Brownstone.

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RI Breweries: Grey Sail Brewing Company Tour

Recently, Bottles visited Grey Sail Brewing Company, a two year-old local Rhode Island brewery. Located near the beaches of Westerly near the Connecticut border, Grey Sail offers a solid range of tasty craft beers, including their Flagship Ale and Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale. Dan from Grey Sail was kind enough to give a tour of the brew house, and to chat with me about Grey Sail beers. Watch the brewery tour video here.

Grey Sail Brewing Company was started in 2010 on the beaches of Misquamicut and Watch Hill in Westerly, Rhode Island. Jennifer Brinton and her husband Alan, a home brewing enthusiast, took their children to these beaches nearly every day. In 2009, Jen decided to use her talents to build and run the brewery that her husband, Alan, envisioned.

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Since then, Grey Sail has been slowly but surely growing from scratch.
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Grey Sail Brewing Company made its home in a previous macaroni factory.
Can Craft Beers Alternative
Many craft breweries use glass bottles, while Grey Sail uses cans. 
 
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These aluminum cans are actually lined with a type of plastic, which better protects the beer from sunlight and air. Cans also take up less room in the fridge, are less likely to break, easy to recycle, and they can go where glass bottles can’t. This makes Grey Sail beers perfect for Rhode Island’s beaches, golf courses, patios and Rhody lifestyle.
Grey Sail Fermentors
 
Japanese fermentors.
Grey Sail Beer Leaning Chimney

A quirky feature of the old brick building is the leaning chimney, inconveniently situated, but a part of this historical building that Jennifer wanted to preserve. The Leaning Chimney Smoked Porter is its namesake.

– Liam
Bottles Beer Manager

Garrett Oliver & Brooklyn Brewery Tour

To coincide with Garrett Oliver’s visit to Bottles on October 19th, 2012, Liam recently visited the Brooklyn Brewery where Garrett gave a tour and discussed Sorachi Ace. Click here to watch the video.



Want to know more about Garrett Oliver’s visit? Watch the event video for more details, or read this previous blog post. Garrett Oliver is a world-renowed brewmaster from the Brooklyn Brewery, and editor of the recently published Oxford Companion to Beer.

At this Bottles Event, you can have your copy of The Oxford Companion to Beer or The Brewmaster’s Tales signed by Garrett. You can also taste a variety of Brooklyn Beers for free, and treat yourself to fresh Rhode Island Oysters from  Walrus and Carpenter Oysters.

This event takes place on October 19th, 3:30 – 6:00 at Bottles, 141 Pitman St. Providence, RI. Contact us at (401) 372-2030 or info@bottlesfinewine.com for any further questions or information.

 

RI Breweries: Newport Storm

The folks here at Bottles recently visited Newport Storm Brewery, a local Rhode Island microbrewery that was bottling their first batch of India Point Ale when we visited. This “IPA” beer is named after India Point Park here in Providence, RI. India Point Ale uses local Rhode Island Chinook hops and New Zealand hops. Bottles is a liquor store in Providence that has a great selection of craft beers to choose from.

Newport Storm was started in the 1990’s by a group of chemistry majors in college, and has been growing ever since.

They even distill their own rum, Thomas Tew Rum. Mike Rowe from the television show “Dirty Jobs” also paid a visit to the Newport Storm Brewery and signed a barrel!

We’ve been busy visiting more New England area craft breweries.
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