Second Rhode Island Brew Fest builds off of the first

Second Rhode Island Brew Fest builds off of the first

Melinda Bottesini, left, from Holliston Mass., a worker from Narragansett Brewery, offers a sample to Kevin Mischley, right, of Wrentham, Mass. at the Rhode Island Brew Fest that was held at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday. The event featured more than 40 breweries with more than 125 beers to sample. Also working the Narragansett booth is Samantha Bowen, center, of Providence. (Valley Breeze Photo By Bill Murphy)

PAWTUCKET - The second Rhode Island Brew Fest drew capacity crowds to the Pawtucket Armory last Saturday, with more than 1,200 attendees visiting more than 150 vendors.

"The feedback we received from both attendees and brewers was excellent and we are already excited to host the Winter Fest again in Pawtucket next year," said Matt Gray, owner of Gray Matter Marketing, the company that runs the event.

Gray said visitors to this year's event loved the lineup of brewers, which included 15 more companies than last year. Booths for two Pawtucket breweries, Bucket Brewery and Foolproof Brewing Company, were bustling all day.

A concessionaire, McGrath Clambakes of Newport, also provided "really excellent food," with their stuffed quahogs proving a big hit. The band King Friday received plenty of attention, said Gray, helping to create a great atmosphere.

Visitors to the Armory also loved the giveaway glass, a special IPA style glass from Spiegelau that was designed by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. The glasses typically retail at $10 apiece.

Jason Quinn, left, of Pawtucket, and Michael Leonard, right, of North Providence, toast each other at the Rhode Island Brew Fest that was held at the Pawtucket Armory on Saturday. (Valley Breeze photo by Bill Murphy)
The Pawtucket Armory was packed for the Rhode Island Brew Fest that was held on Saturday. The event featured more than 40 breweries with more than 125 beers to sample. (Valley Breeze Photo by Bill Murphy)
Steven Girard, of Woonsocket, left, and Kevin Frazer, right, of Blackstone, Mass. pose for a picture at the Rhode Island Brew Fest held at the Pawtucket Armory last Saturday. (Valley Breeze Photo By Bill Murphy)
Austin Tracey, from Warwick, lead vocalist for the band King Friday, belts out a song during the Rhode Island Brew Fest on Saturday. (Valley Breeze Photo By Bill Murphy)