Brewers banquet to open R.I. Brew Fest Weekend

Brewers banquet to open R.I. Brew Fest Weekend

PAWTUCKET - Representatives for Gray Matter Marketing have announced that the inaugural Rhode Island Brewers Guild Banquet, a VIP-only event, will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Pawtucket Armory on Exchange Street.

Come celebrate what Rhode Island has to offer with brewers, staff, friends and a few hundred craft beer fanatics. Tickets are available online for this event as well as for the R.I. Brew Fest, which will be held the next day, on Feb. 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at the Armory.

Join Rhode Island's craft beer community as the brew masters, staff and owners of Rhode Island craft breweries, including Pawtucket's Bucket Brewery and Foolproof Brewing Company, as they offer 200 VIPs samples of unique beers crafted specifically for the event.

The $95 ticket includes a "cocktail" hour with hors d'oeuvres, samples of specialty brews and a four-course catered beer dinner prepared by McGrath Clambakes and Catering of Newport.

The second R.I. Brew Fest features more than 40 breweries offering unlimited sampling of more than 125 beers, local vendors, a food court and live music throughout. Last year's inaugural event sold out so beer lovers are encouraged to order their tickets online. There are only 1,200 tickets available for the Saturday event. Proceeds from every ticket sold for the VIP event benefit the Rhode Island Brewers Guild.

Visit www.ribrewfest.com/winter .