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More craft beer hits the shelves in Newport.

It’s always exciting when a new brewery gets distributed in Rhode Island, but Boulevard Brewing is one of the big breweries whose absence was noticeable, especially for beer drinkers who’d spent any time elsewhere in the country.

For those of you who have never heard of Boulevard, it’s part of Duvel Moortgat USA. Duvel, as some of you might remember, is one of Belgium’s most famous breweries. They’ve expanded stateside with Ommegang in New York and they purchased Boulevard in 2013. While Ommegang maintains a Belgian-style identity, Boulevard does everything.

Boulevard Beers now available at Bridge Liquors

As you might be able to tell from the photo above, four different beers from Boulevard are now in stock at Bridge.

They are:

Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Tank 7 boulevard brewing craft beer newport riThis beer is pretty much a classic in the farmhouse ale genre. It’s extremely well balanced, goes down smooth. Actually, at 8.5%, it’s dangerously smooth. It’s got a 93 overall on Beer Advocate and has our highest recommendation.

For those of you who’ve been able to enjoy this beer elsewhere, having this beer in Rhode Island is like discovering one of your favorite classic rock albums on the original vinyl. You’re going to want to get your friends into it.

Have at it.

The Calling IPA

the calling ipa craft beer newport riWe haven’t had a chance to sample The Calling yet, so we’re just going to have to rely on the liner notes here…

The Calling is an undeniable IPA we were driven to make. It’s our tribute to like-minded dreamers, adventurous spirits, and glass half-full optimists. It’s also our most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. Heed your call and enjoy.

Like the Tank 7, The Calling also comes in at 8.5% ABV, making it, on that end at least, a pretty standard-issue double IPA.

Tell Tale Tart

boulevard-tell-tale-tart-4As you might have guessed, this one’s a sour. More specifically a 6.2% ABV American Wild Ale.

Deriving its name from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of madness and murder, our newest Smokestack Series release takes a predictably lighthearted approach to the subject of sourness. The subtle acidity of Tell-Tale Tart is answered by a soft, biscuity malt character, making this a sour ale that suggests, rather than announcing its tartness. Beginning with a bracing sharpness at first sip, the ale mellows on the palate to a smooth and faintly lingering finish.

And then lastly, there’s the limited edition.

Rye-on-Rye Rye Beer

boulevard rye on rye craft beer bridge liquors newport riA 12% ABV rye beer…which is then barrel-aged in rye whiskey barrels. It certainly explains the name.

Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

We might want to grab a bottle or two for our own collection.

Now, Boulevard is a fairly large craft brewery with a wide selection of beers on offer, so we’re guessing (hoping) this sampling is just the beginning of the journey for Rhode Island beer lovers.

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