On Saturday, July 16, the Craft Brew Races will return to Rhode Island for a 5k road race followed by a craft beer festival at historic Fort Adams State Park.

The event was previously held in Newport in 2015 and attracted more than 1,500 participants.

The Craft Brew Race consists of a 5k run or walk around scenic Fort Adams, followed by a craft beer festival on the parade lawn. The beer fest will feature more than 35 craft breweries, with 13 participating breweries from Rhode Island.

The event marks a sort of homecoming for the national race series. The Craft Brew Race series is owned and executed by Gray Matter Marketing, a Newport, R.I.-based marketing and events agency.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting a Craft Brew Race in Newport,” says Matthew Gray, President of Gray Matter Marketing. “This is an event that we’ve taken throughout New England and to other states throughout the country, and people always have an amazing experience.”

“It’s going to be a pretty special day in Newport,” Gray said.

Local food vendors including Mission, Winner Winner, Brick Alley Pub, Laughing Gorilla, Saugy Hot dogs, and Cabot cheese will bolster the festivities, alongside live music from Jason Cardinal. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Rhode Island Brewer’s Guild.

The Craft Brew Race’s stop in Newport is the fifth event in a year-long series that visits cities across New England and beyond throughout 2016. The series is sponsored by Polar Seltzer and DRAFT Magazine. Each Craft Brew Race makes a donation to a local non-profit organization.
For more information about this event, visit http://craftbrewraces.com/newport/.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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