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/.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).