It’s back! And so are we. We took a little hiatus gearing up for our full liquor license (which is now fully up and running, check out the cocktail menu the next time you’re in), so now back to the beer.

For the past 12 years, American Craft Beer Week is a week long celebration nationwide in all fifty states with special beer releases, tap takeovers and more.

American Craft Beer Week is probably one of my favorite weeks of the year. Outside of the monthly beer events we do, Craft Beer Week is just another excuse to bring in more great beer. For the past two months, I did some R&D with these breweries to bring our guests’ brewery only brews. I can’t say it enough, good relationships go a long way. This industry is filled with so many great people that go above and beyond not only brewing great beer but the people who are selling the beer for them.

Huge thanks to all the brewers and brewery reps for going above and beyond to ship us these specialty brews.

There’s no better way to celebrate the craft than with big good beer. Come on down to The Pub this week and try these specialty brews you can only get down at The Wharf Pub. Don’t forget about our Cider & Donut Pairing with Champlain Orchards this Sunday from 12-3 pm!
Black Hog Bush Pig #2 Blood in Blood Out (Oxford, CT) ABV: 7.0%

Rye IPA brewed with Apollo Hops and Blood Oranges.

Brooklyn Cloaking Device (Brooklyn, NY) ABV: 10.5%

Strong Brett-fermented Porter aged in French Oak Red Wine barrels. A collaboration with Larkmead Winery from California.

Allagash Little Sal (Portland, ME) ABV: 6.5%

A sour ale fermented with Maine Blueberries aged in red wine barrels.

Jack’s Abby Barrel-aged Framminghammer (Framingham, MA) ABV: 13.5%

Baltic Porter aged in Bourbon barrels with notes of oats and brown sugar.

Wormtown Spies Like Us (Worcester, MA) ABV: 10.5%

Russian Imperial Stout aged in maple and bourbon barrels with a rich finish.

Whalers Saison (Wakefield, RI) ABV: 7.5%

Smooth Saison with a light malt character and a pomegranate finish.

Ballast Point Unfiltered Sculpin (San Diego, CA) ABV: 7.0%

The unfiltered version of their Sculpin IPA with notes of fresh apricots, peach, mango, and lemon.

Wicked Weed Tropicmost (Asheville, NC) ABV: 4.1% ABV

Straight from the funkatorium – Gose brewed with passion fruit and sea salt.

Quick Hits on American Craft Beer

via, host of American Craft Beer Week

Brewery Count: There are more than 5,300 breweries in the U.S. Almost all (99%) are small and independent craft brewers.

Continued Growth for the Segment: In 2016, small and independent craft brewers grew by six percent, reflecting the dynamism and a bright spot for the domestic beer market.

Never Go Out of Styles: IPA remains the most popular style in the craft beer scene, growing 22 percent in 2016. Beer lovers are also turning to sessionable styles, including golden ales, pilseners and pale lagers.

Beercation Destinations: Learn about some of America’s most beery destinations in the #beertravel section of Travelocity also enlisted our help in 2016 to create the very first Beer Tourism Index.

Perfect Pair: Seventy-three percent of craft beer purchasers gave “complements my meal” as a very or somewhat important selection criteria in their beer choice when dining out. Check out the Beer & Food Course (there’s a professional chef and enthusiast version) to learn more about the power of beer and food.

Sarah Fimple (The Wharf Pub)

Sarah Fimple is the Beverage Manager of The Wharf Pub on Bowen's Wharf in Newport, RI. The Wharf Pub was named "Best Craft Beer Bar in Rhode Island" by in 2017.