It’s always fun to celebrate a first birthday.
The Springdale by Jack’s Abby Barrel Room will be celebrating its first birthday with a party at its Clinton Street brewery on Jan. 26 beginning at 4 p.m.
To help celebrate, Springdale will break into its “vintage vault” to offer pours of old favorites. There will also be previews of yet-to-be released beers.
Along with pouring the vintage beers, a limited number of vintage bottles will be available on a first-come, first-serve birthday.
Along with beer, there will be snacks, a birthday cake and free tokens for use of the video games and pinball machines.
In other beery news, three New England breweries are releasing new beers.
First up, from Samuel Adams is the Sam ’76. The beer is described as a “refreshing and flavorful union of lager and ale.”
According to the brewery, Samuel Adams brewed Sam ’76 at its nano brewery housed in the Jamaica Plain brewery in Boston. They said it took a year and 60 test batches before they found the finished version.
The Sam ’76 comes in at 4.7 percent alcohol by volume.
“We’ve brewed a revolutionary beer that brings together the best attributes of lager and ale with a taste and aroma that will completely surprise any craft beer drinker,” said Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch. “We wanted to offer drinkers a craft beer they can enjoy during any drinking occasion, from a tailgate to an afternoon with friends, and that’s exactly what Sam ’76 delivers.”
Sam ’76 is available in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 16-ounce single cans.
Narragansett Beer of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, has announced the return of its Porter, which they have not brewed since 2012.
The beer has a chocolate and smoky flavor from the malts and hints of berry and pine from the hops.
At 7 percent ABV, it’s on the higher side for a porter. The beer was first brewed in 1916, and Narragansett brewed it through Prohibition after receiving a patent to brew the beer for “medicinal purposes.”
The porter is now available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
Finally, Stony Creek Brewery of Branford, Connecticut, is adding to its popular Cranky series of IPA with the release of the Crankenstein IPA series.
The Crankenstein is a rotating series of hybrid IPAs that merge West Coast and New England style IPAs into one beer.
The first release, Hatchling, will be released on Jan. 15 in four-packs of 16-ounce cans.
“We’re making a stand with this beer” Andy Schwartz, Stony Creek’s Brewmaster said in a release. “We love the New England Style IPA, but we think it can, and should, evolve into something so much more. With the right brewing process and a bit of courage we can create something that just might challenge people to consider a new path in NEIPAs”.
Hatchling is a 7.2 percent ABV IPA brewed with Simcoe and Citra hops. There will be a new Crankenstein IPA every two months.
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