Over 250 people attended the Varnum Continentals 7th annual “Guns & Beer” craft beer tasting fundraiser on November 19, 2016. The beer tasting and raffle grossed over $6,000 in ticket sales, raffles, and new memberships, making this the most successful Guns & Beer in the event’s seven-year history.
In addition to serving up fine craft beers, meads, and ciders the event featured tours of the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum’s completely revamped military museum exhibit spaces. Volunteer docents gave attendees detailed accounts of the museum’s extensive collection with artifacts dating from the Revolutionary War through present day engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“I would like to personally thank all of the wonderful volunteers, vendors, and attendees who participated in the Guns & Beer event! I firmly believe that everyone who attended really enjoyed themselves! It was evident in speaking with patrons and watching them interact with each other, the beer vendors, the volunteers, and of course visit our wonderful Varnum Armory Museum. What a win this was for a local historic landmark and the community in general,” said Varnum Continentals Trustee and event organizer John Anderson.
The Varnum Continentals is a non-profit organization based in East Greenwich, RI, that owns the Varnum House Museum and the Varnum Memorial Armory Museum, each listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We are committed to the preservation of the historic heritage of our community, our state, and our nation. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Museum tours are welcomed and our facilities may be rented for suitable events.
Guns & Beer VII exhibitors included these very fine brewers and vendors:
|Barrel House Z (MA) -- In 1986, Russ Heissner came to Boston to be the first head brewer at Harpoon. In 2016, a new adventure began in Weymouth, MA. The BHZ team brews small-batch, barrel-aged beer that’s created collaboratively with an ever-changing roster of innovative brewers. Our philosophy, however, never varies. We believe the best beer comes from exceptional ideas & ingredients–and is guided by rigorous technique.|
|Dogfish Head Brewery (DE) -- Ever since the summer of 1995, we have been brewing, cooking, selling and talking everything beer. It's our pastime, our passion, our life. 22 years later, we’re just as dedicated to bringing off-centered goodness to off-centered people through our beer, scratch-made spirits, great food, our very own Inn and our events around the country.|
|Foolproof Brewing Company (RI) –– The largest-capacity brewer in RI, Foolproof’s no stranger to awards, either. A recent survey of the two best beers in each of the 50 states named Foolproof’s Farmhouse Ale as one of RI’s top two. Barstool, Raincloud, and Backyard (uh, make that Backyahd; this is a RI beer, after all) … from pale ales to robust porters, Foolproof’s got the winning brew.|
|Grey Sail Brewing (RI) -- Brewing great beer is our passion. We want to share that passion with you. Please visit our facility at 63 Canal Street in Westerly to see where it all began and sample our fine brews.|
|Harpoon Brewery (MA) –– Harpoon Brewery is an American brewery founded in 1986. The brewery is best known for its Harpoon India Pale Ale. It brews multiple other year-round beers including the award-winning Dark, UFO Hefeweizen, UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen, UFO White, Leviathan IPA Rich & Dan's Rye IPA, and Boston Irish Stout, its latest full-time offering. Harpoon has four seasonal beers, such as an Octoberfest Marzen style Ale and The Long Thaw White IPA, a style blends the spiciness of a Belgian Wit and the American hop character of an IPA.|
|Narragansett Beer (RI) -- Narragansett's family of classic American lagers and ales are brewed by guys who take pride in the beers they make, and joy in the beers they drink. Our beers are currently brewed in Rochester, NY at a brewery that’s been producing award-winning beers for more than 125 years. Our brewmasters use the finest and purest ingredients to ensure that what ends up in your glass is Narragansett at its very best—flavorful, drinkable, and refreshing.|
|New Belgium Brewing Company (CO) -- New Belgium Brewing Company is a craft brewery located in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was opened in 1991 by Jeff Lebesch and Kim Jordan. In 2015, it produced 914,000 barrels of its various labels.|
|Newport Storm Brewery (RI) –– In the past 17 years, Newport Storm Brewery has made close to 100 different varieties of unique craft brews. They helped pioneer the idea of making limited release beers in 1999 and did the same with canned beer in 2004. Through it all, the focus continues to be making quality, unique, local beers for our fans.|
|Providence Brewing Company (RI) –– The Providence Brewing Company (PVDBC) is committed to providing delicious, handcrafted small-batch beers, with a twist. Owner and brewer, Efren Hidalgo, is deeply influenced by his Cuban heritage, and plans to bring those unique flavors into everything he creates. We look forward to making you be a part of our world.|
|Revival Brewing Company (RI) –– Revival Brewing is committed to creating wonderful, distinctive beers that appeal to everyone, from beer aficionados to those just beginning to experience the world of craft brews. We partner with local businesses to develop distinct local flavors -- like our White Electric Coffee Stout -- and brew all of our beer at Brutopia in Cranston, RI, or Cottrell Brewing Company in Pawcatuck, CT. High quality, innovative beers, born in New England and brewed with passion. That's Revival.|
|Savory Grape Beer & Wine Shop (RI) –– A boutique, fine wine shop featuring an eclectic array of hard-to-find wines, craft brews & spirits. We deliver & ship! Find us on Twitter @TheSavoryGrape.|
|Stony Creek Brewery (CT) –– Our Brewmaster has spent the last two decades cultivating his own distinct style, resulting in the fusion of clean, bold, and aggressive West Coast flavors and East Coast balance and drinkability. We aim to make the best, highest-quality beer in the region, and introduce new craft beer drinkers to flavors that are both familiar and new. Stony Creek is something the entire community can rally around, whether you root for local entrepreneurship, great craft beer, or both.|
|Thorpe's Wine and Liquor (RI) –– Thorpe's is a quality beer and wine shop as well as a liquor store. It carries a large inventory of domestic brands and has lately been increasing its foreign imports. Thorpe's is also known for its stock of bombers and micros. It has its own private parking lot for customer convenience.|
|Whaler's Brewing Company (RI) –– Whaler's Brewing Company is a project by Josh Dunlap and Wes Staschke. We brew beer we like to drink, and we only drink good beer. Along with our flagships, we have a regularly rotating list of beers by the glass, flight, crowler, and growler.|
|Yuengling (PA) –– A balance of American six-row and two-row barley malt with choice Cluster and Cascade hops gives each Yuengling beer its distinctive flavor. Time honored brewing, quality ingredients and longer aging times allow each of these craft-brewed beers to develop an appearance, aroma, taste and mouthfeel that are uniquely Yuengling.|