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Thank You to all soldiers far and wide for your dedication,  service. and sacrifices.

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Moon phase: Full Moon

Moon is 100% full (Full Moon) at 8:28PM, May 24 · last New Moon was 8:28PM, May 9 · next Full Moon will be 12:25AM, May 25 [all dates & times in Eastern Daylight Time] Sent using Moon Phase Pro for Android™

The 5th Annual Taste of Block Island May 29 – June 2nd

Welcome to our island!  
Come sample our food, our lodgings, our beaches, our activities, our shopping, and our hospitality. And take advantage of the many discounts offered on this very special weekend! This remarkable event is organized with one main objective in mind: to offer our guests a taste of what Block Island is really about and make you fall in love with it!  We want you to make it your island, too.

Our Fifth Annual Taste of Block Island is an incredible three day event which showcases the many different events and activities island visitors can enjoy – from building sandcastles and tours to shopping discounts, hotel packages, restaurant specials and creating your own sundae.

There will be a wide range of events taking place all around the 
island – we think that everyone will find something that caters to their specific interests!

Come build an elaborate sandcastle for the Sandcastle contest on the Town Beach.  The Arts Festival held right at the ferry landing will feature many artists exhibiting their works.  You can participate in or watch the free Baggo Tournament.  Or take a leisurely ride around the island in a taxi, with your driver telling you of island lore and legends.  For more historical information, take a tour of the Historical Society.

Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to spend an evening night-sky viewing, be able to learn how to paddle-board or repair their own bike, tour an animal farm, or go kayaking as well as take advantage of many discounts offered by bike and moped rentals.

The food and cooking enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the actual tastes of Block Island’s eclectic cuisine in many restaurants offering discounts for this unique weekend, and participate in a beer and wine tasting. 

Taste of Block Island Buttons will be available for purchase at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce or aboard any Interstate Navigation Block Island Ferry, or the Block Island Express Ferry for $5 per button.

Explore our website: http://www.blockislandchamber.com. for many of the exciting happenings and the discounts available.  Contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce at 800-383-BIRI (2474) with any questions that you may have, and to book any of the activities that need prior reservations (noted here on the website).  Make your reservations early as they fill up quickly.

Come join us for a wonderful weekend on Block Island!

Beer and BBQ part 2 – Nothing Better

Whether you’re cooking around a campfire deep in the woods,  tailgating at a baseball game, or gathering around the backyard BBQ you’ll want something cold, refreshing and readily available. Or possibly sneaking into your neighbors garage refrigerator when he’s not home. Ok, lost my mind there for a second. Something that’s not overpowering so please leave that triple IPA or barrel-aged imperial stout for another occasion.  This is BBQ season, Grilled meats, hearty sauces, hot days and icy cold beer.

The first thing you want to consider is the beer. Darker, maltier beers like porters, brown ales and even dark lagers go perfectly with ribs or burgers. For chicken, you’ll want a pilsner or a spicy saison. So, crank up the grill!  The following list of 5 beers will keep you coming back for more all spring and summer long. So here’s the list.

#1. Live Oak Brewing Company: HefeWeizen 
This is Texas and as you know when in Texas you go big or go home. So then you may already know this killer hefeweizen by this excellent Austin-based brewery. Texans claim this is the best American hefe and it’s easy to see why. Heady notes of banana, lemon, cloves and coriander and just a little tartness make this the choice on a hot summer day and an excellent pairing with grilled chicken or seafood.

Next up, #2. Fullsteam Brewery: Hogwash
We can’t deny that North Carolina has some serious BBQ.
Luckily they also have an incredible beer to pair with it in the form of Fullsteam Brewery’s Hogwash. This hickory-smoked brown porter is made specifically for pairing with Carolina BBQ, so we’re smoking pork, ribs and its going to be a long day. The smokiness and roasted malt are predominant but not over powering. At 6.5% it’s got enough power to cut through the fat and then some.  This brew will be at your next country BBQ session for the long haul.

Next up a fav. of mine #3 Allagash Brewing Company’s Dubbel Ale.
Allagash might be better known today for their many specialties of Belgian style ales like Curieux, Odyssey and Interlude. If your Having a big hearty steak then pair it with their Dubbel Ale, which boasts a heavy malt profile with enough bready Belgian yeast, caramel and sugary fruitiness to balance things out perfectly. At 7%, this Dubbel can pack a punch on its own. This one you’ll certainly enjoy.

Next up #4. For Chicken and fish. Prairie Artisan Ales: Prairie Hop 
If you want something a little spicy with a substantial, but not overpowering hop presence, Prairie Artisan Ales’ Prairie Hop is the brew for you. Layered tropical fruit flavors give way to floral, grassy notes with a peppercorn spiciness, which goes perfectly with lighter grilled fare like chicken or fish. If you’re wondering why Prairie Artisan Ales garners so much hype among beer enthusiasts, try this one out — we think you’ll agree it’s one of the best American-made saisons.

Lastly #5. AleSmith Brewing Company: Nut Brown 
Thanks to AleSmith’s increased distribution, this classic California brown ale is now available on the East Coast, which is excellent news since this American take on an English Brown Ale is a true standout. It’s not a coffee or chocolate overload, though both of the flavors are subtly present. This ones delicious, much nuttier toasted English malt flavor, with just enough of a light hop presence to balance things out. At 5%, Nut Brown is so drinkable you’ll want to pick up a few extras to share with friends like me.

So there you have it, Another great list to round out your summer drinking. So many beers, so few summer weekends.
Crank up the BBQ, invite your buddies over and throw back a couple a cold ones.
Enjoy.
Cheers!

Road Trip ~ The Storm Trysail Club Block Islands Race Week June 23 – 28

Are you ready for some great action both on land and sea. If so, then come on out to Block Islands premier race week. So far, there’s more than 180 teams signed up for this years biennial event, The 68th Annual Block Island Race. Starting June 23, will provide the decades long tradition of the winning team entered into the mid week race for the coveted sailing clubs Coews memorial cup race.
The spring classic, a 186 nautical mile race from Stamford Ct. down Long Island sound around Block Island and back to Stamford is an annual rite of passage for many racing yachts.

Come on out to BI this June to enjoy the races and the parties!

5 Under-the-Radar Summer Music Festivals

If your’e into music and we know many of you are , we’ve got a great list assembled from Mens Health. Click on the following link for some really hot shows coming up this summer from right here in MA. to Chicago, Burlington, VT., to CA. Head out this summer and skip the main headliners to visit with some intimate bands in some awesome settings.
5 Under-the-Radar Summer Music Festivals – http://pulse.me/s/loLV3

The 5th Annual Taste of Block Island May 31 – June 2

Come on out to the highly anticipated 5th. Annual Taste of Block Island. May 31 – June 2 nd.

Come sample our delicious food, charming lodgings, pristine  beaches, fun-filled activities, unique shopping, all delivered to you with our warm island hospitality.  Take advantage of the many discounts offered on this very special weekend! This remarkable event is organized with one main objective in mind: to offer our guests a taste of what Block Island is really about and make you fall in love with it!  We want you to make it your island, too. Our Fifth Annual Summer Taste of Block Island will showcase  many different events and activities island visitors can enjoy – from kayak, taxi and farm tours to wine and beer tastings and a chance to design your very own ice cream sundae. 

Shops will offer discounts, lodging packages will be available and restaurant specials will abound. There will be a wide range of events taking place all around the island – we think that everyone will find something that caters to their interests!   You can participate in or watch the free Baggo Tournament. For history buffs, take a tour of the Historical Society or the Southeast Lighthouse or learn about the islands lore and legends.

Outdoor enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn how to paddle-board or repair their own bike, tour an animal farm, or go kayaking as well as take advantage of many discounts offered by bike and moped rentals.

The food and cooking enthusiasts will have an opportunity to experience the actual tastes of Block Island.
Shopping fans are invited to explore the local stores and take advantage of discounts offered only during this weekend.  Learn about lobsters or tour a fiber mill. There is something for everyone during this grand weekend!

Taste of Block Island Buttons will be available for purchase at the Block Island Chamber of Commerce or aboard any Interstate Navigation Block Island Ferry, or the Block Island Express Ferry for
$5 per button.

Explore our website for many of the exciting happenings and the discounts available.  Contact the Block Island Chamber of Commerce at 800-383-BIRI (2474) with any questions that you may have, and to book any of the activities that need prior reservations (noted here on the website).  Make your reservations early as they fill up quickly.
Come join us for a wonderful weekend on Block Island!

Some Saturday June 1 st. highlights:

– Abrams Animal Farm Tour – Spring Street 466-2421
Free guided tour of the unique animal farm, 10 people limit per session – Fri – Sun 11 am and 3pm
Sign up at Chamber Office
– Aldo’s Bakery – Weldon’s Way 466-2198
Build your own Sundae $4.00
– Artisans Festival –Old Harbor Ferry Landing
A variety of media including jewelry, photography, pottery and more will be presented from 10 – 5 under the tent.
– Taste of Ballard’s Mudslide – Water St 466-2231
Free Mudslide Tasting at Ballard’s 3pm – 4 pm, Must be 21 years of age.
– Beachead Restaurant – Corn Neck Rd 466-2249
Beer and Wine Tasting  Cost $10  Time: 3 – 4 pm
Sign up at the Chamber Office
– Blazing Star Farm – Mohegan Trail
In the garden Chef Ed Moon will teach guests how to make several vinaigrettes. Guests will enjoy sampling these over fresh picked greens with micro greens from Blazing Star. Appropriate summer wine pairings will be offered and discussed by MS Walker’s Nat Saywell. 5pm at the Farm, Cost $10

These are just a sampling of the many events that will be taking place all weekend long. So, gather up the family, come on over and have a blast at this years Taste of Block Island, Hope to see you there!