With the local beer movement gaining momentum in Rhode Island, it is no surprise that another locally owned and operated brewery would be up and coming. Grey Sail Brewing Company, which opened in Westerly last November, started brewing its Flagship Ale and Leaning Chimney Smoked Porter in mid-November and currently has three other styles on the way.
The Flagship Ale (4.5%) is Grey Sail’s, well, flagship beer and is a true session-style beer. It is a lager cream ale that is light bodied and great for any occasion. The flavor is malt forward with underlying noble hop bitterness. Most importantly, it is well-balanced and finishes clean and bright.
Leaning Chimney Smoked Porter (6.0%) is currently available at bars and restaurants. If you enjoy dark beers or haven’t found the right one just yet, this is the one to try. Again, what makes Grey Sail beers so drinkable and enjoyable is how they are so well-balanced, bright and smooth. The Smoked Porter is no exception. It is a satisfying marriage of smoky caramel with sultry undertones that are not too sweet. It would seem to pair just as well with a bacon-wrapped filet mignon as with a chocolate volcano cake.
Moving to the other end of the spectrum is the Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale (5.3%). This made its debut at the Great International Beer Festival in Providence on April 14, and is now available for purchase. This Extra Pale Ale does not disappoint in the hops department. It is made with a Cascade hop that has a characteristically light grapefruit flavor, which is then dry hopped – accounting for its amazingly bold hoppy aroma.
And what summer would be complete without a Belgian-style wheat beer? Grey Sail once again delivers. The Summer Seasonal Belgium Wit (3.5%) arrives in late May. It is a white beer that is unfiltered, lightly hopped with subtle notes of orange peel and coriander. It’s designed to leave you wanting more as the flavors slowly intensify.
And last but not least, is the Stargazer Imperial Stout (9.7%). Grey Sail’s distributor asked the brewery to create a beer specifically for American Craft Beer Week (May 14-20). Available in kegs and 22-ounce bottles, there are rich hints of deep, dark coffee, fruit and cacao in a hoppy, chocolaty and silky brew – definitely an end of the night kind of beer.
Grey Sail Brewing Company has answered the call for locally brewed craft beer. It is poured out of nearly 100 tap lines and is available at close to 100 package stores throughout the state, with a concentration in the Westerly/ Pawcatuck area and the Route 1 corridor. Born of a love for home brewing and grown with the help and support of friends and family, Grey Sail has all the ingredients to make it a Rhode Island tradition for years to come.