Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month and are open to anyone who would like to attend (and is over 21, of course). We get together at a different location (homebrew shop, member’s house, or BYOB restaurant) each month, generally in the central and southern RI area. Meetings are casual and friendly and a great way to try awesome homebrews and talk brewing with other knowledgeable and passionate brewers. Join our Meetup Group to be informed of meeting locations.
Here’s a great article from the Homebrewer’s Association about attending your first meeting.
What are some of the benefits of joining RIFT? You mean besides the warm glow and general sense of well-being that comes from hanging out with good people who love beer? RIFT members can save money by taking part in bulk ingredient and equipment buys, learn about new techniques and ingredients from monthly topics, and get access to private brewery tours. And many people say nothing lights a fire under their butt to get brewing like knowing there are other brewers waiting to sample their beers.
How much are dues? $0. RIFT does not have a formal structure and does not collect dues. Any activities that have associated expenses are split up among members who opt-in to that event.
Should I worry about my beers not being very good? Absolutely not! So long as there’s not actual mold floating in your bottles, you can be sure we’ve had worse homebrews. RIFTers have made brews all over the spectrum from terrible to world-class, so we have a lot of experience to share. And besides, most of us are our worst critics and your beer is probably better than you think!
Do I have to bring a homebrewed beer to attend? No! The only thing you absolutely must bring is an interest in making great beer. Few of us have the time or energy to brew every month, so it’s perfectly acceptable to come with just a snack and perhaps a commercial beer you’d like to share. Even if you’re just curious about getting started and haven’t brewed a batch yet, you are welcome at RIFT.
(subject to change as appropriate)
6:30 – 7:00: Arrival
7:00 – 7:15: Introductions / new member welcome
7:15 – 8:00: Meeting topic
8:00 – 8:30: Homebrew sampling
8:30 – 9:45: Commercial sampling/socializing
9:45 – ?: Wrap-up, next meeting’s topic, clean up