The details: We leave Pour Richard's at noon, on a bus with beer and snacks. We'll stop at Revival in Cranston, Foolproof in Pawtucket, and end our day at Buttonwoods Brewery. (That last one is so new they are not completely sure the concrete will be dry, but do promise great brew regardless.) At each stop, we'll taste and talk. Buy beer if you like. Then board the bus for the trip back to Franklin. All-inclusive, $50. RSVP required, limited to 14 persons. You KNOW you want to do this.
The New Yorker's Shouts & Murmurs* column is one of my favorite distractions.