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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | SUMMER 2020 31 31 31 The phrase "almost doesn't count except in horseshoes and hand gre- nades," is why the game is so popular. Even those without the most accurate toss have a chance to win if others aren't athletically inclined. "We play it a lot. You just need two people," Bradshaw said. That is the allure to most backyard games. Not many players are needed, and the skillset is relatively low. Take cornhole, for example. Players earn points landing bags onto the board or through the hole. Ladder ball is where players attempt to wrap bolas, a pair of balls tied together by a string, around a three-rung ladder. Like many yard games, it's easy to learn and fun to play. For more competitive and athletic games, Bradshaw prefers badminton and volleyball. For those, a little more space BREEZE PHOTO BY JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Cumberland resident LIZ BRADSHAW throws a bocce ball in her backyard. Bradshaw entertains with backyard games summer nights on the weekends. is needed to house the net and allow players to move. "With a net, you can play a variety of games," Bradshaw said. She said bocce is a favorite, especial- ly in Rhode Island, for most summer gatherings. Bocce can have up to eight players separated onto two teams. Also known as Italian Lawn Bowling, regu- lations put the court at 91 feet long and between eight and 14 feet wide. Bradshaw said winning matters far less than the fun and camaraderie, especially when playing with kids who make up their own rules. GAMES From Page 25 who prefer to drink at home. The summer lineup will include special beers released in honor of the brewery's one-year anniversary on July 27. Lopolito said he plans to continue a series of fruit-flavored beers that has so far includ- ed brews made with blueberry, watermel- on, peach and mango. The brewery will also continue its part- nerships with food trucks. "They're also trying to get back up and running, so (we're going) to provide sup- port for them by inviting them onsite," he said. Reservations are not required, but Lopolito noted seating will be limited due to COVID-19 measures. The Guild in Pawtucket is perhaps best positioned to welcome crowds even in the new reality, with a large beer gar- den already installed in its Main Street courtyard last year. The brewery has reported strong interest as people look to get back out and about, filling up quickly on weekends. The Guild, which is again welcoming food trucks, worked with its partner brewery Devil's Purse on its first "virtual collaboration," a new Maibock now available. Guild co-owner Jeremy Duffy said the goal this summer is to keep building busi- ness back up while following state guide- This STRAWBERRY BLONDE ALE is among Pawtucket-based Crooked Current Brewery's top summer brews. lines, all while making a lot of new beer. At Ravenous Brewery in Cumberland, owners created a large fenced-in area with tables. They thanked patrons for their patience, saying they're working to create the most pleasant experience pos- sible. Ravenous this summer has released Tu Casa, a smooth hazy IPA "with a fan- tastic tropical fruit aroma." Not all breweries had reopened as of the second week of June. Having a taproom on the smaller side, Crooked Current Brewery in Pawtucket decided to put off reopening to the public until the governor announces phase three guide- lines. Owner Jason Lourenco said many of the other Pawtucket breweries were on the same page, waiting for phase three guide- lines instead of attempting to open in early June under even stricter restrictions. The Pawtucket brewery has been serving up cans and growlers to-go since COVID- 19 shut down business a few months ago. "We tend to have a lot of fun at our brewery when it comes to summer and specialty brews," Lourenco said. "We always have some wild brews, but summer amps that up even more." As blueberry season kicks off, Lourenco said Crooked Current hopes to bring back their "red, white and blue tap takeover" for the Fourth of July: blueberry American wheat, white stout and strawberry blonde ale. The Neapolitan brown ale, "which peo- ple call the ice cream beer," Lourenco said, will cycle in and out, along with some hoppier flavors, mango smash pale ale and hefeweizen. They'll continue some popular yearlong flavors as well, like their oatmeal raisin stout, Hawaiian robust porter and horchata cream ale. "We stay busy and keep the board rotat- ing quite a bit," Lourenco said. Without brew fests, the summer dynamic will change this year, he said. "Our focus is on the brewery and trying to enhance our customers' experiences," he said. BREWERIES From Page 29

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