Slow embrace for Rhody craft beers

BREWING PROCESS: Co-owners Wes Staschke, left, and Josh Dunlap, take the spent grain out of the mash tun during the process of brewing a batch of ale at Whalers Brewing Co. in South Kingstown.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
BREWING PROCESS: Co-owners Wes Staschke, left, and Josh Dunlap, take the spent grain out of the mash tun during the process of brewing a batch of ale at Whalers Brewing Co. in South Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Brent Ryan remembers contacting R.I. Commerce Corp. five or six years ago and encouraging them to highlight Ocean State-produced craft beers in the Rhode Island house at the annual Eastern States Exposition fair held in West Springfield, Mass. Earlier this year, Commerce contacted Ryan, the founder of 18-year-old Newport Storm Brewing, to let him know…

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