The annual Rose Alley Ale House Beer Summit is almost upon us, and the task may be a little intimidating to beginners or those who aren't too familiar with craft beer.

Below is a list of friendly tips for those looking to complete the summit for the first time, or maybe even some things a seasoned summiter may not have thought of, backed by personal experiences as well as advice from RAAH general manager Ryan Rapoza.

Cheers!

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    "It's not a race."

    Wise words from Rapoza, reminding you that many of these beers have a higher alcohol content than many may be used to. Remember to pace yourself and balance the beers your choose on a given visit.

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    Don't be afraid of the dark beers...

    For those new to craft beer, dark porters and stouts may seem a little intimidating. The summit is all about trying new beers so don't fear, you just find a new favorite.

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    ...Or the hoppy beers!

    Same thing goes for those hoppy India Pale Ales. Arguably an acquired taste, don't be afraid of these brews that can pack a bite.

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    Enjoy some grub with those brews

    RAAH serves up some of the best wings on the Southcoast, so don't be afraid to order a couple rounds while knocking back a few. With plenty of sauces and dry rubs to choose from, it'll be hard not to find the perfect pairing.

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    Have fun!

    Be sure to bring some friends along and climb the summit together. Enjoy some great beer, meet some new folks and make some memories this month.