Narragansett beer and stuffed clams — Photograph courtesy of Bob Curley
Rhode Island has a wealthy brewing historical past: the Narragansett Brewing Firm, based in Cranston in 1890, as soon as produced the preferred beer in New England. When Captain Quint crushed a beer in Jaws, he mutilated a ‘Ganny pop-top to flex his ego.
Narragansett ultimately fell sufferer to competitors from the likes of Anheuser-Busch and shut its brewery doorways in 1983, however what goes round comes round, and right this moment there are greater than two dozen Rhode Island microbreweries steadily stealing market Share from Budweiser, and even Narragansett is again to saying “Hello, Neighbor!” to New Englanders and brewing beer within the Ocean State.
Strict state laws on beer manufacturing, distribution and gross sales lengthy held the state’s brewers again, says Sean Larkin, co-owner and co-founder of Revival Brewing Co., however loosened legal guidelines have helped gas speedy development. “Rhode Island has all the time been recognized for its nice eating places, and our beer tradition is now on par with our meals tradition,” Larkin says.
The Rhode Island Brewers Guild will reward you with a particular bottle of brew for accumulating stamps from 22 of the state’s breweries within the Rhode Island Brewery Passport (gather 7 stamps for a memento beer glass or 14 for a emblem hat). If any of that sounds somewhat too formidable for a day journey, use this record as a information to the state’s greatest breweries:
Revival Brewing Co.
Larkin was a brewmaster for a number of of Rhode Island’s different prime breweries earlier than beginning Revival in 2011. The Cranston brewery has each a tasting room and a “tasty room” – a restaurant and brewpub serving snacks, sandwiches and fancier fare in a spacious eating space and out of doors patio.
The looming hammerhead shark on the label is a touch that the Hamr Oceanic State pale ale packs a hoppy chunk.
Tilted Barn Brewery
You’ll discover a few of Rhode Island’s greatest IPAs in a ramshackle barn on a farm in rural Exeter – Tilted Barn grows its personal hops to make favorites just like the Chosen One and Different One double IPAs. The state’s authentic “farm to pint” brewery provides tastings and gross sales of an ever-expanding lineup of canned beers on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Gray Sail Brewing
Westerly has an enthralling downtown that’s usually ignored by Rhode island guests, however the Gray Sail brewery and tasting room are greater than sufficient purpose to take a look at Little Rhody’s southernmost metropolis. It’s no coincidence that two of the brewery’s signature beers, the Flying Jenny additional pale ale and the Captain’s Daughter double IPA, have feminine associations – ladies rule each the boardroom and the brewing room at Gray Sail.
Foolproof Brewing Co.
Foolproof might have one of the best top-to-bottom lineup of any brewery in Rhode Island. Uniformly wonderful standbys embrace the light-bodied Barstool ale and the wealthy Raincloud porter, and the addition of adventurous brews just like the Tatou Rose saison show that the brewers are unafraid to take probabilities, as properly.
One factor that’s not foolproof is the placement of the the brewery on the again streets of Pawtucket. Examine the web site, not your GPS, for instructions.
Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling
Based by a trio of school buddies, Newport Craft Brewing pioneered the brewing revival on Aquidneck Island within the 1990s. The brewery has just lately upped its recreation with the introduction of a broad array of beers that features conventional favorites just like the Storm amber ale and stouts, kolsches, pilsners, IPAs, and a pair of brews made in collaboration with Middletown’s Frosty Freez ice cream stand.
Whalers Brewing Firm
Large Jenga at Whalers Brewing Firm — Photograph courtesy of Large Jenga at Whalers Brewing Firm
Whalers is Rhode Island’s hottest brewery. You’ll find its Rise, a two-time winner of the World Beer Awards for greatest American-style Pale Ale, on draft at bars everywhere in the state in addition to on the brewery’s taproom, positioned within the former Palisades mill in Peace Dale.
LineSider Brewing Co.
Certainly one of Rhode Island’s latest breweries is the post-football ardour of former New England Patriots’ lineman Dan Koppen, who based LineSider with East Greenwich neighbor Jeremy Ruff in 2018. The trendy taproom has greater than a dozen beers on draft, together with American and German kinds and an Irish pink ale referred to as Battle Scar, a loving tribute to Ruff’s daughter, Scarlett, with parts of the proceeds going to the Acute Flaccid Myelitis Basis.
The granddaddy of Rhode Island brewpubs has been a downtown Windfall fixture since 1994. Trinity nonetheless fills growlers stuffed with freshly brewed beer for its loyal clients, along with serving greater than a half-dozen brews on faucet. Tommy’s Purple Ale is a staple, whereas the Summer season Cruise is a refresher greatest loved outdoor on the Trinity Beer Backyard in Kennedy Plaza.
Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.
Battle Cry beer and whiskey at Sons of Liberty — Photograph courtesy of Bob Curley
Sons of Liberty constructed its repute making whiskey and bourbon from high-quality distiller’s beer. Now, they’ve come full circle and promote refined variations of their supply brews, just like the Battle Cry Belgian tripel that pairs with the single-malt whiskey of the identical title.
Proclamation Ale Firm
The tasting room at this Warwick brewery has classic video video games to take pleasure in between sips, however the brewers aren’t taking part in round with regards to the beer. Proclamation brews greater than 100 sorts of beer in each conceivable model, together with oddities like a “fritter ale” made with native Knead Doughnuts, a dry-hopped Grisette, and all kinds of oak-aged ales.
Paired pints at The Guild — Photograph courtesy of Bob Curley
If you wish to pattern beers from a wide range of breweries however solely have time to make one cease, go to The Guild in Pawtucket, the place seven regional breweries Share area and manufacturing services. That features Narragansett, which makes its flagship lager in upstate New York however returned to Rhode Island after a number of many years away to brew a number of of its specialty beers at The Guild, beginning (appropriately sufficient) with the It’s About Time IPA.