September 20, 2018
Rhode Island is a mecca for craft beer distilleries – they’re popping up everywhere! It seems like there’s a new brewery that pops up every few months. Maybe we should start a new hashtag #smallstatelotsofBEER to go along with #smallstatebigeats.
Since there are so many new and exciting craft beer breweries to explore in Rhode Island, we put together this list to make your next Personal Statewide Craft Beer Tour a whole lot easier. The great thing is, if your up for the challenge you can see them all in a day or if your the type that savors every sip make a weekend out of it and fully enjoy the experience.
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Newport Craft Brewing & Distillery Co.
Formerly known as Newport Storm Brewery
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport Craft Brewing Co. was founded in 1999 as the original production craft brewery in Rhode Island. Over the years, they have brewed over 100 beers that are authentic. Many of their beers are made with Rhode Island-grown ingredients, adding a special touch to each.
Newport Craft Distilling Co. began in 2006, becoming the first distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years. How cool! The Distillery currently produces gin, amaro, single barrel rum, moonshine, and whiskey.
Find all their current and upcoming beer and whiskey selections here.
Newport Craft is open for beer and spirit tastings. Try four beer samples for $9. Spirit tastings start at $10. Private tours are also available for 10+ guests and more information is available on their website. Guided tours are offered daily at 3 pm.
Newport Craft Brewing & Distillery Co. is located at 293 JT Connell Road in Newport, Rhode Island.
Ragged Island Brewing Co.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Ragged Island Brewing is brand spankin’ new to Rhode Island. They opened on March 17, 2017 and they are already planning a huge expansion to a former garden center and nursery nearby. Ragged Island Brewing is owned and operated by a group of old friends specializing in IPAs. Brewmaster John Almeida has been brewing since the 80s and was inspired to create beers he enjoyed. They produce about 40-42 barrels of beer per month from its 3.5-barrel brew house in the Portsmouth space;They currently aren’t bottling their brews on site, so visiting their taproom is your chance to enjoy a new favorite before it hits shelves. It’s your chance to be ahead of the crowd!
Their taproom is open on Fridays, 4 pm – 8 pm and Saturday, 1 pm – 6 pm.
Ragged Island Brewing Co. is located at 200 Highpoint Ave, Unit 6B in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Watch for their new location opening in the near future on Bristol Ferry Rd. in Portsmouth.
Ravenous Brewing Company
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Ravenous Brewing Company opened in 2012 and was among the first breweries to open in northern Rhode Island. It’s a family-owned, nano brewery. Their ales are made in small batches and require hands-on, physical involvement from their breweries. Ravenous Brewing Company ales are as handcrafted and artisanal as they come.
Ravenous Brewing Company is open for tastings on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Thursdays are beer and pizza! Tours are available upon request.
Tasting hours are Thursdays (beer and pizza) 4 pm – 7 pm, Fridays 5 pm – 8 pm, and Saturdays 1 pm – 4 pm.
Ravenous Brewing Company is located at 840 Cumberland Hill Road #10 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
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Crooked Current Brewery
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Crooked Current Brewery was founded by two lifelong Rhode Islanders and proud of it! They are the smallest brewery in the smallest state. Despite being small, their brews pack big flavor. Their Neopolitan Brown Ale manages to pack in all the flavor of the ice cream. Their other brews include Oatmeal Raisin Stout, Pineapple-Infused Hawaiian Robust Porter, Chocolate-Coconut Brown Ale, and a Blueberry American Wheat. For the full list of their yummy brews, click here.
Because Crooked Current Brewery is the smallest brewery in the smallest state, their tours are free and casual. Once you walk in, everything is right there in front of you. Tastings are under $10.
Crooked Current Brewery is open for tours and tastings Thursdays 5 pm – 7 pm, Fridays 5 pm – 8 pm, and Saturdays 1 pm – 5 pm.
Crooked Current Brewery is located at 560 Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Westerly, Rhode Island
The fifth child of Alan and Jennifer Brinton, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island was merely a dream for fifteen years. In 2010, they finally made that dream a reality. They brewed their first batch of Flagship Ale on 11/11/11. Now they offer year-round, seasonal, and limited brews. Their Flagship Ale is still brewing and is now a gold-medal winner. For a full list of their brews, click here.
Grey Sail Brewing offers tastings as well as a growler station. Try out the brews in the taproom, find your new favorite, and fill up a growler!
Tap Room hours are Wednesday-Friday 3 pm – 8 pm, Saturdays 12 pm – 8 pm, and Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm. Growler Station hours run concurrently.
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island is located at 63 Canal Street in Westerly, Rhode Island.
Whalers Brewing Company
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
Whalers Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by buddies Josh Dunlap and Wes Staschke. Whalers Brewing most recently won Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s “Small Business of the Year.” They have a regularly rotating list of beers by the glass, flight, crowler, and growler. They always keep their flagship brews on top and rotate the rest on a weekly basis. For a full list of what’s currently available, click here.
Whalers Brewing Company is open Wednesday – Friday, 4 pm – 10 pm, Saturdays 11:30 am – 10 pm, and Sundays 1 pm – 9 pm.
Whalers Brewing Company is located at 1174 Kingstown Road in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.
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Revival Brewing Company
Cranston, Rhode Island
Revival Brewing Company runs on beer. Founder Sean Larkin has been creating beers for nearly two decades. He served as Chief Brewing Officer at Rhode Island staple, Trinity Brewhouse. He was also a beer consultant for Narragansett Brewing Company. The guy really knows his brews!
Revival is bursting with Lil Rhody pride and their brews show it. There’s Rocky Point Red Ale, named after the legendary RI theme park. White Electric Coffee Stout uses the White Electric roast from RI-staple, New Harvest Coffee Roasters. All of their brews are uniquely Rhode Island inspired and delicious.
Revival’s Tap Room is open for tastings and tours Monday – Saturday, 12 pm – 8 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm.
Revival Brewing Company is located at 505 Atwood Avenue in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Isle Brewers Guild
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Isle Brewers Guild or just simply “The Guild” is a Partner Brewery where medium to large-sized craft maintain their brewing independence but have access to a state-of-the-art facility. Cofounders Devin Kelly and Jeremy Duffy wanted to create a space for craft brewers to grow and perfect their art. There are currently five local craft beer companies featured in the Guild’s tap room. Sons of Liberty Beer and Spirits Co., Devil’s Purse Brewing Company, Narragansett Beer, Farmer Willie’s Craft Ginger Beer, and Newburyport Brewing Company.
Narragansett Beer is a Rhode Island classic, remember “Hi Neighbor, have a Gansett”? Yup, gotta say we couldn’t be a more neighborly state thanks in part to that great tagline! ‘Gansett started brewing in Cranston, Rhode Island in 1890. They moved out of state, but have come back home where they belong. They’ve started brewing in the Guild, creating more locally-inspired brews. As Rhody natives, we suggest the several iconic RI mashup themes like Del’s Shandy a mashup with Del’s Lemonade, Allie’s Donut Porter Ale, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout and there is even a whole Lovecraft Series after the famous Rhode Island fiction sci-fi, horror author H.P Lovecraft. Sometimes the stories behind the brews are as tasty as the brews themselves!
For more information about Isle Brewers Guild and Tap Room hours, click here.
Isle Brewers Guild is located at 461 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Proclamation Ale Company
Warwick, Rhode Island
Proclamation Ale Company is a big ole brewery in Warwick, Rhode Island. Their 15,000 square foot facility features a barrel aging and wood cellar for their wild and sour ales. Their tasting room is super cool with a small retro video arcade, custom art installations, retail area, and furniture.
They currently don’t offer tours of their facility, but you can sneak a peek through the glass windows during a tasting. Their hours do vary, so check here before planning a trip to Proclamation Ale Company. We suggest planning a trip on one of their food truck nights – yum!
For more information about Proclamation Ale Company, click here.
Proclamation Ale Company is located at 298 Kilvert Street in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Foolproof Brewing Company
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Foolproof is all about “experience-based brewing.” When they brew each beer, they think about specific life experiences and which style of beer would perfectly fit that experience. Check out their full list of beers (and suggested experience pairings) here.
Foolproof Brewing offers tastings on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Tastings start at $5 for three 4-oz beer samples. They also offer tours on Saturdays, which require reservations. You can find all the helpful information about tastings and tours here.
Foolproof hosts tons of fun community events like beer and cheese pairing. You can check out their upcoming events here.
Getting to Foolproof Brewing Company can be tricky, so they have shared some very helpful directions on their website. You can find their step-by-step directions here.
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Long Live Beerworks
Providence, Rhode Island
Long Live Beerworks is all about “hop-forward beer and inventive cask-conditioned ale.” Their current space is small, but they are building a new brewery on the west side of the city. In the meantime, you can still visit them at their current location for tastings.
Unlike their peer breweries, Long Live doesn’t have flagship brews. Their lineup changes every few weeks, keeping their menu fresh and seasonal. They serve their brews in their taproom, in growlers, and in weekly cans to-go. On Fridays, they offer special cask-conditioned releases. Their taproom is open Thursday – Sunday and is a great place to hang out and enjoy a beer with friends. Find their taproom hours and weekly brews here.
Long Live Beerworks is currently located at 425 West Fountain Street, Unit 401 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Cranston, Rhode Island
Relatively new to the Ocean State, Buttonwoods Brewery opened in December 2017 with one goal in mind – brew the best beer. They focus on “well-hopped IPAs, simple yet sophisticated Saisons, and unique and interesting barrel aged beers.” Their beer list is always changing. Their taproom is open Thursday-Sunday and their hours and tap list are available here.
Buttonwoods Brewery is located at 530 Wellington Ave in Cranston, Rhode Island.
Titled Barn Brewery
Exeter, Rhode Island
Tilted Barn Brewery is Rhode Island’s first farm brewery. Located in the farm’s historic barn, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of farm life. Tour the brewery and the farm to touch and smell the ingredients that go into their beers. Their ales are small batch and handcrafted. You can read about Tilted Barn’s journey from hop farm to brewery here.
The barn is open for full pours, tastings, and can sales weekly on Fridays and Saturdays. Find their weekly hours and brews on tap here.
Tilted Barn Brewery is located at 1 Hemsley Place in Exeter, Rhode Island.
Beer on Earth
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Beer on Earth began with a 30-quart stockpot, mesh bag, lots of books on beer, and an intense desire. The team was focused on brewing techniques not typically found in New England and week after week, perfected their recipe. In 2017, Beer on Earth took home gold and bronze medals from the New England Regional Homebrew Competition in Manchester, New Hampshire. With a victory under the belts and new-found confidence, they started Beer on Earth Brewery back home in Rhode Island.
You can find the full list of beers on tap and their brewery hours here.
Beer on Earth is located at 6670 Post Road in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Taproot Brewing Co.
Middletown, Rhode Island
For all of the beer and wine lovers out there, Taproot is part of Newport Vineyards. So you can grab a brew at Taproot and then head on over to the Vineyard for a glass of wine.
Taproot Brewing Co. is equipped with a state-of-the-art seven-barrel brewhouse. Their focus is unfiltered, hop-forward beers that are small batch. Their brews are fresh and best enjoyed immediately. You won’t go hungry at Taproot, either. They offer artisanal cheese and house-made pretzels.
Find their taproom hours and beers on tap here.
Taproot Brewing Co. is located at 909 E. Main Road in Middletown, Rhode Island.