Rhode Island’s first known brewery dates all the way back to the 17th century, with the establishment of a brewhouse by Providence’s Sergeant William Baulston in 1639. In the mid-2000s, the state’s beer industry boomed again with the national craft beer revival, with dozens of new microbreweries, nanobreweries, and brewpubs opening their doors throughout the region.
1.Isle Brewers Guild
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Isle Brewers Guild was opened in 2017 by Devin Kelly and Jeremy Duffy, occupying a multi-building campus today in Pawtucket. The brewery follows a co-operative business model, brewing both its own unique beers and beers produced for other New England craft breweries, such as Massachusetts’ Newburyport Brewing Company and New Hampshire’s Great North Aleworks. Staff brewers’ ales are produced under the company’s Guild Brewers’ series, which allows brewmasters to try their hand at experimental styles and one-offs. Its tap room is open Thursdays through Sundays, allowing visitors to try beers from up to seven members breweries. Food trucks are also hosted on site many weekends, and live music performances are presented periodically.
461 Main St, Pawtucket, RI 02860, Phone: 401-724-1241
2.Foolproof Brewing Company
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Foolproof Brewing Company is a unique brewing company based around the concept of experience-based brewing, crafting ales specifically designed for beer-drinking experiences such as cookouts, after-work rounds at local watering holes, or rainy-day session drinking. The brewery was founded by Nick Garrison and offers flight tastings and tours at its Pawtucket tap room at scheduled times on Thursdays through Sundays. Beers offered include the company’s Grotto IPA, Ocean State Lager, Barstool American Golden Ale, and Raincloud Robust Porter, which is also sold in peanut butter and vanilla espresso variants. To-go can sales are also offered daily during regular business hours.
241 Grotto Ave #1, Pawtucket, RI 02860, Phone: 401-721-5970
3.Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen
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Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen was opened in May of 2014 with the goal of becoming one of the American Northeast’s top brewpub destinations for craft beer and barbecue lovers. The company has twice been named as the state’s best brewpub by RI Monthly and has won national and international awards for its brews, pulled pork, and burgers. 12 draft beers are offered at any time at the brewpub, including the company’s Bonfire Brown Ale, Conga West Coast IPA, Paul and Al Pale Ale, White Electric Coffee Stout, and award-winning Bliss Light Lager. Wine is also available by the glass, along with a lineup of craft cocktails. Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served daily, with dishes highlighting the brewpub’s signature Memphis-style barbecue.
05 Atwood Ave, Cranston, RI 02920, Phone: 401-464-8877
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Buttonwoods Brewery was opened in December of 2017 by Morgan Clark Snyder, Jr., a former homebrewer and the company’s lone full-time employee. The brewery primarily focuses on crafting well-hopped IPAs and simple saison styles, though it offers a varied beer list showcasing a variety of seasonal and barrel-aged favorites as well. Notable ales include the company’s Empty Quarter Sour IPA, Harness Passion Saison, Shaolin Land Cream Ale, and Death of the Author American Stout. Draft lists are constantly rotating at the brewery’s Cranston tap room, which welcomes well-behaved children. Pints and to-go growler sales are available, along with an outdoor patio offering cornhole games.
530 Wellington Ave #22, Cranston, RI 02910, Phone: 401-461-2337
5.Coddington Brewing Co.
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Coddington Brewing Co. was founded in 1995 by Bill Christy, offering 100% all-natural ales and lagers that are handcrafted on the premises of its Middletown tap room and brewpub. The brewery is a popular local hangout, offering a full menu of gastropub-style American fare, including craft burgers, wrap sandwiches, artisan pizzas, and a variety of meat and seafood entrees. Beer styles on tap are rotated regularly, showcasing everything from fruit-forward blonde and wheat ales to classic European styles such as marzens and doppelbocks. A mug club for regular visitors offers discounts on pints, company merchandise, and free meals for special occasions.
210 Coddington Hwy, Middletown, RI 02842, Phone: 401-847-6690
6.Crooked Current Brewery
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Crooked Current Brewery was founded by lifelong Rhode Islanders Nichole Pelletier and Jason Lourenco and is proud to claim its title as the state’s smallest brewery, located within a 375-square-foot space within a former Pawtucket factory building that also houses a yoga studio. The brewery’s branding is themed around the state’s historical incidents of political corruption, with cartoons on its walls depicting local political scandals and clever beer names such as Immorality Pale Ale, Extortion Eggnog Milk Stout, and Kickback American Wheat. Three or four of the brewery’s beers are tapped at any given time, with others available in 32-ounce crowler sizes for takeout sales. Flight tastings are also available at the brewery’s tap room, which offers seasonal outdoor seating.
560 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860, Phone: 401-473-8312
7.Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
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Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island is a Westerly brewery that opened to the public in 2011, founded by husband and wife pair and longtime homebrewers Alan and Jennifer Brinton. The award-winning brewery produces a number of year-round and seasonal releases, including its award-winning Flagship Cream Ale, cult favorite Captain’s Daughter Imperial IPA, Flying Jenny Unfiltered Extra Pale Ale, and Pour Judgment IPA, brewed in collaboration with local restaurant Pour Judgment Bar and Grill. Its Canal Street tap room is open Wednesdays through Sundays, with pints, flight tastings, and growler sales of its most popular brews available for guests.
63 Canal St, Westerly, RI 02891, Phone: 401-212-7592
8.Long Live Beerworks, Inc.
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Long Live Beerworks, Inc. was founded by Armando DeDona, who studied commercial brewing in the United Kingdom before relocating to the Rhode Island region. The seven-barrel brewery focuses on hop-forward styles and cask ales, eschewing the model of releasing flagship beers year round in favor of prioritizing experimental small-batch brews. Its Providence tap room is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, with new cask-conditioned offerings released every Friday. Past favorite releases have included its Wesside Citra-hopped IPA and Coarse Grind Espresso Stout, brewed with cold-brew espresso from local coffee company Dave’s Coffee. Food trucks are available on site during the summer months, with special events hosted periodically in collaboration with community partners.
425 W Fountain St #104, Providence, RI 02903
9.Mohegan Cafe and Brewery
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Mohegan Cafe and Brewery is Block Island’s only craft brewery and brewpub, operated by brewmaster David Sniffen. The brewery is located in the island’s downtown district on Water Street and serves as a popular hangout for island residents and visitors waiting on nearby ferries to the mainland. It showcases a draft list full of recipes brewed on site, including its English Striper Red Ale, Black Buck Stout, BIPA IPA, and Strawberry Blonde Ale. Lunch and dinner are served daily, with a full menu of pub fare focusing on hearty sandwiches, fresh seafood specials, and pasta and steak options. A full children’s menu is also served, and large-screen televisions present major sporting events.
213 Water St, New Shoreham, RI 02807, Phone: 401-466-5911
10.Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co.
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Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co. was founded in 1999 by a group of college friends, the first modern production brewery in the state. Since then, the brewery has produced more than 100 craft brews, including its Flagship Hurricane Amber Ale and seasonal favorites such as its 1639 Pineapple Pale Ale, Comfortably Unaware New England-style IPA, and Storm Blueberry Kolsch. Since 2006, the brewery has also distilled its own craft spirits, making it the state’s first distillery in over a century, with single-barrel rums, moonshines, gins, whiskeys and amaros available for purchase. Flight tastings of beers and spirits are available at the company’s tap room, which also offers daily guided brewery tours, a visitor center, and a gift shop. Private tours for groups of 10 or more are available with advance reservation. Since 2013, the brewery has hosted the Newport Craft Beer Festival in April, which offers VIP pours, beer and cheese pairings, and food vendors.
293 JT Connell Hwy, Newport, RI 02840, Phone: 401-849-5232
11.Proclamation Ale Company
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Proclamation Ale Company opened to the public in February of 2013 and opened its new 5,000-square-foot brewery and tap room in Warwick three years later, which increased the brewery’s production capacity more than five times over. The brewery has won a Best of Rhode Island award from RI Monthly as the state’s most in-demand beer company, producing ales in a wide variety of traditional styles, including programs for sour beers, wild ales, and barrel-aged variants. Popular brews include the company’s Derivative Pale Ale series, Ethereous and Tendril IPAs, Sun Destroyer Imperial Stout, and Postcursor American Wild Ale. Retro arcade games are offered at its tap room, which also features an outdoor patio and custom art installations.
298 Kilvert St, Warwick, RI 02886
12.Providence Brewing Company
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Providence Brewing Company was opened in May of 2018, paying homage to the historic early 19th-century brewery of the same that is believed to have been opened on Atwells Avenue in 1817. The brewery strives to recreate the historic beer styles crafted by its predecessor, focusing on Bohemian lagers, pilsners, porters, stouts, and lagers. Its tasting room is open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays, offering drafts and flight tastings of its signature beers and brewery-exclusive releases. Growler fills are also sold, along with a variety of exclusive licensed merchandise, including glassware, clothing and accessories, and homebrewing kits. Local food trucks are hosted on site periodically, and a pet-friendly outdoor seasonal patio.
Under the Tuxedo Shop, 1920 Mineral Spring Ave unit 11, North Providence, RI 02904, Phone: 401-349-1260
13.Ragged Island Brewing Company
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Ragged Island Brewing Company was opened in 2017 by Matt and Katie Gray, John and Margo Almeida, and Patrick and Liz Donovan. Since then, the brewery has increased its brewing capacity to 3.5 bbls and has moved to a larger brewing facility at the former Van Hof Nursery facility and garden shop. The local favorite produces flagship ales such as Bean Night IPA, Hydrofoil Double IPA, Coggeshall Pale Ale, and Baulston Porter, with a wide variety of seasonal, experimental, and one-off brews also offered periodically. Rotating beers are available for purchase at its tap room, which showcases beach-inspired decor.
200 High Point Ave Unit B6, Portsmouth, RI 02871, Phone: 401-318-2991
14.Ravenous Brewing Company
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Ravenous Brewing Company is a Woonsocket nanobrewrey that was opened in October of 2012 by Dorian Rave, the first craft brewery in the state’s northern region. The family-owned brewery produces small-batch artisan ales that require intensive involvement from its brewers, emphasizing a dedication to crafting the highest quality ales possible. Tastings of the brewery’s concoctions are available Thursdays through Sundays at its public tap room, with public tours available upon request, offering a chance for visitors to meet the company’s head brewers and overview the brewing process. During the winter months, food truck pop-ups are hosted on site periodically. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own food into the tap room or order delivery from a number of nearby restaurants.
840 Cumberland Hill Rd #10, Woonsocket, RI 02895, Phone: 401-216-5331
15.Revival Brewing Company
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Revival Brewing Company was founded by longtime brewmaster Owen Johnson and homebrewer Sean Larkin, who set their business plans in motion after a chance meeting in 2009 and released the company’s first beer in 2011. Today, the company is dedicated to crafting distinctive brews across a variety of styles, with a wide range of accessibility for beer aficionados and novice drinkers alike. Many brews are released in conjunction with ingredients from local businesses, such as the brewery’s signature White Electric Coffee Stout, brewed with New Harvest Coffee Roasters beans. Other popular brews include the company’s Fanny Session IPA, Night Swim’ah Belgian Wheat Ale, Rocky Point Red Ale, and Paul and Al’s Pale Ale and Doug and Scarpetti Vanilla Porter, both dedicated to popular Rhode Island radio personalities. The brewery’s Cranston tasting room is open seven days a week, with group tours of the brewery available upon request with advance reservation.
505 Atwood Ave. Cranston, RI 02920, Phone: 401-372-7009
16.Shaidzon Beer Co.
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Shaidzon Beer Co. was the vision of New England natives and craft beer aficionados Josh and Letourneau and Chip Sampson, who met through a mutual friend in Matunuck and embarked on a plan to create a craft brewery offering globally-inspired beers. Beers available in cans at the brewery’s tasting room include its Gino Time Stout, Yeast of the River Nile Belgian Golden Ale, Buffalo Czech Pilsner, Never Tomorrow IPA, and Beau Farmhouse Pale Ale. A number of seasonal and one-off beers are also available periodically for pints and growler fills. The brewery hosts a large number of public special events throughout the year, including Gary’z Bar events on its outdoor patio, Saloon Night poker events, and live music performances.
141 Fairgrounds Rd, West Kingston, RI 02892
17.The Beer'd Brewing Company
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The Beer'd Brewing Company is a Stonington microbrewery that uses its seven bbl brewhouse to craft a variety of traditional beer styles. The brewery is housed within the city’s American Velvet Mill building and uses its small production size to its advantage, crafting a variety of experimental brews throughout the year with a focus on hands-on attention to detail in recipes. Favorite brews include the company’s Clever_Twitter_Name New England IPA, Hashtags of the Rich and Famous New England-style Pale Ale, Already Taken American IPA, Eight Days a Week American Pale Ale, and Frank and Berry Double IPA. The brewery’s tap room is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays and offers growler fills and tastings, encouraging visitors to bring their own food or order delivery from nearby restaurants.
22 Bayview Ave, Stonington, CT 06378, Phone: 860-213-9307
18.Tilted Barn Brewery
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Tilted Barn Brewery is an expansion of successful commercial hop farm Ocean State Hops, founded in 2007. The brewery is operated by Kara and Matt Richardson and is Rhode Island’s first farm brewery, housed within the couple’s historic family farm in Exeter. It expands upon Ocean State Hops’ success, crafting locally-produced beer using ingredients grown directly on the company’s farm. Tastings and can sales are offered at the brewery’s farmhouse tap room on Fridays and Saturdays, offering pints and sales of popular brews such as the company’s Early Riser and Free Range IPAs, Chosen One Double IPA, Peeptoad Pale Ale, Libby American Blonde Ale, and Mount Yasur Coffee Porter. Family-friendly farm walkthroughs are also available, offering background on the history of hop farming in New England.
One Hemsley Pl, Exeter, RI 02822
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Trinity Brewhouse was opened in 1995 in downtown Providence, making it one of the state’s first brewpub restaurants to brew its own beers on site. The brewery is operated by Joshua Miller and is conveniently located near Providence attractions such as the Trinity Repertory Theatre, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and Rhode Island Convention Center. It has won a number of regional and national accolades for its brews, including its Brown Copper Maple Brown Ale, Darkness Russian Imperial Stout, and classic Kolsch and ESB styles. A large variety of American gastropub fare is offered, including craft burgers and sandwiches, 12-inch rustic pizzas, and seafood pastas and entrees. To-go growlers are also sold at the brewpub, with drink service provided late into the night seven days a week.
186 Fountain St, Providence, RI 02903, Phone: 401-453-2337
20.Union Station Brewery
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Union Station Brewery is located within Providence’s historic downtown district and is operated as part of the John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House chain, originally founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992. The brewery is housed within a former railroad depot building and serves a variety of award-winning craft beers brewed in house, including its Driving Miss Hazy IPA, Providence Pale Ale, and Shabby Abbey Ale. In addition to drafts of the company’s brews, the brewpub also serves an extensive menu of lunch and dinner pub fare, including signature artisan pizzas crafted from spent grains used during the company’s brewing process. During the summer months, an outdoor patio is offered, along with weeknight special events and musical performances.
36 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903, Phone: 401-274-2739
21.Whalers Brewing Company
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Whalers Brewing Company is a South Kingstown brewery that was opened in 2011 by Wes Staschke and John Dunlap. Since then, the brewery has been named as Rhode Island’s 2018 Brewery of the Year by the New York International Beer Competition and ranked as one of the nation’s fastest-growing breweries by the Brewer’s Association. A wide variety of the brewery’s beers are tapped at its public tasting room, including its flagship Rise Ale, which features a citrus aroma and spice notes. Other popular brews include its Sirius Sour Ale, Pretender Golden Stout, and Special Spliff New England IPA. Beers are served by the glass or by the flight, with growler fills available for takeout sales. Cornhole games, giant Jenga, and pool tables are available for visitor entertainment, with well-behaved pets and children allowed on site during the afternoon hours.
1174 Kingstown Rd, South Kingstown, RI 02879, Phone: 401-552-0002
21 Best Rhode Island Breweries
- Isle Brewers Guild, Photo: Courtesy of purefeel - Fotolia.com
- Foolproof Brewing Company, Photo: Foolproof Brewing Company
- Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen, Photo: Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen
- Buttonwoods Brewery, Photo: Buttonwoods Brewery
- Coddington Brewing Co., Photo: Coddington Brewing Co.
- Crooked Current Brewery, Photo: Crooked Current Brewery
- Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, Photo: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
- Long Live Beerworks, Inc., Photo: Long Live Beerworks, Inc.
- Mohegan Cafe and Brewery, Photo: Mohegan Cafe and Brewery
- Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co., Photo: Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co.
- Proclamation Ale Company, Photo: Proclamation Ale Company
- Providence Brewing Company, Photo: Providence Brewing Company
- Ragged Island Brewing Company, Photo: Ragged Island Brewing Company
- Ravenous Brewing Company, Photo: Ravenous Brewing Company
- Revival Brewing Company, Photo: Revival Brewing Company
- Shaidzon Beer Co., Photo: Courtesy of gkrivtsov - Fotolia.com
- The Beer'd Brewing Company, Photo: The Beer'd Brewing Company
- Tilted Barn Brewery, Photo: Tilted Barn Brewery
- Trinity Brewhouse, Photo: Trinity Brewhouse
- Union Station Brewery, Photo: Union Station Brewery
- Whalers Brewing Company, Photo: Whalers Brewing Company
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