Head to Little Rhody this summer to experience their small but mighty craft beer scene! Whether you’re spending time in Providence or South County, these are your can’t-miss spots to enjoy a brew (or two!):
1) Anchor & Hope Winery (Rumford)
Anchor & Hope Winery was built in an old mill building in Rumford, RI – about 10 minutes from Providence. From there, they partnered with small family farms in California, Oregon, and Germany to make some really, really incredible wine. The grape juice ships to Rumford soon after harvest and is aged and packaged locally into either 750ml bottles, 8.4oz cans, or 5.2 gallon kegs. They’re in the process of building out a brand new taproom – follow their progress on their Instagram!
2) Apponaug (Warwick)
Apponaug Brewing Company is located in Rhode Island’s historic Pontiac Mill in Warwick, RI. They believe that nothing connects people like sharing a great beer and a delicious bite. More than just another brewpub, Apponaug Brewing is the vision of a “Third Place”, an essential refuge apart from the daily hustles of home and work. This is a community where you can meet up with good friends or make unexpected ones while experiencing the energy of a working brewery. Make sure you take advantage of their awesome deck space!
3) Beer on Earth (Providence)
Beer On Earth is a small, art-forward brewery with a focus on crafting an array of high-quality ales and lagers. Since opening in 2018, they have strived to brew the freshest IPAs alongside a solid lineup of truly classic styles. They have a small barrel program that gives them the opportunity to produce sour ales, brett saisons, and bourbon barrel-aged stouts to further round out their constantly rotating offerings. Their spot has a lot of charm and is conveniently located right near many other small, independent businesses. A local-lover’s paradise!
4) Beer’d (Stonington, CT)
Okay, okay, they’re not technically in Rhode Island. But they’re soooo close! The Beer’d Brewing Co. is an ale-focused brewery located in Stonington, Connecticut. Their tasting room is a great place to sit and enjoy some Dogs & Boats Double IPA or even grab some cans to go! Sitting right off of Long Island Sound, many of their beers are inspired by the water and the good times had there. It’s well-worth the swing into Connecticut, we promise!
5) Buttonwoods/Origin Beer Project (Cranston)
Buttonwoods Brewery started in December 2017 in Cranston, RI with the goal of always making the best beer they could. Their focus is on well-hopped IPAs, simple yet sophisticated Saisons, as well as unique and interesting barrel-aged beers (with a dash of crushable Pilsner). Their taproom space is expansive and open, encouraging customers to minge and meet new friends. Speaking of friends…
Their brewerymates, Origin Beer Project, are a small-batch, ever-evolving brewery that pursues traditional, yet often overlooked, styles. They focus on low-ABV beers that can be enjoyed casually in almost any setting.Their eye for niche demand combined with Buttonwoods’ flair for innovation makes them a must-visit in the area.
6) Hive Beer (Westerly)
Operating out of Grey Sail Brewing of Westerly, Hive Beer produces their excellent brews using Grey Sails’ equipment. It’s two breweries in one! Now, while they may not have their own space (yet), Hive uses what they’ve got to create more than just great beer, but great results for the planet: they donate 1% of their gross revenue towards honeybee conservation efforts and research!
7) Long Live Beerworks (Providence)
Long Live Beerworks is focused on creating unparalleled craft beer for little Rhody. They push for perfection in everything they do, from their beer, to their labels, to their taproom. The brewery is absolutely beautiful, and a must-see if you’re in the area.
8) Luluna Kombucha (Providence)
Luluna specializes in offering authentic kombucha in a big-city setting. Their small-batch fermented tea takes up to six weeks to produce, but is well worth the wait! You can find their fine fermented beverages all over Rhody, but their production facility is an interesting visit, if you can catch them!
9) Proclamation (Warwick)
Proclamation Ale Company features a 2,000 square foot barrel aging and wood cellar for sour and wild ales, as well as a 3,000 square foot tasting room and retail area complete with custom art installations, bar, furniture, and a small retro video arcade. Their hop-forward ales and sour concoctions put them on the map early in Rhode Island’s craft beer development, and their continued efforts and experiments make them an industry leader in the state. Check out their massive taproom and ask for a Laggy Pop while you’re there!
10) The Nitro Cart (Providence/Newport)
Operating out of their Nitro Bars in West Providence and Newport, The Nitro Cart uses a local roaster in Southern Rhode Island to create their chocolatey-tasting nitro cold brew. They brew in small batches to ensure quality and taste. Their bars are spaces dedicated to the visually interesting – the concepts pushing the boundaries of expectation, but always beautiful.
11) Tilted Barn (Exeter)
Located on a historic family farm in Exeter, Rhode Island, which has been passed down for over 50 years, Tilted Barn‘s mission is to provide local, hand-crafted beer that’s brewed with locally-grown ingredients. Their massive new taproom and brewing space is masterfully executed, just like the beers that pour from their taps!
12) Union Station (Providence)
Since 1993, Union Station Brewery has brewed and served its own handcrafted beer alongside classic American tavern fare in the former Union Station train depot in Providence, Rhode Island. Their brewers keep a small, rotating selection of seasonal and specialty brews on tap, as well as a wide assortment of popular styles. This conveniently-located brewery is just a skip from pretty much anywhere in the city; how could you say “no”?!