Beercation: Rhode Island

I grew up in Rhode Island. But for a long time, I was ashamed of Rhode Island’s sparse beer scene. Until four years ago, the tiny state had just one production brewery, and a handful of brewpubs that were entrenched after opening during the 1990s beer boom. Between 1999 and 2011, not a single new independent brewery opened in the state, and the only new beer with Rhode Island roots to appear was Narragansett, which was and still is brewed outside the state.

But today, Rhode Island is experiencing a small beer boom. The state’s residents are very proud of their local products, and craft beer was poised to take off in the state when Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island opened in late 2011 in an old Macaroni Factory in Westerly. Since then, eight more breweries have opened – an impressive number for a state you can drive across in about forty minutes.

Whether you’re in Rhode Island to visit the beaches of South County, the hip venues of Providence, or the historic mansions of Newport, there’s a beer venue out there for you. Here’s our rundown of some of our favorites.

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