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.
Narragansett Bay, named for the Narragansett tribe, comes from the word Naiaganset, meaning ‘small point of land’. The Narragansett language nearly died out due to forced assimilation of the Narragansett people, but recent efforts to revive the language have brought it back from the brink of extinction.
#tbt to that time we hit up every bar in #Burlington in one epic night. We drank green #Narragansette a month after St. Paddy’s day and became besties with the bar #Weimaraner. Miss you guys. #missyoumrsmiller
The Providence Journal: A 50-year-old woman was hospitalized after an apparent device explosion underneath the sand at Salty Brine Beach in Narragansett, RI. Authorities have closed the beach and are searching for a suspect who fled the scene.