Saturday afternoons were made for checking out locally made craft beer. Hop on the Afternoon Flights tour and taste your way through the local brewery scene. Visit one of the smallest breweries in the state, a medium-size one, and even one of the largest in all of New England on this new Afternoon Flights tour. Compare and contrast as you taste your way through the Ocean State.
Meet our driver and guide in front of Trinity Brew House and hop on board the bright blue bus.
The first stop is Buttonwoods Brewery in Cranston. Buttonwoods was founded in 2016 by Morgan Snyder, a Virginia native who first thought about opening a brewery while attending college in his home state. He started homebrewing, but in order to learn more about the industry, he worked as an unpaid helper on the bottling line at a brewery in Richmond. Later he worked as a draft technician in Brooklyn and started brewing at the Bronx Brewery. The name of the brewery is derived from a type of sycamore tree, and the tap handles are made from reclaimed buttonwood. The taproom walls are covered in board reclaimed from an 1850’s barn built in Rhode Island. While visiting, we will enjoy a diverse range of styles to please most any palate.
The next stop is Revival Brewing, which was founded in 2011 by longtime brewer Sean Larkin along with partners Owen Johnson and Jeff Grantz. Larkin had been the head brewer at Trinity Brewhouse for over a decade, and has also consulted on beer recipes with Narragansett. He grew up in Rhode Island and is a culinary graduate of Johnson and Wales in Providence. He was first hired as a new graduate to work in the kitchen at Trinity. Shortly after he migrated to the brewing operations and took over as head brewer in 1996. Revival is based at Brutopia, a BBQ-inspired brewpub with 15 lines of Revival and Brutopia beers. Their mission is to be as distinctive as possible, and they brew beers to fill in the gaps in the offerings of other Rhode Island breweries.
Our Last stop is Long Live Beerworks. Long Live opened in Providence’s historic West End in late 2016. Founder Armando De Dona’s passion for brewing started in 2001 from a home brewing kit that his sister bought him. He later studied commercial beer-making and traditional cask-conditioning in the U.K., and is one of the founding members of the Rhode Island Brewing Society. Long Live brews on a seven-barrel system, and they intentionally do not offer flagship beers. Now in a spacious new two-level facility, you can really enjoy the experience as you sip on their very popular beers.
After our last stop on the tour, we will hop back on the bus and head back to Providence and drop off at the legendary Trinity Brewhouse.
Trinity Brewhouse opened in 1994 in a former Burger King in the heart of Downtown Providence, and is one of the first brewpub restaurants to operate in New England. It is named for the nearby Trinity Repertory Company which was founded in 1963. The head brewer is Tommy Tainsh, a chef by training who was inspired to brew by enjoying Sierra Nevada and has been brewing on a 20-barrel system at Trinity for the past 20 years.
Guests on the Rhode Island Brew Bus are invited to head into Trinity Brewhouse after our tour to enjoy 20% off your meal. Then you’ll be ready to take on all that Providence has to offer!
Note: Tour stops and order are subject to change without notice based on facility and production needs.