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 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 next stop is Crooked Current Brewery, which was founded in 2014 by lifelong Rhode Islanders Jason Lourenco and Nichole Pelletier. Jason is a military veteran who has extensive business experience. He oversees all non-brewing activities. Nichole is the head brewer, and comes from a family of chefs that are well known throughout Rhode Island. They are brewing in the Mineral Spring Ave mill building that previously housed Foolproof Brewing Company and the Bucket Brewery, which both opened in 2012. Crooked Current’s name is meant to acknowledge some of Rhode Island’s political criminals.
Our last stop is The Guild, a cooperative brewery opened in 2017 by Jeremy Duffy and Devin Kelly. Duffy was a partner in a marketing communication agency which helped to relaunch Narragansett Beer in 2005. Kelly worked for InBev in Belgium as the VP of Global Brands with responsibility for Stella Artois and Brahma. The Guild is designed as a partner brewery where brewers craft their beer under the care and supervision of their own brewmaster. It is located in the former Kellaway Center, a 130,000-square-foot facility offering a wide range of brewing and packaging services. They have a 100-barrel brewhouse and an initial brewing capacity of 60,000 barrels, and the opportunity to grow to 175,000 barrels in future years. When they opened they instantly became the largest brewery in Rhode Island.
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.