Our most popular tour now has an all-new itinerary! Visit three vastly different locally owned breweries on this morning RI beer adventure.
Meet our driver and guide in front of Trinity Brew House and hop on board the bright blue bus.
The first stop is Long Live Beerworks which we will visit by special arrangement before they open to the public for the day. 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 Beerworks brews on a seven-barrel system, and they intentionally do not offer flagship beers. Their beer is immensely popular, and they recently announced plans to relocate their brewery to a much larger space only a mile away.
The next 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.
Our last stop takes us to Isle Brewers Guild. More commonly called The Guild, they are 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.