Our Friday Night Flights tour checks out the ever-growing beer scene south of Providence.
Meet our driver and guide in front of Trinity Brewhouse and hop on board the bright blue bus.
Our first stop is Apponaug Brewing which was opened in 2018 by Tamara McKenney and Kris Waugh, who originally met when they started an IT recruiting company. The partners were looking for a business that could be a collaborative community space and eventually decided to open a brewpub. Named for the old Apponaug Mill, which was once owned by McKenney’s grandfather and great-grandfather, they eventually found the perfect home for their project along the banks of the Pawtuxet River in Warwick. Apponaug Brewing is part of the larger development of the Pontiac Mills, a sprawling, mid-1850s complex that once produced the original Fruit of the Loom fabric. The head brewer is Justin Tisdale who had previous experience working at Sons of Liberty in South Kingstown and Foolproof in Pawtucket. Their beers are produced on a brand new 10 BBL Brewtech system, and with their full kitchen they are featuring a pairing menu to complement their beer selections.
Next up is Beer on Earth which was founded in June 2018 by Paul DiBiase and Adam Henderson. DiBiase owns Great Harvest Bread Co. in North Kingstown and is a home brewer. He decided he wanted to make beer professionally and put out a call on Craigslist looking for a partner. Adam Henderson, another home brewer, answered the ad and together they opened Beer on Earth. After months of experimenting with a homebrew kettle and ultimately winning two medals in a homebrewers contest, they opened their brewery within Great Harvest Bread Company. The name Beer on Earth is meant to convey the idea they will brew styles common around the world but using regional flavors. They are producing on a three-barrel system and feature at least a half-dozen beers on tap.
Finally, we will visit Proclamation Ale Company which was founded in 2014 by Dave Witham, a musician and former music teacher. Josh Karten joined as co-owner shortly after the brewery opened. He is a former social studies teacher who also owns his own craft beverage consulting business. The original brewery opened in West Kingston, RI in February of 2013. In late 2017 they relocated into a 15,000 square foot space at the Dean Warehouse complex in Warwick. That recent move gave them six times more capacity and a 3,000 square foot tasting room. With this increased capacity they can now produce more of their signature cans or bottles of specialty beers and send out more draft to bars and restaurants. The state-of-the-art facility includes six 30-barrel horizontal foeders and will be used to make sours, wild ales and other specialty beers. It also includes a row of video games, as the founders grew up playing them endlessly in the 1980’s.
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.