There is a lot of beer to be enjoyed in our local area. But there are also other amazing craft alcohol products being produced as well. This new tour explores the diverse world of beer and mead.
Meet our driver and guide in front of Trinity Brew House and hop on board the bright blue bus.
Our first stop is Foolproof Brewing Company in Pawtucket. Foolproof was founded in 2012 by Nick Garrison, a former homebrewer from Massachusetts. The company was originally named High Jinx Brewing Company. Shortly after starting operations and before initial sales to the public, it was renamed Foolproof to avoid trademark conflicts. Foolproof brewed their first batch in December 2012 and began in-state sales in January 2013. Their first head brewer was Damase Olsson, a former chemist and brewer at Nashoba Valley Winery and now-defunct Pennichuck Brewery. He is now retired and serves as brewer emeritus. The current head brewer is Steve Sharp. and their beers can now be found in all New England states.
The second stop is Ravenous Brewing in Woonsocket. Established in October 2012, Ravenous was the first brewery located in the northern end of Rhode Island. It was founded by Dorian Rave, a former law enforcement officer who retired as a Captain with the Central Falls (R.I.) Police Department. His obsession with beer started many years ago with a homebrew kit that his wife bought him. The name of the brewery is a combination of a nod to the poem The Raven by Boston-born Edgar Allen Poe, as well as the founder’s last name. They are brewing on a 3.5-barrel system with custom-built immersion glycol coolers to regulate the temperature during fermentation. And be sure to try their Coffee Milk Stout, a very popular beer that is a tribute to the Rhode Island staple: Coffee Milk.
For our last stop, we will cross the border into Massachusetts to visit Crave Meadery in Blackstone, MA.They craft what is thought to be to world’s oldest beverage: mead. Mead is a combination of honey, water and yeast, and with its earliest roots in China, it is believed to have been around for some 9,000 years. Crave was founded in the Blackstone Valley in 2015 by local residents Ken Tubman and Sean Humphries. Tubman had been making mead at home for over 20 years, and even took up beekeeping in hopes of learning how to find and evaluate the best local honey. Humphries is a long-time brewer of beer. After many years of independently making great wine and beer, they decided to try their hand at commercial mead-making. Crave’s mead is made exclusively using honey gathered from the Japanese Knotweed, which produces a deep, dark, and flavorful honey.
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.