We've put together a stellar lineup of breweries that are relatively new on the Rhode Island beer scene. Hop on our new Saturday Suds tour and taste what these new companies have been turning out.
Meet our driver and guide in front of Trinity Brew House and hop on board the bright blue bus.
The first stop is Smug Brewing which we will visit by special arrangement before they open to the public for the day. Founded in 2018 by Rob and Emily DaRosa, along with Steve and Dianna David, Smug Brewing took over the space and equipment that had previously belonged to Bucket Brewing. 10 years ago, Rob’s sister gifted him with a winemaking kit. Once he learned how long it would take before he could sip any wine, he quickly switched to brewing beer. Now Rob has been brewing professionally for eight years. He worked at Union Station Brewery in Providence for six years before moving on to a head brewer role at Ragged Island Brewing in Portsmouth. Today, Rob puts his skill and pride into artfully crafting bold new beers for Smug Brewing and its discerning guests.
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.