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.
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 is Long Live Beerworks. 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.
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.