Taking Monday off from work might be a good idea after an afternoon on our new Sunday Sip tour! We will visit a tour favorite who is soon moving into a new space, a strong regional brewery with popular beers, and the largest producers in the state with so many tastes to offer.
Meet our driver and guide in front of Trinity Brew House and hop on board the bright blue bus.
The first 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 home brew 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’s, as well as the founders last name. They are brewing on a 3 1/2 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.
Our next stop is Foolproof Brewing, which 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.
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.