Apponaug Calling


Three breweries have joined the #401BrewFamily in 2018: Providence Brewing Company (in North Prov), Taproot Brewing Company (at Newport Vineyards in Middletown) and Beer On Earth (in North Kingstown). And another beermaker is getting ever-closer to gracing our burgeoning scene: Apponaug Brewing Company (ABC), which is headquartered at Pontiac Mills in Warwick (on the banks of the Pawtuxet River, across from the mall). We caught up with head brewer Justin Tisdale, who told us that ABC is “in the home stretch of its construction (I basically live here these days). While we have yet to set an opening date, we have on-boarded our head chef, who is working with us to develop a menu that will pair perfectly with our beers. We expect utility service to our brewery connected within the next two weeks, at which time we can start brewing our first batches. It has been a long, yet rewarding process, and the results of these efforts will go a long way toward our ongoing commitment to sustainability and locally produced, quality craft beer.” Watch for an opening date announcement.

But wait – a fifth new-in-2018-brewery was just announced! Smug Brewing will set up shop at the place where Bucket Brewery usedtabe in Pawtucket. Head brewer Rob DaRosa plied his trade at Union Station for a half-dozen years and filled the head brewer slot at Ragged Island for the past year. Rob and partner Stephen David have fingers crossed for a fall opening; the process should go smoothly since the Bucket equipment is in place. They don’t have any social outlets (yet), but keep Googling to find ’em!

Meanwhile, Armando DeDona at Long Live Beerworks updated us on the status of his soon-to-come bigger/better brewery: “Construction on the new space is chugging along. Equipment is due at the end of August, and we’ll start testing, but [we’re] not rushing into opening the new space until sometime in the fall. The good news is that we have plenty of time on our lease at our current space, so we’re waiting until the time is right.

“We continue to roll out new beers: Through These Eyes: an IPA loosely based on The All-Seeing Eye; Positive Mental Attitude, a double IPA based on our single IPA, Attitude and all the Attitude clones we’ve been playing with; and Weakness, a milk stout aged on cacao nibs and coconut. We’re also planning a cask event at our current space.”

Narragansett Brewing brand ambassador B.J. Mansuetti shared some intel: “We’ve been focusing on Fresh Catch [a golden ale dry-hopped with Citra] this summer and it’s been a great success for us. The Lovecraft series was on a bit of hiatus, but we just released a very limited batch of Dead Passion’s Flame [4.7% ABV, 25 IBUs], named after one of Lovecraft’s poems. It’s a peach and passion fruit wheat beer; we only made a few barrels of it and it’s available on draft only in RI. Fest will be returning mid-August, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout will be back in November, and we have a special limited edition brew that is aging now, but I can’t talk about it yet!” Hit for more hints and teasers.

And Foolproof Brewing’s sixth annual Augtoberfest is happening on Saturday, Aug 11 from 3 – 7pm at 241 Grotto Ave in Pawtucket. Various packages get you varying amounts of beer tickets and food/take-home-beer vouchers, plus music and a slip-and-slide and games and other revelry; buy ’em in advance at And Foolproof’s collaboration beer with Jameson Irish Whiskey, which has been barrel-aging for a few months, will debut in early September.

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