Doherty’s Is Open for Business!

Doherty’s Ale House is now open for business. While the grand opening itself is still a short time away, they are open, serving food, and yes, indeed, they have over 100 tap lines.

How, you might ask, could such a thing be possible? Well, one step through the front door will tell you. The entire bar wraps around the keg room, where tap lines twist in an ordered labyrinth to the mind-numbing number of kegs, logs, and more of the best beer Jack D could get his hands on.

Much like what the Mews was a decade ago, Doherty’s Ale House has created a fun atmosphere around its incredible craft beer selection. I found myself among other beer geeks, trading favorites and stories. The first few taps are the cream of the local crop, and the nearly all-American craft beer line has some stuff that’s the rarest of the rare. The food was fantastic. The sides are an interesting twist, with some rosemary-something potato wedges, or mashed sweet potatoes, green beans … I forget the rest. The server opened a small notepad to list them all off.

Right now they’re still fine-tuning some of the menu and getting the kinks ironed out for the grand opening, which is a good sign as the food was delicious, the beer was perfectly poured, and a great time was had. The best part is that it’s much closer than Pawtucket, and right off the highway, so it’s easy to find. I raise my glass to you, Jack! Slainte!

The East Bay Brewfest is this weekend. It’s RI’s newest beer festival, and they’re popping up like Starbucks these days. Just in time for Father’s Day, this brewfest features all the local best, including Newport Storm, Ravenous, Foolproof, Grey Sail, Revival, and more. There’ll also be live brewing demonstrations and live music, and it will benefit TAP-IN, a local charity organization helping people in need. This beer bash is sponsored by Brickyard Wine & Spirits and The East Bay Home Brew Club. This is an afternoon Brewfest, so relax, enjoy, take your time. Prost!

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