News Bites: New Beer from Sons of Liberty / Harvest Kitchen Cafe Reopens / RI Brewers Guild Releases Opening Hours for all Craft Breweries
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Sons of Liberty Launches Summer 2021 with Chair 2 Light Lager
Chair 2 Light Lager is a Rhode Island made beer with 95 calories and 2.5g carbs per can
Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits Co. has announced the launch of Chair 2 Light Lager ahead of Memorial Day Weekend. Available in 12oz 6packs, the 4.3% light lager boasts just 95 calories and 2.5g carbs per can.
Named after the Chair 2 lifeguard chair on Narragansett Beach (the surfers hit the water nearby), the beer’s branding showcases a retro, surf vibe. The packaging coupled with the style of beer tells us this year-round offering will make sure summer never seems to end. “We’re really excited about this style and flavor,” said Bryan Ricard, Chair 2 Marketing Director. “There are a lot of Rhode Islanders taking advantage of all the beautiful outdoors this state has to offer – whether it’s surfing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, paddleboarding, snowboarding, you name it. Chair 2 is a clean, refreshing beer for those who just want to be out there.”
A clean and easy-drinking beer might be a refreshing change of pace for an industry that’s been inundated with options. “This beer is definitely for anyone who’s tired of the heavy double IPAs, the hazy New England IPAs or the super fruity sours,” President and Founder, Mike Reppucci, explained. “Don’t get me wrong, those beer styles can be truly amazing, but sometimes you just want to kick back with a traditional, light and crushable beer.” Chair 2 Light Lager is consistent with other light beers in regards to alcohol by volume, calories and carbs, but the team at Chair 2 made sure the flavor was on point. “It has character, for sure,” Reppucci proclaimed with said beer in hand.
The beer is brewed and packaged at Isle Brewers Guild (IBG) in Pawtucket, RI. “It’s not something we currently have the capacity to brew and package in-house ourselves,” Mike explained, “but it was important for us to keep this in Rhode Island and Isle has been an excellent partner.” IBG works with many well-established brands such as Narragansett and Night Shift.
Distribution of Chair 2 Light Lager has started and will be in Rhode Island liquor stores for Memorial Day weekend; SRP of $8.99 per 6-pack. The beer will also be available on tap in Rhode Island bars and restaurants starting in June. Participating locations can be found at https://www.chair2.com/chair-2-beer-finder
Cafe Serving Local Food to Benefit Underserved Teens Reopens June 1
Farm Fresh Rhode Island is excited to announce the reopening of its Harvest Kitchen Cafe in downtown Pawtucket after nearly a year of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning June 1, the cafe will be open for take-out or in-cafe dining weekdays 10am-3pm, with a new menu packed with options for a variety of dietary needs including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free. The fare includes sandwiches made on house-baked breads, salads featuring freshly made Narragansett Creamery cheeses, New Harvest Coffee Roasters cold brew, from-scratch falafel, house-made vegan carrot bacon, plus house-made soups and sweets that rotate daily.
More than simply a cafe, Harvest Kitchen supports the local community by providing a welcoming environment with a nutritious menu in an urban neighborhood with limited options for fresh, locally sourced foods. Behind the scenes at the cafe is the Harvest Kitchen processing kitchen and culinary job training program for underserved teens — providing processing for local farms (think apples to applesauce) and hands-on learning in kitchen and life skills as well as internship/job placement assistance upon graduation for teens involved with the RI Department of Children, Youth, and Families.
“The past year has allowed our team to focus more fully on the youth in our culinary training program and the production of our retail items,” explained Sean Kontos, Harvest Kitchen Program Director. “Though our youth work on our retail line year-round for sale via the Market Mobile local food delivery service and at local farmers markets, they can’t wait to learn about the restaurant aspect of Harvest Kitchen by assisting in the cafe.”
Harvest Kitchen is also available to cater events: lunch, dinner, passed appetizers, and more. Choosing Harvest Kitchen—whether for catering, at the cafe, or at a farmers market—means supporting local farmers and food producers, as well as youth empowerment and involvement in the local food system.
The crew at Harvest Kitchen is excited to welcome new and returning customers starting June 1. For the protection of its youth program and staff, Harvest Kitchen will continue to require masks for all patrons when not seated at a table.
RIBG Breweries Craft Beer Hours and Procedures as of May 21, 2021
Note: This list is subject to change. Please consult social media accounts, websites, or contact the individual breweries to confirm their procedures, & hours. Indoor/Outdoor seating available at designated breweries and brewpubs.
Apponaug Brewing Co, 334 Knight St., Warwick 401-681-4321 www.ApponaugBrewing.com
Indoor/Outdoor seating available (brewpub) Large Outdoor Beer Garden, new Outdoor patio, both overlooking the Pawtuxet River. Can and Growler sales (available for pre-order on line, through the website) Food available for on site consumption or take out, as well. NO RESERVATIONS. All seating is first come, first served.
Monday – Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday & Thursday 4-10 p.m.
Friday: 4-11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-11 p.m.
Sunday noon-8 p.m.
Dog and Kid Friendly
Online ordering for curbside pickup is preferred via our website. Also offering streamlined taproom sales for the in-person ordering of cans, merchandise and gift cards to go. Outdoor seating now open Wed-Sun, RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED See the website for more info.
Wednesday 3-6 p.m. Outdoor seating, or to go orders
Thursday 3-7 p.m. Outdoor seating, or to go orders
Friday 3-8 p.m. Outdoor seating, or to go orders
Saturday noon-8 p.m. Outdoor seating, or to go orders
Sunday noon-5 p.m. Outdoor seating, or to go orders
CLOSED: Monday and Tuesday
Dog and kid friendly
Bravo Brewing, 75 Pascoag Main St., Pascoag, 401-710-4242, http://www.bravobrewingcompany.com/
(Indoor/Outdoor seating now available) Reservations Not Required
Thursday 5-9 p.m.
Friday 2-9 p.m.
Saturday 12-9 p.m.
Sunday 12-4 p.m.
Bravo Brewing Company is open for indoor and outdoor seating featuring draft pours as well as howlers to go. Also offering non-alcoholic craft sodas and pretzels.
Buttonwoods Brewery, 530 Wellington Ave., Cranston, (http://www.buttonwoodsbrewery.com) Indoor/outdoor seating now available.
Buttonwoods has a new (indoor) Tasting room, as well as outdoor Patio seating and Pick-up hours for beer to go. The Brewery will be updating their hours as of June 1st to what is listed below:
Hours are as follows, beginning June 1st:
Tuesday – Friday: Tasting Room and Pick-ups 3 pm to 9 pm
Saturday: Tasting Room, Patio and Pick-ups – 1 pm to 9 pm
Sunday: Tasting Room,, Patio and Pick-ups – 1 pm to 6 pm
Reservations are not required, but they are recommended.
Coddington Brewing Co., 210 Coddington Hwy., Middletown (http://www.coddbrew.com) Indoor seating available (brewpub) Outdoor seating is now open. Reservations are not required, but they do accept them.
HOURS: Open at 11:00 a.m. Sunday to Saturday
Sunday to Thursday, close at 10 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 9 p.m.)
Friday – Saturday, close at 11 p.m. (Kitchen closes at 10 p.m.)
Lunch and Dinner served 7 days a week!
See website for beer list, or call (401) 847-6690
Crooked Current, 560 Mineral Spring Ave., Pawtucket, 401-473-8312, (http://www.crookedcurrentbrewery.com) Indoor/outdoor seating is now available.
Crooked Current is pleased to announce they have beer on tap (pours) again as well as beer to go. Please call ahead at 401-473-8312 to request curbside delivery. RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED
Thursday 5-8 p.m.
Friday 5-8 p.m.
Saturday 1-5 p.m.
Foolproof Brewing Co., 241 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket,
Newly expanded indoor/outdoor seating returns Friday, May 28th
Starting Friday, May 28th, the Taproom will be open for tours, tastings, beer to go, flights and full pours. Monday-Tuesday 12 – 4 pm (cans to go only); Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 9 pm; Sunday, 12 – 6 pm. The newly expanded taproom includes 20 different beers on tap, indoor seating for 45 patrons and an additional 20 outside seats around space heaters. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Dog and kid friendly
Curbside and newly added beer fridge provides beer to go 7 days a week. Online sales are available at www.foolproofbrewng.com Stay tuned for weekly new releases, kickoff parties and a new Mug Club.
Generals Crossing, 34 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, 401-524-9359 (http://www.generalscrossing.com) Indoor/outdoor seating now available. RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED
Mon, Wed, Thurs& Fri 4 pm – 8pm
Sat & Sun 2 pm – 8pm
Kid friendly, and dog friendly. It’s okay to bring food with you, as well. There are several good choices for food in walking distance from the brewery.
Grey Sail Brewing of RI, 63 Canal St., Westerly, 401-315-2533, (http://www.greysailbrewing.com) Indoor and outdoor (Beer Garden) seating available Wednesday – Sunday.
Hours of Outside Operation
Monday: Beer to go only 12-6 pm
Tuesday: Beer to go only 12-6 pm
Wednesday Tap Room and Beer to go 3-8 pm
Thursday Tap Room and Beer to go 12-8 pm
Friday Tap Room and Beer to go 12-8 pm
Saturday Tap Room and Beer to go 12-8 pm
Sunday Tap Room and Beer to go 12-6 pm
RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED
Customers are welcome to order ahead for quick pickup
Tap room and Beer Garden: Reservations for large groups accepted. To make a reservation, call 401-596-4151
Dog friendly and Kid friendly
Linesider Brewing Co., 1485 South County Trail, Suite #201, East Greenwich, 401-398-7700 (http://linesiderbrewing.com) See Instagram for info on seating.
Open for cans, howlers and growlers, as well as pours and tastings. As of May 21st, RI’s guidelines allow us to seat 100% of our capacity both indoors and outdoors. Social distancing reduced to 3 ft (from 6 ft). RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED.
Hours: Thursday 4 – 9 p.m.
Friday 12 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 2 – 9 p.m.
Sunday 12 – 6 p.m.
Long Live Beerworks, 40R Sprague St, Providence 02907 (401) 213-9830 [email protected] Indoor and outdoor seating now available
We’re offering three taproom experiences:
Indoor Taproom – Ground Level
Indoor Taproom – Mezzanine level (up one flight of stairs)
Be sure to select your preference when booking with us!
For day-of reservations: if you do not see an opening, we recommend joining the wait list and noting your time preference, and we’ll do our best to contact you if something opens up. You may also call in during open hours to see if we have an extra spot: (401) 213-9830.
Interested in food? Check our social media pages for updates! You are welcome to bring your own snacks, as well.
Long Live Beerworks is also open for beer-to-go
Kid friendly – Yes Dog friendly – Outdoor patio only
Hours (subject to change):
Mon, Wed, Thurs: 3–8 pm
Fri: 3-9 pm
Sat: 12-9 pm
Sun: 12-5 pm (Closed Tuesday)
Preorder beer to go:
Lost Valley Pizza, 50 Sims Ave, Providence, www.lostvalleypizza.com
Revival Foodworks & Brewery dba Lost Valley Pizza and Brewery
NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
HOURS: Friday 5 pm – 10 pm
Sat & Sun 12 pm – 5 pm
Please continue to follow us on social media for expanded hours and days as business allows. We are kids/family friendly and dog friendly
Lops Brewing, 122 North Main St., Woonsocket Indoor and Outdoor seating available
Open seven days a week for both indoor and outdoor seating, NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. A selection of 32 oz crowlers and 12/16 oz 4-packs are available to go in the tasting room or through online order at www.lopsbrewing.com/shop
Follow us @lopsbrewing for up to date event listings.
Monday – Thursday: 4 – 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday Noon – 9 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 6 p.m
Moniker Brewery, 432 West Fountain St, Providence 02903 (401) 648-0150
Indoor and Outdoor seating available. Reservations required – see website.
HOURS: Wednesday – Thursday 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday 4:00 – 10:00pm
Saturday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 pm
On the website, you may order beer for pick up at the brewery and make a reservation.
Or call ahead at (401) 648-0150 https://www.monikerbrewery.com/
Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling, 293 JT Connell Hwy., Newport 401-849-5232 https://newportcraft.com/
Indoor (Taproom) and Outdoor (Pavilion) available 7 days per week beginning June. May hours are below:
NOTE: The Outdoor Pavilion opened Saturday, May 1st
Scheduled for weekends in May as well as warm & sunny weekdays.
Taproom Hours – Sun– Thu, 12 – 7 pm; Fri – Sat 12 – 8 pm
Beginning in June, Pavilion and Taproom will open Sun – Thu 12-8 pm & Fri – Sat from 12 – 10 pm
Food and music vendors will be listed on the Newport Craft website on the event calendar. Kids are allowed in both Taproom and Pavilion. Leashed and well behaved dogs are allowed in the Pavilion only.
Reservations for parties of 8-24 can be made by emailing [email protected] beginning May 15th. All other parties will be on a first come, first served basis.
Origin Beer Project, 530 Wellington Ave., Cranston, 02910 www.originbeerproject.com
Origin Beer Project is new since last summer, in space shared with Buttonwoods Brewery. Outdoor seating is available on weekends, and there is plenty of parking to the rear of the building. Online pre ordering or walkup ordering for Fri – Sat – Sun pickup. RESERVATIONS ENCOURAGED BUT NOT REQUIRED.
Friday: 3 pm – 6 pm (To-go beer only on Fridays)
Saturday: 1 pm – 6 pm (Outdoor seating and to-go-beer)
Sunday: 1 pm – 6 pm (Outdoor seating and to-go-beer)
Proclamation Ale Co., 298 Kilvert St., Warwick, proclamationaleco.com
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Indoor/outdoor seating is now available.
We have re-opened for on-premise pours! We offer a number of both indoor and outdoor seating options. Our taproom is large and spacious with high ceilings. Come by and enjoy a beer! Follow us on social media to see what food trucks we have scheduled. You’re also welcome to bring your own snacks.
OUR HOURS: (Closed Mondays)
Tuesday – Wednesday 3:00 – 8:00 pm (To Go only – no seating/pours)
Thursday 3:00 – 8:00 pm (To Go and Pours)
Friday – Saturday Noon – 10:00 pm (To Go and Pours)
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm (To Go and Pours)
Reservations are available online for 2-weeks at a time beginning every Monday at approx. 9am.They are for 90 minutes at a time, with the 8:45 pm reservations for just 75 minutes (in order to close by 10:00 pm) Click on the link below to request your reservation date and time.
Half of the seats are available through Reservations, and half are for walk-ins. There are a total of 20 + areas to sit indoors (including high tops, tables, couches, barrels and drink rails) accommodating up to 8 people at large tables. Picnic tables and barrels with stools are set up outdoors, as well, when weather permits.
Online pre-orders are still available and Walk-in To Go purchases are welcome
Dog Friendly? Outdoors only Kid Friendly? Yes
Plenty of free parking. Note: The building faces Jefferson Blvd (across from the airport parking garage, but the Proclamation entrance is around the corner at 298 Kilvert Street, Warwick, RI
Providence Brewing Company, 10 Sims Ave, Providence, 401-424-1817, http://pvdbc.com PVDBC is moving to a new location in Providence, and expects to open later this summer. Watch their website and social media for the Opening!
They will be in the Farm Fresh RI building, home to the Providence Flea and numerous other companies.
Ragged Island Brewing, 54 Bristol Ferry Rd, Portsmouth, raggedislandbrewing.com Outdoor seating available at the Farm.
Reservations are not required. Outdoor hours at the Farm Brewery may change after Memorial Day.
https://brewery-108864.square.site/ for pre-orders. To go only from the 200 High Point Ave Taproom.
Check social media accounts for updates, Facebook in particular.
Ravenous Brewing Company, 10 Industrial Rd., Cumberland, 401-216-5331, ravenousbrewing.com Indoor and Outdoor seating available
Ravenous will be opening the outdoor patio area by Memorial Day 2021. Reservations will no longer be required, but they are strongly recommended. Children and pets are not allowed indoors. Order online through their website, where you will also find a beer list and other helpful information! Our new Cumberland location is much larger, and you’re sure to enjoy your visit.
Curbside purchases: Available during regular business hours.
Taproom Visit Hours: (Reservation recommended)
Wednesday-Thursday: 4-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: Noon – 10 pm
Sunday: Noon – 6 pm
Rejects Beer Company, 124 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI (401) 619-8200
www.Rejectsbeerco.com Indoor and outdoor seating available
HOURS: Closed Monday
Tue, Wed & Thurs 4 – 8 pm
Friday 3 – 9 pm
Saturday 12 – 9 pm
Sunday 12 – 7 pm
Curbside pickup available – Buy Online
Rejects is Dog and Kid Friendly, Reservations not required.
Shaidzon Beer Company, 141 Fairgrounds Rd., West Kingston, shaidzonbeer.com
Online Ordering: Active 24/7 via https://www.shaidzonbeer.com/online-marketplace
Monday & Tuesday – Closed
Wed – Pickups 4 – 8 pm
Thu – Pickups 4-8 pm; Beer Garden 4-8 pm
Fri – Pickups 3-9 pm; Beer Garden 3-9 pm
Sat – Pickups 12-8 pm; Beer Garden 12-8 pm
Sun – Pickups 12-5 pm; Beer Garden 12-5 pm
Weather permitting for Shaidzon Beer Garden – follow social media for day-of updates.
Tables: First come, first served. RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED We have over 20 tables spread out over 6,000 square feet of outdoor space.
Mask Wearing: Until RI state rules say otherwise for restaurants/breweries, masks must be worn when away from your table.
Six Pack Brewing, 87 Gooding Ave, Bristol, RI 401-200-8592, www.6packbrewing.com
One of the newest breweries in the RI Brewers Guild, 6 pack has a dog theme (the 6 pack is the dogs, not the beers!) with both indoor and outdoor seating available
Hours: (These take effect June 1st.)
Wed 4 – 8 pm (Closed on Wed from now til June 1st)
Thurs & Fri 4 – 8 pm (5 – 8 pm now til June 1st)
Saturday 2 – 9 pm (Same hours now and in June)
Sunday 1 – 6 pm (1 – 5 pm now til June 1st)
Reservations are not required Both Dog and Kid friendly
Smug Brewing, 100 Carver St., Pawtucket, 401-642-5701, smugbrewing.com
Indoor seating now available. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
HOURS: Monday-Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday 1 – 6 pm Pickup beer only, to-go
Thurs – Friday 3 – 9 pm Both Pickup and Tasting (Tap Room)
Saturday 1 – 10 pm Both Pickup and Tasting (Tap Room)
See the website for info on pre-ordering and pre-paying for beer to pick up. Also, request a reservation, find out about events, see a list of beers, meet the Smug staff, and more.
Reservations required. Flights, pours and to-go beer are available at the brewery.
Taproot Brewing Co., 909 East Main Rd., Middletown, 401-848-5161, taprootbeer.com
Newport Vineyards and Taproot Brewing Co. are open for indoor & outdoor seating for pints, flights, wine, and a full dining menu all day. Reservations in advance are strongly encouraged, walk-ins accepted upon availability. Please visit website for reservation details. The Marketplace is also open for retail purchases daily – stop in or pre-order on website.
Monday through Thursday 11am – 6 pm
Friday & Saturday 11am – 8 pm
Sunday: 11am – 6 pm
Tilted Barn Brewery, 1 Helmsley Pl., Exeter, 401-500-6765, tiltedbarnbrewery.com
Indoor/outdoor seating available
Beginning May 21st weekend, Tilted Barn will end the Reservation requirements for indoor and outdoor seating. RI Dept of Health and DBR are relaxing the guidelines for breweries and restaurants, and seating will once again be first come, first served.
Tilted Barn’s takeout window is open for cans to-go via walkup or online preorders at tiltedbarn.square.site
Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday – Noon to 8 pm
Sunday – Noon to 5 pm
Tilted Barn is kid friendly but does not allow dogs or other pets on the premises. Food trucks will be on site most weekends, but please check Tilted Barn’s social media to view the Food truck schedule. Guests are welcome to bring their own food. Please carry out what is carried in.
Trinity Brewhouse, 186 Fountain St., Providence, 401-453-2337, trinitybrewhouse.com
Hours of Operation Indoor and Outdoor seating available RESERVATIONS ARE NOT REQUIRED.
Sunday to Thursday 12:00 noon to 10:00 pm (kitchen closes at 9:00 pm)
Friday & Saturday 12:00 noon to 12:00 am (kitchen closes at 11:00 pm)
We offer indoor seating in the dining room area, in the pub, at the bar and we have a new outdoor deck expansion with awnings and vinyl separating sections. (Dogs are welcome on the outdoor deck, only) We also have a BeerGarden down the street by the skating rink with weekly comedy nights and other events. Check www.trinitybeergarden.com or follow on FB or Instagram. Check out the Brewpub menu and beers at www.trinitybrewhouse.com
(Note: Trinity is a licensed brewpub, so they sell food and beer as well as wine and spirits)
Cans to go are available during RI State liquor store hours.
This summer, Trinity will be working all of the @pvdfoodtruck events, find that information on Face Book and Instagram, as well..
Twelve Guns Brewing, 549 Metacom Ave., Bristol, twelvegunsbrewing.com
Indoor/outdoor seating now available.
Wed – Thurs 4 – 8 pm
Friday 2 -10 pm
Saturday 12 – 10 pm
Sunday 12 -8 pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Reservations not required. You can still pre-order on line here: https://app.upserve.com/s/twelve-guns-brewing-north-providence
We are first come, first served with indoor and outdoor patio seating. Seating will be adjusted to capacity as the State allows over the next few weeks.
Union Station Brewery, 36 Exchange Terrace, Providence,
Indoor/outdoor seating available. USB is a brewpub,, see website for menu.
Reservations available but not required Reserve a table here
HOURS: Monday to Thursday, 11:30 am to 11:00 pm (kitchen closes at 9 pm)
Friday & Saturday 11:30 to 12 am (midnight) (kitchen closes at 10 pm)
Sunday, 11:30 am to 11 pm (kitchen closes at 10 pm)
Kid Friendly, and Dog Friendly in the outdoor Patio only (weather permitting)
West Passage Brewing, 7835 Post Road, North Kingstown, RI 02852, https://westpassagebrewing.com/
West Passage brewpub is soon to open in Wickford, just south of Quonset and just north of the Wickford State Police Barracks. They are planning a Wednesday, June 9th opening. Watch social media (website, Instagram and Face Book) for the announcement.
Wed – Thurs 3:00 – 10:30 pm (Full Kitchen menu until 10:00 pm)
Fri – 3:00 – 12 midnight (Full kitchen menu to 9:30 pm/Late night menu to 11:30 pm)
Saturday – 11 – 12 am (Lunch menu to 3 pm/Full menu to 9:30 pm/Late night menu 10 pm)
Sunday – 11:00 am to 10:30 pm (Lunch to 3 pm/Full menu to 9:30 pm/Late night 10 pm)
RESERVATIONS NOT REQUIRED, but there will be an onsite/online waitlist.
Kid Friendly, pets not allowed.
Whalers Brewing Co., 1174 Kingstown Rd., Wakefield, 401-552-0002, whalers.com
Open regular hours for retail can sales and new howler fills. Taproom open for indoor seating (see guidelines below).
Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday 4-10 p.m.
Wednesday 4-10 p.m.
Thursday 4-10 p.m.
Friday 1-10 p.m.
Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Reservations not required, but recommended for groups larger than 8 – follow the prompt on the website to request a reservation. https://whalers.com/party
Please make reservations at least a week in advance. Very limited space for larger groups, so first come, first served. Children not allowed for reservations.
Dog friendly and kid friendly (except for reservations)
Tuesday to Saturday, 4:00 pm to closing; Sunday, 10:30 am Brunch to closing
Norey’s is an award winning restaurant and brewpub with outstanding beers to choose from.
News Bites: Black Business Week 2021 / Social Enterprise Greenhouse Spring 2021 Virtual Incubator Program / New RI Brewers Guild Board Members
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Black Business Week Rhode Island 2021
Black Lives Biz honors Black History Month by highlighting Black Businesses and hosting the first Black Business Week of Rhode Island.
Black Lives Biz is hosting Rhode Island’s first Black Business Week from February 15th – 20th 2021. The week will be filled with discounts, specials and sales from over 35 participating Black owned businesses along with two virtual events. Among the participating businesses are Nubian Nailz, Glow Cafe and The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop.
What to Expect:
How to transition a side hustle into a scalable business is one of the week’s highly anticipated virtual events hosted by Sterling Clinton-Spellman, founder and CEO of Polished, alongside Chip Douglas and Karriem Kanston. This event will highlight stories of converting lifelong passions into successful and profitable businesses. During the event they will share tips, best practices and local resources on how to convert a hobby into a scalable business.
To RSVP for How to transition a side hustle into a scalable business and a full schedule of Black Business Week RI, see https://fb.me/e/1YazO1kyM
Black Lives Biz is the nation’s leading search engine for Black-owned businesses with over 180,000 businesses listed nationwide. Our mission is to strengthen the alliances between Black owned businesses and to highlight all Black owned businesses through a digital portal. Visit www.blacklivesbiz.com to learn more.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse Announces Spring 2021 Virtual Incubator Program for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses – Apply by March 5, 2021
Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) has opened applications for its Spring 2021 Virtual Incubator program. The SEG Virtual Incubator is a five-week business education program that covers social entrepreneurship, business model planning, finances, and other important topics for startup organizations. More than 150 startups representing a wide variety of industries have graduated from the program since it began in 2017.
The SEG Spring 2021 Virtual Incubator begins with an orientation on March 15 and then meets twice weekly from March 22 to April 22 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The program will be conducted virtually using Zoom. Participants benefit from the experience of learning together with a cohort of fellow early-stage business owners and receive continued professional support after the program ends.
SEG’s Incubator program is designed for anyone who has an idea for a business or nonprofit that will create positive social impact while being financially sustainable. Motivated and coachable social entrepreneurs and small business owners from Rhode Island and beyond are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by March 5, 2021. More information and the application are available at www.bit.ly/SEGIncubator.
The SEG Incubator is sponsored by the RI Department of Labor and Training’s Back to Work RI program, Rhode Island Foundation, Central Providence Health Equity Zone, Citizens Bank, Island Foundation, van Beuren Charitable Foundation, and EJMP Fund for Philanthropy.
Rhode Island Brewers Guild Welcomes New Board Members
Three new members join the five-person board
The Rhode Island Brewers Guild, the official association focused on promoting Rhode Island’s beer manufactures and brew pubs, recently held elections for their Board of Directors. The board is made up of five representatives from member breweries who are voted on by the 31-member organization. The 2021 Board will retain two key members, Jeremy Ruff, owner/brewer from LineSider Brewing in East Greenwich and Morgan Snyder, owner/brewer at Buttonwoods Brewery in Cranston.
Joining the Board of Directors for 2021 are Matt Richardson, owner/brewer at the recently expanded Tilted Barn Brewery in Exeter, Armando DeDona, owner/brewer of Long Live Beer Works in Providence and Matthew Gray, President of Ragged Island Brewing Company in Portsmouth. These new members replace Board members Jennifer Brinton of Grey Sail Brewing of RI, Tamara McKenney of Appanoug Brewing Company and Tony Barber of Ragged Island Brewing Co, whose terms have expired.
At their first monthly meeting on January 25th the board selected Jeremy Ruff to continue in his position as President and selected Matt Richardson as Vice President, Matthew Gray as Secretary and Armando DeDona as Treasurer. The Board is charged with enhancing the marketing and promotion of the Ocean State’s growing brewery scene, legislative initiatives to spur business development and ensure compliance, as well as pursuit of technical training opportunities to enhance the quality of beer brewed in R.I.
“The Rhode Island brewing community has seen significant growth in the number of beer manufacturers licensed in the State over the past 10 years.” said Executive Director, Gary Richardson. “Today we have over 30 member breweries in the Guild with several more in planning phases.”
The RI Brewers Guild was a recent recipient of funding from the RI Commerce Corp’s “Take it Outside” grant which helped many brewers create or enhance outdoor beer gardens and seating areas to help safely retain tasting room sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent years the Guild has successfully lobbied for changes to State laws that allow for on-site sampling and takeout sales directly from the breweries. In the Spring of 2020, the Guild launched the RI Brewery Passport App. This digital passport allows beer fans a chance to visit each of the member breweries and earn prizes for milestones met along the way. The Guild looks to focus on additional legislative initiatives in 2021 as well as promoting a collaboration beer series between member breweries throughout the year.
For more information about the RI Brewers Guild visit www.ribrewersguild.org
Moniker Brewery, Rhode Island’s newest brewery (though there are always a few on the way) is now open in Providence with a Grand Opening happening on Saturday, December 26th. Currently offering curbside pickup for three beers, as well as some merchandise. When Moniker is open for beers in their tapoom and beer garden, another nearby business, Bucktown, will be providing food service.
Eat Drink RI emailed with Bryan Benedict, Moniker’s owner and co-founder, who had previously worked at Beer’d Brewing in Stonington, Connecticut and Horizon Beverage in Rhode Island. Benedict described himself and teammates Jeff Goodno and Ben Estes as “lager lovers, so we will always have some sessionable, crisp lagers available. That’s not to say we are going to shy away from hops.” Goodno, Director of Operations at Moniker, most recently helped build Taproot Brewing Company at Newport Vineyards and was previously at Victory Brewing Company, SoMe Brewing Company and Tributary Brewing Company. Estes is the Head Brewer at Moniker and was previously at Proclamation Ale Company and The Guild in Pawtucket.
Moniker’s first beers, which are available now for curbside pick up, are:
- G-dangit – a Citra and Mosaic IPA
- Debut Single – a light, sessionable cream ale
- Modern Chemistry – an American Pale Ale
When I asked Benedict about the name Moniker, he replied, “The name came about through the realization that what we were building here was not unique. There are over 10,000 breweries around the country. No amount of branding or stories would change the fact we are 1 in 10,000. We wanted to focus on the core attributes that make craft beer so appealing. It shouldn’t matter what the name on the building or can is. It’s about the beer, the experience and those who share both with you. So our focus is dedicated to providing the best beer and taproom experience and building a community here in Providence.”
Moniker is located at 432 West Fountain Street, across from the complex housing Y Noodle & Bar, Fearless Fish Market, The Slow Rhode and fellow brewery Beer On Earth, and down the street from Bayberry Beer Hall. Their site is at monikerbrewery.com and you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook for updates.