For beer fans, regional, small batch brewers make travel that much more exciting. Craft brewers often offer beers that are unavailable outside their tasting rooms. This uniqueness makes the experience of visiting a craft brewery that much more memorable. The experience is even more fun if you can tour the brewery.
Even if you can’t tour the brewery, however, the opportunity to sample fresh, local beer at a brewery’s tasting room or beer pub is a reward in itself. Brewery tasting rooms serve the freshest beer around and, with the brewmaster overseeing things, you know you’re tasting the beer at it’s very best.
If you’re a craft beer enthusiast, you’ll be happy to know Rhode Island’s Newport County is home to a variety of them!
Newport, RI Breweries
Coddington Brewing Company (coddbrew.com)
210 Coddington Highway, Middletown, RI 02842
Coddington Brewing Company has been producing hand-crafted beers in Newport since 1995. They brew a wide range of beers including ales, porters, stouts, and barley wines. Their on-premises restaurant features a full menu. They also offer billiards tables, a fireplace, and growlers to go.
Newport Brewing & Distilling Co. (newportcraft.com)
293 JT Connell Road in Newport, RI
Newport Craft Brewing Company (formerly known as Newport Storm Brewery) was founded in 1999 and has brewed over 100 different beers over the years. Many of their beers are made with locally-sourced, Rhode Island ingredients. They are also home to the Newport Craft Distilling Company, which, in 2006, was the first distillery in Rhode Island in 135 years. Newport Craft is open for tastings and tours. They also host special events on their pavilion overlooking Newport Bridge.
Newport County, RI Breweries
Ragged Island Brewing Co. (raggedislandbrewing.com)
200 Highpoint Ave, Unit 6B in Portsmouth, RI
Ragged Island Brewing is one of the newest Rhode Island craft breweries, having opened in March, 2017. Ragged Island Brewing specializes in India Pale Ales (IPAs). Though they primarily produce bottled beers for retail, there is a taproom on-site, open five days a week. Visiting their taproom is your chance to discover and enjoy what they’re currently working on before it hits store shelves.
Taproot Brewing Co. (www.newportvineyards.com/taproot-brewing)
909 E. Main Road in Middletown, RI
Taproot Brewing, a branch of Newport Vineyards, produces small batches of unfiltered hop-forward beers. Their taproom, which overlooks the vineyard, offers farm-focused menus, artisanal cheeses, and house-made pretzels. Or you can enjoy their beers over dinner, upstairs at Brix Restaurant. Taproot also offers their beers to-go in cans and growlers.
Newport County Lodging
When you stay at one of the many fine Newport County inns, you’re letting yourself in for opulent amenities, delicious breakfasts, and personalized service. Your Newport County B&B can help you to find your way around to all the best sites and attractions and maybe even act as your concierge service. Best of all, you’ll feel good knowing your money will stay local. Find your new home away from home at a Newport County bed and breakfast!