September 29, 2014
Real Breweries of Pawtucket
Pawtucket Patriot Ale of Family Guy is fake, but these breweries aren’t
By Joshua Aromin
Did you watch the Simpsons/Family Guy crossover on Sunday? It’s okay if you didn’t. I haven’t watched either show regularly since the Red Sox won their first World Series of the new millennium. (Did I do the cultural reference aside thing right, Family Guy?) However, the novelty of seeing both iconic cartoon families onscreen in the same universe piqued my interest.
It was entertaining, and you know what? They mentioned Pawtucket, albeit in the context of the fictional Pawtucket Patriot Ale. But for one moment in time, Pawtucket was in the same conversation as Duff Beer. Pawtucket Patriot Ale isn’t real, but Pawtucket certainly is and it has two breweries that produce really good beer. If you visit Rhode Island, don’t look for Quahog (that doesn’t exist), but do look for the Bucket Brewery and Foolproof Brewery and/or their beers at local bars. After all, real beer is always better than the fake stuff.
With the closest thing that sounds like Pawtucket Patriot Ale, the Bucket Brewery serves a selection of four beers including the Pawtucket Pail Ale, a beer whose goal is to have more of a full flavor rather than being extremely bitter. Tastings are held on Thursdays and Saturdays while tours are offered just on Saturdays. The brewery also hosts other events such as their Friday Night Sound Check music and art series. 545 Pawtucket Ave., Pawtucket, 401-305-0597, bucketbrewery.com
Recently expanding their distribution to Vermont, Foolproof Brewery brews beers around certain experiences. For instance, the “Backyahd” IPA is brewed for an afternoon of grilling and leisure, and the “Raincloud” porter is for a lazy day of staying inside through less than ideal weather. Tastings are held on Fridays and tours are offered on Saturdays. 241 Grotto Ave., Pawtucket, 401-721-5970, foolproofbrewing.com