Celebrate National Beer Day Locally

For the smallest state, Rhode Island sure has a big brew scene. From the brewery-littered Blackstone Valley to the brewpubs of Providence, there are plenty of chances to drink locally. And what better excuse than National Beer Day? Check out  these five options for some delicious brews made by bonafide Rhode Islanders:

Ragged Island

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Ragged Island may be the newest brewery to the scene, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t pack a punch. Although there’s an ever-changing selection of beers, there are often a couple of IPAs on tap for hopheads. Their TwoTree and TwoTree Mosaic are a couple of the more popular IPAs, with bright citrusy notes and plenty of body. For residents of East Bay, this might be your closest option for local brews. Open Fri. 4-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-6 p.m.


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For a brewery that’s embraced its local roots, look no further than Foolproof. With beers with names like  Backyahd, there’s no forgetting Foolproof is Rhody born and bred. They also have a number of other beers with local inspiration, such as the Shuckolate, which incorporates the ever popular oyster into a chocolate stout. On the lighter side of the spectrum, they’ve recently released the Grotto, and IPA with tropical, fruity flavors. Open Thurs.–Fri. 4–7 p.m. and Sat.–Sun. 1–6 p.m. foolproofbrewing.com

Trinity Brewhouse

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Probably the most famous brewpub in the state, Trinity Brewhouse has a handful of made-in-house beers on tap in their downstairs bar. Popular with theater-goers (as the name implies Trinity Rep is right next door) and college students, this brewpub has earned its fame for more than just its great downtown location. With rich stouts (How can you go wrong with a name like Darkness?) and extreme IPAs, beer fans of any persuasion will find a fit here. Open Sun.–Thurs.  until 1 a.m. and Fri.–Sat. until 2 a.m. trinitybrewhouse.com

Revival and Brutopia

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Brutopia and Revival offer a double whammy of beer-filled goodness: A brewpub and brewery have combined forces to become a brew-titan. If you’re hungry, sit down at Brutopia, grab some pulled pork nachos and a pitcher of exceptional beers. Revival Brewery crafts a unique selection of beers for Brutopia, however they also offer some of their widely available classics, like the Conga IPA or White Electric Coffee Stout through the brewpub. If you’d like to see how the beer is made, head downstairs (it’s Revival’s headquarters) and sample beers in the midst of their brewing operations. Brutopia open Sun.–Thurs. at 11:30 a.m – 11 p.m and Fri.–Sat. at 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. brutopiabrewery.com

Tilted Barn Brewery

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This brewery’s farmside location is no gimmick; Tilted Barn Brewery grows its own hops (and a variety of other ingredients that they add to their brews) on the premises, which might account for why their beers have so much flavor. This is Rhode Island’s first farm brewery, although considering how spectacular the libations, it wouldn’t be surprising if a bevy of other breweries followed their lead. Open Fri. 5-8 p.m. and Sat. 1-4 p.m. Visit tiltedbarnbrewery.com