Food News: The latest in the East Bay beer scene

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East Bay Beer Garden Destinations

Open, grassy spaces with views of our rugged Rhody landscape and outdoor taps pouring craft beers are aplenty around these parts. Here’s a handful of nearby breweries with lush beer gardens open for summertime sipping.

NEWPORT CRAFT BREWING & DISTILLING CO.

Take in the view of the Newport Bridge while sipping a Rhode Trip IPA and playing lawn games. The outdoor pavilion is open through October with 10 beers on tap (and beer flights of four if you can’t choose one) along with a full cocktail list.

RAGGED ISLAND

Sitting on 37 acres of idyllic open space, folks can snag a table or bring their own blankets and chairs for a picnic at Ragged Island’s Farm Beer Garden. Beach Night IPA is a great choice to enjoy with the quintessential farmcoast sights, along with food truck snacks. Portsmouth

TAPROOT BREWING COMPANY

An extension of Newport Vineyards, Taproot features shaded tables on the grass overlooking rows of grapevines, where you can enjoy brews that incorporate local ingredients, like the strawberry-forward Pulp Friction with fruit from their culinary garden. Middletown

Pawtucket mainstay goes small-batch with Warren beer hall

Fans of The Guild in Pawtucket, and their Providence beer garden pop-up near the Pedestrian Bridge, can rejoice as the craft brewery cooperative breaks ground on its first East Bay location. Co-founder Jeremy Duffy describes the concept of The Guild Warren as “small-batch brewing meets a fun beer hall atmosphere with great food.” This means a full menu of pub snacks and entrees to complement hoppy and malty notes, and steps from the Palmer and Barrington rivers, an outdoor deck will also host scenic water views.

But best of all is the sheer variety: 16 taps will be pouring favorites from Pawtucket – think Bohemian Grove Pilsner and Path Forward Amber Lager along with their crushable IPAs and sumptuous stouts – but also offer space to experiment with new flavors brewed in-house. According to Duffy, “It will be our innovation hub and a place of great collaboration,” but some secrets will have to wait to be unveiled early this month when the new beer hall is slated to open. 

Bristol brewers pour unique flavors and artsy vibes

Rebecca Ernst and Todd Nicholson describe the Bristol area as the “perfect beer tourism destination”, and an easy choice to forge their identity with Pivotal Brewing Company, a brand that’s all about atmosphere and creativity. “We wanted to create a product, taproom, and experience that gives us endless opportunities to color outside the lines and create a funky and interesting backdrop for the community to be a part of,” Ernst explains, which combines unique brews, eclectic art, music, and food in a space that veers away from the traditional.

Inside a historic mill building with high ceilings and abundant windows, you’ll find everything from hazy IPAs and fruited sours to crisp lagers and barrel-aged offerings come late August. “Think street art meets a vintage industrial vibe. We’ll incorporate artistic elements with vintage furniture and merge it with exposed brick, rusted-out metals, and various textures and colors,” says Rebecca. “Our aesthetic will be much like our beer, forever changing and evolving.” Bristol

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