Your December Food News

Bristol's first brewery, ice cream on Christmas, and Uptown Food & Spirits opens – everything you need to know about the food scene this month


Bristol welcomes first brewery

“America’s Most Patriotic Town” welcomes its first brewery – with appropriately revolutionary roots. Twelve Guns Brewing references the USS Providence, a Navy vessel commissioned in 1776, that served a short sentence as a “Twelve Gun” sloop in the Revolutionary War, only to be destroyed by its crew to avoid being taken by the British.

Owner Kyle Michaud’s passion for brewing started with a homebrewing kit from Amazon and is now a full-blown career. After considering several locations for his brewery, Kyle chose Bristol, and keeps things community forward by employing students and alumni from Roger Williams University. (Even the bar’s mural was painted by RWU student Tyler Luke!)

Twelve Guns opened Columbus Day Weekend with a launch party featuring four very different beers: a New England-style IPA, coconut stout, blonde ale, and cranberry pilsner. Since then, they’ve added two more brews to this colorful array: Pier Pressure (Nitro Cream Ale) and Anchors Aweigh (Belgian Wit). Kyle promises more to come, but much like the USS Providence, doesn’t want anyone beating him to the punch. -Gina Mastrostefano

“Because ice cream is good every day!” proclaims Gray’s Ice Cream, proudly scooping their homemade ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sherbet into wafer cones and plastic cups 365 days of the year. Yes, you read that right – they even serve up ice cream on Christmas!

The old-fashioned creamery started back in 1923 when proprietress Annie Gray began making and selling ice cream churned from local milk. Today, Gray’s still handcrafts all their own inventory, and is a go-to destination within its home Tiverton Four Corners. The New England-style shingled building keeps its windows open year-round, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s. So, if you find yourself craving something cold and sweet this holiday season, you’re in luck. We suggest their special seasonal Eggnog flavor, original classic Rum Raisin, Apple Caramel Spice, or Maple Walnut varieties. -Megan Schmit

Jalapeño corn bread? Check! Lobster Benedict? Check! Stout beer, steak, and egg bowl? Triple check!

If these items all sound like delicious concoctions – and you live a reasonable drive from 437 Main Street – you’re pretty much obligated to try Uptown Food & Spirits, the slick new diner in downtown Warren. The venue specializes in breakfast, brunch, and lunch, and the menu is a balanced blend of old favorites and clever originals. There are also gluten-free offerings and an expansive “create your own omelet” option.

Uptown is the work of Chef Jimmy Tsimikas. After a soft opening at the end of October, Uptown adds a new restaurant to the busy Warren business district, along with a venue for parties and events. Jimmy also plans to have the restaurant open every day from 7am to 2:30pm, so no matter when your day off is, you can enjoy that Irish Coffee Cocktail.  -Robert Isenberg


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