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At New England breweries, fall seasonals have arrived. In Rhode Island, breweries from Pawtucket to Westerly are serving craft ales, lagers and porters made with interesting autumnal spices and, of course, lots of pumpkin. Here are seven to visit this fall for tastings, tours and fun fall events.
Whaler’s Brewing Company
- 1070 Kingstown Rd
- Wakefield, RI 02879
At Whaler’s Brewing Company, hazelnut stout now on tap. Enjoy food trucks on site every weekend, and various yoga and beer events.
Foolproof Brewing Co.
- 241 Grotto Avenue
- Pawtucket, RI 02860
If you love their beer, you can purchase up to 288 ounces of beer per person to take home. Don’t miss their beer and yoga nights every second Wednesday of the month and their Haunted Brewery Ball on October 29th. Tastings are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays for $5.
Crooked Current Brewery
- 560 Mineral Spring Ave.
- Pawtucket, RI 02860
Crooked Current maybe one of RI’s tiniest breweries, but its Plunderdome Maple Pumpkin Ale has a big autumnal flavor. You won’t find this beer anywhere else except at the brewery, so come by their Pawtucket location to try it out. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
- 505 Atwood Ave.
- Cranston, RI 02920
Head to this Cranston brewery to try its much-loved Bushido Pumpkin ale, a golden colored beer with ginger, lemongrass, rose hips, and pumpkin and fermented with Saki and Octoberfest yeast. Tasting room is open 12-8 Monday-Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday.
Tilted Barn Brewery
- 1 Hemsley Place
- Exeter, RI 02822
This century-old barn in Exeter is the place to go for a farm-to-pint experience in Rhode Island. The team behind Tilted Barn founded Ocean State Hops in 2007 and became Rhode Island’s first commercial hop farm. Here you can walk through the grounds to see, touch and smell the ingredients the ingredients used in their small batch beers. The barn is open for tours, tastings, and growler fills weekly on Fridays from 5-8 and Saturdays from 1-4.
Grey Sail Bewing
- 63 Canal Street
- Westerly, RI 02891
On the eastern edge of Rhode Island, Grey Sail is offering a red-hued Oktoberfest-style beer, Autumn Winds, brewed with five premium German malts. Grey Sail will be at events throughout the state every week this fall, including the Great International Beer Fest @ the RI Convention Center in Providence on November 5th, 1-4:30PM & 6:30-10 PM.
- 293 JT Connell Rd
- Newport, RI
For a seasonal brew sampling on Aquidneck Island, check out Newport Storm and try their Oktoberfest Marzen Lager and tasty R.I.P.umpkin, made with three pounds of pumpkin per keg. For something other than beer, try Thomas Tew Rum while you’re there. Stop in for tastings all week except Tuesdays, call to make reservations for 10 or more.
The Newport Storm team has lots of autumn events on the calendar, including an appearance at Autumnfest, October 7th -10th at World War II Veterans Memorial State Park in Woonsocket.