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Providence, RI – Zach Poole, founder of The Maine Brew Bus, LLC, announced today that he has acquired the operations of The Rhode Island Brew Bus, LLC, a company providing all-inclusive tours to breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut.
Bill Nangle, of North Smithfield, RI, started the Rhode Island Brew Bus in 2014 after completing his last semester at the University of Rhode Island. Since the first all-inclusive tours started rolling later that year, thousands of guests have visited many of the 20 different brewery and winery partners that are part of the multiple weekly itineraries.
“The past few years as owner of The Rhode Island Brew Bus have been so rewarding,” said Bill Nangle. “Our partnerships have grown and our reviews speak for themselves. I take pride in the product we put on the road every weekend and want to see our tours and partnerships continue to grow. Stepping away from the company was not an easy decision, but I feel it is what is best for my family, career, and the future of The Rhode Island Brew Bus,” he added.
The Rhode Island Brew Bus could often be found in Newport attending craft beer festivals, including the Newport Craft Beer Festival and Craft Brew Races at Fort Adams.
The purchase in Rhode Island adds a major new territory in Southern New England to the growing Maine Brew Bus company based in Portland, Maine. In 2016, they added tours in Boston, MA, operating as Mass Brew Bus, and earlier this year they acquired a competitive tour business in their hometown. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring what we have learned about beer tourism over the past five years to an already existing operation in Rhode Island,” said Zach Poole. “After visiting the area and conducting extensive market research, we’ve learned that Providence is a great city and the beer scene is definitely growing across the state. We look forward to bringing more guests through the doors of both new and established breweries in the Ocean State”, he added.
The new owners of the Rhode Island Brew Bus also announced they are opening a Providence business office at 383 West Fountain Street, Suite 113, right next to Bayberry Beer Hall.
Existing tour operations with the two buses in the fleet will continue as planned, with an expanded tour schedule introduced after the first of the year. The five part-time employees that are currently providing tour operations will continue to work for the new ownership, and it is expected that other staff will be added in the coming months. All guests that are currently booked on tours with the Rhode Island Brew Bus will not see any major changes to their beer travel plans.
Public, Private, and Corporate Tours on the Rhode Island Brew Bus are currently available for booking. More information can be found at https://therhodeislandbrewbus.
Rhode Island Brew Bus also announced the acquistion on their own website – Rhode Island Brew Bus Sold to Maine Brewery Tour Company