Brew pubs within one hour drive of Providence
The only brew pubs I know of in the area are Trinity and Union Station (not a huge fan of Trinity and Union Station is just part of the John Harvard's chain) - but there have to be more in Worcester? Southern MA? Newport even?
Specifically, I am interested in brew pubs that are actually linked to local breweries - either the pub brews their own or is in very close association with a local microbrewery. I am not looking for a brew pub in the sense that they just have a large selection of beers. The pub should also serve food (though I don't know if I have been to a brew pub that does not serve something).
Basically I am looking for a place where I can have a meal, try some unique local brews, and then take home a growler at the end of the night.
A one hour drive puts the boston area into play:
Cambridge Brewing Co. in Kendall Square is a must and recently voted best brewpub in america on Chow.com. Unique bbl aged beers and seasonals are a must try - food is hit or miss.
Boston Beer Works, multiple locations. Mostly beers for entry level craft types, but some of the seasonals/specials can be pretty good.
John Harvard's, Harvard Sq. - some decent seasonals/specials
Watch City, Waltham - been around for 15 years or so now - quality is variable.
John Harvard's Framingham - Each one is different as each have their own brewer making their own recipes. I usually have a hard time finding something I like there.
In Worcester, there is a production brewery named Wormtown - I believe many of their beers are served and growlers available for purchase at neighboring restaurant Peppercorn's.
Just outside your requirements is The Tap in Haverhill and Gardner Ale House - and if you ever find yourself traveling near Portsmouth, NH, the Portsmouth Brewery is one of the premier brewpubs in New England.
coddington brew in newport,havent been in a few years,but as i remember it was pretty good.newport storms new brewery is right around the corner,maybe a tour and tasting then head over to coddington brew for a bite,hey that actually sounds like a fun afternoon,im in!!!