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Jun 24, 2012 08:21 AM

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.


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  1. 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!!!

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    1. re: im hungry

      Fantastic! If the weather wasn't shaping up to be absolutely terrible tomorrow I would head over immediately. Sounds like you just planned my next day off!

    2. 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 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.

        1. re: brookerme

          If in the Westerly, RI area on a Saturday, you could go to Grey Sail brewery, Cottrell brewery in Pawcatuck just over the state line (they have growlers) and then head to the Malted Barley for a great selection of beers on draft.

          1. re: brookerme

            I just came on this thread to say Willibrew! Consistently rated one of the best brewpubs in the country, and one of my favorite places to go! The beers are AMAZING and the food is pretty good, too.

          2. These are all great! Thanks!