Providence Welcomes Brewery to West Side

Long Live Beerworks is the first traditional brewery in the city since 1957.

Photo by Armando Dedona.

The craft beer renaissance has thrived in Rhode Island in the last four years, with nine new small breweries setting up shop from Westerly to Woonsocket. In January, Providence finally got a spot on the local beer map with the arrival of Long Live Beerworks — the first traditional brewery (not brewpub) in the capital city since the James Hanley Brewing Co. closed in 1957.

Armando DeDona, a New Haven native, moved to Providence a decade ago with his wife, Jessica deBry (who designs Long Live’s vibrant graphics). He “started homebrewing in 2001 from a kit my sister bought me from Marshalls,” and got serious about transitioning from hobby to profession in 2013. After refining his craft at a brewing school in England, DeDona found a home for his passion project — a former auto body shop on the West Side. He left his ten-year day job as a commercial mason a few weeks before launching the brewery.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the location,” DeDona says of the evolving neighborhood. “I’m a West Sider, and there’s something exciting about being able to visit a brewery on foot.” He’ll be making“ever-changing varieties of hop-forward beers” on a seven-barrel system, producing 600 barrels (about 19,000 gallons) in his first year. Initial offerings include ’Nuff Said, an IPA; Black Cat, an American pale ale; and Heck Hound, a red ale. They’ll be available in the tasting room and to-go in thirty-two-ounce growlers.

DeDona is committed to making Long Live a Providence landmark. “I’m looking forward to becoming a part of Rhode Island’s brewing history,” he says. 425 West Fountain St., Providence,


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