Lou Papineau

Beer Lover’s Guide: Newport Storm Brewery

The brewery's co-founder reflects on nearly two decades in the business.

What was the local beer scene when you launched Newport Storm in 1999? There wasn’t really any local beer scene at the bars, restaurants and stores we were trying to sell at. We saw lots of menus that advertised Sam Adams as the local beer. Most retailers were unsure about selling beer from a brewery that wasn’t already established. We…

Narragansett Beer is Back

The century-old company is brewing in Rhode Island once again.

Jeremy Duffy is leading a grand tour of Rhode Island’s future beer mecca, Isle Brewers Guild (IBG). The “craft cooperative” —  a full-service brewery and taproom and “food and beverage campus” —  is a sprawling, multi-building, 130,000-square-foot complex at 461 Main Street in Pawtucket.  It’s also the new home of Narragansett Beer, which will make its long-awaited return to being…

Travel Back at the POP Emporium of Popular Culture

The gallery and showroom are a shocase of kitschy collectibles.

When you step into POP Emporium of Popular Culture, you’re immersed in a showroom filled with cool curios and kitschy collectibles. For visitors of a certain age (aka boomers), it’s an “oh-wow, I never thought I’d see that again” moment; younger browsers marvel at a wondrous retro world. There is a dizzying array of artifacts: “Howdy Doody” puppets, sleek stereos…