Say Cheers to These 11 Rhode Island Beer Gardens

Grab a cold one out in the hot sun at one of these local beer oases.
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Trinity Beer Garden in Providence is a welcome spot for some suds post-skate. courtesy of Trinity Beer Garden.

 

Originating in Bavaria, Germany, in the early nineteenth century, a beer garden (biergarten in German) is an open outdoor space with communal seating where chilled beer and tasty traditional food is served. In Rhode Island, it represents warm summer afternoons filled with good company and great drinks. Take a seat at these local beer gardens and patios, in the sun or under some shady trees, and sip on a refreshing brew while the summer days are still here.

Key:

Bring your own food 🍽️   

Dog-friendly 🐶

Long Live Beerworks

Providence 🍽️ 🐶

Take a seat at Long Live’s outdoor patio, open six days a week year-round and large enough to seat about fifty beer-loving guests. Try classic cans like the Crystal Gazer IPA and the Marshmallow Small Joys stout. Adjacent from the hops-focused brewery, the patio at the taproom regularly hosts food pop-ups. Guests can find out more about special events and upcoming beer releases on Long Live’s website and social media channels. Check out nearby restaurants and shops to purchase food to bring on your beerventure.

Long Live Beerworks is also participating in Downcity’s Open Air Saturdays on Grant’s Block every first Saturday through October from noon to 6 p.m. Once you’ve downed your exclusive Long Live canned beer or regional cider, stick around to take in live entertainment by Providence World Music and indulge in meals from the rotating roster of food vendors. 

HOURS: Mon., Wed. and Thurs. 3–10 p.m.; Fri. 1–10 p.m.; Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–6 p.m. 

LOCATION: 40R Sprague St., Providence (brewery); Grant’s Block, Providence (beer garden), 213-9830, longlivebeerworks.com

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Long Live Beerworks hosts a weekly beer garden at Grant’s Block in Providence. courtesy of Long Live Beerworks/Golden Age Collective.

 

Moniker Brewery

Providence 🍽️🐶

Moniker Brewery’s year-round beer garden keeps guests cozy during chilly nights with strategically placed heat lamps. The brewery specializes in German beers, so make sure to try some crisp and smooth lager while you’re there. Gluten-free alcoholic beverages are also offered. Dips Dips serves food from the on-site trailer Mon. and Tues. and Thurs.–Sat., or you can order Bucktown daily. Enjoy the fare alongside draft list choices including the MEO Pale Ale — proceeds support the nonprofit organization Movement Education Outdoors — and the Uncommon Commonalities lager. 

HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 4–9 p.m.; Fri. 2–10 p.m.; Sat. noon–10 p.m.; Sun. noon–6 p.m. 

LOCATION: 432 West Fountain St., Providence, 648-0150, monikerbrewery.com 

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Courtesy of Moniker Brewery/Tim Lovejoy.

 

Narragansett Brewery

Providence 🍽️ 🐶

Despite Narragansett Brewery’s ever-
rotating selection of craft beers, guests should keep their eyes peeled for tongue-twisting sour flavors like the Summer
Crusher and Del’s Shandy. The full parking lot and extensive street parking welcomes all (even well-behaved furry friends) to the brewery’s beer garden and patio, where menu items including paninis, nachos, pretzels and flatbreads roll out of the full kitchen. Guests are also free to bring in outside food to pair with offerings like Birds Aren’t Real double IPA and Skiff cream ale. 

HOURS: The patio is open every day (weather permitting) while the beer garden is open Friday–Sunday. Mon.–Wed. 4–10 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat. noon–11 p.m.;  Sun. noon–8 p.m. 

LOCATION: 271 Tockwotton St., Providence, 437-8970, narragansettbeer.com

 

Trinity Beer Garden

Providence 🐶

Just a couple blocks away from Trinity Brewhouse, Trinity Beer Garden in Biltmore Park provides more than its traditional brews. Besides the wine, hard seltzers, cocktails and mocktails, the brewery’s Kimchi Bloody Mary, made with ISCO vodka and Chi Kitchen pickles, is one of the many drinks with a kick — not to mention the Pink Flamingo cocktail with a Divine float. The beer garden can be enjoyed through the second week of October. Monday through Wednesday from 6–9 p.m., visitors can buy chilled beverages from Trinity’s beer cart at the BankNewport City Center. Thursdays and Fridays, the rink is filled with roller skating aficionados for Roller Disco, and Saturdays feature outdoor games, live music by Providence Deep Underground and more during Open Air Saturdays. Sundays call for chilling in an Adirondack chair while listening to house music, beverage in hand. For your food needs, Trinity’s partnered with Reiners Bar and Game Room to create “Reiners at the Garden,” serving bites like truffle Parmesan tater tots and Reiners Burgers. Bring your pet, and Trinity will provide the water bowl. 

HOURS: Mon.–Wed. 6–9 p.m. (beer cart only); Thurs. and Fri. 5–10 p.m.; Sat 2–10 p.m.; Sun. 2–6 p.m. 

LOCATION: 2 Kennedy Plaza, Biltmore Park, Providence, 536-0640, trinitybrewhouse.com 

 

 

The Guild 🐶

Pawtucket, Providence and Warren

The Guild’s three beer garden and outdoor deck locations — in Pawtucket, Providence and Warren — invite guests to take a seat with the brewery’s classic beverages throughout the summer and autumn afternoons until there’s a chill in the air.

Each location provides a wide range of styles, from light lagers to hard seltzers and summertime sours. The PVD beer garden is only a few steps away from the Dune Brothers’ street-side seafood shack, delivering items like the Fish Mac sandwich and pollock fish and chips. Also on Dyer Street, shoppers can find the brewery handing out drinks at the Field of Artisans Market on Thursdays through October, while on Friday there’s rockin’ live music. Brunch babes can start off their Sundays with waffles from Burgundian and cocktails from Rhode Island Spirits.

The Pawtucket post offers plenty of parking and different outdoor events (like fun pop-ups on Saturdays), while Warren offers its water views with an extensive menu full of traditional beer garden food items. theguildri.com 

LOCATIONS: Pawtucket, 461 Main St., 724-1241 (Tues.–Thurs. 4-8 p.m., Fri.–Sat. noon–10 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m.)  

Providence, 200 Dyer St.,(Wed.–Thurs. 4–8 p.m., Fri. 2–8 p.m., Sat. noon–8 p.m., Sun. noon–6 p.m.) 

Warren, 99 Water St., Suite 2, 252-4275 (Tues.–Thurs. 4–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. noon–10 p.m., Sun. noon–8 p.m.) 

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Courtesy of the Guild/Providence.

 

Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Co.

Newport 🍽️ 🐶

One of the brewery and distilling company’s flagship beers is rightfully called “Rhode Trip,” a hazy New England IPA containing pale malts and oats to give the drink a softer feel. Newport Craft is a flourishing brand collective, also brewing Radiant Pig and Braven Brewing craft beers. On the distillery side, it produces Thomas Tew Rum as well as some new batches of Sea Fog Whiskey, canned cocktails and more.

Newport Craft’s current expansion project should wrap up in March 2023, providing guests with more lawn space for pets and games, a two-floor year-round taproom and the beer garden — open until early November — overlooking the water. The brewery hosts trivia every Tuesday night, Thursdays are perfect for $5 flights and Saturdays feature lively music throughout the rest of summer. Food trucks rotate every week, including La Costa Lobster and Tacos on Tuesdays and Amano Pizza and Gelato on Fridays. If the main parking lot is full, head next door to find more spots at 256 Maple St. You can also pick up a treat for your pet while ordering your beverage. 

HOURS: Sun.–Thurs. noon–8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. noon–9 p.m. 

LOCATION: 293 JT Connell Hwy., Newport, 849-5232, newportcraft.com 

 

Ragged Island

Portsmouth 🍽️🐶

Ragged Island brings new flavors on tap every week for beer garden guests to sample. On weekends, the brewery is decked out with rotating food trucks, which can be discovered via the website. Guests are also free to pack a picnic with food from home or neighboring restaurants. Furry friends are welcome on the grounds as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash. 

HOURS: Mon.–Tues. 2–8 p.m.; Wed. 2–9 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat. noon–9 p.m.; Sun. noon–7 p.m. 

LOCATION: 54 Bristol Ferry Rd., Portsmouth, 318-2991, raggedislandbrewing.com 

Apponaug Brewing

Warwick 🐶

Apponaug Brewing’s rotating tap list is guaranteed to satisfy every palate, with its lineup of dark beers, IPAs, seasonal sours and more like the Rinse and Repeat sour ale and Thousand Ways IPA. Make sure to check out the specialty cocktails, wines and spirits as well. The full kitchen is open daily, with first-come, first-served seating. Well-behaved pups on leashes are always welcome.  

HOURS: Wed.–Thurs. 4–10 p.m.; Fri. 4–11 p.m.; Sat. noon–11 p.m.; Sun. noon–8 p.m.  

LOCATION: 334 Knight St., Warwick, 681-4321, apponaugbrewing.com 

 

Grey Sail Brewing

Westerly 🐶

The entire Grey Sail premises, including the tap room, beer garden, outdoor patio and covered pavilion, is open from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week through Labor Day. That gives guests plenty of time to fall in love with the brewery’s new sour beer as well as the recently launched Canal Street Kolsch. Save your appetite for some wood-fired pizza, operated by Vetrano’s Wood Fired Pizza, from 1–7 p.m. Additional parking can be found at 39 Canal and 75 Canal streets. 

HOURS: Daily, noon–8 p.m. 

LOCATION: 63 Canal St., Westerly, 212-7592, greysailbrewing.com 

 

Shaidzon Beer Co.

West Kingston 🍽️🐶

Enjoy the Shaidzon Beer Garden through late November, when the beer company’s anniversary takes place. Weather permitting, guests can lounge at the beer garden even if the outside bar — open Friday through Sunday — isn’t open.

Here’s a tip: Shaidzon can be hard to locate since the warehouse is surrounded by Arnold Lumber’s masonry division. After walking or driving around the place, the beer garden can be found on the far side of the warehouse from the entrance. Once there, seasonal brews help chill guests down, whether they choose the summer favorite called Buttercup blonde ale or, when fall rolls in, the Oktoberfest Märzen lager. Although guests can bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverages, food vendors are often present on Fridays and Saturdays.

HOURS: Visit the website and Shaidzon’s social media for updates on beer garden hours and events.  

LOCATION: 141 Fairgrounds Rd., West Kingston, 314-8730, shaidzonbeer.com

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Courtesy of Shaidzon Beer Co.

 

Tilted Barn Brewery

Exeter 🍽️

The Tilted Barn Brewery beer garden is up and running through early fall, but the patio keeps the party going with the fire pits roaring all winter long. Constantly
rotating through the core group of IPAs and double IPAs, guests can also choose
between the Cactus, Violet, Milo’s Phoenix and Tate the Great, along with scattered pale ales and hoppy blonde ales like Summit and Peeptoad or the trusty barn lager, Lawn Boy. If patio seating fills up, guests can set up their own folding chairs or blankets on the expansive lawn. Every Wednesday through Oct. 12 from 4–7 p.m., visit the farmers market featuring local vendors, live music and an on-site food truck. Live music on Sundays from 1–4 p.m. provides a chill end to the weekend through the summer. Food trucks are present every day for beer garden guests; check out the website for the schedule. The family-friendly barn prohibits dogs indoors and outdoors, since they may
interfere with the resident animals. 

HOURS: Wed. 4–8 p.m.; Thurs.–Sat. noon-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. 

LOCATION: 1 Hemsley Pl., Exeter, 500-6765, tiltedbarnbrewery.com