Rhode Island breweries continue to fight for the ability to sell more beer from their taprooms for offsite consumption with two new pieces of legislation making their way through the chambers of the State House.
As I assume many people’s drinking and buying habits have changed throughout the pandemic, so have my own. In the “before times,” I purchased a good majority of my beers at the conclusion of a few rounds with friends at a taproom. Other times, I’d swing by a brewery on the way home from work. Now, with a combination of less drinking at home and far fewer trips to taprooms, I find myself popping into a local packie (or liquor store for those of you outside of New England) for a four-pack more often than I used to.
Big plans ahead for Small Change Brewing
With more than 4,000 breweries across the country today, it’s already a tall order to stand out among the noise. When it comes to contract brewing, it can be more difficult without having a physical location to act as a beacon for consumers.
If you’re at Gillette Stadium when the New England Patriots raise banner number six (or any other home game this season), chances are you’ll notice the increased selection of local craft beers available. No longer will you have to settle for over-priced macro offerings.
Update 3/3/21: Two new bills have recently been introduced to further increase can limits. Recap here.
Update 7/15/19: On July 15, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed 2019-S 0620 into law.
Visitors to Rhode Island breweries may soon be in for a bigger haul. Earlier this month, the Senate passed a bill to increase the limit of off-premise beer sold out of taprooms and it’s now headed to the House of Representatives.
Beloved Boston Red Sox legend Kevin Youkilis is making a return to Boston. This time, he’s stepping out of the batter’s box and into the local beer scene.
Anawan Brewing Co., a brewery in planning in Attleboro, MA, recently unveiled the artwork for its first label.