Sad news from Pawtucket: On Monday [1.22], 990WBOB reported that Bucket Brewery “will be shuttering its doors in the coming months, and their brewing facility will be put up for sale as a turn-key operation.”
The piece continued, “In an email sent to members of the Rhode Island Brewer’s Guild, Bucket Brewery founder Nate Broomfield announced the facility’s closure, citing business challenges.
” ‘From the start, it’s been a challenge to keep things going, but too much has piled up for me to be able to operate any longer,’ said Broomfield. ‘We’ll be open for a while longer while we work through our existing stock, but will not be brewing to replace any of it.’ ”
We’ve reached out to Nate for further comment and hope to update this post. We wish him the best of luck in his post-Bucket pursuits.
[Updated at 10:56 am] Here’s the official statement from Nate at Bucket:
Bucket Brewery is announcing the closure of its brewing and tap room facilities located on Carver St. The final business date will be in mid-March, with closing events and specific dates to follow this release.
We at Bucket want to thanks our customers, staff, family, friends, and vendors, for the years of loyal support. When Bucket first took shape, the brewing industry in Rhode Island was just beginning a course that has seen a massive expansion to the number of breweries across the state. We’ve been a welcome part of an ever expanding family, and have both supported and been supported by each other. Bucket was founded and expanded with a specific business plan in mind, and we’ve worked to adapt that plan as the state laws, consumers, and direction of microbrewery ownership have changed.
Within the last few months, we’ve weighed the business on all levels and determined that the current path ultimately is not what we want for Bucket. As such, we are preparing the facility for sale and closing operations effective March 2018. Until that date, we will remain in operation under normal business hours, and welcome the brewing community to come visit us and help us clear out our stock.
Our thanks again to everyone who has believed in us over the years, your friendship and business has been greatly appreciated and we look forward to the future.
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Paul DiBiase and Adam Henderson’s backstory is posted on the Beer On Earth website: “We began our journey with a 30-gallon stockpot we bought at Job Lot, a mesh bag, a bunch of books about beer, and an intense desire to make beers that we could be proud of. Focused on brewing styles not typically found in the region, we researched ingredients, refined recipes, and applied feedback to brew the best beer possible on our three-gallon system week after week. After taking home gold and bronze medals at the 2017 New England Regional Homebrew Competition in Manchester, NH, we knew that we were heading in the right direction. With a new-found confidence, we secured a location for our brewery, applied for our licenses, and ordered a three-barrel brew system with a handful of fermenters.”
On their Twitter account, they added, “Beer On Earth will be a nanobrewery dedicated to crafting high-quality ales and lagers in low-quantity batches. We will brew a wide variety of worldly-inspired beer styles using local ingredients when possible, while causing no unnecessary harm to the environment. Our brewery and taproom, which will cohabitate with Great Harvest Bread Co in North Kingstown [at 6670 Post Rd], will feature 6-8 beers on tap in a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere.”
In our column in the brandy-new End of 2017 edition of Motif, we look back on the highlights [new and bigger breweries!] and lowlights [the downfall of Doberty’s] of the 401 beer world, and quote some inspirational Big Picture words from Brian Oakley.
Cheers and happy holidays and alla that . . .
The seventh annual Newport Craft Beer Fest will take place on April 27 [VIP session at Newport Storm] and April 28 [two sessions on the lawn of the Great Friends Meeting House]. Tix are on sale now; get ’em here.
And the second annual Bacon & Beer Fest, produced by the dynamic duo that brings you Beervana Fest, will be happening on June 10 at the Steel Yard in Providence. B&B features bacon-inspired dishes from 25 local restaurants paired with a beer from 25 world class breweries. Tix for that bash go on sale today [12.18] at noon; the first 250 tix will be sold at $10 less than the regular price. Get more info here and go here to buy tix.
The DecemBeerFest will make its debut on the 401 Beer Fest Circuit on Friday, December 29 from 6:30-9:30 pm at Rhodes-On-the-Pawtuxet in Cranston. It’s a welcome diversion in the midst of the holiday revelry — and hey, another excuse to drink! Here’s the lineup of participating breweries [more TBA]:
Allagash Brewing (ME) • Barrell House Z (MA) • Bucket Brewery (RI) • Cisco Brewers (MA) • Cottrell Brewing (CT) • Foolproof Brewing (RI) • 14th Star Brewing (VT) • Grey Sail Brewing (RI) • Hanging Hills Brewing (CT) • Harpoon Brewery (MA) • Long Trail Brewing (VT) • Mayflower Brewing (MA) • Mighty Squirrel (MA) • Narragansett (RI) • Newburyport Brewing (MA) • Newport Storm (RI) • Otter Creek Brewing (VT) • Overshores (CT) • Peak Organic Brewing (ME) • Revival Brewing (RI) • Shipyard Brewing (ME) • Slumbrew (MA) • Smuttynose Brewing (NH) • Sons of Liberty Spirits (RI) • Stony Creek Brewery (CT) • Switchback Brewing (VT) • The Shed Brewery (VT) • Thimble Island Brewing (CT) • Two Roads Brewing (CT) • von Trapp Brewery (VT) • Whalers Brewing (RI) • Wormtown Brewery (MA)
Tix are $45 in advance [unlimited sampling/commemorative glass/bottles of water] and $15 for designated drivers [$60/$25 at the door if any of the 700 tix are left]; the fest will also have food from the Great Northern BBQ Co. and Mr. Tuna, and a soundtrack by DJ RJ. Click here for more info and a link to the purchase page.
This release just hit the inbox:
RHODE ISLAND BREW BUS SOLD TO MAINE BREWERY TOUR COMPANY
Zach Poole, founder of The Maine Brew Bus, LLC, announced that he has acquired the operations of The Rhode Island Brew Bus, LLC, a company providing all-inclusive tours to breweries, wineries, and distilleries in Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut.
Bill Nangle, of North Smithfield, RI, started the Rhode Island Brew Bus in 2014 after completing his last semester at the University of Rhode Island. Since the first all-inclusive tours started rolling later that year, thousands of guests have visited many of the 20 different brewery and winery partners that are part of the multiple weekly itineraries.
“The past few years as owner of The Rhode Island Brew Bus have been so rewarding,” said Bill Nangle. “Our partnerships have grown and our reviews speak for themselves. I take pride in the product we put on the road every weekend and want to see our tours and partnerships continue to grow. Stepping away from the company was not an easy decision, but I feel it is what is best for my family, career, and the future of The Rhode Island Brew Bus,” he added.
The purchase in Rhode Island adds a major new territory in Southern New England to the growing Maine Brew Bus company based in Portland, Maine. In 2016, they added tours in Boston, MA, operating as Mass Brew Bus, and earlier this year they acquired a competitive tour business in their hometown. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
“I am excited about the opportunity to bring what we have learned about beer tourism over the past five years to an already existing operation in Rhode Island,” said Zach Poole. “After visiting the area and conducting extensive market research, we’ve learned that Providence is a great city and the beer scene is definitely growing across the state. We look forward to bringing more guests through the doors of both new and established breweries in the Ocean State”, he added.
The new owners of the Rhode Island Brew Bus also announced they are opening a Providence business office at 383 West Fountain Street, Suite 113, right next to Bayberry Beer Hall.
Existing tour operations with the two buses in the fleet will continue as planned, with an expanded tour schedule introduced after the first of the year. The five part-time employees that are currently providing tour operations will continue to work for the new ownership, and it is expected that other staff will be added in the coming months. All guests that are currently booked on tours with the Rhode Island Brew Bus will not see any major changes to their beer travel plans.
Public, private, and corporate tours on the Rhode Island Brew Bus are currently available for booking. More information can be found at therhodeislandbrewbus.com, by phone at 401-232-4232, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Maine Brew Bus and Rhode Island Brew Bus
The Maine Brew Bus was founded in September 2012 by Zach and Allison Poole, who realized that people visiting Portland might enjoy all-inclusive tours on bright green school buses that provide a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more. Tours are led by expert guides in addition to a knowledgeable non-drinking driver to ensure the best possible experience for participating guests as well as for the businesses with which they partner.
The Rhode Island Brew Bus was founded in 2014 by Bill Nangle. After completing his last semester at the University of Rhode Island, he wanted to start his own business. As a home brewer and a craft beer enthusiast, and after being inspired by learning about The Maine Brew Bus, he started Rhode Island’s first brewery tour company. The all-inclusive tours are run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays around the state of Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut. Private and corporate tours are available for booking on other days of the week.