I don’t think any brewery’s name depicts itself as well as Tilted Barn Brewery in Exeter, RI. Make your way up a long winding driveway until you reach a legit barn on a farm, but really, with a name like that, what else were you expecting?
I have to say this was one of the most unique and cozy taprooms that I have ever been to. Head inside the barn to find a two-story taproom where you huddle up with your friends, moreso in the winter, and drink some great beer.
Don’t let the little barn fool you, though. Tiled Barn has some of the best beers in Rhode Island. The Chosen One, no not Tom Brady, is a DIPA bursting with grapefruit, peach, and grassy notes in a dank colored juice bomb. This DIPA was very drinkable and didn’t drink as strongly as a DIPA. Violet, an IPA, like the name suggests, is a floral IPA which is balanced with some citrus hints. Every sip is as smooth as the last. Finally, my favorite had to be Cactus. This hazy DIPA was packed of papaya and mango taste and each sip was better than the next.
If you’re in the Rhode Island area, Tilted Barn Brewery is a must stop. The beer is great and the atmosphere is so unique. Just beware, bundle up on a cold day because it gets a little chilly in there and people huddle around the heater. But drink enough beer and heat won’t be an issue.
Tilted Barn Brewery
1 Hemsley Pl
When I pulled up to Whaler’s Brewery in Wakefield, RI, all I could see was old industrial mills; but the second you open the door, you’re taken to an underground secret party. Whaler’s huge taproom lends itself to a lot of space for sitting but also has a couple of corn hole courts, giant Jenga, Connect 4, and pool among other things. I could not get over the space and everything there was to do.
One of the things that I love about Whaler’s is the variety in their beers. Their pale ale, Rise, was voted best Pale Ale in 2017. Of course, I had to test this out. This pale ale was smooth and full of citrus flavor. Definitely very drinkable. The East Coast IPA was more of the dank and floral taste for a more bitter IPA. For the stout fan I’m becoming, I was very excited to try the Hazelnut Stout. This stout was on the creamier side with a slight bite than cut the smoothness.
The cleverly named Olneyville Megazord intrigued me right from the name. This was a great malty, brown ale fit for a Power Ranger (which of course I am, because who didn’t dream of growing up to be a Power Ranger?). Sirius, on the other hand, has your tongue saying, “Are you serious?” when that Berliner weisse hits it. This sour beer is packed with passionfruit and other citrus flavors and a sour taste that punches your tongue. Finally, the Hop Monster is exactly what it sounds. With a mixture of Mosaics, Citra, and Galaxy hops, this pale ale is the monster of all citrus flavor. This was definitely my favorite beer that I had at Whaler’s.
Whaler’s is the perfect place to head with some friends or even throw a party with your family. While I was there, there were graduation parties going on and looked like the best time.
Whaler’s Brewing Co
1174 Kingstown Rd,
…Who gets in between me and beer.
Getting to Foolproof Brewery isn’t the easiest task. Picture your worst nightmare. You can see the brewery but a barbed wire fence stands between you and beer.
This was my reality.
Word to the wise. Do not listen to your GPS. A lesson learned when Michael Scott drove into that pond on that episode of the Office.
Once you outsmart your GPS, you’re greeted by a small taproom for Lil’ Rhody’s most popular brewery, which may soon be overthrown by Narragansett’s triumphant return home. Either case, Foolproof has had a great variety and some unique beers on tap.
The culture behind Foolproof’s beer names comes from how your beer should be enjoyed. The Backyahd IPA is a slightly hoppy bitter beer meant to be had while lounging around at a cookout or reading a book out on the porch. The best of the bunch has to be La Ferme Urbaine, the farmhouse saison. With a slight spice kick, I could drink this beer all day. Lab series was the IPA for beginners. It’s lightly hopped with pineapple hints. I heard people in the brewery discussing how they do not like IPA’s but this was up their alley.
If you’re looking for something new and unique, Foolproof has a couple of must-try beers. The Peanut Butter Raincloud is a porter with a very light and airy peanut butter taste. The most unique, though, has to be the Shuckolate. Think of the two things in the food world that you would never put together, oysters and chocolate. Though the beer definitely tastes of a chocolate stout, you would never guess that it has oysters. But maybe that’s a good thing.
The taproom is small but full of character. The barrels are each named after famous fools in history, like Larry, Moe, and Shemp. I really hope to see this brewery expand over the next couple of years. I had seen them at different beer festivals and was glad to finally make it in to visit.
241 Grotto Ave
Thursday-Friday 4p.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday -Sunday 1 p.m.- 6p.m.