There was a time in my life when I went to Providence several times a week. Usually after 11PM. Accompanied by a group of girlfriends. And we mainly visited such places as Lupos, Bootlegger's (RIP!), and The Complex. Even though we all hailed from Boston, there was something about Providence nightlife that was infinitely more appealing. I think it was the general lack of ID checking but that is a story for another time. and another blog.
The point is, I don't get down to Providence that much anymore. which is a shame. Adam and I went a few years ago for Water Fire and had a great time, in part due to the discovery of a fantastic little brew pub known as The Trinity Brewhouse. Located on Fountain Street in downtown Providence, Trinity is a brewpub and restaurant offering up an affordable menu of sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and homey entrees like Cottage Pie and Fish & Chips. The food, is delicious (especially the fries, if what you order comes with them you are in for a treat!) and the perfect accompaniment to their selection of freshly brewed beer!
Now, we had planned a weekend away and part one of this weekend away was to take place in Providence. Armed with tickets to the Providence Bruins game we headed down to Providence in the afternoon and checked into out hotel (The Hilton, which is conveniently located next to the Dunkin Donuts Center and across the street from Trinity). and then headed over to Trinity for a pre-game dinner.
We had no idea that on game nights it fills up really quickly so we were quite lucky to secure seats at the downstairs bar. Our bartender was quick and nice and immediately got us menus and took our drink orders. We decided, as one must always decide when at an infrequently visited brew pub, to have the beer sampler.
The sampler is offered at almost all brewpubs/micro-breweries and is a great way to get to know their selection. Trinity's selection was as follows.
1) The Kolsch - Crisp, light and smooth. Super easy to drink.
2) Tommy's Red Ale - Adam and I are both increasingly loving red ale. This one was unexpectedly hoppy for a red and had a nice rich malty aftertaste
3)Artisinal Belgian Amber - All of the flavor of a typical belgian with a deep amber color.
4) Rhode Island IPA - VERY BITTER. Almost obnoxiously hoppy. That is my opinion though Adam the Hop Head loved it.
5) Marzen - I had in my tasting notes for this one "odd" and neither myself or Adam could pinpoint any particular taste other than simply "odd". It is worth trying if simply only to school us on WHAT exactly it is supposed to taste like.
6) Larkin's Irish Stout - This one was my fave/ Super smooth, chocolatey with a hint of vanilla and roasted malt. Yum!
These were the beers on tap on Friday but our bartender told us they are constantly changing them out, though the IPA and Kolsch are more or less constants. So it';s always worth it to get the sampler in order to figure out what to drink with your meal!
Another neat thing about Trinity is their brewing process. It begins in tanks behind the upstairs bar, and is piped down to tanks behind the downstairs bar to ferment - then piped into cooling tanks and then from their directly pumped into their tap lines. That's pretty unusual and amazing! And why their beer tastes incredibly fresh.
The Trinity has a mug club that with a little luck (and $50) let's you keep a large glass mug behind the bar, decorated how you wish, for your use when you visit the pub.
There were quite a few mug club members there the night we visited, and we enviously eyed their substantially bigger mugs while clutching our pints. They could not have been a more friendly crowd though and we had a lot of fun with everyone. That is the other thing about brew pubs is if you sit at the bar, you're bound to be seated amongst friends. Shout out to Kev-O and Shoe!
So in conclusion, of you are interested in good food, good beer and a good time you should head down to Providence (only about 40 minutes from Boston) and hit up the Trinity Brewpub. If you need more of an excuse to go, don't forget that Waterfire starts next weekend and runs every weekend through the summer!
The Trinity Brewpub is located at 186 Fountain Street, Providence RI.
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