Our little ole’ city of Pawtucket is the brewing capital of Rhode Island. Who knew? Nestled in the mill building between Pawtucket Avenue and Main Street, is a gem of a brewery called The Bucket Brewery! And we don’t think The Bucket Brewery gets enough recognition, so we are hoping to help change that! Last night a few of us from Loiselle Insurance Agency headed over to “The Bucket” to tour the facility and enjoy some artisan crafted beer. Let’s just say, several of us left with a squealer or two. 😉
The story of The Bucket Brewery started with five friends, TJ, Erik, Nate, Drew, and Don, who all shared a love of craft beer and had the crazy idea to brew their own! They opened a pilot brewery in Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket in 2011, with their first keg going on tap in November 2012. They soon came to the realization that 375 sq ft was not enough space to keep up with the demand. In June 2013, the pilot brewery closed, and they began construction for a full scale production brewery. The new location at 545 Pawtucket Avenue, where they are today, opened in the Fall of 2013 and is nearly ten times the size of the original brewery, measuring 3,400 sq feet! To remind them of where they started and how far they have come, the guys painted a red square on 375 sq feet of the floor, and that is where the tastings are held today.
Last night, TJ graciously gave us a tour and explained the intricate process of brewing to us. We also got to taste 5 of their artisan beers, which each had their own unique flavor and story (a new beer is said to debut in about 4 weeks! We are so excited!). Among the Loiselle Agency crowd, the favorites seemed to be split between the Rhode Scholar (a lighter bodied beer), the Park Loop Porter (a robust beer with subtle coffee and almond flavors), and the BOG (an acronym for Bucket of Gratitude, a beer with cranberry and orange infusions).
If you get the chance, we highly recommend you visit TJ and the guys at the Bucket Brewery. You will not be disappointed! They currently offer tours (Thursdays 1-7 and Saturdays 11-5) and tastings (Saturdays at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00). To show your Bucket pride, they even carry an assortment of long and short sleeve t-shirts, Bucket Brewery glasses, and gift cards for those beer lovers. Every third Friday they have “Friday Night Sound Check” where, for $20, you receive a souvenir glass, four beer tastings, flatbread pizza (which doesn’t last very long!), and you get to listen to a local band! Sounds like fun, right?!
And in case you were wondering where they got their name, “The Bucket Brewery” is indeed a nod to the derogatory name that was once given to the city of Pawtucket by a politician long ago. The guys at the brewery wanted to take the name, idolize it, and make “The Bucket” a perfect example of a local business doing its part to revitalize a city. So…don’t leave Pawtucket without a Bucket! Drink local, drink Bucket!
For more information, check them out at www.bucketbrewery.com.
To see more photos from our tour of the brewery, check out our Facebook Page here! Don’t worry, if you don’t have Facebook, you can still view our photos! 🙂
Also, check out our Partner’s Page to get a coupon for the Brewery!