The craft beer industry is a growing sector of the Rhode Island economy. As micro-breweries pop up seemingly everywhere in the state, we’re beginning a monthly series on the burgeoning local industry. First up, Revival Foodworks and Brewery in Cranston.
Revival was founded in 2011 by Brewmaster Sean Larkin, formerly Chief Brewing Officer at Trinity Brewhouse in Providence. Along with CEO Owen Johnson, the company has grown steadily in recent years, and recently took over the space previously occupied by Brutopia on Atwood Avenue in Cranston.
Last weekend, we joined a group of visitors from the RI Brew Bus on the first of three stops Saturday afternoon. (More on the “Brew Bus” in a future column.) Revival Marketing Director Matt Medeiros offered a tour of the hip establishment and an update on the new retail location that the company is developing.
Housed in the former Brutopia restaurant, Revival has become one of the region’s largest micro-breweries, boasting over 20 varieties and producing of 12,000 cans a week for retail distribution. The Cranston location serves as a tasting room which is attached to the brewery that operates five days a week. In fact, all facets of the brewing process occur on site, from mixing to bottling. Revival distributes to dozens of local and regional establishments and even exports their product to Japan.
In addition to the 20 or so brews already available, Revival will be releasing three new beers this month. Jenn’s Mocha Stout, their collaboration with 94HJY, will be returning along with a Blood Orange version of Bushido Pumpkin Ale. Also debuting is a brand new Belgian-Style Tripel Ale called Wafel made in collaboration with Burgundian Waffles. Their large selection of canned beers and brews on tap provides something for everyone, with classic lagers served alongside high end ales.
Revival has begun to add food to the menu, with an emphasis on pub cuisine and beer pairings. Menu items include smoked short ribs and waffles, fish tacos, and vegan chicken and grits, with more to be added. In addition, patrons can expect to see live music, comedy and more as things develop. The company also prides itself on building relationships with the surrounding community.
Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 12 to 8 PM, Thursdays from 12 to 10 PM, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 to 11 PM, and Sundays from 12 to 9 PM. For more details, head to the Revival site here.