The Craft offers a behind-the-scenes look into Rhode Island’s booming craft beer industry that examines this rich subject matter from a variety of angles and perspectives. It delves into the personal histories and career paths of a number of our state’s most well-known brewers, the history of Rhode Island’s oldest and still-beloved “craft” brand, Narragansett Beer, the industry’s growing impact on our state’s economy and recent legislative changes that have supported this growth, and, of course, the ins and outs of the brewing process itself.
New England’s craft beer industry is the fastest growing in the country:
- More than 400 new craft breweries have opened within the past 10 years alone.
- Beer-related activities in RI contribute over $196,000,000 in economic activity, employing almost 1,500 people with an average salary of $48,000 (Brewers Association).
- Last year alone, 6 new breweries were opened, bringing the total number of breweries to 28—on track to meet or surpass projections that there will be at least 30 breweries open in RI by the end of 2019.
- Breweries have directly contributed more than 500 jobs to the local economy.
This explosive growth over a relatively short time period is a testament to the incredible popularity, momentum, and resonance of this homegrown industry.
The Craft is about much more than just beer and will appeal to a broad spectrum of personalities and perspectives—beer drinker or not. At its heart, The Craft is truly a human interest piece and a celebration of local entrepreneurship and artisanship, and a tribute to the latest evolution of the culinary inventiveness and excellence that has defined and been a point of pride for Rhode Island for generations.