Rhode Island Beer

Today in 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Breweries

Rhode Island Brewery Guides

Guild: Craft Beer Guild of Rhode Island / Rhode Island Beer Guild

State Agency: Rhode Island Division of Commercial Licensing and Regulation


  • Capital: Providence
  • Largest Cities: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence
  • Population: 1,048,319; 43rd
  • Area: 1545 sq.mi., 50th
  • Nickname: The Ocean State
  • Statehood: 13th, May 29, 1790


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 5
  • Rank: 46th
  • Beer Production: 687,150
  • Production Rank: 46th
  • Beer Per Capita: 20.3 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 47.0%
  • Cans: 40.5%
  • Kegs: 12.2%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.10
  • Per Case: $0.22
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $3.00
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $3.00
  • Plus 5 cents per case tax on packaged beer (earmarked litter/recycling tax)

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $1,663,809
  • Direct Impact: $202,955,727
  • Supplier Impact: $66,588,600
  • Induced Economic Impact: $154,453,326
  • Total Impact: $423,997,654

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 1 a.m. seven days a week. 2 a.m. in Providence only on Friday and Saturday nights and nights before a state-recognized holiday.
    Off Premises: (Mon-Sat) 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    (Sunday) 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Grocery Store Sales: No
  • Notes: All alcohol may be sold only in liquor stores. Thus, convenience stores and supermarkets in Rhode Island are dry.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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