Rhode Island Beer

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

Rhode Island
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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

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  • 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

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

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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.

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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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