“Hi – Neighbor!” is the happy phrase plastered across bumpers, laptops, dorm room refrigerators, and of course, the Narragansett Beer can. Until recently, Providence residents could only receive this friendly greeting from the back of their favorite Narragansett brew or the decal on a pint glass. But in May, we’ll really be neighbors again! Narragansett Brewery is coming to Providence.
The new brewery, now undergoing construction, is located on the India Point Park waterfront at the center of the Narragansett Bay Watershed. This location, says company president Mark Hellendrung, is “powerfully symbolic for us to be planting our brewery flag.” Patrons can expect the design of the brewery to highlight the beauty of the park, connecting the customer to their surroundings with outdoor seating, large windows, and garage-style doors.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff: Beer! The Narragansett space is large, so there will be more room to brew the classic lager along with specialties like the Bohemian pilsner, bock, porter, and the re-start of the Lovecraft series. As for food, Mark says they will assess how much residual space they have left in their building for a kitchen. For now, the location will have a “robust food truck program.”
While the brewery construction is a large undertaking for the company, the space at India Point Park will also have an impact on the surrounding community. The brewer says the company is dedicated to fully integrating itself into the neighborhood and helping the local environment.
“We look forward to shining a spotlight on all of the great aspects of the area, like the nearby bike path, local art, and the recreation and events in the park itself. As a large consumer of water, the health of the watershed is important to the company. I’ve taken part in Save The Bay a few times, and I’d personally like to explore what it’s going to take to do a swim off of India Point Park.”