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Is Coronavirus Draining Rhode Island’s Beer And Spirits Industry Dry?

The Rhode To Recovery: RI Food and Drink” examines the beer and spirits industries in the Ocean State. Pre-COVID, their presence had grown quite substantially here with distilling and brewing booming and countrywide acclaim for some brands.

Like most business sectors, the Coronavirus has had a major impact on the players in this trade.  Distillers and brewers were forced to find workarounds for many areas of the business they previously handled with ease. E-commerce and retailing had to suddenly command a greater presence as the wholesaling portion of the business decreased with bars and restaurants closed or operating at lower client capacity.

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As “The Rhode To Recovery: RI Food and Wine” continues to put the microscope on how the state’s businesses are responding and adjusting to Coronavirus, we invited three successful Rhody brewing and distilling enterprises to share their difficulties, actions, ideas and plans.

Alecia and Carlo Catucci of White Dog Distilling in Pawtucket, Jeremy Duffy of The Guild also in Pawtucket and Morgan Snyder of Buttonwoods Brewery in Cranston make up the panel.

BUTTONWOODS BREWERY’S goal is always making the best beer possible. Their beer list is constantly changing with the focus on well hopped IPAs, simple, yet sophisticated lagers and unique and interesting barrel aged beers.

WHITE DOG DISTILLING is a micro-distillery dedicated to crafting finely distilled spirits. Currently, they distill an assortment of spirits ranging from whiskeys (including bourbon), rum, gin, and flavored moonshines. In addition to 375ml bottles of spirits, they also offer tastings and cocktails in their tasting room.

THE GUILD is a craft brewery and beer hall that started in March of 2017. They produce for themselves and approximately eight other breweries along the east coast. They have opened up a beer garden, beer hall and special events area.

The Rhode to Recovery: RI Food and Drink can be seen on YurView.com, YurView YouTube and on Cox channel 4 in Rhode Island Wednesdays 9pm and Saturdays 2pm.