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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-25-2020

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | SUMMER 2020 31 31 Outdoor dining will continue to be a trend this summer, as social distancing remains in effect and more people are staying home instead of traveling. Most area breweries have also added outdoor spots for patrons, hoping to maintain traffic and keep the taps flowing. They're urging fans to be patient due to the need to make reservations and keep rules in place when they come together. At Lops Brewing in Woonsocket, owner Sean Lopolito's preparations to reopen after COVID-19 measures included preparing the patio area for outdoor seating. It's the second summer in a row the brewery will offer outdoor seating, and Lopolito is hoping customers will take advan- tage of the outdoor space in addi- tion to limited tasting room seating. "It would be great to have a lot of people coming in, but we realize that everybody still isn't comfort- able, and that's OK," he said. Lopolito said he'll continue to-go sales in growlers and cans for cus- tomers who prefer to drink at home. The summer lineup will include special beers released in honor of the brewery's one-year anniversary on July 27. Lopolito said he plans to continue a series of fruit-flavored beers that has so far included brews made with blueberry, watermelon, peach and mango. The brewery will also continue its partnerships with food trucks. "They're also trying to get back up and running, so (we're going) to provide support for them by invit- ing them onsite," he said. Reservations are not required, but Lopolito noted seating will be limit- ed due to COVID-19 measures. The Guild in Pawtucket is perhaps best positioned to welcome crowds even in the new reality, with a large Breweries join restaurants with outdoor spaces By LAUREN CLEM, ETHAN SHOREY, NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writers This strawberry blonde ale is among Pawtucket-based CROOKED CURRENT Brewery's top summer brews. beer garden already installed in its Main Street courtyard last year. The brewery has reported strong interest as people look to get back out and about, filling up quickly on weekends. The Guild, which is again welcoming food trucks, worked with its partner brewery Devil's Purse on its first "virtual collaboration," a new Maibock now available. Guild co-owner Jeremy Duffy said the goal this summer is to keep building business back up while following state guidelines, all while making a lot of new beer. At Ravenous Brewery in Cumberland, owners created a large fenced-in area with tables. They thanked patrons for their patience, saying they're working to create the most pleasant experience possible. Ravenous this summer has released Tu Casa, a smooth hazy IPA "with a fantastic tropical fruit aroma." Not all breweries had reopened as of the second week of June. Having a taproom on the smaller side, Crooked Current Brewery in Pawtucket decided to put off reopen- ing to the public until the governor announces phase three guidelines. Owner Jason Lourenco said many of the other Pawtucket breweries were on the same page, waiting for phase three guidelines instead of attempting to open in early June under even stricter restrictions. The Pawtucket brewery has been serving up cans and growlers to-go since COVID-19 shut down business a few months ago. "We tend to have a lot of fun at our brewery when it comes to sum- mer and specialty brews," Lourenco said. "We always have some wild brews, but summer amps that up even more." As blueberry season kicks off, Lourenco said Crooked Current hopes to bring back their "red, white and blue tap takeover" for the Fourth of July: blueberry American wheat, white stout and strawberry blonde ale. The Neapolitan brown ale, "which people call the ice cream beer," Lourenco said, will cycle in and out, along with some hoppier flavors, mango smash pale ale and hefewei- zen. They'll continue some popular yearlong flavors as well, like their oatmeal raisin stout, Hawaiian robust porter and horchata cream ale. "We stay busy and keep the board rotating quite a bit," Lourenco said. Without brew fests, the summer dynamic will change this year, he said. "Our focus is on the brewery and trying to enhance our customers' experiences," he said.

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