Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen

Another entry for my beer travelogue…

CRANSTON, Rhode Island, December 2015 — Between Christmas and New Years, I found myself in Rhode Island and took advantage of the time off to explore the local beer scene. After visiting Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, I checked out Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen in nearby Cranston.

Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen sign

Brutopia opened in May of 2015 with a mission to become a destination brewpub for BBQ and craft beer lovers in the Northeast. Sounds like my kind of place! But I was too full from the amazing Marghertia Pizza at Trinity to try the BBQ. The fried pickles were a perfect snack though.

Now on to the real reason I was at Brutopia – the beer! I sat at the bar and ordered a four-beer sampler rack.

Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen sampler rack

Beers Sampled:

  • Never Ender East Coast IPA (6.5%)
  • RIPTA Belgian Triple IPA (9.5%)
  • Conga Imperial IPA (9.5%)
  • Bonfire Brown Ale (5.0%)
  • Valhalla Amber Ale (5.0%)

I was most impressed with: The variety of strong, hoppy IPAs on the beer menu. If the 9%+ Triple and Imperial IPA were too strong, Brutopia offered a 4.7% Session IPA (which I didn’t bother with on this visit).

And oh by the way: Although Brutopia is in a dated, nondescript strip mall, with no identifiable sign on the building…

Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen front

…the huge sign on the street let’s you know you found the place.

Brutopia Brewery and Kitchen sign2

Besides the brewpub visits, I also enjoyed some local cans from Grey Sail Brewing in Westerly, Rhode Island:

  • Flying Jenny, a hoppy Extra Pale Ale brewed with a generous amount of hops (6.0%)
  • Captain’s Daughter, an unbelievable Imperial IPA that rivals the best IPAs I’ve ever tried, no joke (8.5%)

Rounding out my Rhode Island road trip was a six-pack of Mayflower Brewing Company IPA (6.1%) from nearby Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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