Rhode Island has just licensed the first farm brewery in Our Backyard, reports RI Public Radio. State law has allowed farm-based breweries to sell limited quantities of beer for some time, but Tilted Barn Brewery in Exeter is the first to take advantage of the opportunity.
Co-owner Matt Richardson, says it’s been a long process to open his farm brewery. Now that he has received a manufacturer’s license to brew beer, he’ll be able to sell small amounts of it at his farm. Customers will be able to buy no more than about a six-pack of the custom brew at a time. Richardson is using ingredients from crops that he already grows: hops, pumpkins, and Christmas trees.
“We’re going to start test batches in the next two weeks. And from that point it takes three to four weeks until the beer is ready for sale. So we’ll be open some time in October,” says Richardson.
Officials at the state Dept. of Environmental Management say small businesses like Tilted Barn Brewery promote jobs and help keep farm land in production. Listen to the entire story at RI Public Radio.