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September 19, 2019 Dinner Meeting


Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling

Presented by: RIASQ


Founders Derek Luke (Master Brewer) and Brent Ryan (Master Distiller) cut their teeth on the beers of Maine’s early craft brewing pioneers while college-ing in Waterville. Through a combined spirit of curiosity, entrepreneurship, naive optimism and thrill seeking the decision to start a brewery (née Coastal Extreme Brewing Co.) was planted in 1999 on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island. The craft beer wagon was brought to Rhode Island at a time when beer was mostly yellow fizzy. Everybody loved the “idea” of an amber ale.  Alongside navigating the slow rise of craft beer in America, RI laws at that time prohibited us from selling out of our Brewery. There’s a well-worn path between the facility and the RI State House carved out by four consecutive annual attempts to garner enough support for legislation that would allow future fellow brewers and distillers the option to have a tasting room.  In 2006, the Distillery was launched using centuries-old recipes pulled from the archives of the local historical society. Having a fully functioning Brewery allowed the start of aging rum and whiskey right out of the gate. Brendan O’Donnell joined the Newport Craft team when the craft beer industry was in full swing. He immediately implemented a rebranding (introducing Newport Craft Brewing + Distilling Co.), and restructuring which now frees up Brent and Derek to focus fully on their distilling and brewing. In just over a year the Brewery added ten new brews, and the Distillery expanded its portfolio with gin, vodka, and moonshine.               



5:00pm Registration and Networking
5:30pm - 6:30pm Tour
6:45pm Dinner

Tour: 293 JT Connell Highway, Newport, RI 02840
Dinner: Applebee's, 349 West Road, MIddletown, RI
  (click here for a map)


Menu:  Buffet

Prices: $30 members and guests. $15 unemployed members.  Note that a small convenience fee is added to all credit card payments.


Please register using the Eventbrite form below or you can email Dinner@RIASQ.org with you intentions.

Cancellations by Sept. 11th 2019 please.

ASQ Recertification: Dinner meeting earns 0.3 RU

If unable to attend after making reservations, please cancel by sending us an email; Credits will be issued for cancellations received at least 72 hours before the start time of the event.  Feel free to contact us with any other questions.