Some of New England’s most successful breweries share a secret weapon, the Isle Brewers Guild, a Rhode Island contract brewer they count on.
When you’re enjoying a Night Shift Santilli IPA chances are good that it wasn’t actually brewed at their hub. Having maxed out their brewing capability in Everett Massachusetts, Night Shift has turned to contract brewers like Pawtucket’s Isle Brewers Guild.
Far from the non-profit trade organization’s most commonly associated with the words ‘brewers guild,’ the Isle Brewers Guild is very much a for-profit business, but that doesn’t make them any less of an asset to New England brewers.
Founded by Devin Kelly and Jeremy Duffy in 2016 Isle Brewers Guild is a full service brewery that offers its services to regional brewers who want to build their brand without the startup expenses associated with building a brewery.
Other successful breweries who just need additional capacity to keep up demand, can tap into contract breweries like Isle Brewers Guild as well.
A multi-building complex in downtown Pawtucket the Isle Brewers Guild is the brewery and brewing experience on steroids. And unlike so many contract brewer they’ve their own independent identity.
Not only does this craft cooperative have a 4,000 sq. ft. retail operation complete with its own tasting room. They also offer indoor and outdoor festival spaces and brewing courses for professional as well as for newbies.
Their first year in action the Guild reportedly “produced 3.6-million cans of beers for its members and greeted 22,000 people in its temporary taproom.”
All that in addition to landing a very high profile member, Narragansett Beer, who turned to them to brew, It’s About Time IPA, its first beer that was actually crafted in Rhode Island in 34 years.
And after Smuttynose put their brewery on the auction block Night Shift found a new home for their contract brewing needs and will be expanding the number of beers they’ll be brewing there in 2018.
And thankfully the Guild’s state-of-the-art 100,000 barrel capacity can more than address that and other New England brewers needs…That was always their mission.
Plans for the coming year include a 5,000-square-foot beer hall complete with its own beer garden, and the Providence Journal is reporting that new fermentation tanks are coming in April.
They’ll also be building out their canning and kegging capability in 2018 and upping their cold storage space.
Viewed by many brewing professionals as a resource they,ve grown to count on, Isle Brewing Guild might not remain a ‘secret’ for much longer.