Apponaug celebrates beer community

NEW PATH: Co-owners Kris Waugh, left, and Tamara McKenney worked in technical recruiting before opening Apponaug Brewing at the Pontiac Mills in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
NEW PATH: Co-owners Kris Waugh, left, and Tamara McKenney worked in technical recruiting before opening Apponaug Brewing at the Pontiac Mills in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tamara McKenney and Kris Waugh ran a business in technical recruiting before they embarked in another direction.

Their new brew pub, Apponaug Brewing Co., opened in October in a renovated space at the historic Pontiac Mills in Warwick.

The 95-seat restaurant has a prime space, including an outdoor courtyard, overlooking the Pawtuxet River. Inside, at least eight different beer selections are available on tap – all uniquely theirs. The choices include Senectitude, a table saison, and Weathering Steel, their India pale ale.

Patrons can purchase growlers to go. And Apponaug is selling the choices of other breweries as well – such as Proclamation Ale’s Derivative – encouraging fellowship in the beer community.

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“A community built around eating and drinking together is what we were seeking to build,” explained McKenney.

So far, response has been strong. Standing-room-only crowds are coming to the former textile mill on Friday and Saturday nights.

“It’s a community, and it’s very supportive,” McKenney said of beer lovers in Rhode Island.

Mary MacDonald is a staff writer for the PBN. Contact her at Macdonald@PBN.com.