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Apponaug Brewing Co. Opens in Pontiac Mill

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Apponaug Brewing Co. co-owners Tamara McKenney and Kris Waugh during the brewery’s opening day.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A view of Apponaug Brewing Co., from the parking lot.
WARWICK, RI  — Apponaug Brewing Co. co-owners Tamara McKenney and Kris Waugh cheerfully managed a bustling opening day crowd that filled the long bar, adjacent tables and spread through the outdoor beer garden Saturday afternoon.

The brewery sits along the Pawtuxet River in the mill site, which is bordered and accessed by Knight Street. It’s one of the first tenanted businesses in the steadily redeveloped far end of the mill complex. At the other end of Knight Street, NYLO Hotel

“We just fell in love with the river, and with the building,” said McKenney.

The craft brewery offers tacos, flat breads, sliders and appetizers along with a selection of stouts, festbiers, ales and IPAs, marketed along an industrial theme with names including Weathering Steel and Raw Materials.

Outside, Bill Provencal and Bridget Dessaint, both of Warwick and self-proclaimed brewery aficionados, relaxed on wood adirondack chairs as they sampled craft brews from four-ounce glasses, working their way  through the stouts. The brews were excellent, they agreed.

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“The inside is great,” too, Provencal said.

[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] A full house greeted the owners of Apponaug Brewing Co. for their opening day Oct. 6.
[CREDIT: Rob Borkowski] Bill Provencal and Bridget Dessaint, both of Warwick, enjoyed Apponaug Brewing Co.’s beer garden Oct. 6.