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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
186 Fountain St
phone: (401) 453-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Was heading up I-95 to Boston for the Extreme Beer stint parched, famished and crazed. Had to pull over in Providence, had to, we just had to. And here's the conveniently located Trinity Brewhouse, across the street from the artist formally known as the Providence Civic Center. "I saw Pink Floyd there in '88", I offered up. Everyone cared.
The bar is front row center when you come through the doors. There's seating for a dozen and change there. The current tap offerings are listed above the bar and you can see large brewing vessels in a room behind the bar. To the right is a bar dining area with roughly 8 tables, to the left is the main dining room with about a half dozen booths and a dozen and a half tables (we sat there). The decor is a mix of dark wood old bar and mardi gras on paper. There's a large mural with Jimi, Janis, Kurt Cobain, Dean, Frank, and others in a "Last Supper" setting (John Lennon was in the hot seat). There was also this,... I don't know what the hell it was, it was like a paper mache octopus lighting fixture or something above the stairs. The stairs that go down to the basement. The basement where lives the bathrooms and another bar. A smaller bar. An 8 stool bar. A bar with many mugs for some mug club activity to be sure. A bar with festive lights, TV's, darts, a pool table, a dozen tables throughout. It's very divey down there and they really ought not to subject you to having to go down there to use the bathrooms, but like I said, that's where lives the bathrooms.
Meanwhile, back in the dining room... drink, and food. They had 6 beers on and I opted for the Vanilla Bean Porter (as the Oatmeal Stout had kicked) which was quite nice and I got to try the IPA as well, and it was a good solid beer. I had the SouthWestern Vegetable & Tomato Soup and the BBQ Chicken Wrap which came with what are undoubtably, the best damn Sweet Potato Fries I've ever had. Ever. I was so fulled up, I didn't have no room for the Butterscotch Puddin' they gone got on the dessert menu. Service was prompt, attentative and friendly, no problems there. I'd like to get back there and take in the full range of beers sometime...
01-26-2004 03:47:42 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Located right up the street from my lodging for the night (The Sportsman's Inn), this seemed like a good place to kick off the Woody Him Forward (WHF) 2 tour of 2007.
The place sat right at the corner of Fountain and Empire Streets. Along Fountain, they had a fenced-in patio area. The main entrance was through a wide vestibule with doors on either side and the elongated-"U" shaped bar was just on the other side of the vestibule. The rough wood bar overlooked the glassed-in brewhouse and as I plunked my dragging ass at the bar, the server, Julie, complimented me on my choice of seats since it put me dead center of a list of the available beers. I was starting with the sampler, so this would make it easy for me to follow what I was drinking.
A note about the ambiance: the wood paneling, the beer can collection, and the vintage beer trays gave it a 1960's/1970's feel until I began to take note of the clientele. There were not a lot of (visible) piercings, but there was enough ink in evidence to fill a special issue of Tattoo Magazine. I felt overdressed in long sleeves, but I had just gotten off of fffreezing cold Amtrak. Dang it!
To the right of the bar was restaurant seating which consisted of high tables and chairs. A pay phone as well as the lavatories were also on the right side, plus a great mural proclaiming "Everyone Welcome!"
To the left of the bar were standard restaurant tables and chairs as well as booths along the far windows. The mural of dead musicians along the windows overlooking the brewhouse put me in mind of the Steven King short story, "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band".
The m.d.s. was off to the left of the vestibule with a growler cooler directly behind it. To the left of the m.d.s. was a set of stairs leading down to a rathskeller-style bar with long tables and chairs as well as a pool table, more lavatories, and more murals.
They had a very personable waitstaff and Patrick also bears mention. Given its proximity to my lodging as well as to "The Dunk", it is very easy for me to imagine this as my regular hangout when in town.
Beers: Pat's Pilsner; Artisinal Belgian Triple (very banana-y); RI IPA; ESB; Ram's Head Doppelbock; and Russian Imperial Stout. My pick was the ESB - a nice, mellow bitterness with a light sweetness and a really good, biting finish.
01-05-2008 14:26:35 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Stopped in for a pint on our way to a wedding, sunny corner lacation, nice, smallish out door area with tables in front of the place. Inside is a long bar fronting the fermentors, tables on both side to consume their pub grub. Also an area to eat and drink, and play pool down stairs (didnt make it down there) Friendly, unstuffy and casual athmosphere, dark wood interior, lots of beer stuff around the joint. Roadhouse type of feel. Everybody was watching the Pats game on the TVs. Brews were decent enough, tried the IPA, O'fest and Rus. Imp stout. Worth a visit if in town.
10-11-2004 21:20:41 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
This brewpub is decorated with Trinity banners all over the place to remind you of where you are. A nice size bar overlooks the brew room. The bar is in the center of the main floor with tables on either side for dining. The downstairs area has the bathrooms and another small bar and a pool table. There were some street side tables too.
There were six brews on tap, ranging from a golden ale to a russian imperial stout. The beers were of decent quality, but slightly tame in the flavor category. I did not try any food, nor did I see anyone ordering any at the bar. The bartender was friendly and knowledable. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.
07-05-2004 21:05:25 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Was in Prov. to meet the parents for dinner, so my wife and I did a mini pub crawl a few hours beforehand. This was stop one of two. A short walk from the Westin and the Biltmore hotels. There is outdoor seating available at one corner outside, which would have been nice but all seats were taken. So we settled up to the bar inside to watch some bball. Drink ordered was taken immediately. Very interesting decor inside. It's kinda a dive brewpub, with a mix of styles everywhere. The stuff on the walls looks like they haven't been touched since 1990. Lots of beer stuff, but then there are mounted oars and animal heads all over the walls. It kept me busy during commercials looking all around at least. There were six beers on tap plus one cask. I had the Irish Stout and my wife had the Marzen. Both were good but didn't blow us away. Both of us though were surprised to see the abv of a lot of beers there under 4%. Prices were very reasonable in the afternoon at $4 a pint. Seems like a cool place to hang out, I'd come back to try a specialty brew sometime.
03-22-2010 20:40:14 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Trinity was a regular for me years ago and it played a big role in developing my love of craft beer. I don't get there very often these days but I managed to stop in for a pint.
Trinity has a great atmosphere for a brewpub. It's more authentic than fancy and just feels like a pub. I especially like the basement. It's a bit quieter and has a pool table.
They offer several of their own beers on tap. I had a RI IPA and thought it was good. It's got more of a malt contribution than west coast IPAs but it's still got a nice citrusy hop bitterness. It's much better on tap than it is in the bottle.
Trinity has been RI's only real brewpub for many years. It's a great place to stop if you're in downtown Providence.
12-04-2009 16:15:26 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This was by far, the better of the two brewpubs that I visited on a cold and snowy day in Providence, Rhode Island. This place is easy to find, since it is just a few blocks from le greyhound station. The atmosphere is very very nice. Light and dark wood is everywhere and this place is decorated with alternative music icons, murals, strange paddles, weird lights, etc. Very hippy-ish and music based, which I loved. The quality of the beers offered were solid across the board and they had about 9 offerings on tap including a cask conditioned barleywine. Nice. Service was excellent, fast, and very attentive and the food was awesome. I got a portabello sandwitch and some sweet potato fries for about $7 and the plate was huge, and damn tasty. Definately THE stop in Providence. Not much else in this strange city though. Rhode Island is a strange beast.
03-16-2005 19:55:32 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Checked out the Trinity Brewhouse when I was down in Providence recently for a birthday party. We had a few hours to kill before the party started and I wanted to try a brewpub that I hadn't visited before as I had tried the Union Station one years ago.
Trinity is right in the middle of downtown and the downntown neighborhood is a lot nicer than it was when I grew up down here. Located on the opposite side of the building from the Trinity theater, I assume this is where the name for the brewpub comes from.
Very standard wooden brewpub decor. We checked out the downstairs too which has a pool table and is a little cozier but the upstairs was a little brighter and seemed to suit our purposes better for a few beers and a bite on a Saturday afternoon.
We sat right at the bar and I tried 2 of their beers- the Kolsch and the RI IPA--neither was especially great but both were better than average and as far as I can remember slightly better than the Union station brewpubs offerings. They were both clean and true to the style although the IPA could have stood a little more hoppiness and the Kolsch could've been a little more bready/biscuity.
Service was good and friendly although the guy never did bring the water I had asked for, he was definitely quick to offer you another beer if your glass was empty. Food was a little better than your average pub food and reasonably priced. The building where Trinity is located used to be a Burger King so its a huge improvement to have a decent brewpub here instead of some fast food chain restaurant. I'd definitelty give it another visit if I am in the neighborhood.
11-14-2011 21:08:01 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hit up on the way home from EBF on a cold, Sunday afternoon. Parking in the area can be challenging I am sure but we lucked out with a spot about 1/2 block away.
Upon arrival we again luck out and grabbed one of the few empty tables for soon after there was a wait.
A pleasant cozy atmosphere inside with a large bar and plenty of table seating to the side. We didnt venture downstairs and I am not even sure it was open. I really like the "last supper" like painting on the wall that was composed of legendary rock, folk and country musicians.
I ordered the zuppa di beer which consisted of mussels, chorizo, onions and garlic in a beer broth. The dish was extremely tasty.It came with a nice accompanying bread and good fries.
Service was friendly and fairly prompt. Nothing outstanding but certainly nothing to complain about. I thought the prices were reasonable and on par with the area.
I think they had 8 beers on tap and no cask so a tick above average on the selection scale there.
Overall a solid location that deserves another visit next time I am in Providence.
07-18-2009 11:59:21 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I went to Trinity Alehouse on Saturday afternoon and had a mediocre experience there. There are big windows on the front entrance with plenty of seating to the right or left. You’ll notice a bunch of tables and chairs as well as booths. The brewery tanks are located behind the bar, which I always think is a nice touch.
We sat at the bar and I noticed about 7 draft options including Octoberfest, Kolsch, Cascadian Dark Ale, Larkin’s Irish Stout, Rhode Island IPA and Belgian Saison. I ordered a Bobby Pilz Pilsner that was pretty average. I didn’t try any of their food as I had brunch just a couple of hours before.
Service was responsive, but there also were only a handful of customers. The bartender was eating food behind the bar, which was kind of nasty and I always feel like I’m interrupting or bothering them in those situations. On a positive note, I thought the beers were priced very reasonable at $4.25.
Trinity Alehouse didn’t leave a lasting impression with me and I wasn’t motivated to try any of their other beer offerings after finishing my first. I would be open to trying this place out again, maybe I just went on an “off” day.
09-24-2012 19:39:19 |
More by Hibernator
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