Pawtucket off the table as Narragansett Brewing site - for now

Pawtucket off the table as Narragansett Brewing site - for now

PAWTUCKET - Those dreaming of this city becoming the brewing capital of New England may be disappointed to learn that Narragansett Brewing Company will likely not be a part of it.

Pawtucket still has its two upstart breweries, Foolproof Brewing and the Bucket Brewery, as well as its annual R.I. Brew Fest, but a representative for Narragansett Beer said the company is all but sure to end up at the former Capital Records building off Route 10 in Providence. Narragansett owners are presently doing feasibility studies on that building and getting answers on some variable costs, said the company official.

"We hope to have answers and be able to make an announcement soon," she said. "If it turns out this location is not feasible due to structure or hidden cost, then we will move onto a different location."

Staff remain committed to getting a Narragansett brewery up and running as soon as possible, she said. Pawtucket officials have made past attempts at luring Mark Hellendrung and Narragansett Brewing to their city, even taking him on tours of a number of buildings, but Hellendrung made it clear two years ago that he was focusing most of his attention on Providence. He is attempting to shift contracted brewing services for Narragansett from a facility in Rochester, N.Y., to the company's home base of Rhode Island.