Making their Mark: Foolproof Brewing Company
Craft beer has becoming a booming industry in Rhode Island because of companies like Foolproof Brewing Company.
Folks are crossing state lines just to get a taste.
“It's a wonderful, very rewarding, very fun industry to work in,” said Nick Garrison, founder of Foolproof Brewing Company.
Garrison said he decided to quit his job in the aerospace industry and follow a dream in 2012.
“I started brewing as a hobby at home, it was a passion and I decided I wanted to build a business around that,” said Garrison.
The timing was good for Garrison, who opened Foolproof just as the craft beer craze was taking off.
He set up shop in what's become the craft beer capital of Rhode Island: Pawtucket.
“Very advanced water treatment facility here in Pawtucket,” said Garrison. “It's very important in beer, which is about 90 percent water.”
Now, Foolproof is home to 16 employees, a state-of-the-art production facility, and a tasting room that Garrison has dubbed his best marketing tool.
“They visit the brewery, they have a beer, maybe buy some to take home,” he said.
After visiting the tasting room, Garrison said, “They seek out the beer on their own.”
Foolproof brews more than a dozen varieties of beer, which is designed to appeal to every taste, from craft beer enthusiasts, to occasional sippers, and everyone in between.
“It's 24/7, non-stop, but it's a passion, it's something I love doing so it doesn't really feel like work,” said Garrison.
Foolproof offers tastings Thursday through Sunday, as well as brewery tours on Saturday.
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