Grey Sail Brewing
Taking pride of brewing award-winning beers in their home town of Westerly, Rhode Island.
Grey Sail Brewing Company was founded in 2011 by the husband and wife duo, Alan and Jennifer Brinton. The couple had been dreaming about opening a brewery for over 15 years, and finally made it a reality in Westerly, Rhode Island. Alan and Jennifer met working for a corporation in New Jersey. Alan had been a homebrewer and introduced the idea of someday starting their own brewery. It was an intriguing thought, but the timing wasn’t quite right. They put the plan on the back burner and Alan continued working while Jennifer became a full-time mom. Jennifer was a former engineer and part-time wedding planner, and the year before their eldest child was ready for school, she decided it was time to go back to work full time and do something new.
The idea of starting a micro brewery came up again, and this time Alan and Jennifer decided to go for it. In the fall of 2010, Alan and Jennifer purchased the old Westerly Macaroni Factory on Canal Street in Rhode Island. It was the perfect space and plans were made to start Grey Sail Brewing Company. Less than a year later, the equipment was installed and the renovations were complete and Grey Sail began brewing its first batch of Flagship Ale on 11/11/11.
The Brintons named the brewery Grey Sail in honor of Jennifer’s early morning trips to Misquamicut Beach, where she enjoys watching the grey mist surround the sailboats on the water. Today, Alan and Jennifer are joined by head brewer Josh Letourneau who gained experience as a home brewer and working at Mayflower Brewing in Massachusetts. His passion for craft beer and Grey Sail Brewing Company is undeniable and he is thrilled by the Rhode Island locals who have really embraced the tiny micro brewery. Although still very young, Grey Sail Brewing Company is already an award-winning craft brewery with a loyal following and promising future. The brewery currently produces two year round beers, three seasonals, and six limited-releases, and they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon.