Bayberry Beerhall’s Dennen Explains Community Style Set Up on LIVE

Thursday, January 24, 2019

 

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Tom Dennen

Owner of Providence’s Bayberry Beerhall, Tom Dennen shares his experience of operating one of the city’s favorite spots for a casual night out with his wife Natalie Dennen.

“We were looking to bring something unique, something different to Providence,” says Dennen.

After a visit to Germany, Dennen hoped to bring the traditional style beer garden to Rhode Island, complete with the community style set up, “we want to bring the community into a space. Our communal tables seat eight to ten people, so you might be forced into that community aspect. Having to sit next to someone you don’t know and putting your phone down and actually engaging with those around you.”

The interior gives a bright and airy feel, “someone came in the other day and said, it always feels like summer in here, which is great this time of year. We try to bring the outdoors in”, as the ceiling is lit with strings of lights and installation of over 175 live plants.

Bayberry is constantly circulating new beers on tap along with a selection of wines, locally brewed kombucha and nitro coffee.

“Our focus is American craft beers. We try to put together a unique draft list, we carry all regionally made craft beers, stuff that you might not see at every bar. They are constantly changing, what we have on tap on a Tuesday will be completely different by Sunday,” says Dennen.

The open-air kitchen gives guests a peek into the back of house operations, while smells of freshly made pretzels waft through space.

Dennen speaks about his one of his favorite items on the menu, “our sausage plate kind of represents Bayberry on a small plate. We are making a different sausage every week, with house-made bread, mustard and pickled vegetables also made in house. It reinforces working with local farms, and doing everything from scratch. I like to say that we make everything but the ketchup.”

Dennen also announces their first movie night at Bayberry on Wednesday evening, “we are having a Wes Anderson movie night up on the projector. It is four movies, and we will be doing a food special with each.”

Follow @bayberrybeerhall on Instagram to stay up to date on their events, and new beers on tap.

 

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