Pawtucket’s Guild brewery now has a pop-up beer garden in Providence – Food and Dining –

Every great city needs a beer garden, said Jeremy Duffy, co-founder of The Guild brewery in Pawtucket.

“They bring people together and build community,” he said.

Now, he’s doing his part to make that happen introducing The Guild PVD, a weekend-only, pop-up beer garden in downtown Providence that launched Sept. 25 for a six week run.

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The outdoor space with beer poured from a truck, occupies 4,200 square feet in the Providence Innovation District Park, by the pedestrian bridge. It will be open Friday-Sunday, with limited capacity, through Sunday, Nov. 1. There are no reservations, only walk-ins from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Each weekend will also feature different food trucks organized by Smoke & Squeal BBQ and Ocean State Food Truck Festivals.

How did The Guild get here?

It started with Duffy talking to I-195 Redevelopment District Commission last year after the opening of the pedestrian bridge. They discussed The Guild offering some temporary concessions.

“This was all pre-COVID,” Duffy said.

Fast forward to last summer when Duffy was told the park was ready and setting up a beer garden would go well with Governor Raimondo’s “Take it outside” campaign.

And so a public-private partnership between The Guild, Rhode Island Commerce and the 195 Commission was born.

Though smaller than Duffy’s original vision, the space offers distanced seating for 74 people at long tables set eight feet apart, outside.

“The views are phenomenal,” he said. “Everyone seems thrilled,” he said.

The Guild, which brews for not