A Premier New England Fest Brings Beer Sightings (Or Tastings) to Pawtucket

Whale Watching offers rare sips paired with local bites and views of the Blackstone River


Though Pawtucket isn’t exactly synonymous with aquatic animal sightings, a different kind of Whale Watching is surfacing at 249 Roosevelt Avenue this spring. With a name that cheekily refers to limited-edition brews known as “whales” in the craft beer industry, the premier New England festival returns to Rhode Island for its second year.

Hosted by Finback Brewery, based in Queens, NYC, Whale Watching invites beer lovers on a voyage of sipping brews from over 60 worldwide producers – from San Diego to Dublin, Ireland, along with a handful of regional favorites; Buttonwoods, Origin, Narragansett, Tilted Barn, Moniker, Long Live Beerworks, Proclamation, and Shaidzon will all represent the Ocean State. Whale Sightings – a series of small releases during the festival – offer rare and refined sips from select breweries. And pours are best paired with bites from local food vendors on site, like Masa Taqueria and Ming’s Asian Street Food, along with Providence-based DJ Audiofields adding to the ambiance.

“Rhode Island is my home state and where I first fell in love with craft beer, so it feels exciting and inspiring to once again hold Whale Watching here in the Ocean State,” says Basil Lee, co-founder of Finback. “We’re thankful for the support and good energy from last year’s festival and can’t wait to enjoy a fun day overlooking the Blackstone River with attendees and friends from breweries, including those who are pouring their beers in the area for the first time.”

Whale Watching makes a splash May 20, but if the inaugural 2022 event is any indication of this year’s success, tickets will sell out quickly. WhaleWatching2023.eventbrite.com 



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