There's a new beer hall in Providence, and it's where joyful moments took place today.
It was named Bayberry because of the owners' grandfather who had a cabin in coastal Maine that he called Bayberry, so named for the bayberry bushes that surrounded it. For him, the bushes represented the American spirit--tough enough to endure New England winter and still flourish year after year.
More than that, however, this place was named as a tribute to honor the generosity and hospitality of the grandfather who opened his cabin to family and friends and made everyone feel welcome. That is the vibe they were going for here, where they claim "beer, food, community." Three very wonderful things.
I had the great pleasure of sharing my experience at Bayberry with two beautiful women, my friend Kasey who no longer lives in RI but was visiting briefly (you might remember her from earlier this year), and my friend Maggie who is in my wonderful writing workshop!
I was late meeting Kasey due to a work snafu, but her kind and easy going nature didn't give me a hard time for it--the only tragedy was not getting to see her as much as I would have liked. But I got to see her IN THE FLESH and she informed me that one of my prayers had been answered and that is amazing.
And Maggie! What a joy. I am making it my duty to help her fall in love with Rhode Island so she doesn't leave at the end of her job assignment, but it was so fun getting to know her outside of the writing group. She had joked about making it onto my blog, but little does she know, I was serious when I said it would totally be a joyful moment! The best thing about hanging out with her is that she's not about surface level conversations. She's interested to talk real things, and she doesn't mind my unabated enthusiasm when I get going telling stories. I'm excited to have more hangouts and conversations in the future.
Also, as a cherry on the proverbial cake, I discovered a new beer I liked (Alagash Curieux, aged in bourbon barrels!), and the food is fun. Soft pretzels and beer are the German equivalent of peanut butter and jelly--they are MFEO*
Three cheers for Bayberry.
*made for each other