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Coddington Brewing Co.

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Coddington Brewing Co.Coddington Brewing Co.
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127 Ratings
Place Score: 84
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: n/a
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Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

210 Coddington Hwy
Middletown, Rhode Island, 02842-4884
United States
phone: (401) 847-6690

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 33
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of AnneReed
2/5  rDev -45.4%

This place is really a waste of your time. They do brew on site, but the beers are weak and boring at best. The food is boring too. The people are very nice, and there is a good rum cocktail. Norey's and Malt are only 2 miles down West Main Rd which turns into Broadway.

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Stopped in here toady for a late lunch to take a break from walking all over the mansions in Newport. Fairly unassuming restaurant looks like a chain store but isn’t. somewhat crowded for a Thursday afternoon. 7 beers on tap general pub grub menu. Decent enough beer and food, service a little to slow and prices just a bit on the high side. I’d stop in again if in the area but I wouldn’t make a trip for it.

Photo of marksworld74
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Sellen
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Rhody1
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of Proclarush
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice little pub/restaurant. Their brewing room is visible through a huge glass window, where you can see the huge mash tun, fermenters, and bags of grain etc. Went here for late company lunch, and of course got the sampler, which is 7 beers in 7 oz. glasses.

Decent pub food and selection, including some sea food which is common for the area. A bit pricy but very reasonable for the area. Service is great, nice, no complaints.

They rotate a few beers seasonally and have a few year rounders. Overall I was let down by the beer. Every beer was a bit below par, a bit weak. Definitely worth stopping by once if you're in the area though.

Photo of tcbl1007
4.83/5  rDev +32%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This was a very pleasant first time experience! The beer selection was nice, the beer quality was excellent, the food was delicious, and the service was exemplary. The prices for everything did seem to be just a tad high, but you definitely get top quality for what you pay.

About the only thing I can say that they can improve on is to maybe have at least one imperial-style beer in their selection. Don't get me wrong, all of their beers were fantastic (their stout and scottish ale were two of the best that I've ever had!), but I also enjoy "big beers". It's a personal preference, and should not be a reflection on this establishment. I will not hesitate to go back there again when I am in the neighborhood.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Was camping in Burlingame State Park, and we made a trip into the Newport area to do some roaming/exploring. Just down the road from Newport Storm brewery was Coddington, and since we needed some grub, too, we went there first. It's your standard brewpub setup when you walk in, with a ton of seating and a clear view of the 7bbl brewing system they have. The beers were pretty solid, and they were still serving a few of their summer seasonals, which is a big chunk of their taps that they rotate. Growlers were available to go, and prices were based on ABV, from what the waitress explained to us. The staff was nice enough, but our waitress struggled a bit with some pretty basic questions regarding the beer, styles, and questions about growlers, all of which should be pretty straightforward in that setting. The food was great, all fresh and very tasty. Plenty of different things on the menu, and not all standard pub fare either, so you will likely find something for everyone. If we find ourselves in Rhode Island again, we will likely be seeking this place out.

Photo of Naugros
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

One of the many beer destinations on a run from NJ to RI. We had planned to eat dinner here, but we weren't that hungry and just got the nachos. Those were pretty good. The menu had a decent line-up of appies and entrees. What we saw looked good and the patrons eating looked like they were enjoying the food.

The wait staff was very attentive. The place was empty when we got there, but was full when we left. The level of service never changed. We made a few requests on the nachos and they made them exactly as asked and even brought a good size side of jalapenos when we requested some extra ones.

The sampler is the seven beers they offer. Instead of a board, paddle, carrier, etc., they have the spots for each sample laid out on the place mat. Not a bad idea, but it's impossible to slide the place mat anywhere once the glasses are put down.

They had some year-rounds: Golden Ale (very pale and light, not much to it), blueberry blonde (like the pale ale with a slight blueberry taste, served with blueberries dropped into the glass), India pale (unimpressive IPA) and a hefeweizen (tasty, served with a slice of lemon but a little heavy for a hefe). There were also three "seasonals": watermelon ale (served with a micro-slice of watermelon, good aroma and flavor, light but too watery), nut brown ale (flavorful and nutty with a good body) and an oatmeal stout (very tasty, but a bit thin for a stout).

The vibe is almost that of a Bennigan's or Friday's without the flair. There's nothing that makes it stand out as a great place to go for a pint. Feels like a family restaurant that just happens to serve beer.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.33/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped here with two buddies after a day at the casinos. We all ordered the sampler, 7 7-oz samples for $14. Not tooo shabby. Had the Irish Stout, Scotch Ale, Hefeweizen, Watermelon Ale, IPA, Blueberry Ale, and Golden Ale.

The atmosphere is nice- typical NE decor, long bar and big dining room, the 7bbl brewhouse is visible.

Food was OK- my buffalo chicken sandwich was kind of mundane, fries were good. The other people in my group ordered a pizza and a burger and both looked better than mine.

Prices were OK- Newport prices in Middletown, but what you gonna do. Most beers are available for growler fills. Growler with tax + dep. was $14.

Service was excellent- many people on shift and they were all very helpful.

Unfortunately, most all of the beer is middling to good, and none were great. The IPA is going to be my regular, not too much else jumped out at me.

My friend just moved about a mile away so I see this becoming a local hangout for us. Not great, but def. worth checking out, if only for a sampler and a quick bite.

Photo of Burt
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A. Walk in and have a view of the brewing equipment and dining area. Walk a little more and there is nice bar that has about 10 seats. Couple of more tables and a pool table in the bar area. Above the bar it has a TV, grain bags and varied brewery decorations.

Q. All the beer was fresh.

S. Bartender was helpful and attentive.

S. Selections was limited to what they brew in house.

F. Never had a bad meal here.

V. Prices we reasonable.

This used to be a nice Sunday ride for me and my wife and grab some beers and good food. With more local beer bars to go to I only hit this place up couple times a year. They have a sampler rack. There beer here is brewed for the masses and not for the extreme beer geek. The have some interesting mixology going on with there beers and other liquors that are available.

Photo of msnow34
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I frequent the island about once a month. Its the only place i've found that serves good food and decent beer. They don't do anything fantastic with their beers, but I would highly recommend the ESB. The GF loves watermellon and blueberry when they are in season. Growlers are inexpensive. We usually go and get the worlds largest nachos which are $10 but more than enough for dinner for 2. Its also away from the hoity toity society of downtown newport. If you get bored, Coastal Extreme/Newport Storm is right next door, and they usually have something intresting worth trying

Photo of nickdago
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The brew pub as mentioned by others is very reminiscent of a family chain restaurant. I would site this as the establishments only real flaw.

The only food item we had was the potato skin sampler, which consisted of: Broccoli and chesse, Chili, steak and several other tasty toppings. A couple next to us ordered the nachos, that is on my list for next time, it looked ginormous.

The beer sampler is quite large. 8oz pours which we were not expecting. I will not review any one particular beer, but would say their beer is quite good. I took a growler of the IPA home.

Prices were very reasonable.

Photo of bruachan
2.78/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

a little out of the way but ultimately not too difficult to find. this place has a serious family/applebees atmosphere going on, which is not quite a compliment, i reckon (i was on business and therefore alone; i would not come here for an outing with friends. sterile). the bar was granite--nice touch--though i think the proprietor clearly has a subscription to a knick-knack of the month club

codington bc offers growlers though i don't remember seeing anyone buying or refilling them. this perhaps is related to my concerns for the quality of malt used in the brews

the service was certainly adequate in terms of bartender attentiveness but they were head pourers, thereby guaranteeing wasted and wimpy aromas. i suggest that be put to an end

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We visited here after a day trip to Newport. We were very pleased with the overall experience of this brewpub. My wife and I sampled a few of the beers. While they may not have been at the top of their categories, they were certainly decent enough. My wife and I both opted for seafood while we were here, and we were not dissapointed. She opted for the stuffed shrimp and I went for the stuffed scallops. They make their own stuffing here which was excellent. They also had a decent enough kids menu for my daughter. The decor was a little bland, but then again they weren't trying for the expensive ambiance.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Coddington is, as everyone else mentions, a family style brewpub. Dining room is on one side, bar is on the other with TVs and a pool table.

Quality is pretty average, beer comes second to food which tends to be quanity over quality.

Service at the bar was great, bartender was super friendly, chatty and outgoing. I don't think he knew much about the beer but it also seems like that is an afterthought to a degree here. Ask for samples they are more than eager to oblige.

They had 6 or so beers on tap. Pretty basic offerings for the most part so I had the Winter Warmer which was decent and the Barleywine which I felt was very good.

Food is New England pub food, seafood and Thanksgiving type options. I had a "Pilgrim Wrap" which was very filling.

Costs for the most part here are pretty reasonable some of the seafood entrees will run you close to $20.

Solid place.

Photo of Franky3
3.88/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited 1-22-09..

Walk in to a split design of a family style restaurant accomponied by their own brewing system and to the right a bar with their own brewed beers on tap and a nice pool table.

The Brewpub is fairly large and can surely hold a crowd..the prices seemed high for an entree until I realized that the entrees came with a good sized salad vegetables and a starch..the tips were good and the seafood (baked stuffed scallops) was great.

On tap they had Golden Ale, Porter, IPA, Blueberry, Barley Wine, Irish Stout, and more all brewed on premise...

Service was friendly and they were kind enough to offer some samples of their different beers.

Overall their brews were good..I enjoyed the Barleywine which was a bit forgiving which can be nice once in a while for a barleywine, however it may have been a bit to light because the taste of alchohol (10.5) stood out a bit too strong.

Overall great beer, great food, and a great time.

Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited on 1/9/2009. I've been wanting to hit this place for years, but didn't want to do the drive. Now that I work in Newport, it's just a slight deviation from the way home. I was greeted at the front door with a mouthwatering smell of fried food. Interior is split in half. The left side being the dining room and the right being more of a bar area with small booths, high top tables and the bar with two flat screens going (one in the center, one at the far end). Bar was packed and quite a bit of takeout was happening. I had the English Porter (top notch) and Irish Stout (style consistent and another good offering). My friend had the barleywine which was also quite good (tends to be a hit or miss style for me, but I really liked it). Also on tap was the Golden Ale, Blueberry Blonde and Winter Warmer. Sat at the bar. Service was decent - initial drink was served quickly, but it took a while to get our order in. Our bartender switched out and was much more attentive. Food was served quick and hot and was quite tasty. $63 got us 4 beers, a growler, a burger and an order of fish and chips which I though was pretty reasonable, particularly for Newport. Well worth your time if you are in the area.

Update 2/6/2009:
Growler refills are $15 minimum, higher abv are about $20.

Photo of kevd193213
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A bit of a drive for me (40 minutes) but worth checking out. Small pub setting with a separate bar area with a nice large screen TV over the bar. Good beers brewed on the premises on tap and they have growlers available. They had seven beers with the sample platter, which are all good but if you want a really wide selection you are out of luck. Two of the beers were very good, a few average and one stinker though it may have been more my personal distaste for rasberry wheat beers than anything else.

The food was really good bar fare and not too expensive, especially for fresh seafood dishes (mostly fried but oh so good!). Great service and very clean. Will go back when I'm in the area.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited for the first time on 2/13/08. It was a Wednesday afternoon, so it was mostly a business lunch crowd with a nice relaxed atmosphere. The place seemed pretty spacious and well-laid out. There were a total of six beers on-tap, Golden Ale, Blueberry Blonde, India Pale Ale, Dopplebock, Winter Warmer and Irish Dry Stout, along with Woodchuck Cider; a nice diverse group. Growlers were pre-filled and sitting in cooler back inside the brewing room, which was visible through large glass windows. I didn't see it done while I was there, so I'm not sure if they would fill an empty growler fresh from the tap. The service was prompt, friendly and seemed knowledgeable about the beer. The food was decent, nothing spectacular, but I go to a brewpub for the beer not the food. The prices were reasonable and less expensive than I had anticipated. Overall, I found it to be a place that I wouldn't mind frequenting if I lived a little closer.

Photo of FoolCircle
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Was in the Newport area to visit family. We stopped in at about 10:30PM on a Saturday night during a Red Sox playoff game. Big HD flat screen behind the bar so there was a decent sport-centric crowd there that night.

The atmosphere was OK, very chill, nothing too exciting. The "bar area" (bar, high tops, pool table) was about as big as the seating for the rest of the place.
The quality of the beers (I tried the sampler - eight 7oz. glasses for like $8) weren't too bad, only one stinker, the Gold. My favorites were the IPA and Stout.
We sat at the bar so our service was fine, but it wasn't exceptional. The only real thing I would have like differently was some curiosity, I was trying to get information from the bartender yet he seemed distracted by the game, oh well.
The selection beer was wasn't bad, I mean 8 different beers i spretty good plus they had other beers and cider on tap plus liquor and wine too, can't beat that.
The only food I had were a side of their fries (my standard), and they were just "mah". A little soggy, a little not salty enough, dunno just unimpressed, but I really have no idea about the rest of their food, so my food score may be a little too low.
Overall I'd say it was a nice little brewpub, and if I was local I would totally check it out again, pretty comfortable place.

Photo of medic25
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

So after taking my girlfriend to Newport to pop the big question, she thought I deserved a microbrew, and we found this place courtesy of BA. We stopped in for lunch, so the crowd was relatively quiet. Decor was a nice New England colonial look, nothing too tacky. Service was very pleasant. I tried the beer sampler, which consisted of their golden ale, IPA, blueberry blonde, Irish red, doppelbock, and Irish stout. They were all quite tasty, although if I was forced to choose I'd go with the doppelbock. The food selection was fairly standard, but the turkey club I had was moist and big enough to serve my appetite. Perhaps my mood was a little biased by the engagement the day before, but I was very impressed. We both agreed that if we lived locally this would become a regular favorite.

Photo of nicefix
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped in for lunch with a co-worker. Pretty nice looking place but nothing spectacular. Very quiet and low key. We sat at the bar and I reviewed the beer offerings on a small chalk board on the wall. They had an IPA, nut brown ale, blueberry ale, stout, and a golden ale. I went for the IPA. Decent but overall, pretty boring. Oh and they also had Woodchuck ale on tap.

For lunch I had some ultimate nachos which were pretty good. But the cesar salad sucked. It was wilted and completely drowned in dressing.

Overall, I wasn't impressed. Although I wish I had went for the beer sampler so I could try the rest of their beers. But I was officialy working. Probably wont go back.

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