Newport Craft Brewing & Distilling Co. acquired 293-298 JT Connell Hwy. from the City of Newport in July. The roughly six-acre parcel on which the brewery’s current facility sits will facilitate the company’s planned 20,000-square-foot expansion of manufacturing and event space, making Newport Craft the “anchor of the North End urban plan and redevelopment,” the company said in a news release. The acquisition was completed through a tax-exempt bond structured with Dime Bank and the Rhode Island Industrial Facilities Corporation. Working with former Newport Mayor Jamie Bova, Current Mayor Jean-Marie Napolitano, Newport City Council City Manager Joseph Nicholson, Director of Planning and Economic Development Patricia Reynolds, City Planner Peter Friedrichs, Managing Director of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation William Ash, Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Sen. Louis DiPalma, Former Gov. Gina Raimondo and Gov. Dan McKee, the company began its vision for the project more than two years ago. Newport Craft has contracted with East Providence’s Parker Construction to bring the estimated $10 million renovation and expansion project to life, creating separate brewing and distilling areas, increasing year-round production to 100,000 BBL a year and facilitating the storage to house 5,000 barrels of aging spirits to be completed by the end of calendar year 2022. Its brands include Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum, Thomas Tew Reserve Rum, Thomas Tew Spiced Rum, Sea Fog Single Malt Whiskey, Newport Craft Gin, White Squall Coastal Moonshine, Newport Craft Beer, Braven Brewing Company and Radiant Pig Craft Brewing.