Brendan O ’ Donnell , originally from the bustling corridors of Wall Street , transitioned his expertise to the world of hospitality in 2015 , joining Stanton & Bowery Hospitality group as a partner and head of operations . His visionary leadership propelled SoHo ’ s 310 Bowery Bar to be counted among New York City ’ s premier establishments .
In 2017 , with a keen eye for opportunities , O ’ Donnell pivoted to Audrain Hospitality Group , orchestrating the acquisition of Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Company . As the head of Audrain Hospitality Group and CEO of Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling Company , O ’ Donnell ’ s ambitious pursuits led to significant expansions , including the acquisitions of Braven Brewery and Radiant Pig Craft Beer from Brooklyn , NY . Under his stewardship , Newport Craft has been recognized for producing the nation ’ s ninth best rum and the top-rated whiskey in New England .
One of O ’ Donnell ’ s hallmark achievements is the recent $ 22 million expansion of Newport Craft , increasing its brewing and distilling capacity tenfold . The revamped “ Brewstillery ” boasts a state-of-the-art outdoor tasting pavilion , expansive private event spaces , and a picturesque field offering stunning views of the Pell Bridge . With accommodations for up to 1,750 guests , this venue promises unparalleled experiences .