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Newport Storm Brewery Tour

On day 2 of our Newport Rhode Island trip I hit up the Newport Storm Brewery. The plan was to meet Derek, head brewer and one of the original founders of the brewery. Unfortunately Derek had an emergency and wasn’t able to meet up with me. The tap lines exploded at a local bar or something like that…that’s the life of a relatively small brewer; Derek is the head brewer, a sales guy, the bottling line setter-upper-guy, a welder, and emergency repairman.

It was all good though because Laura (head of PR) was able to show me around and answer some questions I had.

The visitor center always shows what’s brewing, which is a nice touch. I haven’t seen this at other breweries I have visited.

For $7 you get a souvenir glass and tasting of what they have on tap in the visitor center. The day I was there they had their flagship Hurricane Amber, the blueberry, the Summer IPA, and the Spring Ale. My favorite is probably the Spring Ale – an Irish red with big-time roasted flavors.

In addition to their year-round beers and seasonals, Newport Storm brews a limited edition Cyclone series. These special batches are brewed only once and when the batch is gone…it’s gone. Fear not though, as soon as the last of the beer is distributed, the next beer in the Cyclone series is queued up and ready to roll. At the time of writing, “Quinn“, a rum-barrel aged porter is the Cyclone beer on the shelves. I brought some home and will be reviewing it later this week!

Newport Storm also does a special annual beer. The brew is different each year and has very limited availability. This year’s batch sounds pretty cool, as all of the Rhode Island breweries collaborated by each adding some ingredient or unique element to the brewing process. You can look for the 14% ABV monster this November.

The brewery also runs a rum distillery under the label Thomas Tew. Above is a picture of the equipment used to make the rum.

I’m always curious about how head brewers make test batches. The pictures above and below show how Derek at Newport Storm goes about it. He has Jerry-rigged a homebrew-like system that allows him to brew mini batches at the brewery. Every beer that comes out of the brewery was probably born in this contraption.

Newport Storm beers are only available in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. They recently expanded into a space that will allow 3 times the previous production, so I suppose it is possible they will eventually expand their distribution.

I’ll leave you with one final fun-fact. Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs did a show at the brewery. Mike worked on distilling the rum and managed to get pretty grimy as you would expect. He signed a shirt which is displayed at the brewery.

Newport Rhode Island

Saison Dupont

Julian's Taps

My wife and I spent a couple of days in Newport, RI this week. Today’s post provides a brief recap of our trip.

Things got started off when we stopped on Providence, RI on the way down in order to have brunch at one of our favorite restaurants – Julian’s.

Julian's French Toast

I had the vegan cinnamon-orange french toast and paired it up with some Saison Dupont. YUMMY! The vacation was already off to an awesome start.

Pier 49

When we got to Newport it was sunny and hot. It wasn’t check-in time yet, so we hit up a bar on the wharfs – Pier 49. They have an awesome outdoor bar that’s a must-visit location.

Pier 49 Gansett Summer Ale Tap

Narragansett Summer Ale was on tap and seemed appropriate!

Diego's

Still looking to explore, we hit up Diego’s – an EXCELLENT Mexican restaurant. The food has a modern flair. Don’t miss out on the pineapple based salsa and the blacked fish tacos!

Dos Equis

Newport Storm Summer IPA

I kicked the keg of Dos Equis, has a bottle of the same, and then moved on to Newport Storm Summer Ale. Yup, I was thirsty!

Spring Seasons Inn

We checked into our room at the Spring Season’s Inn. We love going to bed & breakfasts. We stayed in the Venice Suite. The room, the inn-keeper Susan, the location, the food, everything…it was all fantastic. “True class”.

“Class” is a term we picked up from our new Irish friends Aisling and Peter who were also staying at the Inn. Apparently in Ireland “class” is used similarly to “cool” here in the states.

To Peter and Aisling – it was great meeting you. Please stay in touch via Facebook or email!

Rum Runner

On the first evening in Newport we partied quite hard. We followed up a long afternoon of drinking with a booze cruise aboard the Rum Runner 2. The harbor cruise was 60 minutes – long enough to see some yachts, some ocean-front mansions, and to chug down 4-5 bud lights. Melissa wasn’t left out; in addition to Bud the Rum Runner serves unlimited rum punch.

Needless to say, once we got back we were pretty well in the bag.

Rum Runner

Rum Runner

Rum Runner

Day 1 wrapped up with us crashing VERY early in the evening. It was all good though, as we got rested up for day 2.

Cliff Walk

Day 2 started off with a brief walk along Cliff Walk, a 3.5 mile path that runs along the ocean. We only walked a small portion of the path before deciding it was time to head back. The weather wasn’t great on day 2.

Cliff Walk

Red Parrot

Next we were off to find lunch and more drinks. We walked a couple of miles trying to get to this Italian joint that has great vegan options for my wife. Upon finally arriving we landed an epic fail – closed on Wednesdays! waaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah *fail noise*

Instead, we ended up at the Red Parrot. The Red Parrot is a GIANT restaurant with an equally giant menu. The place is quite popular with locals and tourists. This is another must-visit spot.

Calamari Pizza

I ordered the calamari pizza pictured above. Holy crap that was a lot of calamari. I only finished half the pizza.

Red Parrot Ale

The Red Parrot has a beer on their menu called “Newport Storm Red Parrot Ale”. At first I thought that this might be a beer that was specially brewed for the restaurant. I learned that this is not true while visiting the Newport Storm brewery later that day (detailed post comes tomorrow). The beer is in fact the flagship Hurricane Amber.

Newport Winery

Late afternoon on day 2 included a trip to the Newport Winery. I had never been on a winery tour and was surprised how similar brewing beer and making wine is! For $10 you get the tour (technically free) and 5 tastings. We went home with some port and hard cider.

Newport Winery

Newport Winery

Fluke

Dinner time rolled around quick and we landed at Fluke down on the wharfs.

Fluke is a classy joint with white linen, fancy martinis and what have you. We picked it because it had good vegan (for Melissa) and vegetarian (for me) options. Although we mostly ate from the appetizer and side order menu, we were very happy with the food. My favorite was the cheese platter I had…God I love cheese.

Cheese Platter

I also found a beer on their menu I had never heard of – Wittekerke. Wittekerke is a Belgian ale that has a ton of lemony citrus action mixed with some cloves as well. Super light and uber drinkable. Good stuff and I am surprised that was the first time I had heard of it.

Wittekerke

Wittekerke

And that was the brief overview of our trip to Newport. For us, 2 nights and 3 days was a perfect amount of time for a visit. Visiting mid-week saved us a ton of cash also.

If you enjoyed the pictures in the post, be sure to check out the full set I took. There is a slideshow below and you can also find the photos here.

Tomorrow I will post the details of my trip to the Newport Storm Brewery.

-Lost