I should apologize for something. It’s been a real long time since I’ve given a Marvel update. Don’t worry though, I’ve still been on top of it!
Spiderman was a fantastic movie in case you somehow missed it. Tom Holland is waaaay better than Andrew Garfield and Michael Keaton sure can play a bird like no other. And then the ComicCon trailers for Thor & Defenders came out and look damn amazing. It’s a good time to be a Marvel fan, so much great stuff is happening.
And this concludes our Marvel minute. Now onto the beer with Newport Storm!
First launching in ’99, Newport Storm Brewing has been part of the New England scene for a good amount of time; it’s actually credited as either the 2nd or 3rd longest running brewery in RI (depending on whether or not you include Narragansett now that they returned). Knowing this info, I’m ashamed to say that up until this trip, I may have had Newport Storm once, maybe twice, since the beginning of my drinking career. After this trip, that will most likely change.
The brewery is a big, green steel building away from the beaches and mansions of Newport. Everything taproom related is encompassed in one room, with a good size bar and a store only separated by a free-standing wall. There’s also a big picture window to take a look into the brewery. The coolest feature was definitely the old bottles of their retired cyclone experimental series displayed on selves in alphabetical order. It’s a really charming taproom, I dig it.
Now, in full disclosure, we arrived at the brewery right about an hour before close. I hate doing this. If you’ve ever worked in the service industry, you know that all you want to do during that time is prep everything for close so you can leave ASAP. That being said the tasting counter guy, Neil if I remember correctly (I’m never good with names),was awesome. He was super friendly and knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome. Any desire to want to shove use out the door was hidden quite well!
As for the beer, I was very impressed. The India Point Ale is a malt forward amber IPA that balances between sweet caramel flavor and hints of piney hop. It’s nothing like most of the IPA’s being produced more recently, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. Goes to show it doesn’t always need to be hazy! Their Irish Red Ale also kind of flips the usual recipe, where you taste a bit more hop than usual, but still get a nice nutty flavor. Irish Red’s are one of my favorite styles, and this one hits every note really well. My favorite was definitely the aRIstotle barrel aged farmhouse ale. Sweetness, spiciness and booziness blend incredibly well thanks to the Thomas Tew rum barrels (which they also produce) and the farmhouse yeast. It’s incredibly tasty and something you should absolutely try.
Newport Storm is a great time with plenty of quality beers. Be sure to stop once you’re done roasting on the beach!
Newport Storm Brewery is located at 293 JT Connell Rd Newport, RI and at http://newportstorm.com/