Because of its rich flavors and ability to sustain life, beer is often referred to as liquid bread, inciting a nationwide spike in the number of pints sold to confused ducks. Flock to ambrosial draughts with today's Groupon: for $11, you get two tickets to the 13th Annual Newport Storm Luau on Saturday, August 20 from 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m. at Historic Fort Adams in Newport (up to a $30 value).
The keen-palated alesmiths at Coastal Extreme Brewing Co., also known as The Newport Storm Brewery, stock a rollicking soiree with Pacific-style food, entertainment, and signature brews from an arsenal of more than 30 sparkling suds. The festivities begin with the annual debut of the Regenschauer Oktoberfest lager, which is brewed from copious quantities of Carapils and Munich malts in addition to the jealous tears of Bacchus. Shaded by a 1,800-square-foot tent, the beer garden attracts throngs of revelers with the delicate malt flavor of Newport's flagship Hurricane Amber Ale. Acute taste buds detect real blueberry pressings in the Kölsch-style Rhode Island Blueberry Beer; frosty cocktails spirited with Thomas Tew Rum fuel jocularity.
Polynesian cuisine and a pig roast top off imbibers' stomachs between sessions of grooving to live reggae bands, playing volleyball, and captaining cross-country limbo teams. Hula dancers serenely gyrate on one of two stages, and after the sun sets, a fire dancer deftly cuts blazing swaths through the dark night air. Proceeds from the event support the Fort Adams Trust, which aims to restore and maintain the historic pre-Revolution structure.
Newport Storm Brewery and Thomas Tew Distillery
In 1999, four college friends founded Newport Storm Brewery with some used equipment and two Middletown garage bays. In the 15 years since then, the enterprise has been on an upward trajectory. First off, it moved into a new, 8,000-square-foot facility. Secondly, they expanded into the liquor business and starting distilling Thomas Tew Rum, a dark amber rum with hints of molasses. However, the founders never abandoned beer, their original passion. Their current craft beers range from Rhode Island Blueberry Beer, infused with juice from local berries five days into the brewing process, to Hurricane Amber Ale with Tettenang hops.
90 Fort Adams Dr.
Newport, Rhode Island 02840Get Directions