In the dead of winter, there’s nothing like a locally crafted cordial to warm the soul. While we’re great enthusiasts of all the local libations that currently line the shelves, we’ll admit Newport Storm’s newly released beer and rum offerings are certainly tempting our taste buds.
Here’s a peek at what’s coming:
Smoke RIng, the latest porter addition to Newport Storm’s collection of barreled brews, is all about the wood. Pop the top on this bomber and you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to a camp fire deep in the woods. Hardwood smoked barley and chocolate malt are expertly matched with crystal malt making this one hearty and warming brew. As the velvety liquid cascades across your palate, your taste buds detect traces of oak and remnants of a slightly wild ferment.
Several months of aging in oak adds complexity to Smoke RIng, and we think you’ll agree that when it comes to this brew, wood is good.
Distribution is set for PA, CT, RI and ME.
Handcrafted in Newport with flavorful blackstrap molasses and a single pot still, Widows Walk, as it has been named, has a buttery nose up front followed by a grassy cane flavor finishing with notes of dark molasses.The robust 67.5 % ABV brings forth more concentrated flavors allowing it to be balanced by a wider variety of modifiers used in cocktailing.
As for the name? In Newport’s rum heyday, life on the sea was not for the faint of heart. When ships left port, there was little guarantee of when or if they would return. Because of this, ship’s owners and crew members’ loved ones used small structures on the top of harbor side houses to look out for the safe return of their ships. These structures eventually became known as “widows walks” as too often the ships, and the mariners on them, never returned.
The untamed flavors of this unaged white rum bring back the spirit of the bold sailors that put it all on the line to seek their fortunes.
To find a bottle near you stay tuned here.