Last Saturday I went down to Newport to visit Coastal Extreme Brewing Co., home of the Newport Storm beer brand. They were conducting their annual brew session of their 2011 beer for this year and the homebrewers of the area were invited to come and take the tour, sample some great brews in the sampling area, then take home the left over wort to boil and ferment themselves! For the '11 seasonal beer, they only kept the first runnings and gave away the second and third to us homebrewers. This year's specialty beer was a collaboration of Rhode Island's best commercial brewers and it went well! It will be released in Nov 2011 and is a BIG beer! Can't wait to try it!
The collaboration team consisted of the following brewers:
Derek Luke - Coastal Extreme Brewing
Sean Larkin - Trinity Brewhouse
Aaron Crossett - Union Station Brewery
Dave Sniffen - Mohegan Cafe and Brewery
Marshall Righter - Coddington Brewing Company
The brewery tour was a lot of fun and very informative and was a bit of a history lesson not only about the brewery, but also about the history of brewing in Rhode Island, as this state is rich in brewing history!
The tour was conducted by Laura Blackwell, and she was great at answering our questions and was very entertaining too! Great job Laura!
Coastal Extreme also brews and distills their own line of rum by the name of
Thomas Tew Rum. You can learn more about the brewery and about Thomas Tew Rum
by visiting their website HERE.
The brewery even allowed a few homebrewers to bring their boiling gear and boil their wort at the brewery!
I managed to bring home 10 gallons of wort, one from the second runoff and one from the third.
I brought it all home and with the addittion of some extra specialty grains, I boiled up a Dopplebock using the first runnings, and with the second, I bolied up an Oktoberfest. They are fermenting away as I type.
I also ran in to a couple of fellow RIFTers there and we had a great time discussing our plans for the wort.
I managed to take a couple of pics and they are shown below.
I'd like to thank everyone at Coastal Extreme Brewing for their generosity and hospitality. It was a great day!
Below, members of the South Shore Brewing club boiling their wort.
Running off some wort.
Below: View of the mash tun and boiling kettle.
I need to get a few of these...!
Here's John showing off his damaged finger. Ouch!
And this one's for John: ;D
Well that's it for now...I'll have some new pics of my new electric brewery posted soon and some more informative information about how it all works.
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