Friday, April 27, 2012

Newport Craft Beer Festival

This press release was sent to me last week, but in my typical deadbeatery I forgot to post it. At the time of the email, there were less than 100 tickets left for sale, so I’m unsure if the event is completely sold out as of yet. Please visit the Newport Storm website, and check out for additional information!   

The First Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival!
Proceeds to benefit the Newport Historical Society  

Mark your calendars! Your Craft Beer Festival is coming to town! April 28th, on the daffodil-filled lawn of the Great Friends Meeting house, 30 New England breweries will congregate to show off their art! This festival will celebrate Newport’s rich brewing history (dating back before the American Revolution!) and proceeds will benefit the Newport Historical Society.  

The First Annual Newport Craft Beer Festival is sponsored by Pour Judgement Bar and Grill and the Newport Storm Brewery. “Brewing craft beer is an art,” states Hank Whitin of Pour Judgement, “and that art has been ‘brewing’ locally for over 400 years! We want to celebrate that history and give New England’s brewers an opportunity to show off the brews they work so hard to hand-craft. It will be a ‘different’ kind of beer festival, with the focus on personal interaction between the brewers and guests. Set on the historic Meeting House lawn, the venue itself reinforces the history we are trying to bring attention to.”  

The Festival will take place from 2-6pm on April 28th (the last weekend of free parking in Newport!). Approximately 30 craft breweries will participate, coming from as far as Vermont and as close as Newport’s North End! Guests will be given the opportunity to try small samples of a spectrum of craft brews and converse with the folks who made them! Come taste the difference between a stout and a porter, learn the impact a unique yeast strain can have on aroma, and celebrate craft beer! The South Shore Homebrew club will be brewing on site and happy to answer questions of those curious about learning to brew themselves! Acoustical music will set a relaxed tone while restaurants from the up-and-coming lower Broadway area serve up tasty nibbles!  

“Newport has some fantastic food festivals celebrating the culinary diversity around our city and state,” comments Evan Smith, President and CEO of the Newport & Bristol County Visitors & Convention Bureau, (and a big fan of craft beer!). “This new festival would give us a chance to showcase and celebrate the importance of craft beers to the local and regional culinary scene.”  

The Newport Craft Beer Festival is strictly a 21+ event. Tickets are $45 and are available at the gear store of Tickets include admission, beer samples, and a souvenir glass. Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase. For up to date info follow the Festival’s Facebook page @NewportCraftBeerFestival and check out  

Newport Storm is Rhode Island’s Microbrewery, handcrafting over 35 unique brews since 1999. Their Visitors Center is open for tours and tastings from 12pm-5pm on Weekdays and Weekends (except Tuesdays). Newport Storm beers continue to be distributed throughout RI, MA and CT, with their beer lines including the flagship Newport Storm-Hurricane Amber Ale, Newport Storm-Rhode Island Blueberry, the Cyclone Series of limited release beers, the Storm of the Season beers, and the Annual Limited Release Series of bottle-conditioned beers. Their Summer Storm of the Season is available in kegs, cases, twelve-packs and six packs. Hurricane Amber Ale Cans are available in twelve packs in the summer months.  

Pour Judgement Bar and Grille is Newport’s place to ‘have a night out without spending a day’s pay.’ Located in the up and coming section of Newport’s lower Broadway they offer great food and a wide selection of craft beers.

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