Newport Storm Brewery, never one to stray from a challenge, is set to release their most “controversial” brew this week. In response to all the petty trademark disputes brought against Rhode Island brewers, Newport Storm offers its friends, fans and followers a barrel aged imperial stout- infRIngement.
In their continued effort to create unique and local brews, Newport Storm stayed pretty close to home when determining what local spin to put on this 22 oz bomber combining beer from Newport Storm with rum barrels from the Thomas Tew Distillery. Owner of both companies, Newport Storm is sure to avoid any run-ins with the law because that would get confusing and “ain’t nobody got time for that!”
infRIngement is the culmination of nearly four years of test brewing and development for the brewers of
Newport Storm. From figuring out what beers go best with their Thomas Tew Rum barrels, to how long to age, and how well the beer holds up in the bottles, the brewers spent years tuning and tweaking to get everything just right. The end result is a Russian Imperial Stout that was aged in freshly dumped Thomas Tew Rum barrels.
The beer was designed to have enough roasted bitterness and body to balance out the impacts of the sweetness from the barrel as well as the pickup of the remnants of rum. “infRIngement goes well beyond just throwing beer in a barrel,” explains Brent Ryan, Co-Founder of Newport Storm, “it is the destination after a four year exploration into the realm of beer aging in rum barrels.”
Close to 100 cases of this inky-black brew were made and distribution of infRIngement will begin locally as early as Monday, August 25th. Hopefully you’ll find yourself lucky enough to try one of these limited edition 22 oz bottles. Although it is one of the brewery’s smallest releases, EVER, this 10% ABV brew will surely be one of the most remembered.