Newport Storm has announced its Annual Release limited-edition beer for 2017.
Since 2000, each Annual Release has been a “Most Extreme Beer” that doesn’t fit a particular style, the company says. The last couples of years featured sweet dark ales — but this year, the brewers went a different direction.
Annual Release ‘17 is inspired by the German lagers and the technical traditions German brewers use to make them. Brewmaster Derek Luke explains, “This beer sat in our fermentation tanks for 3 months. Most brewers don’t have the patience or the equipment to be able to invest that much time into making a single batch of beer. We really wanted to let this yeast strain ferment out all those spicy and snappy flavors for all our fans to enjoy!”
After a long, cold fermentation using this Bavarian lager yeast strain, the beer settled in at 11 % ABV. With the help of two German earthy, spicy hops, Saphir and Tettenang, and almost 20% rye grain, the lager yeast strain made this medium-amber-colored lager full with sweet, malty fig-like flavors and spicy notes of rye, the company reports.
Roughly 3,000 bottles were produced and will be distributed in Rhode Island. For more information and details on where the ‘17 can be found, visit www.NewportStorm.com.