Newport Storm Sour Puss

A few months back, Wolaver announced that they would no longer be producing beers. Since they are owned by Otter Creek, it’s really just that they won’t be producing under that label. They cited increasing prices on organic ingredients as the reason to cease production. I can’t say this will affect me much, as I’ve only had one beer from them, and it was mediocre, but given the growth in the industry, it’s surprising to see a label shut down. The other brewery that announced they were closing a few months ago that really upset me was Pretty Things out of Massachusetts. They weren’t distributed in Jersey, but I got to try 9 different beers from them, some of which were pretty outstanding (especially the Meadowlark IPA). They didn’t really give a reason, but people have surmised that it has to do with the decline in popularity of beers in bomber format and the pay-to-play climate of the Boston beer scene. Either way, this has left me feeling a little…sour (see the transition there?).


ABV: 6%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This not quite Berliner Weisse, not quite Belgian Sour is our way of taking the unique flavors from a soured ferment and balancing them with real cherries. It should be obvious why we put ‘sour’ in the name. Why they put ‘puss’ in the name, well…The brewers challenged themselves with this sour wheat ale when the decided to play with multiple strains of lactobacillus (a wild yeast strain) instead of just one, and they were rewarded with this lip-puckering brew! The backbone of Sourpuss consists of North American wheat malt, North American pale malt and just a dash of bittering Warrior hops. The real icing, or should we say cherry on the top, comes from 450 pounds of Oregon dark cherries added to sweeten up this brew while remaining true to the sour ale style.”

Random: This comes in at 6 IBUs.

This beer poured with a half a finger of ecru colored head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark reddish-amber color with light carbonation visible. The nose had some tartness that made way for sour cherries. The taste started with moderate tartness and lemon peel. Lactobacillus came through too. The sour cherries were there and gave it some depth as well. Lemon peel was there as well. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, acidic finish with lacto and cherries. The bottle was $3 and purchased from a restaurant package shop ($.25 per ounce). This beer would make a really good introductory beer for someone who doesn’t have much experience with sours. I enjoyed it, but I wish it were a bit more intense with the sour notes.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Newport Storm Oktoberfest Marzen Lager

Yes, I’m drinking an Oktoberfest that is out of season. I picked it up at a beer store and wanted to see how it was. Hopefully it’s not fallen off too much.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: Marzen/Oktoberfest

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is our most technical brew to make and one of our only lagers. The colder and longer fermentation requires precision and patience. True to the Maarzen style, copious amounts of German Vienna, Carapils, and Munich Malts lend a sweetness people ask for all year! German Tradition and Czech Saaz hops are added post boil to really authenticate this fantastic crowd favorite!”

Random: I will say that the label art on the bottle is well-done.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. A very small crown was left on top of the body. The body was a clear, light amber color with minimal carbonation visible. The nose was mild, even for the style. I picked up some caramel malt and breadiness. The taste had hazelnuts and then the same caramel malt that was apparent in the nose. It then had a bitter hop note that didn’t fit with the style, that then went into a metallic note that was equally unpleasant. The body was thin and watery with light carbonation. It thankfully had a quick finish. A single of this was $1.50 ($.12 per ounce). I’ve never had a beer from this brewery, and I’m, not going to judge them on just one beer, but man, this beer was just not doing it for me. Needless to say, I don’t feel the need for another.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0