If you’ve been following the Newport Storm Brewery lately you might have noticed that their brew collection has been growing. In the past two years the brewery has upped the ante producing close to 20 different varieties of beer with a noticeable focus on experimental styles. Storm is set to release 6 new beers this year alone and are kicking things off with Smoke RIng, their latest creation to come out of the wood works of their brewery and distillery.


A smoked porter aged in oak barrels for several months, Smoke RIng certainly took a unique journey from brew to bottle. Hardwood smoked barley and chocolate malt are expertly matched with crystal malt giving this brew a rich burgundy hue and a faint tan head. The aroma that emanates from this brew makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a campfire deep in the woods, but don’t let that or the color fool you! One sip of this beer will send your taste buds on a crazy ride from smoke, to cherry tartness, to a satisfying dark chocolate finish. Barrel aging beer is an exciting venture for any brewery. “Different barrels give different flavor and aroma profiles to a beer” says Brewmaster Derek Luke, “and the slightly wild ferment taking place in the barrels used for Smoke RIng is what gives this brew a tart twist!”.

Distribution has already commenced across Rhode Island and will soon extend to Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maine. For more information on where you can track down Smoke RIng and all of Newport Storm’s beers go to NewportStorm.com or like Newport Storm Beer on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewportStorm.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.