Newport Storm Brewery and Empire Tea & Coffee recently collaborated to put their knowledge, talent and love for coffee and craft beer to good use; the result a new coffee stout called ‘High Test’.

“CJ Barone, owner of Empire Tea & Coffee, has always supported RI craft breweries and Newport Storm especially with the Newport Craft Beer Festival.” says, Brew Master, Derek Luke, “It was a no-brainer to collaborate with his local roaster, Kat, who was so passionate about helping us select the right coffee for our beer.”

The Brewers were on a mission to find the perfect coffee to offer this stout the best aromas and taste, starting off with four types of coffee and two different base beers.  Locally roasted Guatemalan coffee passed the high test after narrowing down the coffee selection which also include Cosecha from Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

“This smooth like silk stout is a perfect afternoon or evening pick me up. It is filled with aromas of coffee and sweet chocolate. Locally roasted coffee adds subtle hints of caramel and nougat.  Dark malts create depth with roasted flavors.  Hops balance out the finish just like your favorite cup of joe. So hold the cream and sugar and enjoy this one straight up.”

Beer Specs:

  • MALTS: Canada Munich Malt, Canada Pale Malt, Black Patent Malt, Chocolate Wheat, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley
  • HOPS: Magnum, Equinox
  • OG: 17.7 plato FG: 3.8 plato  SRM: 163 IBU: 53 ABV: 8%

High Test will be available by the 4-pack starting the week of February 20th. For more information on where you can track down this limited batch brew and all of Newport Storm’s beers go to

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).