College buddies are passing up employment opportunities with large companies more often today than during past years. Instead, many of them are choosing to band together to start their own businesses.
The continuing sluggish economy, along with the lack of satisfying and high-paying jobs, could be one reason for this new pathway that has been blazed by a younger generation. The increasing number of successful businesses started at college within the last 20 years also has influenced many other classmates to go into business for themselves. One more factor is that many young people today simply choose to be their own boss and prefer to do their own thing.
During 1997, four college friends decided to take Newport, Rhode Island, by storm, when they opened Coastal Extreme Brewing, or more popularly known as the Newport Storm microbrewery. The business continues to grow and the four guys—Brent, Derek, Mark and Will—still are friends. They attended Colby College in Maine, where they studied the sciences that eventually would help them understand the brewing business. They also did a bit of “sampling” during their college days to fully embrace their love for beer.
Brew Taste Test
During a recent beer tasting at the microbrewery (available every day except Tuesday, noon until 5 p.m.), four of the microbrewery’s top-of-the-line beers were sampled:
- Hurricane Amber Ale is the brewery’s flagship beer. It is brewed year-round and it is the original Newport Storm. It balances malt and hops, with crystal malts giving the ale its signature color and sweetness. Tettnang and Magnum hops add just the right amount of bitterness.
- Spring Irish Red Ale is an authentic Irish red. Dominant flavors from this ruby colored brew come from the roasted malt additions. Hops come from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean to keep the beer truly Irish.
- India Point Ale is the brewery’s tribute to its Rhode Island roots. Named after India Point Park in Providence, this beer contains six different hops, including Columbus, Cascade and New Zealand’s Motueka. Doses of Munich malt and cara malt add body and a touch of sweetness.
- Rhode Island Blueberry Beer is a Kolsch style ale made with fresh local blueberries from Schartner Farms in Exeter. The blueberry aroma is evident and the balance of the berry and beer flavor doesn’t overpower the taste buds.
Rum Returns To Newport
The guys are not just about beer. During 2006, they started Newport Distilling Company to produce Thomas Tew Rum. They employ much of the same equipment and have returned the once popular rum making trade to the Newport area.
The beer and rum facility now is 8,000 square feet. It includes a visitors’ center and a tour deck that allows beer and rum fans to experience the processes used at the facility. To learn more about the brews, the rum and the guys, visit the Newport Storm website and meet up with them on Facebook.