It isn't surprising to hear that 4 guys from college came up with an idea to start a brewery. What may be surprising is that these guys are all still great friends and the brewery is still growing after over a decade. Coastal Extreme Brewing (or The Newport Storm Brewery as we are known by many) was the dream of Brent, Derek, Mark, and Will.
These four spent their years at Colby studying the science that would help them understand how to make beer while also doing the "sampling" that would make them love beer. In 1997, staring at graduation and a life just working in "a job," the idea was hatched to start a brewery.
Over the next 18 months information was gathered, plans were written, investors were begged, and skeptics were grown as the founders pressed forward with their dream.
In April of 1999 they moved into their 2500 square feet in two garage bays in the Middletown tradesman center.
Concrete was cut, used equipment was found, and on July 2nd 1999 the brewery's first beer, Hurricane Amber Ale, was released.
Since then, the brewery has continued to slowly build itself and its reputation. In 2002 the brewery expanded into an addition 1000 square feet. In 2006 they started Newport Distilling Company to make Thomas Tew Rum, utilizing much of the same equipment and bringing back this historic practice to the area.
Perhaps the biggest event of all came in 2010 when the brewery and distillery built a brand new facility in the North End of Newport which increased their square footage to 8,000, allowed them to build a beautiful Visitors Center and tour deck, and was their first opportunity to upgrade their equipment from when they first started in 1999.