My wife and I just got back from running errands. One of the stops was at Newport Market. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised to finally see some new additions to the beer aisle. AleSmith is one of those new additions, and it’s about damned time! Those guys are crazy-good brewers, and the good folks at Newport pulled in four different styles: Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, Old Numbskull Barley Wine, Grand Cru Belgian Ale, and the ever-popular Speedway Stout. All of these beers are award winners and fantastic examples of the amazing abilities of AleSmith. I spoke with the guys at Newport, and they said that they only have a limited supply. If any of the styles sound appealing, get off your ass and get down there before it is gone.
In addition, they are carrying Caldera’s Pale Ale which is a great example of the new trend of good beer being packaged in cans. Don’t think that this is one of those crappy American beers because it is in 6 pack cans. It is sitting in the section of the beer aisle that it is for a reason. It is a decent beer packaged in a convenient vessel. The can is back bitches! But don’t act now … there’s more.
Green Flash, from San Diego, is represented with their 6 packs of IPA. This is one of my buddy’s favorite IPA’s. Great balance of hop aroma, flavor and they aren’t weak on the bitterness … it is one refreshing beer.
This isn’t just about Newport Market. This is also about all those local beer stores. Let them know that you want to keep those high-quality new beers coming. Let them know their customer base is sophisticated enough to appreciate these non-standards. Let them know we want to see more.