Special Edition Newport Folk Festival Hurricane Mani w/ Newport Storm
Nails: Ahhh…the Newport Folk Festival. One of the best weekends of the year. Awesome music, awesome scenery and awesome vibes from everyone. It truly is a magical time. I mean, check out this dude chillin’ in a dinghy like he doesn’t have a care in the world:
It doesn’t get much better than that. In the past few years, Magic Hat has been the official beer of the fest, but this year they went local and handed that title to Coastal Extreme Brewing (or The Newport Storm Brewery, as they are more commonly known). I had never heard of or tried any brews from these guys, as they do not yet distribute to NYC, so I did some photo research online and hoped to match my nails to some of their taps. I had no idea which beers they would be serving at the fest, so I simply used 5 different colors to make sure my bases were all covered! I started with 2 coats of Sally Hansen’s White On:
From thumb to pinky, I used Sally Hansen’s Pacific Blue, New York Color’s Times Square Tangerine, Sally’s Green with Envy, Mellow Yellow and Cherry Red:
The nice thing about this mani is that you don’t need any special brushes or tools to do it, all you need is your bottle of polish. After the white has completely dried, grab a color and paint one half of the nail in an “S” shape pattern with the polish brush. It’s like a softened zig-zag movement that goes up-down-up:
Then do the other side following the same pattern, but leaving a bit of white in-between so the white looks like a thin hurricane symbol:
Annnnd here’s the final look!
The people manning the taps were super friendly and I want to say a huge THANKS to the Newport Storm team for letting me invade their space for a few minutes. You guys rock. We are planning on staying in Newport for a whole week next year, so I will make a point to stop by the brewery!
Ale: They were serving their Hurricane Amber Ale, Rhode Island Blueberry Ale and the Summer Hefeweizen. We all know how I feel about hefeweizens, so I only took one sip of that and I have to say that it wasn’t so bad! Very light and refreshing and not too heavy on that classic hefeweizen taste I despise.
The Amber Ale was my first try of the weekend while my girlfriends opted for the Blueberry Ale. The amber was delicious.
A nice deep copper color with a slight head and a somewhat light flavor for an amber ale, which made it the perfect beer to drink at a weekend-long festival. Definitely did not get sick of it. I brought some of these back home with me, so I’m trying it out of the bottle for the first time as I type this and I couldn’t stop thinking about how it reminded me of another beer, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.
After a couple more sniffs and sips it finally it me; this stuff tastes like a less sweet and less thick Great Lakes Christmas Ale! One of my all-time favorite beers and that’s not just because I’m from Cleveland and you kind of have to love that beer if you’re from Cleveland. Definitely less honey and nutmeg flavors in the Hurricane, but it’s still slightly sweet, smooth and warming. I simply enjoyed this beer all-around.
The Blueberry Ale was had once by me and I probably would not have even tried it if it weren’t for my friends.
They loved this stuff. I tried one myself and agreed that it was a rather pleasant brew. I’m not a fan of fruity beers (hence me only having one or two glasses all weekend), but this was really nice. The nose was a really strong blueberry smell but the taste was not, which gave it a few extra points in my book. After trying all 3 of these beers, I can’t wait to visit Newport again and hit up the brewery. I’m going to give all 3 of these brews a combined 8 out of 10 nails. And I am now dubbing Newport Storm the Official Beer of FUN.
Thank you again to the folks at Newport Storm Brewery, the Newport Folk Festival and my friends for making that weekend one to remember! See you next year.