Rhode Island

Newport Vineyards

Middletown, RI

41.529383, -71.273227

The tour begins outside (weather permitting) with a close-up view of the vineyard. Our guide will explain how grapes are grown and harvested. Next, visitors learn the step-by-step winemaking process. The tour includes an in-depth explanation of how wines are aged in oak barrels.

Following the tour, our guests enjoy a tasting of selected wines. Visitors enjoy browsing in our 1000 square foot retail shop. The store features wine accessories, clothing and gourmet foods.

The Coastal Extreme Brewing Company

Newport, RI

41.5126804, -71.3176496

The Coastal Extreme Brewing Company was started in 1999 by four graduates of Colby College. During his college days the head brewer, Derek Luke, reacquired a home brewing kit he had given his sister and quickly went to work brewing and passing his knowledge along to the company's president, Brent Ryan. As Graduation grew near and the cold reality of post-collegiate life set in Luke and Ryan knew that they could turn their affinity for beer and their new found ability to make it into a viable alternative to unemployment or sitting at a desk answering to "The Man". Of course, they couldn't do it by themselves, so after very little convincing, they got roommate and friends, Mark Sinclair and Will Rafferty to join them.

On Father's Day in 1999, after almost two years of planning and preparation, the first batch of Hurricane Amber Ale was brewed. By July 2nd the first kegs had been shipped to three Newport Restaurants and were quickly tapped and emptied. A little over a month after the release of the first kegs, 6-packs of Hurricane Amber Ale began to hit the shelves. Since then we have expanded our product line and our distribution territory but continue to brew up a storm in our Middletown Brewery.