The 12th annual Newport Storm Luau to benefit the Fort Adams Trust was held on Saturday August 14th inside Fort Adams, on the water in Newport, RI.  Each year the proceeds of the Luau help to raise money for the Fort Adams Trust in hopes to open it to the public as a state park.  There were many local bands and vendors that helped keep the spirit and motivation of the Luau going though out the day.  Admission to the Luau was $15 at the door and $10 in advance this price also included a beer token and of course all proceeds went directly to the Trust. The Providence Phoenix and 95.5 WBRU were also sponsoring the event.

The Luau was filled with great music such as local musician The Jason Colonies band. The Napua O’Polynesia Dancers and Roots Reaction were also on hand for some great entertainment.  The food and drink (perhaps my favorite part) were provided by Plouffe’s Enterprises of Pawtucket , Rhody Joes,  East Ave Café, and Ben and Jerry’s.  Newport Storm was of course on hand to provide their great tasting local beer and also a sampling of Thomas Tew rum which you could find in a tasty Mai Tai and also a Newport Stormy.

Newport Storm has also just recently re-opened their brewery in a much larger facility in Newport, RI.  You can now visit the brewery daily from 12-5pm for a tour and a tasting.  This larger facility gives them more room to brew and distribute more beer but it has also opened up the world of distilling rum.  Newport Storm began making rum in 2007 and have coined the name Thomas Tew after the pirate that is said to have made it to Newport with over 100,000 British pounds made up of silver and gold.  Newport Storm was started in 1999 brewing their first batch of Hurricane Amber Ale and since then the brewery has been going strong.

I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the Luau and to experience the great local food, music, and of course beer. We tasted some of the best Poloynesian chicken from Plouffes that was drizzled with Thomas Tew rum and also some of the best Mai Tai’s this side of Hawaii.  If the great food and entertainment didn’t keep you at the Luau then I’m sure the breath taking water views from inside Fort Adams would have.

Being able to be inside of Fort Adams was a great experience in itself. I have never visited the Fort so I was unaware of how much space and culture it brings Newport.  I have prided myself on being a “true  Rhode Islander” but some how I had escaped this little gem in Newport.  I now can say that opening Fort Adams as a state park would do wonders for the tourism in Newport and Rhode Island as a whole. I would encourage all Rhode Islanders and visitors to attend next years Luau to discover all the wonderful potential Fort Adams has to offer.

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