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Noreys Best Craft Beer Bar Rhode Island 2018

The readers of were surveyed for the best craft beer bars in the country. Norey’s was voted as Rhode Island’s Best Craft Beer Destination .

Close to 8,000 readers of responded their annual survey of the craft beer bars in America. When the dust settled Norey’s was voted Rhode Island‘s best craft beer bar! We are truly humbled by the love of our customers and the Rhode Island beer-drinking public as a whole. We will endeavor to continue bringing you the world-class beers that you love so much! Here’s what had to say…

It’s tough for Norey’s chef and owner, Tyler Cullen, to say what makes the 18-year-old beer bar stand out. “Just about a little of everything is unique: beer selection, our staff, the food is cooked right in front of you in open kitchen. I do my best to keep the menu fresh and am constantly bringing new items to patrons while always conscious of their favorite dishes to be sure many of them are consistently available.”

Whatever it is, Norey’s has garnered quite a following and is a destination to seek out when you’re visiting and/or Living in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island’s Best Craft Beer Bar

We’ll have to spend the rest of 2018 ensuring that we can impress everyone. This way anyone who comes through our doors will vote for us as best craft beer bar next year too! Come be part of that process.

Let’s start tonight! No time like the present. Cheers.

Norey’s has had Sierra Nevada’s big Imperial IPA on tap all summer but now we’re offering it in a whole new way.

Hoptimum is one of the biggest IPAs on the market today. 100 IBUs. 10.4% ABV. Here’s how Sierra Nevada describes it:

A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous “new-school” and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Hoptimum in the Cast Norey's NewportNorey’s regulars know Hoptimum pretty well. It’s our staple double IPA every summer. But now we have something different. Hoptimum on cask.

The cask brings this beer closer to its original form. It’s much less carbonated, so the flavor just flows out.

Like we said, this is the last of the Hoptimum for this year and this is probably the only cask of this beer in New England so you really won’t want to miss out.

sour beer

Norey’s LOVES sour beer. Rhode Island gets to pucker up for another Craft Beer Tap Takeover of Sour Beer at Norey’s in Newport!

Last year we held the Sour Beer Tap Takeover with TWENTY sours. Expect a similar number this year. We’re still in the process of finalizing this years beer list, but have no fear; if you’re a sour beer aficionado, you’re going to be very, very pleased. We doubt you’ll be able to find this much liquid wild yeast in New England, possibly the entire Northeast.

We’ve always got some on tap and PLENTY in bottles. But sometimes we like to go REALLY sour. How sour?


Last year we held the Sour Beer Tap Takeover with TWENTY sours. Expect a similar number this year. We’re still in the process of finalizing this years beer list, but have no fear; if you’re a sour beer aficionado, you’re going to be very, very pleased. We doubt you’ll be able to find this much liquid wild yeast in New England, possibly the entire Northeast.

Sign up for the event here.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as finalize the beers and we’ll be able to announce them out to you! Come back to Norey’s Facebook Page and website to get the latest!


  • Hanssens Lambic Experimental Cassis
  • Rodenbach Alexander
  • Aventinus Cuvee Barrique
  • Mikkeller SpontanLingonberry
  • Petrus Sour Quad
  • Petrus Aged Pale Ale
  • OEC III Dry Hopped With Mosaic
  • OEC Salsus Gose Style Ale
  • OEC Morpheus & Phantasus
  • Birrificio Del Ducato Oud Brunello
  • Goose Island Lolita
  • Goose Island Halia
  • Goose Island Madame Rose

Beers brewed by monks to fund their monasteries are doing double-good-duty this weekend at Norey’s.

Trappist beers have long been world-renowned as some of the finest beers ever brewed. This Memorial Day Weekend, Norey’s will have ten different Trappist beers on tap and those drinking can take comfort in the knowledge that part of the money they spend will be going to Clean Ocean Access, a local non-profit dedicated to ensuring clean beaches and waters.

Monastery brewhouses, from different religious orders, have existed across Europe since the Middle Ages. From the very beginning, beer was brewed in French Cistercian monasteries following the Strict Observance. For example, the monastery of La Trappe in Soligny already had its own brewery in 1685. Breweries were later introduced in monasteries of other countries as the Trappist order spread from France into the rest of Europe. The Trappists, like many other religious people, originally brewed beer to feed the community, in a perspective of self-sufficiency. Nowadays, Trappist breweries also brew beer to fund their works and charitable causes. Many of the Trappist monasteries and breweries were destroyed during the French Revolution and the World Wars. Among the monastic breweries, the Trappists were certainly the most active brewers. In the last 300 years, there were at least nine Trappist breweries in France, six in Belgium, two in the Netherlands, one in Germany, one in Austria, one in Bosnia and possibly other countries.

Trappist beers are the origin of the “Belgian-style” beers which have become extremely popular as the United States has embraced higher-end beers. The styles will be familiar to most craft beer drinkers. Dubbels, Tripels and Quads give beer drinkers a less-bitter alternative to IPAs, while they tend to be higher in ABV that macro-brews.

The following beers will be available:

Spencer Trappist Ale


Famous for being both the newest Trappist Brewery and the only one located in the United States, the Spencer Brewery is affiliated with the St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. The monks pledged to only make one beer in the first five years of operation and Norey’s will have this 6.5% abv Blonde Ale on tap.

Chimay Premiere, Grand Reserve & Cinq Cents


Chimay is possibly the most widely-known Trappist brewery in the world and its beers may be better known by their label colors than their actual names. Chimay is located at the Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium.

Premiere (Red)

The Chimay Première is the brewery’s oldest beer and has a coppery color and sweet, fruity taste making this dark ale particularly tasty. It comes in at 7% abv.

Grand Reserve (Blue)

The Chimay Grande Réserve is a dark ale with a powerful aroma and complex flavor. This 9% abv heavy hitter will be available Friday night at 156 Broadway.

Cinq Cents (White)

Chimay’s triple, with its golden hue, offers a rare balance of mellowness and bitterness and a stronger 8% abv.

La Trappe Isis’or, Quad & Bock




Amber in color and featuring spicy, floral and fruity notes, this 7.5% Belgian strong pale ale was brewed to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Our Lady of Koningshoeven Abbey and is named after the abbey’s first brewer.


The La Trappe Quadrupel is a big 10% abv beer introduced 25 years ago. It has a rich, warming and intense flavor; Malty with notes of sweet persimmons and caramel.


With hints of vanilla, caramel and roast chocolate, this beer’s fruity aroma is a fine match for its malty, caramel flavor and 7% abv.

Stift Engelszell Gregorius & Benno


Stift Engelszell is Austria’s only Trappist brewery and brings its own style to the brewing process.


With a deep dark chestnut color and an aroma of chestnut, cashew and honey, this big 10.5% abv beer brings flavors of chestnut, honeycomb, licorice, mocha, cocoa, raisin, sour cherry, and eucalyptus, while wine yeast brings sweet and sour notes.


Lighter than the Gregorious, Benno is a fruitier beer coming in at 6.9% abv and has aromas of tangerine, slate, tropical fruit, apricot jam and amaretto, while the drinker may experience flavors of sourdough, cherry and white grape flavors with a hint of mint.

See you Friday

Norey’s doors open at 4pm. We hope to see you here! RSVP at our Facebook Event!

Noreys Trappist Tap Takeover FB Event