Derek Luke ’99 used to make beer for fun in the Colby chemistry labs after taking a strong interest in brewing midway through his Colby career. Upon graduating, he and three classmates moved to Newport, R.I., and founded Newport Storm Brewery, the state’s first microbrewery. Starting this month, Luke is bringing his beer back to Maine.
Beers available in Maine include Hurricane Amber Ale, Rhode Island Blueberry Ale, India Point Ale, and Oktoberfest Marzen Lager, a fall seasonal brew. The Hurricane Amber Ale is Newport Storm’s original beer, unchanged since the brewery’s opening in June 1999.