slides: Narragansett Beer’s 1st RI Beer Now Available - See 10 Historic Narragansett Beer Photos

Thursday, March 23, 2017
GoLocalProv Lifestyle Team

Narragansett announced the release of their first beer produced at the new Narragansett Brewery located at The Guild in Pawtucket. 

With that in mind, GoLocalProv takes a look back at ten historic photos having to do with the company. 

See 10 Historical Narragansett Beer Photos Below 

Narraganset Beer in RI 

The brewery survived Prohibition by brewing porter for medicinal purposes, served as the official beer of the Boston Red Sox for 30 years and held a 65% market share in New England at its peak in 1965. However, Narragansett was soon sold to Falstaff Brewing Company and production moved to Indiana where the beer’s quality and reputation began to slip. 

By the mid-1980s, Narragansett sales had waned considerably and the original Cranston, R.I. brewery was demolished.

Over the last 12 years under the direction of President Mark Hellendrung, Gansett worked to return to Rhode Island achieving that goal in 2017. 

Beginning in April,  fans can visit the Narragansett Brewery at the Guild to enjoy fresh beer on draft in the facility’s brew house. Narragansett Brewery will continue to expand in the coming years with the addition of the formal taproom and the 1890 Room, which will showcase Narragansett history and memorabilia.

The new beer titled “It’s About Time IPA” polks fun at the company and their journey to return brewing operations to Rhode Island. 

“Years ago, we asked ‘Gansett drinkers to ‘drink their part’ in helping to build a brewery in Rhode Island and now, after countless setbacks, we’re finally doing it at The Guild in Pawtucket, R.I. This beer is our way of saying ‘thanks’ for the unwavering support loyal ‘Gansett fans have had over the years, and it represents what we’re all thinking about the journey—It’s About Time,” said Hellendrung. 

It’s About Time IPA

It’s About Time IPA mixes the classic and complex malt character of pioneering IPAs by using Pale, Caramunich and Wheat malts with the modern hop profiles of Cascade and Citra hops. Pouring a rich, copper red color, the 6% ABV and 50 IBU beer drinks with notes of caramel, toffee, raisin and bread and is balanced with a hit of fresh floral and tropical aromas. 

The can artwork features Providence’s iconic Shepard’s Clock with hands set at 4:59 p.m., the long awaited moment before it’s acceptable to crack open a 5 o’clock drink.

See 10 Historical Narragansett Beer Photos Below 

  • Narragansett Brewery 

    The main building of Narragansett Brewery headquarters in Cranston. 

    The building was constructed between 1890 and 1914. 

     
  • Narragansett Postcard 

    An early postcard from the Narragansett Brewing Company. 

     
  • 1895 Ad for Narragansett Beer 

    This ad dates back to 1895 and is one of the earliest known ads for Narragansett Brewing Company. 

     
  • Narragansett Brewery Menu 

    This Narragansett Brewery menu dates back to the 1930's.

    The menu lists a club sandwich for 30 cents and a soda for 10 cents. 

     
  • Narragansett Billboard in Boston

    This billboard stood in Boston’s Scollay Square during the 1950s. 

    In 1959, Narragansett celebrated brewing one million barrels of beer. 

     

    PHOTO: MIT Libraries 

     
  • Narragansett Beer and the Red Sox 

    This ad from 1966 shows Narragansett's support for the Boston Red Sox. 

     
  • Celebrating Jaws 

    To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the movie Jaws, Narragansett Beer used the character of Quint in their ads and went with retro 1975 cans. 

    In the movie, Quint drinks a Narragansett Beer and then crushes the can. 

     
  • Sailing Cans 

    An ad for the 1980's sailing can from Narragansett Beer. 

     
  • Brewmaster Bill Anderson 

    Bill Anderson is Narrgansett's legendary brewmaster of the company's original beer recipe. 

    He passed away in March of 2017. 

     

    PHOTO: Narragansett Beer Facebook

     
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