Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #8 – Narragansett Lager

1 09 2012

On to my eighth “Saturday Suds” – where I post about a beer that has something to do with baseball (or at least I’ll try to figure out some way to correlate it with baseball).  This beer was sold at my local beer/liquor store in Ramsey, NJ, and it caught my eye because it had a baseball diamond on it!

Brewery:  Narragansett Brewing Company, Providence, RI

Beer:  Narragansett Lager

Description:  A classic American lager which was the first beer brewed by Narragansett Brewing back in 1890 when the brewery was founded.  It’s now the most common beer sold by the brewery (and the only one available at my local liquor store).  It looks and tastes like what you’d think of from a lager – golden color, easily drinkable, not very hoppy, but not all that tasty either.  It’s got more taste than a Budweiser from my undistinguished palate.  This is a beer where I can kind of understand the corn taste that’s used to brew it (and helps give it the golden straw-like color).

Medium:  I bought a 6-pack of 16 ounce cans, but I believe it’s sold in bottles and kegs.

How it’s related to baseball:  Well, first off, the can caught my eye because it had a baseball diamond and a baseball on it.  I think this is a special can – the company’s website has a different one.  But regardless, it’s always cool to see some baseball-specific packaging.  The side of the can has wording that I’ve typed out below.

The lager was the best-selling beer in New England for a long time.  Maybe more notable than the packaging, the brewery was the beer sponsor of the Red Sox and Boston Braves in the middle part of the 20th century.  The lager’s slogan was “Hi, neighbor! Have a ‘Gansett”, which was often uttered by Red Sox announcer Curt Gowdy.

The Braves switched to Ballatine in 1950, but the beer sponsored the Red Sos until the late 1960’s.  At that point, F & M Schaeffer Brewing replaced Narragansett as the Red Sox beer of choice.  Sales declined after that, and the brewery eventually closed in 1981.  But it was brought back in 2005 after the brand had changed hands a few times.

“Hot Dogs, peanuts and, of course, delicious lager beer.  They all help make baseball more enjoyable.  And nothing can bring back the memories better than the brew that’s been around nearly as long as baseball itself – Narragansett Lager.  So sit back, grab a ‘Gansett, and enjoy the game!”




2 responses

1 09 2012

Living in Rhode Island, I’ve had plenty of this stuff. The lager is so-so, but if you ever see the cream ale (blue can) pick some up, it’s great!

1 09 2012

I’ll have to be on the lookout!

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