Dec 2010

Reviews: The Providence Journal Hypes Gansett Porter!

It’s Narragansett Porter season
The Providence Journal – Frieda Squires
Narragansett Porter is here and it comes with quite a story.

The seasonal winter craft brew from Narragansett Beer is made by brewmaster Sean Larkin at Trinity Brew House in Providence, Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, Conn., and High Falls Brewery in Rochester, N.Y.

Porter has been a part of the brand’s heritage dating back to 1916, when it was first brewed. When Prohibition struck, the Narragansett Brewing Company was one of six given a patent by the U.S. government to continue brewing beer for medicinal purposes, based on the belief that porter had healing properties. Narragansett Porter was prescribed by doctors and distributed throughout New England to patients suffering from a variety of ailments, including blood-related illnesses like anemia.

After Prohibition was repealed, it was referred to as ’Gansett Dark.

An American-style porter, this winter brew has a mild chocolate flavor with a hint of smokiness and hops to balance out the finish. Narragansett Porter is 7 percent alcohol by volume.

It’s made with chinook hops for bitterness, simcoe hops for aroma, black malt, pale malt, chocolate malt, Munich malt, crystal malt, roasted barley, and ale yeast.

Find it at package stores, bars and restaurants. Porter will be available on draught and, for the first time ever, in ’Gansett’s signature 16-ounce Tallboy cans. Learn more or find a retailer at Narragansettbeer.com/ products/porter.