This is a great review of Gansett using our Limited Edition Clam Can in the Parched No More blog. Writer John Frazzetta wasn’t able to do the clambake, but he did cook some hot dogs and sauerkraut in ’Gansett. He says "you should consider making this the official beer of August."
Sometimes the best things are the simple things. I know that I talk about drinking beers with ’complex flavors’ and ’intense aromas’ but every once in a while it is nice to kick back with a lager and relax. For such an occasion, Narragansett is selling their lager in 16 ounce tall boy cans, and trust me-16 ounce cans are the new 12 ounce cans. I happened upon a six pack and put a few in the fridge waiting for the right amount of humidity to crack them open.
Marketing their lager as ’the official beer of the Clam’, you might ask, what is the Clam? Answer: a clambake, but like many New Englanders I have never been to a proper clambake. Oh, I’ve watched Elvis Presley sing about them, but never created one on my own. Thankfully, if you take one of these cans and turn it 180 degrees, you’ll see the recipe for a simple clambake you can recreate in your kitchen.
Looking through my fridge, I had none of these ingredients. However, I did have some hot dogs and sauerkraut and had a feast of my own. I took one can and split it between a fry pan and saucepan. I put two dogs in the fry pan and let them boil and added the kraut to the saucepan. As everything cooked, I opened another can and poured it in a glass. Nothing like a cold pint from the fridge, this beer had an inviting golden color, a faint aroma and a little bitter taste.
Nothing says summer like beer-boiled hot dogs and sauerkraut. Drinking one of the lagers while I ate helped bring out the flavor of this beer, which wasn’t overpowering and hit the spot on a humid day. You may never actually attempt a clambake; instead you should consider making this the official beer of August.
(Narragansett Beer provided the lager for this review.)