A year ago today, June 14, Mark spoke in front in of the Rhode Island General Assembly about our campaign to rebuild the brewery. Here's the video of his speech!
Representatives of Narragansett Beer hit the State House to tout their plan to build a brewery in the Ocean State. Gansett hasn't been made here since the company closed its Cranston brewery in 1979. As staffers passed out shot glasses filled with the frothy libation, company owner Mark Hellendrung stood beside House Speaker William J. Murphy, urging lawmakers to "drink their part." To raise the money needed to build a successful brewery, the company needs to sell 7.5 million cases a year. "We have the chance to rewrite history together and rebuild the Narragansett brewery," Hellendrung told the legislators. Lawmakers, nearly giddy with excitement (or perhaps with Narragansett) offered a standing ovation and Hellendrung invited them to join him next Thursday for a rally at the Providence Biltmore hotel, complete with " 'Gansett girls," and a trip to a local bar afterward.