A Light History Lesson: Narragansett Brewing Company actually produced one of the first light beers in the U.S. back in the '60s. It was called "96" because it had 96 calories. Unfortunately, that offering was ahead of its time. Even more unfortunate was the packaging, which unlike the beer it contained, was anything but ahead of its time. In truth, it was one of the ugliest packages ever produced. The beer tasted good, but nobody really wanted to try it to find out.