Newton resident helps launch another round for Narragansett beer
By Steve Annear
Last year, when controversy brewed between Harvard University Professor Henry Gates and Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley, Eric Spitz had one thing in mind - a peace offering.
"I sent two of my interns to Crowley and Gates' houses and left a case of [Narragansett] beer, a T-shirt and hat [on their porches]," said Spitz, a Waban resident and CFO of the lager. "Low and behold, it was staked out by the media and we got play on all the news channels."
It was all part of his plan to bring Narragansett beer back o the forefront.
"The reality is there are signs up and paraphernalia around and memories inside the heads of a huge swath of the community," said Spitz. "There was bad beer in the can for a while, but Narragansett Beer was never actually dead."
In 2008, Spitz teamed up with Narragansett CEO Mark Hellendrung, former president of Nantucket Nectars, to manage Narragansett's "comeback strategy" complete with a rebranding initiative and relaunch of the Rhode Island-based brew.
From Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction, the people that brought out Root last year, comes another certified organic vacation-in-a-glass; Snap. There have been a few ginger-infused type spirits released recently but have been wary until now. Love ginger generally (was munchng on some pickled ginger last night in fact, straight out of the jar) and bet this could make a killer alt' G&T (ginger and tonic??). Tricky to find in the NorthEast but if anyone tracks it down would love to know.
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Pricey Hops to Refine Taste of Revived Duquesne Beer
The question beer drinkers ask about the new Duquesne Beer: "How will it taste?"
The answer should come in a few weeks. Brewers at City Brewing Co. in Latrobe and other experts said this week that it is being made with expensive ingredients that will produce an American pilsener that is "straw yellow" in appearance with a taste not as bitter and "less hoppy" than other beers.
root beer cake topped with “root” cream
When I went to San Francisco recently I had a small mission to accomplish: buy Root liquor. Root is a traditional spirit produced by a group of Philly artists known as Art in the Age and they’ve created this root beer wallop from a recipe not seen since the early 20th century. It’s readily available in Philadelphia and in a few North Carolina locations, but not at all available in Canada. Luckily, I found it at Cask, a great San Francisco shop filled with hard-to-find small-batch spirits. $40 later and it was carefully swathed into my luggage bound for Vancouver.