The Story of (ginger) SNAP- 12.27.10
I love when beautifully packaged delicious liqueurs come with nicely illustrated stories around their necks… like the Art in The Age of Mechanical Reproduction SNAP ~ a ginger snap spirit, from the makers of ROOT. Previously i showed you ROOT as well as a sample of Snap in a glass jar we tasted… since the production bottles were not yet ready… This time you can see the finished product! Popping the cork on this bottle, it smells like gingerbread houses wafting out, perfect for this wintry holiday season… the mix of blackstrap molasses, cloves, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, rooibos tea and vanilla is just irresistible! Perfect for getting creative with cocktails playing with everything from apple cider to toasty fireside drinks. The story was so cute (and educational!) had to share the booklet details with you… lovely illustrations… check it all out on the next page!
Beautifully illustrated Story of (ginger)SNAP
Beautifully illustrated Story of (ginger)SNAP ~ as found around the neck of the bottle of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction's SNAP spirit.
Gourmet pizzas were hot; flavor trend was to hearty side
112 S. 13th St.; 215-732-2400; www.zavino.com
This lively pizzeria-wine bar adds a worthy new option to Philly's suddenly growing artisan-pizza scene, with a corner cafe space at 13th and Sansom that hums with a casual, youthful vibe. Founding chef Steven Gonzalez has left since the initial review, but a recent revisit proved Zavino's kitchen remains steady under new chef Matt White, with flavorful charcuterie and cheese plates and heat-blistered pies that easily rank among the city's best, from the minimalist perfection of the puffy-crusted Margherita (yes, better than Stella's) to the signature spicy meatball. The small and quirky wine list remains a mixed-bag work in progress. But a Snap liqueur-infused panna cotta for dessert was not to be missed. Reviewed April 18; revisited December.
Hi Neighbor! Keene model helps brewer rekindle N.E. icon
There was a time when you could mention Narragansett beer and the Red Sox, and everyone knew the connection. That was a time way before Lyslie Smith was born.
But Smith, a Keene native, and 11 other women are helping spread the news that this old-time favorite is back.
In a clever bit of advertising, the new owners of Narragansett beer have just released the 2011 Hi-Neighbor calendar, which features the ‘Gansett Girl, 12 women dressed up like pin-up models to give the calendar a retro look harkening back to the 1940s and ‘50s. Those were the days when Narragansett was the official beer of the Red Sox and the company factory in Cranston, R.I., was the largest brewery in New England.
Smith, 25, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University who works as a makeup artist. She said working with Providence Pinup- a styling and photography business whose motto is “Be a bombshell”-to get dolled up for the calendar was fun.
The fortunes of Narragansett beer changed in the 1960s when the Falstaff Brewing Corp. brought the brewery. The relationship with the Red Sox soon ended, and the production of the beer was shifted to Fort Wayne, Ind. By the time the Cranston plant was torn down in the 1990s, Narragansett beer had all but slipped from the memory of most New Englanders.
Two guys from Rhode Island, Mark Helendrung and Jim Crooks, put together an ownership group that bought the brand in 2005 and began producing the beer on scaled-down volume.
Crooks, 38, said he remembers crushing empty cans of Narragansett his father had consumed and using them as bases for whiffle ball games.
Some Narragansett brands are being produced at small breweries in Providence and Pawcatuck, Conn., but the bulk is being done at the Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe, Pa., and the Genesee brewery in Rochester, N.Y. Crooks said the company is hoping to build its own brewery in New England.
Southern New England was the original target area, but sales have slowly been moving up this way. Crooks said Narragansett is available in Market Basket stores and can be found in the Seacoast area. Marketing is starting up this winter around the ski resorts.
Crooks said the company expects to sell half a million cases this year, and the beer is even back being sold at Fenway Park,
Word is spreading, and that’s where Smith and the other ‘Gansett Girls come in. They’ve revived a tradition that goes back 50 years to when the girls would make appearances in New England.
“You hear a lot of stories,” Smith said. “People talking about their grandfather drinking Narragansett.”
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Another delightful Narragansett specialty beer, a roasty, chocolatey, easy drinking everyday porter. At $7.99 for a six-pack of 16-oz cans, this is a deal. “Sweet roasty nose, chocolate in the middle,” said Marty Juliano. “A little sweet, but some roastiness, they did a nice job,” said Tom Conti.