Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hi Neighbor!

Today's ProJo had a neat article about Mark Hellendrung, the businessman behind the revival of Narragansett Beer. I picked up my first 'gansett shortly after moving to Rhode Island last year and I haven't been able to stop drinking the stuff ever since. Ok, so that's not exactly true, but I do think it tastes pretty good for a regional beer. My love of regional cuisine was the reason I picked up a Narragansett in the first place. I'm a sucker for regional food. Case in point, I don't particularly enjoy sweetened iced tea, but I always take my tea sweet when I'm visiting the south. Lucky for me, Narragansett is a regional taste that actually tastes good (otherwise, I'd be drinking a lot of nasty tasting beer in the name of authenticity). It's not quite up to the level of Shiner Bock, the champagne of regional beers, but it's a good, reasonably priced beer. If you've ever in Rhode Island or stumble upon some kind of weird Rhode Island-themed bar in your hometown, give one a try.


gregorykwu said...

Do I take this post to mean that you prefer Shiner Bock to Bell's Oberon/Solsun or, in the winter months, the Best Brown? Because that is pure blasphemy.

Michael David said...

What's your favorite regional beer in Chicago? I'll be sure to have some in stock next time you visit.

dhodge said...

Chill out, Wu. What I meant by regional beer is a mass market beer that is only sold in a particular region. Micro and craft breweries do not produce mass market beers, so they don't fit into the same category as regional brands like Narragansett, Shiner, Strohs, Genesse, Yuengling, and Coors (back in the day). That being said, as far as craft brews are concerned, Bell's varieties are second to none.

The only Chicago-area beer that I can think of is Old Style, but don't go out of your way to stock it on my behalf - I'm sure that whatever you normally stock your fridge with tastes much better.

gregorykwu said...

Hodge, you know I'm just busting your chops a little bit. Would Goose Island qualify as a regional beer? Aside from OldStyle, that is the only Chicago-area brewery that sells in other states, and I would guess it's too large nowadays to be considered a micro-brew.

Mike, are you going to post your bracket online at all on your blog. And nice post on the Brady-DiCaprio women. I like.