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Narragansett Del’s Shandy Set to Hit New England Bars

Narragansett is set to release its Del’s Shandy this week.
Narragansett is set to release its Del’s Shandy this week.Jack Newton, Creative Commons/flickr

It doesn’t get much more Rhode Island than this. Narragansett Brewing Company is set to release its Del’s Shandy this summer, named for the iconic Rhode Island lemonade stand, Rhode Island Monthly reports.

The beer will be sold in bars and liquor stores across Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. “By next Friday, it should be pretty much everywhere, hopefully,” ‘Gansett president Mark Hellendrung says in the article.

The release is part of Narragansett’s Hi Neighbor series, in which it partners with other local companies. The first mash-up happened over the summer, with Woonsocket, R.I.’s Autocrat, which makes coffee syrup. The resulting ‘Gansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout sold out quickly, according to the magazine.

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Hellendrung, the former president of Nantucket Nectars, bought Narragansett in 2005, when the beer was on the verge of extinction. According to an episode of Bloomberg Enterprise, at the time, the beer was only for sale in about 10 bars. Hellendrung has brought it back from the brink, with the beer for sale in about 2,500 bars.

Narragansett is not currently produced in Rhode Island, but Hellendrung has said he’d like to bring it back to the Ocean State eventually.

h/t Boston Restaurant Talk

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