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Narragansett Summer Ale - Boston/North area

Has anyone seen this in stores yet in the Medford/Stoneham/Reading corridor???? Thier Bock and Porter were outstanding, thus I MUST TRY the Summer Ale!!!

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  1. Looks like it's been rolling in over the past couple days. They have it at Redstone in Stoneham.

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    1. re: emannths

      WOW! Thanks!!! A short 2 miles from home!!!

      1. re: emannths

        thanks emannths......drinking my first one as I type......first impression, VERY NICE, very drinkable.....not too lemony (I now hate Sam Adams Summer due to the "over flavoring" (IMO)

      2. While I really liked the Porter, I thought the Bock was overly hopped for it's style. But, that's just my opinion.

        Interesting diversion for Narragansett, as they have a history of both Bock and Porter going back to the breweries in Cranston, RI and Newark, NJ yet, this must be their first "Summer" beer, as far as I know...

        1. I'm not sure if this helps but I had tweeted them yesterday asking which bars in Cambridge/Somerville would have it. I just checked back and they replied with the Independent, Highland Kitchen and Tavern at the End of the World. I can't wait to try it!

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          Highland Kitchen
          150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

          1. They carry the summer brew at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont.

            1. I am all for a summer ale but when it replaces the Bock section at the store, I am a little upset. Bring back the Bock!

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              1. re: drewinmrblhd

                Bock is the Spring Seasonal....Summer Ale for Summer.....Porter for Fall Winter I'd guess???

                1. re: sinned61

                  You misplaced the Oktoberfest.

                  1. re: okra

                    sad to say I didn't even know about the Oktoberfest!!! How was it???

                    1. re: sinned61

                      It wasn't bad...but I thought it was better for steaming brats in, than drinking.

                2. re: drewinmrblhd

                  The New Marty's on North Beacon in Brighton had 5+ cases of the Gansett Bock there last night. No Summer Ale, however.

                3. Martignetti's, Soldiers Field Rd

                  $8.29/6

                  (really? for Gansett? Somewhere Curt Gowdy is rolling over :) )

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                  Martignetti Liquors
                  1650 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA

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                  1. re: okra

                    7.99/6 for thier SEASONALS ONLY...and they are 16oz...and VERY GOOD! Most Summer Ales are over $8 per 6 and only 12 oz!

                    Regular Gansett Lager is still cheap(er)

                    1. re: sinned61

                      Some places sell the seasonals at regular Gansett Lager price.
                      Not sure if they lose money on the deal, or if everywhere else is just making a lot more on it.

                      I'm guessing everywhere else is just making a lot more on it (to price it in with Sam Adams/Harpoon seasonals), since the place I got it today...it didn't ring up when the cashier scanned it, so she asked the beer guy and he said it's the price of regular Narragansett.

                        1. re: rknrll

                          shrugs - I've bought Gansett seasonals in MA and RI, and always have found them to be higher priced, about $7.99 - $8.29 for 6 - 16 oz cans. And I didn't mind paying that for the Fest, and especially the porter.

                          But paying a premium for the summer beer (@ 4.2% abv vs 5.0 for regular Gansett, 6.5 Bock, 7.0 Porter) doesn't make too much sense to me. Your mileage may vary.

                          1. re: okra

                            well if you only base it on abv, I guess you have a point...so maybe they should raise the Porter and Bock to $9.99 and lower the Summer to 6.99???

                            1. re: sinned61

                              Regular Narragansett can be found in RI for $5/6 - 16 oz.

                              Jus sayin.

                            2. re: okra

                              Yeah, I wouldn't pay more than that for Narragansett.
                              It's $5.49 incl tax+dep at the place I got the Summer (same price) at yesterday.

                              1. re: okra

                                I haven't tried the Summer yet, but I know that it's made with Citra hops, which indicates some amount of hop character. Grain isn't the only expense by a lot shot... late hopping really adds up.