Narragansett Creates H.P. Lovecraft Line of Beers

The Rhode Island brewery explores their macabre side on their 125th anniversary.

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Following the massive success of their all-Rhode Island partnership with Del’s Lemonade last summer and Autocrat Coffee Syrup this winter, Narragansett is pairing up with yet another iconic New England brand: legendary writer, H.P. Lovecraft.

Narragansett will release their new Lovecraft Honey Ale on January 19, the birthday of Lovecraft’s biggest literary influence, Edgar Allan Poe. The collaboration with Revival Brewing, another Rhode Island product, will be the first “chapter” in a four-part series of beers celebrating Providence’s most famous native son.

“We’re celebrating our 125th anniversary here and this is kind of an extension of what we’ve been trying to do at the brewery, bringing back this great brand through a historical lens and local authenticity,” says Narragansett Beer President Mark Hellendrung. “One of our ‘Gansett Girls is actually a librarian and she had this idea, knowing that Lovecraft’s birthday was in 1890, the same year our brewery was founded. We thought it was a great way to give Sean Larkin, our brewmaster, a platform to really experiment with different styles of beer.”

The Lovecraft Honey Ale is brewed with Summit and El Dolorado hops, honey, and five different types of malt, including honey malt. Hellendrung describes the beer as a “full-bodied ale that’s very hop-intense.” The beer clocks in at a respectable seven percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and has artwork provided by graphic designer A.J. Paglia.

“This one is really a prologue about H.P. Lovecraft himself,” says Hellendrung. “We picked one of his stories, ‘The Festival,’ where there’s a space mead consumed by a winged creature. What’s great about craft beer is that it’s really breaking the style boundaries and guidelines. So, this is Sean’s interpretation of a modern day honey mead through the medium of a beer.”

The next beer in Narragansett’s Lovecraft series will be an “Innsmouth” old ale, which will be released in April. Inspired by the novella “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” Hellendrung says the second canned release will be an “exploration of our darker side,” referencing the brewery’s closure in the early 1980s. The old ale will have artwork by Jason Eckhardt, an artist and employee at The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

  • Christopher Chambers

    Where can those of us who don’t live nearby get our hands on these things of awesomeness?

    • jro28

      Where are you?? I’ll be picking it up asap in Boston. Willing to trade if you want.

      • Alina Soupernova

        where are you picking it up in Boston, if you don’t mind me asking?

        • jro28

          I’m just outside of Boston. Used it to generalize my location. Redstone Liquors in Stoneham is a good spot.

          • h_f_m

            Man wish I could ship some to NY

  • Xaromir

    American “beer” is scary. They don’t even need to list the ingredients and breweries can mix basically everything they want into their beer and still be able to call it beer. Where is the line between beer and beer mix drink, America?

    If the French would mix weird things into Champagne or wine, you’d want your money back!

    • MadChao

      Thankfully, we have lots of microbreweries giving us the good stuff. Don’t knock a whole country because of some of its swill. Nobody’s perfect!

      • Eric Preston

        I think he was talking about all the odd flavors of beer we have hear now, like Honey Ale. There is more than one way to make beer, and I’ll try as many as I can before I leave this mortal coil.

        Also, why shouldn’t they be able to mix ‘anything’ in and still call it beer?

        • Xaromir

          Well I don’t see the issue, labeling it as beer mix or mix drink / cocktail is not bad. America has a long tradition of labeling products as something they are not, which most people in the US don’t seem to care about but people elsewhere do.

          I wouldn’t care, I don’t buy American beers anymore, since I genuinely never had a good experience, but the problem is that the US tends to force things onto others. The free-trade agreement on the horizon is threatening regional labels. For example: if you buy Champagne here it MUST be from the region of Champagne in France, which is a label which Americans notoriously use to miss-label their own sparkling wines – these currently have to be re-labeled if you want to import them, which may change. It just isn’t right. It’s upsetting how lax people are about these things in the US, because it’s threatening us all. You simply can not apply false labels. If I buy beer, I don’t want it to have mystery ingredients in it – and I don’t want false American labeling in Europe, not for Champagne and not for Beer.

          • Dan

            You obviously know nothing about beer or the process of making it. Beer is made with grains, usually malted barley, but other types of grains can be used to produce different styles of beer, water, hops(by the way America didn’t come up with very hoppy beers they originated in Europe and the term India Pale Ale, an extremely hoppy beer style, came from beers brewed to last the long sea voyage from Europe to India due to the fact hops are a great natural preservative), and yeast. Various ingredients are usually added during the boil to enhance what ever style is being created. For example cloves and nutmeg for a winter ale. Hell a traditional French beer style, the saison, chucks about any ingredient you can find on a farm in the boil, and that style has been around before Europe even knew there was a continent to their west. There are 100’s of different styles that use different ingredients, but they are all brewed in the same manor. Calling them a beer cocktail would be the real mislabeling. That would imply it was mixed with some sort of distilled spirit (and since you seem to love to get technically specific a traditional cocktail is a distilled spirit, sugar, water, and bitters which is no where close to anything coming from american breweries). I understand if you don’t like craft beers, not everyone does, but it certainly doesn’t mean that they are mislabeled or not a pure beer. Stick with your champaign and Heineken, more good quality BEER for us.

      • Xaromir

        US craft beer is the worst – 5er per bottle and usually way to bitter. Leaving the hops in there for freaking ever doesn’t make a quality product.

        • residentmockery

          Moron, honey ale is *not* a new thing by any means. Get off your high horse.

          • ebanezaar

            in fact the MEAD of old WAS basically made with honey…

          • residentmockery

            Mead *is* fermented honey, and is still being made.

        • Frederick Dallmeyer

          Here’s a beer for ya, Xaromir. Fits you to a tee…

        • MadChao

          You don’t know what you’re talking about. they don’t all do that.

    • kinopio

      I’m not sure where you are from but unless its Belgium then your country doesn’t come close to making beer as good as the craft breweries in America are making these days. Brewers have been putting honey, flowers, fruit etc into beer for centuries.

  • Dan

    Any chance of these making their way down to PA?

  • Trish

    will these be sold online?

  • Gene Warren

    Sounds like the stars are right for these Lovecraft-brews. No longer must we be shackled by the constraints of mundane hops and barley, but dare to experience non-Euclidean flavor-vistas untasted for countless eons.

  • Machaggis

    Honey has been in alcohol since the viking days. That’s what mead was a type of honey wine. So cheers to this. I’ll buy it.

  • Oh Goody Goody

    This would no doubt displease HPL since he was a rather stern teetotaler.

  • Sean Hoade

    Drinking is the only way to keep the cosmic dread at bay.

  • David Opdyke

    They shoulda called it Cthulhu Brew!! (and if they do, please send royalty checks (or coupla cases) to me, thx!)

    • bungocheese

      Brutopia (One of Narragansett’s head brewer’s other line of beers) makes a stout called Cthulhu already, it’s pretty tasty.]

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  • Russ Perry Jr

    That is not drunk which be eternal dry
    Yet with strange brewing, even beers imbibe.

  • Brandon M

    They should have called it Miska Tonic

  • JohnFrancisBittrich

    I will probably buy this product but I feel compelled to point out that HPL was a teetotaler. Abstained completely. Never drank a beer in his life.He’d probably fly into a persnickety rage in the form of a florid letter to Clask Ashton Smith or something if he knew that such a product were to exist.