Narragansett’s Newest Lovecraft Beer: I Am Providence

The imperial red ale pays homage to the Rhode Island icons' shared hometown pride.

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Narragansett Beer’s Latest Lovecraft Release. / Image provided

Okay, Rhode Island beer fans: You’re going to want to save a can of Narragansett’s newest brew for your bottle collection. The label of latest “chapter” of the brewery’s H.P. Lovecraft series, I Am Providence, depicts Cthulhu enveloping the Rhode Island State House in its taloned tentacles.

Providence artist Gunsho created the art, which pays homage to the Rhode Island-born author’s most famous cosmic creation. The title echoes Lovecraft’s own words: It’s a phrase he wrote in a personal letter, which was later emblazoned on his gravestone thanks to an effort by some of his fans.

“Lovecraft was a self-described recluse and outsider, taking pleasure in the topographical and architectural scenes of his environment,” Narragansett Beer president Mark Hellendrung says, in a press release. “He had a deep sense of local preference, declaring that, ‘It is New England I must have–in some form or other. Providence is part of me–I am Providence.'”

Lovecraft and Narragansett were both born 125 years ago; 10 years ago, Hellendrung and his team of local investors revived the brand with the same spirit and love of place that Lovecraft embodied, he says. “This beer is an extension of the unwavering connection to the city that we both call home.”

That means Providence is a little boozy, with a “complex amalgam of flavors.” The 8% ABV ale blends Pilsen, CaraRed, and Vienna malts, plus Warrior and Citra hops. The flavor profile is biscuity, with notes of caramel, and a piney, citrusy finish. It’s sold by the six-pack, which are rolling out onto shelves throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, and Florida this week.

I Am Providence is the fourth in Narragansett’s Lovecraft series, which is in celebration of the brand’s 125th anniversary. Two prior brews, the Innsmouth Olde Ale and the Reanimator Helles Lager, were crowned gold medal winners at the 2015 Tastings World Beer Championships, and Innsmouth Olde Ale earned a silver medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, the company announced.