The always-creative folks at Narragansett are releasing their first variety box of 16-ounce tallboys. The 12-pack Tasting Flight features the sublime seasonals Fest (with King Gambrinus, the Patron Saint of Beer, on the orange can) and Bock, plus the year-rounders Lager and Cream Ale; the latter brew earned a 95 rating in the new issue of Draft Magazine (huzzah!). The suggested retail price for the delightful dozen is $15, a heckuva bargain for 16 choice beers (do the math); the boxes should be in stores next week. In other 'Gansett "news," it's still hurry-up-and-wait re: the brewery-to-be, but an update has been promised before the month is over.STOUT TOUTING
The arrival of Founders and Goose Island this year was wonderfully welcome news. The former's Red's Rye PA and the latter's Sofie have become staples in our fridge, but two of the bigger reasons to be cheerful are here. Founders Breakfast Stout (8.3% ABV) hit stores two weeks ago and will be on draught at the Better Beer Bars (BBB) on Friday (the 21st); the beyond-savory concoction, made with flaked oats, bitter and sweet chocolate, and coffee, deserves the world-class status it has on the beer sites — it's a rich, creamy delight ($10/four-pack). Goose Island's equally esteemed Bourbon County Stout (14.5% ABV) will make its first appearance in-state on draught only starting September 24. I've never had it, but the reviews are pretty rapturous. Start haunting the BBB and dotcoms next week to see who gets it.
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