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New Narragansett beer gets things steamy
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Norman Miller reviews brews, offers food pairings and writes about breweries. Norman is a reporter and beer columnist for the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. For questions, comments, suggestions or recommendations, email ...
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More and more, classic breweries are finding new ways to experiment with classic styles.

IPAs seem to be the style played with the most – you can get Belgian IPAs, black IPAs, white IPAs, rye IPAs.

Now, one of the quintessential styles in American brewing history, the steam beer is getting a facelift thanks to Narragansett Beer.

They have announced the release of its newest installment in the Private Stock series, the Imperial Black Steam.

black steam

The beer is described as having a “chocolaty raisin and plum flavor balanced with subtle hints of black currant and spice from Northern Brewer hops.”

The beer is brewed wit San Francisco lager yeast at a warmer temperature than most traditional lagers, the Narragansett press release said.

I would be curious to see what the Anchor Brewing Company would think about this release since they trademarked “Steam.” Either way, as a consumer, I’m willing to give it a try.

This is the third entry in the Private Stock series. The first was the Imperial IPA, which I found to be just OK. It was a bit off-balanced and reminded me of the boatloads of double IPAs that hit the market about five to 10 years ago. The style has evolved since then, but this beer seemed to be stuck in the past.

The second in the series, the Imperial Pilsner, was quite good. I bought several bottles of this. I’m a fan of the style, and when an imperial pilsner reminds me of an actual pilsner, such as the Narragansett version, I really enjoy it.

The Imperial Black Steam will be around $5.99 and will be available in bombers. This 9 percent ABV beer will be available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and “select Northern new England markets.”

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