Small State - Big in the hobby for Collectable Cans, all from Cranston.
"Hi Neighbor - Have a Gansett"
What a warm and wonderful New England greeting from a not so long ago, slower, friendlier time. If you worked at Narragansett, you were part of the family. Drinking at work was encouraged, the fountains in the plant spewed Narragansett.
Top Row: In 1965 Falstaff Brewing Company (St. Louis) agreed to purchase the Narragansett Brewing Company but the State of Rhode Island opposed the sale. They battled it out in court until 1974 when Falstaff prevailed. The expense of the litigation coupled with Budweiser's new ultra modern facility in New Hampshire took a heavy tool on Falstaff. The Falstaff Ale is a rare test can. It has six cities in the mandatory however Cranston, R.I. is the first city listed which means that is where the can was made to be sold. This is the only "Ale" can produced under the "Falstaff" label. In 1964 the Narragansett branch of the Haffenreffer family bought the Haffenreffer labels from the Boston cousins and produced the two red label cans show here. That plain looking can on the left (the USBC 2 can) is a tuff sleeper can.
There were seven Breweries operating in Rhode Island before Prohibition, only five reopened after it ended.
Consumers/Hollens (Warwick 1933-1938)
Rhode Island (Pawtucket 1933-1938)
Rodger Williams (Providence 1933-1940)
Hanley (Providence 1935-1957)
Narragansett (Cranston 1933-1975)
It took two years (1935) for Hanley to get going again while Narragansett was prepared and began brewing in 1933. The two year head start gave them an advantage they never relinquished. People wanted their Beer/Ale and they wanted it now, thus they became loyal customers. The newly reopened pubs and bars had not only Narragansett's products but the Breweriana (ball knobs on their taps, lights, signs all promoted the health benefits, good taste and quality of Narragansett). Hanley's delayed start was costly and although they brewed beer, their speciality was Ale. Over the years lager beer slowly but steadily became the drink customers preferred. Narragansett purchased Hanley in 1957 and their buildings were raized in 1960. The two cans shown were brewed into the early 1970's by Narragansett.