Narragansett Brewing Co. releases the Lovecraft-themed ‘Innsmouth Olde Ale’

Innsmouth Olde Ale

“It was a town of wide extent and dense construction, yet one with a portentous dearth of visible life. From the tangle of chimney-pots scarcely a wisp of smoke came, and the three tall steeples loomed stark and unpainted against the seaward horizon. One of them was crumbling down at the top, and in that and another there were only black gaping holes where clock-dials should have been. The vast huddle of sagging gambrel roofs and peaked gables conveyed with offensive clearness the idea of wormy decay, and as we approached along the now descending road I could see that many roofs had wholly caved in…

Here and there the ruins of wharves jutted out from the shore to end in indeterminate rottenness, those farthest south seeming the most decayed. And far out to sea, despite a high tide, I glimpsed a long, black line scarcely rising above the water yet carrying a suggestion of odd latent malignancy. This, I knew, must be Devil Reef.”

No, it’s not a description of Wickenden Street — it’s the fictional town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts, from H.P Lovecraft’s short story “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” The tale, in which the protagonist uncovers Innsmouth’s plague of murderous amphibian creatures from the sea, is regularly taken as an allegory for Lovecraft’s thinly veiled racism and xenophobia, extending particularly to issues of interracial marriage and immigration. But that’s all right, because it turns out it’s inspired a beer!

Lovecraft, often called the “Father of Modern Horror,” was born in Providence and spent much of his life here. The ‘Innsmouth Olde Ale’ is the second in the Narragansett Brewing Company’s line of H.P Lovecraft-themed beer, the first of which — the ‘Honey Ale’ — was released in January. The Honey Ale has been off the shelves for some time now, but was recently replaced by the Innsmouth themed brew in liquor stores throughout Rhode Island (and presumably the rest of New England). The line of beers feature artwork from local artists on the cans.

Thus, they’re worth a try, bitter taste of the late author’s rampant intolerance notwithstanding. Where the Honey Ale was “backboned by the combination of five pale malts, open[ing] up with a hint of honey sweetness, then turn[ing] with a herbal hop crescendo and a smooth finish“– according to the Narragansett website — the Olde Ale “draws its balanced, robust, and slightly toasted features from a complex blend of Two-Row Pale, Crystal, Cara, Dark Munich, and Chocolate malts, Chocolate rye and finishes with just a touch of Summer and East Kent Goldings hops.

Narragansett has yet to announce the name of their next Lovecraft-themed beer — ‘Cthulu’s Urine’ seems probable — but in the meantime, local stores will be selling 16 oz tall boys (at 7% ABV, these can be dangerous, so drink responsibly). 

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Get ’em while they’re hot! BlogDailyHerald shot glasses on sale

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Trying to find the perfect graduation gift for your favorite senior? Looking to celebrate the end of the year with new kitchenware? Want to support BlogDailyHerald while getting drunk? Then look no further!

For only $5 dollars, you can be the proud owner of your very own customized shot glass outfitted with our signature bear head logo. If you really want some, we have an even sweeter deal: if you buy 3, you get the fourth free! What better way to tell someone congratulations/thank you/you love them than with a custom BlogDailyHerald shot glass?

This week, you can find us in the Blue Room every day from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m, and from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m Friday. (We’ll also be updating our Facebook page with potential additional hours). You can us pay cash or send a Venmo payment.

If you’re not sold yet, here are some reasons why you should own a Blog shot glass:

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“Write Drunk, Edit Sober”: A guide to final papers and assignments

With finals upon us, I have no doubt that many of you, like me, have classes that require final papers. They tend to loom over your week, your every waking moment dogged by the thought that you could be making some progress on an essay. At least with in-class finals you can tell yourself you’ve done all the studying that will be beneficial. A paper is in the back of your mind right up to the moment you pass the minimum page threshold, and even then you have to worry about editing. Under this level of stress, you might find yourself with some stubborn writer’s block. Fortunately, you can get around this in much the same way you get around stalled conversations: alcohol. Let your mind run free to get a draft done, then return at a later date to look upon your work and marvel at your typos. Depending on the assignment and the subject, you can indulge yourself with varying levels of inebriation. Let’s get down to business.

Books

Hm, it seems I’ve stored my books beneath my booze. There’s only one way out of this.

Problem Set

Drink: Coke Zero

Drunkenness: You on your tenth birthday

This isn’t technically a final paper, but it is a take-home assignment that you have to write things on, so I’ll say it counts. Anyway, I hate to be the fun police here, but I can’t imagine successfully doing math whilst inebriated. If you can navigate the sea of numbers and party at the same time, then go for it, you beautiful lunatic.

Research Paper

Drink: Beer

Drunkenness: Out to dinner with close friends

Please note that I’m assuming you’ve already gathered the necessary information and references on which you’re basing the paper. If all you’ve got is a vague idea about what you want the subject to be, I’d suggest leaving the libations on hold.

A research paper is less about inspiration than precision. You don’t need to stir the reader’s heart with stunningly beautiful prose; you just have to make sure your arguments are concise and airtight. Drinking too much will work against this, so get a good beer and use it more to relax and enjoy the process of writing than to inspire the writing itself. If your only experience drinking beer before now is through funnels or Natty Light cans, you’ll want to slow down your pace. You can’t afford to black out burn out too early. Research papers are frequently 10 to 15 pages in length, if not more. Take your time.

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BlogDH Presents: Guys getting drunk and reading Cosmopolitan Magazine

One fall evening, a group of Brown University seniors sat around a kitchen table in an off-campus apartment, casually drinking before a night out on the town. A Cosmopolitan magazine had been left on the counter by one of the female tenants, and it wasn’t long before one of the guys spotted it. He opened to a random page – sex confessions – and began to read, periodically pausing to gape at the absurd stories.

In case you are unfamiliar with this top-notch publication, Cosmopolitan is known for its unfiltered and often-absurdly unrealistic sex and relationship tips. Sure, it may be marketed towards a female audience, but who is to say that our male counterparts would not also benefit from the magazine’s wisdom? The logical next step to this enlightening process was to recreate the experience, but this time with anti-freeze Fireball and a BlogDH videographer at hand to document the entire event.

Behold: Guys getting drunk and reading Cosmo.

Video shot and edited by Frida Perez ’17.


SNL’s Stefon’s guide to freshman parties

Who is Stefon?

Stefon, played by Bill Hader, is a reoccurring guest from the Weekend Update portion of SNL He is a sharp diva, with a dark edge, and hilariously quirky side. He is plugged into (what he thinks are) the best parties in NYC. His plans are odd, unique and always out there. If you do not know him already, watch the video below to get a glimpse of the genius of Stefon, or watch the video below because you love him already. Why aren’t you watching this already? If Stefon were to describe the freshmen party scene at Brown, this is what we think he’d say:

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Brown’s hottest party is…Metcalf 2nd floor lounge. If you and your friends are looking for an unsanctioned, rowdy time, hit up the lounge. To get in just say the password: your SAT score. The party starts at 8:45 and gets shut down at 9:15 by DPS. Don’t worry, just get there early. There is watered down Vodka, beers someone stole from their dad, and some oregano that someone is pretending is weed. Show up fashionably early, and leave fashionably…early?

babies and beer

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There’s an app for that: Shots iGot

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Helping you pregame like a pro.

For all you “sneaky booze drinkers” who are of age—as HuffPo would call you—Shots iGot is the new must-have app. As all college students firmly believe that VitaminWater/Gatorade/Coke bottles are the new martini glasses, your classiest nights have probably involved an unknown amount of liquor poured into one of these elegant containers. Then, after adding the perfect amount of meal-swiped Nantucket Nectars and Poland Springs like the pro-mixologist you are, you have concocted an excellent surprise-themed drink, allowing you and your friends to play the party classic Pass-the-Bottle-and-Don’t-Gag.

Enter Shots iGot: For a mere $1.99, you can choose from 44 container types, swipe your finger to indicate how much liquor you poured in, and discover just how many shots are actually in that water bottle. You can also start with a bottle that is half full of mixer and add liquor—just a touch-screen away from smart drinking. I know, Keeney bathrooms are about get so much less disgusting. Know your limits people; you want to try and avoid using our vom-embarassment spectrum.

This, by the way, is an app for college students made by college students. The three Rutgers and Princeton students have gone on to found their own startup aptly named Something With Flow. While a jealous part of me is mildly irritated that every third college student you hear about these days has his/her own startup (Brown students included), I can appreciate the effort make drinking safer, one iPhone at a time.

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