East Providence native Hellendrung helps unite two iconic beverage brands
PROVIDENCE — Narragansett Beer has released its limited-edition Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout, a unique collaboration between two iconic Rhode Island companies; a custom blend of Narragansett’s bittersweet milk stout with dark, delicious Autocrat Coffee.
Since the 1890’s, Narragansett Beer and Autocrat Coffee have been home-grown Rhode Island favorites. With more than 100 years of shared heritage, the two local legends joined forces to celebrate the art of craft brewing and bring New England an emblematic brew that pays homage to their history.
“I’ve been a big fan of Autocrat since my Little League days, so I’m especially excited to introduce this brew to the market,” said Mark Hellendrung, president of Narragansett Beer and a native of East Providence who played in the Rumford Little League at the former Thompson School playground now known as the Kimberly Rock complex.
Mr. Hellendrung continued: “My Little League coach (Tony DeCristofaro) worked at Autocrat and drove one of the big delivery trucks. We would try to aim homers toward the truck in hopes of hitting the big Autocrat swallow.”
The full-bodied milk stout is enriched with the robust flavor of Autocrat Coffee to achieve an extraordinary taste experience. Brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin, Narragansett’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout delivers a flavorful, smooth, dark brew with notes of roasted barley, chocolate malt and rich crystal malt. The exacting touch of hops provides just the right amount of bitterness to balance the sweet notes of the malts and milk sugar.
“Having been on retailers’ shelves for more than 100 years, Autocrat is proud to partner with another iconic brand to support Narragansett Beer in the development of Coffee Milk Stout,” said Richard M. Field, Jr., Autocrat partner. “This is the perfect collaboration between two long standing Rhode Island traditions.”
Narragansett’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout is currently available in six packs of 16-ounce "tallboy" cans throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut. The beer is 5.3 percent Alcohol By Volume and 30 IBUs (International Bitterness Units).
For further information on the Narragansett’s Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout or to find a retailer near you, visit www.narragansettbeer.com.