Try 'Gansett's Bananagrams Beer, Hi-Neighbor! Have a Hefeweizen

The next installment in 'Gansett's Hi Neighbor Mash-Up Series celebrates ten years of Bananagrams.


Crack open a Gansett Hefeweizen and settle in for a game of Bananagrams.

Photo by Cathrine Nelson.

We’ve always been told not to play with our food, but who can resist having fun with Narragansett Beer’s new Bananagrams beer? The latest collaboration in ‘Gansett’s Hi Neighbor Mash-Up Series (along with the Del’s Shandy, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout and Allie’s Donuts Double Chocolate Porter), the new Hi-Neighbor! Have a Hefeweizen brew requires you to settle in for a word game or two with family and friends.

This is special news for us because the Bananagrams office is actually right down the street from our Rhode Island Monthly office on Allens Avenue. Hi neighbors! We look forward to cracking open a brew with you.

The beer is a celebration of ten years of Bananagrams, a fast-paced word game (like scrabble) that was invented by Rhode Island native Abraham Nathanson. At age seventy-six, he devised the diversion with his family in Narragansett. Now it’s as much of a Rhody institution as hot wieners. Wait, that gives us an idea…hot wiener-flavored beer, anyone? Anyone? Bueller…

To help Bananagrams celebrate its tenth anniversary, Narragansett Beer stepped in with an idea for a new beer for its popular Mash-Up Series. “Like ‘Gansett, Bananagrams is meant to be shared over good times with family and friends,” says Mark Hellendrung, president of Narragansett Beer in a recent release. “If I’m gonna keep coming in last while playing games on vacation, at least this beer will take the sting out of it.”

Rena Nathanson, president and Top Banana at Bananagrams, weighs in about the decision to collaborate with another beloved Rhode Island brand. “My father, Abe, loved to have fun and lived to get a laugh from whoever was around,” says Nathanson in a release. “We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our tenth Bananaversary and a decade of laughter, wordplay and silliness than sharing a toast with our neighbors at ‘Gansett, another Rhode Island classic.”  

The hefeweizen is brewed with forty percent wheat malt and left unfiltered which gives it notes of banana and clove. The new American craft hop, El Dorado, gives the beer a slight orange aroma at the finish. It’s available in six packs of sixteen-ounce tallboy cans for $9.49−$9.99 and will be distributed throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Portland, Ore. and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn.

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