Summer Treats

Narragansett Lager, Del's  Shandy and Del's Lemonade

Narragansett Lager

Made on Honor for five generations, The Famous Narragansett Lager has been one of the greats since 1890. Pre-Prohibition era drinkers toasted 'Gansett, Dr. Seuss illustrated 'Gansett, the sox scored with 'Gansett, and Captain Quint crushed ' Gansett. Today. the highest-rated, heritage American lager (according to Beer Advocate) is brewed to be clean, crisp, refreshing and perfectly balanced.

The History Lesson: Narragansett Lager is old reliable. It was the first beer brewed by “The Original Six” back in 1890, and the best selling beer in New England from the 1930’s to the 1970’s. It has crossed paths with Dr. Seuss, it was famously crushed by Captain Quint in Jaws, and it was the first alcoholic beverage to partner with a professional sports team – the Boston Red Sox from 1944-1975. Drinking a Lager is drinking to New England history. Hi Neighbor! Have a ‘Gansett! 

Food Pairing: Narragansett Lager brings out the natural salinity of shellfish, so clams and oysters are a no brainer. It also pairs great with peppery cheeses and spicy cuisine. 

Del's Shandy

A thirst-quenching Summer classic. Narragansett Del’s Shandy is a collaboration between two iconic Rhode Island brands. The first Del’s Frozen Lemonade stand opened in RI in 1948 using an old family recipe brought over from Italy. Since then, both ’Gansett and Del’s Lemonade have refreshed countless beachgoers around Rhode Island and beyond. The Del’s Shandy brings all natural lemon concentrate, our award winning Lager, and just a touch of sugar together for a shandy that tastes as refreshingly different as a New England Summer.

Food Pairing: Try bringing a splash of lemon to dishes like grilled chicken, shellfish, white fish like cod, halibut and swordfish, or even salmon.

Del's Lemonade

Great Grandfather DeLucia made the earliest Del’s Frozen Lemonade in 1840 in Naples, Italy. During the winter he carried snow into nearby caves and insulated it with straw. When summer arrived and the local lemons were ripe and flavorful, he mixed their juice with just the right amount of sugar and snow. Thus making a refreshing drink, which he sold at the local market. Fruit ices are popular in Europe, yet none is more loved than the product made from fresh lemon juice. Lemon ices produce the most delicious and thirst-quenching treat.

Grandfather Franco DeLucia brought his father’s frozen lemonade recipe to America at the turn of the century. Angelo DeLucia, his son, began work on a machine to produce the frozen lemonade, and on a method of making it a consistently excellent product. In 1948, Del’s Frozen Lemonade acquired it’s name and became the sole product sold at a little stand in Cranston, Rhode Island. Soon, Angelo had designed the first mobile units in order to serve anywhere in the state.

When Angelo’s son, Bruce, entered the family business there were 5 franchises in Rhode Island. Since then, Bruce has made the franchise business flourish and grow. Now, there are many Del’s franchises worldwide providing the refreshing, all natural treat to everyone, anywhere, anytime.

Bruce’s daughter, Stephanie is now in the family business. She is president of Del’s Lemonade’s sister company, Francesca Enterprises International. Stephanie also works directly with web sales, promotions and marketing.

How to Drink
You may have heard some rumors about needing a straw to drink Del’s. We’re here to tell you those rumors are not true.
Drink a Del’s like a true Rhode Islander. Here’s the deal:

No straw or spoon required.
Shake the cup. The heat from your hand will slowly melt the ice.
Sip right from the cup. No straw needed.
Repeat whenever you need an icy treat.
Pro tip – using a straw is a dead giveaway that you’re either not from Rhode Island or that it may be your first time with a Del’s Lemonade. Plus, straws aren’t good for the environment so it’s a win-win.

Del’s Lemonade is always gluten free, dairy free, and nut free.