Narrangansett Brewing Company was founded in 1890, the same year fellow Rhode Islander H.P. Lovecraft was born. Clearly, a beer-themed tribute was in order. At last, it has happened.

Boston Magazine reports:

Narragansett will release their new Lovecraft Honey Ale on January 19, the birthday of Lovecraft's biggest literary influence, Edgar Allan Poe. The collaboration with Revival Brewing, another Rhode Island product, will be the first "chapter" in a four-part series of beers celebrating Providence's most famous native son.

"We're celebrating our 125th anniversary here and this is kind of an extension of what we've been trying to do at the brewery, bringing back this great brand through a historical lens and local authenticity," says Narragansett Beer President Mark Hellendrung.

"This one is really a prologue about H.P. Lovecraft himself," says Hellendrung. "We picked one of his stories, 'The Festival,' where there's a space mead consumed by a winged creature. What's great about craft beer is that it's really breaking the style boundaries and guidelines. So, this is [brewmaster Sean Larkin's] interpretation of a modern day honey mead through the medium of a beer."

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Lovecraft Honey Ale is described as "a full-bodied ale that's very hop-intense."

Next up in the Lovecraft series: April's "Innsmouth" old ale, inspired by horror novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth. So far there's no word on what the final two varieties will be. Wild guesses: Lurking Fear Lager, Sarnath Stout ... Cthulhu Mythos Malt Liquor?

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Via Mental Floss.