The 1920s were a sobering time for everyone who had grown to love Narragansett—literally. Prohibition took a toll on many, especially the Narragansett Brewing Company. Despite being granted permission by the IRS to brew, bottle and sell beer for medicinal purposes, things looked grim for the proud company. By the end of Prohibition, the Narragansett Brewing Company’s financial condition was not what it used to be.

That’s where the Haffenreffers come into play. Rudolph Haffenreffer had built one of Boston’s first brewery complexes, and when he passed away in 1929, the New England Brewing Company was turned over to his sons Rudolf, Jr. and Theodore.

In 1931, the repeal of Prohibition appeared likely and Narragansett Brewing