NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Narragansett Beer — a Rhode Island icon — is starring in a new political ad.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo released a TV commercial Wednesday using the story of the beer's rise, fall — and rise again — to highlight her plans for a manufacturing resurgence.

The beer's sales languished and the Cranston brewery ultimately closed in 1983. A 2005 investment from Raimondo's venture capital firm helped two Rhode Islanders buy Narragansett back from Pabst and open a Providence headquarters.

Most Narragansett is brewed in New York but the company hopes to brew locally "sooner rather than later."

Raimondo says the ad is about a comeback story and that Rhode Island needs a comeback.

Also Tuesday, the gubernatorial hopefuls met at a forum focused on the hospitality industry.