Allagash Brewing Company Releases Sun Drift

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Feature & above image both courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Sun Drift, an ale featuring lemon zest and black tea from The Little Red Cup Tea Co., on February 5.

Crafted to be “a little ray of sunshine” during this harsh winter, Sun Drift is a Belgian-style beer that possesses “a slightly tart note” from freshly zested lemons and a “medley of funky tropical fruit flavors created by Brettanomyces yeast. After brewing, the beer is blended with Fair Trade Yunnan Black tea from Little Red Cup, of Brunswick, Maine.” Coming in at an easy drinking 6.7% ABV, the finished Sun Drift “evokes the refreshing combination of lemonade and tea, all cruising on a layer of fruit-filled aromatics.”

“Whenever possible, we look for ingredients in Maine,” said Allagash Brewmaster Jason Perkins. “That means getting grain from Maine farmers and tea from a local company like Little Red Cup.”


“Allagash is dedicated to crafting the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world the same way Little Red Cup is committed to bringing top-quality Chinese teas to the U.S.,” said Little Red Cup co-owner Martin Connelly.

Sun Drift officially hits distribution this week and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s 17 state distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sun Drift from Allagash Brewing Company 

Release – Limited, February 2019
Style – Belgian-style Ale
ABV – 6.7%
Grains – Local Pale Malt, Local Raw Oats, Victory Malt, Malted Red Wheat & Special Blend
Hops – Cascade & Citra
Yeast – Saccharomyces & Brettanomyces Claussenii
Added Ingredients – Lemon zest & black tea from Little Red Cup
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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A tin of Little Red Cup Yunnan Black Tea, the tea featured in Sun Drift. (Image courtesy of The Little Red Cup Tea Co.)