Allagash Brewing Sets the Mood for Valentine’s Day with Release of I Believe in Love

AllagashLogoAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of I Believe in Love in early February 2020.

Surfacing as the newest offering to come out Allagash Brewing’s wild beer cellars, I Believe in Love is a Sour Ale that blends a “tart ale from one of [the brewery’s] oak foudres with fresh raspberries and cranberries.” Coming in at 6% ABV, I Believe in Love is a “stunning ruby” in color, “robustly tart” and boasts a beguiling “fruit-filled flavor” that is sure to make a believer out of all of us.

I Believe in Love is scheduled to release in early February and will hang around for as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 375ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing Company’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for I Believe in Love from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited; early February 2020
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Malts – Local Vienna Malt, Local Oats, Local Pale Malt, Rye, White Wheat & Two-Row Base Blend
Hops – Hallertau
Treatment – Aged on raspberries & cranberries
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.allagash.com/locator/

Allagash Brewing Company Kicks off 2020 with New Batch of Sixteen Counties

sixteen counties -1-4Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Sixteen Counties, a Belgian-style Golden Ale made with 100% Maine-grown and processed grain, in January 2020.

Conceptualized in 2015 to be a rotating release that brings attention to “the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine,” the 2020 iteration of Sixteen Counties is a Belgian-style Golden Ale featuring “2-Row Malted Barley from Maine Malt House and Blue Ox Malthouse, Raw Wheat from Maine Grains, Oats from Aurora Mills & Farm, and Local Aroostook Hops for bittering.”  Clocking in at 6.5% ABV, Sixteen Counties “offers a balanced citrusy, lightly hopped flavor on a bed of subtle malt character.”

“It’s important to us to help propel the movement that’s building out the sustainability of local grain here in Maine,” said Rob Tod, Founder, Allagash. “Maine grain shines in Sixteen Counties and we’re excited to offer even more ways to enjoy this beer with the launch of cans.”

 

“This beer’s flavor is meant to showcase the quality farming in Maine,” added Jason Perkins, Brewmaster/VP of Brewing Operations, Allagash. “We’re honored to partner with small family farms that, like us, value sustainability so that we can continue to develop Maine-grown beers that give back to the community—and state—that has supported us from the start.”

Sixteen Counties is scheduled to release in January 2020 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans (a new packaging format for 2020) in Maine “and on draft to Allagash’s entire distribution footprint in limited amounts.” Prost!

Vital Information for Sixteen Counties from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited; January 2020
Style – Belgian-style Golden Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Featured Malts – 2-Row Malted Barley from Maine Malt House and Blue Ox Malthouse, Raw Wheat from Maine Grains, Oats from Aurora Mills & Farm
Fun Fact – “As champions of local agriculture in Maine, Allagash began its One Million Pounds of Local Grain initiative to increase their usage of local grain. Since the initiative began in 2017, Allagash has used a total of nearly one million pounds of Maine-grown and processed grain. In 2020 they plan to use 850,000 pounds that year alone and pledged to utilize one million pounds of local Maine grain, per year, by 2021.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans (Maine only) & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

Allagash Brewing to Roll Out Cans of Allagash White & River Trip Across Full Distribution

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Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that it will make cans of Allagash White and River Trip available across its full distribution footprint in the first quarter of 2020.

Thanks to the addition of a state-of-the-art canning line, Allagash Brewing first started offering cans of Allagash White and River Trip in its east coast distribution network in early 2019. The cans proved to be a real hit with Allagash fans in that area, and the brewery has now decided to expand the availability of 16 oz. cans of Allagash White and River Trip to its entire distribution area in 2020.

If you happen to be unfamiliar with these two offerings, here is some background information on both Allagash White and River Trip (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Allagash White – Belgian-style wheat beer, Allagash White has won a combined seven gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, and European Beer Star Awards, was lauded as “one of the top 25 most important Craft Beers in America,” by Food and Wine; described as “one of the most consistently perfect beers ever brewed on American soil,” by Popular Mechanics; and hailed “one of the 19 best beers of 2019,” by Craft Beer and Brewing. ABV – 5.2%
  • River Trip – Inspired by a canoe trip taken by brewery employees to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, River Trip—a Belgian-style session ale—is dry hopped for balanced notes of grapefruit, melon, and stone fruit. River Trip was announced as a 2020 Good Food Awards Finalist, and was listed as one of only two beers on Gear Patrol’s 2019 GP100, that recognizes the 100 best new products of 2019. River Trip is brewed with local pale malt and locally grown oats. Refreshing and full of hop-forward flavor, River Trip is also the lowest-calorie beer in the brewery’s year-round lineup (170 calories per 16 oz. can). ABV – 4.8%

“We love that cans create a wide variety of new opportunities for people to enjoy our beer,” said Rob Tod, founder, Allagash. “Earlier this year, we successfully launched cans in states close to home. Now we’re excited to get Allagash cans into the hands of even more beer lovers.”

“The demand for our beer in cans has impressed us,” added Jason Perkins, Brewmaster/VP of Brewing Operations, Allagash. “Our recently increased production capacity means we can deliver two of our most sought-after beers in a new, exciting way—while continuing to meet our high quality standards.”

Allagash White and River Trip will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans “starting in January in the following markets: California, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina; and Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania come February.” Additionally, these two offerings will see availability in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans “within the majority of the brewery’s east coast distribution network (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and DC) starting in February.” Prost!

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Allagash Brewing Company Introduces Darling Ruby Grisette

AllagashDarlingRubyPourAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Darling Ruby, a Farmhouse Ale with a twist of grapefruit, in April.

Crafted to be an approachable introduction to a lesser-known style of Farmhouse Ale, Darling Ruby is a Grisette (click here to learn more) that has been dosed with “the zest and juice of 2,000 lbs. of ripe grapefruit to really amplify [its] citrusy hop character.” Clocking in at an easy-drinking 4.5% ABV, Darling Ruby is here to crush spring thirsts with a delightful “medley of tangy and tropical notes.”

Darling Ruby officially started rolling out in early April 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 craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing Company’s distribution area.  4-packs of 16 oz. cans will be available exclusively in the brewery’s can footprint in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and in Western and Upstate New York.  Prost!

Vital Information for Darling Ruby from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, April 2019
Style – Grisette
ABV – 4.5%
Malts – 2-Row Base Malt Blend, Malted Red Wheat, Raw Wheat & Victory Malt
Hops – Crystal & Loral
Yeast – Saison
Added Ingredients – Fresh Grapefruit Juice & Zest
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft; 4-packs of 16 oz. cans available exclusively in ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NJ & Western + Upstate NY
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

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
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

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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.)

Allagash Brewing Company’s Ganache Returns for a Limited Time

allagash-ganache2Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that bottles of Ganache, a Dark Ale fermented with Brettanomyces and aged on raspberries, will return to craft beer shelves for a limited time during the month of October 2018.

Inspired by a chocolate cake, Ganache is a Belgian-style Dark Ale that is brewed with a “robust grain bill” – for those cocoa notes – and then fermented with “both Allagash Brewing Company house yeast and Brettanomyces claussenii before aging on fresh, local raspberries.”  Although it does not include “the addition of actual chocolate”, Ganache (7.5% ABV) comes together to offer “the liquid equivalent of biting into a tart, raspberry-filled chocolate cake.”

Ganache is officially shipping out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 375ml bottles at select craft beer retailers located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s 17 state distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ganache from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, October 2018
Style – Belgian Dark Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Special B, Caramel Malt, Raw Wheat, Oats, Allagash 2-Row, Midnight Wheat & Black Malt
Yeast – House Yeast & Brettanomyces claussenii
Added Ingredients – Fresh raspberries
Availability – 375ml bottles 
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

Allagash Brewing Company Brings Brett IPA Back for an Encore Release

brettipaAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has announced that Brett IPA will return in September for a second run as a Limited Release offering.

Back after Allagash Brewing Company received much critical acclaim for the beer’s debut release in 2017, Brett IPA is a re-imagined take on the India Pale Ale that is “fermented with 100% Brettanomyces . . . to create a fruit-forward character with plenty of depth.”  That Brettanomyces character is further supported and enhanced by “a healthy amount of Bravo, Cascade, Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, and Galaxy hops” to result in “one fruit-filled IPA.”

“Brett IPA showcases the intensely tropical flavors you can get from just yeast and hops,” said Jason Perkins, Allagash Brewmaster.

 

“Brewers found new and intriguing ways to weave hops and funky yeast strains together this year, but none did it better than Allagash.” — Draft Magazine, “The Top 25 Beers of 2017”

 

“For its superb Brett IPA, the best example of this IPA subgenre that we found this year, Allagash uses the Brett strain not for the funk factor, but to double down on fruit-forward hop aromas.” — Serious Eats, “The Best New Beers of 2017”

Brett IPA is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Brett IPA from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, September 2018
Style – Wild Ale/American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Hops – Amarillo, Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, Citra & Galaxy
Malts – Maris Otter, Munich & Raw Wheat
Yeast – Brettanomyces 
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

Allagash Brewing’s Farm to Face Returns, This Time with Full Distribution

Farm-to-Face-1Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that Farm to Face, a sour peach beer, will experience full distribution for the first time when it makes a limited-time return this month.

Meant to mimic the experience of “biting into a juicy, yet tart, peach”, Farm to Face is a medium-bodied Pale Ale that is “fermented for ten months in stainless tanks with house yeast.”  The beer is then inoculated with Pediococcus and Lactobacillus at the same time that it is introduced to a serious amount of peaches – “In fact, for every gallon of beer, three pounds of fresh peaches—from Applecrest Farm Orchards in New Hampshire—are added.” This lengthy process ultimately yields a 6.1% ABV Farm to Face that offers “aromas of peach, graham cracker, and green apple” alongside “a lingering peach finish.”

“Because we make a point of using fresh local fruit, many of our beers are really beholden to the weather,” said Jason Perkins, brewmaster at Allagash. “In 2016, the peach crop was wiped out in New England by uncharacteristically warm February weather. So we couldn’t brew any Farm to Face for 2017. We’re happy to say the 2017 peach crop was great—we received 9,000 lbs. That haul allowed us to brew enough beer for our whole distribution footprint.”

Farm to Face officially started shipping out on August 6, 2018 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 375ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Farm to Face from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, August 2018
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 6.1%
Grains – Allagash 2-row Malted Barley Blend, Victory Malt, Carapils & Flaked Oats
Hops – Northern Brewer & Glacier
Added Ingredients – Peaches from New Hampshire’s Applecrest Farm Orchards
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

 

Allagash Brewing Sends Two Lights Out to Shine for the Summer

allagashTwoLightsAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially released Two Lights, “a beer that’s part lager, part bubbly champagne”, as its latest summer-themed Limited Release offering.

Born from Mariah Nelson’s – a member of Allagash’s administrative team – idea to brew a beer that merges the worlds of “cool lager” and “bubbly wine spritzer”, Two Lights is a beer-wine hybrid that is dosed with “the juice of freshly pressed sauvignon blanc grapes in the whirlpool” and then fermented with “both lager and champagne yeast for a tart, crisp, and dry profile.”  This ultimately results in a bright, easy-drinking Two Lights (6.7% ABV) that “has the subtle fruit profile of a lager and the snappy spritz of a freshly picked grape.”

“I submitted this idea to our pilot team hoping to create a beer that shared some of my favorite characteristics of champagne,” said Mariah Nelson, the Allagash employee behind Two Lights. “And to be honest, I just wanted a beer I could drink—instead of a wine spritzer—while mowing the lawn.”

 

“This beer is a perfect example of how we innovate at the brewery,” said Rob Tod, founder of Allagash. “Any employee can submit a beer idea to our pilot system. When that pilot gets enough support from employees and customers, it has the potential to go to our full distribution, just like Two Lights.”

Two Lights is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing Company’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Two Lights from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, July 2018
Style – Beer-Wine Hybrid
ABV – 6.7%
Malts – 2-Row Malted Barley Blend, Oat Malt & Rolled Oats
Hops – Amarillo, Simcoe & Nelson Sauvin
Yeast – Lager Yeast & Champagne Yeast
Added Ingredients – Sauvignon Blanc Must
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “The beer’s name has its origins in Maine. Two Lights state park is a Maine landmark located right on the coast of Cape Elizabeth.” 
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, California, Maryland, Virginia, DC, Chicagoland & Philadelphia
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

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Allagash Brewing Sends Pick Your Own Out for Wide Distribution

AllagashPYOpourAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that Pick Your Own, a Limited Release mixed berry Sour Red Ale, is available now for the first time in all of the brewery’s areas of distribution.

Previously only released as an ultra-limited, taproom-only offering from Allagash Brewing, Pick Your Own (6.4% ABV) is a Belgian-style Sour Red Ale that is aged for three months on the following fruits sourced from local farmers:

  • Strawberries and Cherries from Doles Orchard in Limington, Maine
  • Blueberries from Tavern Hill Farms in Windham, Maine
  • Raspberries from Goss Berry Farm in Mechanic Falls, Maine

This treatment produces a “vibrant ruby red” brew that boasts an “aroma of ripe berries and vanilla”, a berry dominated flavor, and a dry finish that offers “notes of bread crust and a distinctly tart juiciness.”

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to work closely with local family farmers. Our relationships also help boost the quality of our beer,” said Jason Perkins, brewmaster at Allagash. “They let us know when their crop is at the peak of freshness, and we brew our beers accordingly. That way, we get fruit into a beer hours after it has been picked.”

Pick Your Own is available now for a limited time in 375ml bottles and on draft.  You can expect this Limited Release to turn up at select craft beer establishments located in Georgia, Maine, and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pick Your Own from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, June 2018
Style – American Sour/Wild Ale
ABV – 6.4%
Grains – Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend, Special B, Munich Malt & Raw Wheat
Hops – Hallertau
Added Ingredients – Fresh Local Raspberries, Cherries, Strawberries, and Blueberries
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, California, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Chicagoland, & Philadelphia
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/