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/

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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/

Little Brett Ale Makes Limited Return for Allagash Brewing

AllagashLittleBrettBottle_editedAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has announced that Little Brett Ale is officially heading back to shelves and taps this month for a limited release.

Returning as Allagash Brewing Company’s low ABV option for summer, Little Brett is a lighter Ale fermented in stainless “with 100% Brettanomyces yeast and hopped and dry-hopped exclusively with Mosaic hops.”  Those two ingredients work with one malt – a house 2-Row Blend – to produce “a hazy, straw-colored” Little Brett (4.8% ABV) that offers “notes of pineapple, citrus, and even a little bit of tartness.”

“The beer is really process-driven,” said Evan Culver, the brewer behind Little Brett’s original recipe. “Getting the brew, fermentation, and dry hopping right is what really brings out that range of flavors.”

Little Brett is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Little Brett Ale from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, late May/early June 2018
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 4.8%
Malts – Allagash 2-Row Blend
Hops – Mosaic
Yeast – House Brettanomyces
Fun Fact – On working with Brettanomyces: “Brettanomyces yeast presents another brewing challenge. It differs from typical brewers yeast (saccharomyces) in that it often takes months to ferment, rather than weeks. It can also be finicky in in its fermentation patterns, something the brewers at Allagash have become quite accustomed to wrangling.”
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, Washington D.C., Chicagoland, & Philadelphia.
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

 

 

Craft Brewers Nationwide Collaborate on Epic Bottle Auction For ‘We Are Stoneman Douglas’ Charity Event

50 vintage and rare signed bottles from over two dozen breweries will auction online to raise funds for victims’ families and survivors of the tragic Parkland, FL shooting.

 

OAKLAND PARK, FL (April 5, 2018) – Following the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past February, brewers from across the country are coming together to offer assistance and support to those affected most. Over two dozen brewers nationwide have donated rare and vintage bottles of beer — many of which are signed by owners, founders, and head brewers from companies such as Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and more — in what has become an epic and unique lot of craft beer for the ages.

This lot is being auctioned online via the We Are Stoneman Douglas site (https://one.bidpal.net/wearemsd, click “Auction Items” on menu) with proceeds benefiting the Broward Education Foundation’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas fund. One hundred percent of all funds generated by this project will directly benefit the families of victims, survivors, and those affected by this tragedy. A second lot of signed barrel-aged and vintage beers from Funky Buddha Brewery, and a private dinner for 30, will also be auctioned.

This online auction (with over 50 other incredible auction items) is being organized by the Parkland Golf & Country Club located in Parkland, FL with assistance from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. Individuals can bid on the online auctions through Sunday, April 8th. Due to regulations, these bottle lots will be available for local pickup only.

“This has been an amazing show of support and solidarity from brewers around the country, most of whom signed on and contributed unbelievable beers within minutes,” says Ryan Sentz, co-founder of Funky Buddha Brewery and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate. “Although this tragedy was horrific beyond words, we can take heart in the incredible response from the community and others that shows we have the strength and bravery to rise above it and make a true difference in people’s lives.”
 
Bottles include (pictured above):
Funky Buddha Lot:
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**Editor’s Note: The writers at Mashing In typically prefer to write their own content, but we all decided it was best to immediately post this press release verbatim due to its important subject matter and the timely nature of this auction.**

Map 40 Stout Makes Limited Return for Allagash Brewing

map40pourAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) recently announced that it has once again teamed up with Speckled Ax Wood Roasted Coffee for the Limited Release of Map 40.

Although it is a rich and creamy Belgian-style Stout at its soul, Map 40 does not truly become itself until it is blended with cold-brewed Map 40 Mokha Java coffee from Speckled Ax.  This marriage supplies an experience that boasts an “aroma . . . strong in coffee and light in roasted grain” while a “light nuttiness accompanies flavors of chocolate, raisin, and a resounding coffee note that weaves its way throughout.”  Weighing in at 7.5% ABV, Map 40 comes together as a “a rich, creamy stout with a clean finish.”

“It’s fun working with Matt [of Speckled Ax] because we’re big fans of his coffee,” said Jason Perkins, Brewmaster at Allagash. “And we’re lucky that he’s also a fan of our beer. It was nice to be able to tell Matt how we wanted the beer to taste, and have him come back with the coffee that would work best.”

Map 40 is officially available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Georgia and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Map 40 from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, late January 2018
Style – Stout (Belgian-style)
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Dark Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Chocolate & Brown 
Hops – Chinook & Northern Brewer
Yeast – Trappist-Style
Added Ingredients – Cold-brewed coffee from Speckled Ax Wood Roasted Coffee
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/
Fun Fact – “The name of the beer is a nod to the name of the coffee—Map 40 Mokha Java—which is itself a nod to one of the roaster’s favorite parts of Maine: the Forks in Somerset county.”

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Allagash Brewing Company Introduces Pastiche as New Limited Release

AllagashPasticheBarrelsAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has announced that it will officially begin the limited release of Pastiche Blended Barrel-aged Ale in early January.

Arriving as Allagash Brewing’s “first non-wild, blended, barrel-aged beer”, Pastiche began its life as four different base beers “all created by senior Allagash brewers.” Brewed with “various local malts” and the specific intention “to blend well together”, these four beers were then sent to age in a variety of barrels – rye whiskey, vermouth, port, rum, bourbon, red wine, gin, and brandy.  After spending “between three and four months” in those barrels, the brewers came together once more to sample and blend the beers “into a single, unified whole.” Their final blend is the 8.5% ABV Pastiche that proves to be “a complex, yet approachable, amber beer with notes of caramel, dried fruit, spirits, and oak.”

“We’ve been wanting to experiment with blending non-wild, spirit-aged beers for a long time,” said Zach Bodah, head Allagash’s Quality Control team. “Since each [of the four] base beer[s] in Pastiche was split and aged into at least two varieties of spirit barrels, it was a terrific logistical challenge in cellar management. We’re really happy with how all that hard work turned out.”

Officially released on January 8, Pastiche will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing Company’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pastiche Blended Barrel-aged Ale from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, January 2018
Style – Undisclosed Ale, Blend
ABV – 8.5%
Grains – Various
Hops – Various
Yeast – Allagash House Ale 
Treatment – A blend of four base beers that were aged in rye whiskey, vermouth, port, rum, bourbon, red wine, gin, and brandy barrels
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/