Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Brewing Company is a brewery in Portland, Maine.[2][3] The brewery specializes in Belgian style beers.[3]

Allagash Brewing Company
TypePrivate
IndustryAlcoholic beverage
Founded1995
FounderRob Tod
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
United States
Key people
Rob Tod
ProductsBeer
Production output
94,743 barrels/year (2017)[1]
OwnerRob Tod
Websitewww.allagash.com
Allagash Barrel Aging Room
Brewing Allagash beer
This is the welcome sign to the Allagash Brewery in Portland Maine. The sign is made of wood and has "Allagash Brewing Company. Retails, Tours, and Tastings. Business Offices," engraved onto it. The photo was taken in 2017 and it is possible that the exterior has since changed.
Welcome sign

HistoryEdit

The brewery was founded in 1995 by Rob Tod in Portland, Maine. He observed that while both German and British style beers were available throughout the United States, Belgian-style beers were difficult to find. He established a small, 15-barrel brewery, and began brewing a beer modeled after a Belgian Wit beer, named Allagash White.[4] The beer gets its flavor from the use of wheat in place of barley, as well as the addition of Curaçao orange peel, coriander, and other spices.[5]

All of the beers Allagash produces are bottle conditioned. The technique calls for two fermentations, the first in the fermenting tanks and the second in the bottle itself (a process known as the methode champenoise). A coolship is used to cool the wort for some of the beers.[6] Allagash was one of the first breweries in the US to build a traditional coolship for spontaneous fermentation by wild yeasts.[3]

Before the beer is bottled, a small amount of yeast and sugar is added and a second fermentation occurs. It is this second fermentation which produces a notable increase in carbonation, a softer feel and remarkable complexity. This method of bottle conditioning leaves a small amount of yeast in the bottle.

BrandsEdit

Today, Allagash has eight year-round beers in its portfolio, seven yearly releases, and numerous one-offs and keg-only releases.[7]

Year-Round BeersEdit

  • North Sky: Belgian-style stout
  • House: Brewed in the style of a traditional of Belgian house
  • Fine Acre: Organic Golden Ale
  • Tripel: Belgian-style Tripel
  • White: Belgian-style witbier[3]
  • Curieux: Belgian Tripel aged in bourbon barrels for seven weeks[3]
  • Sixteen Counties: brewed with all Maine-grown grains including: Maine Malt House 2-row Malted Barley from Buck Farms, Blue Ox Malthouse 2-row Malted Barley, raw wheat from Maine Grains, and oats from Aurora Mills & Farm.
  • River Trip: Dry-hopped Belgian-style table beer brewed with coriander

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Redding, Jill (ed.). "Top 50 Domestic Craft Breweries". The New Brewer. 35 (3): 133.
  2. ^ "Allagash continues brewing up success". wcsh6.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hampson, Tim (2008). The Beer Book. London: Dorling Kindersley. p. 16. ISBN 978-1405333016.
  4. ^ Our Story, Allagash Brewing Company
  5. ^ "Allagash Brewing Company – Beer – White". allagash.com. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  6. ^ Roberts, James. "The coolship is landing". Anchorage Press. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Beer – New".

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 43°42′11″N 70°19′04″W / 43.7031°N 70.3178°W / 43.7031; -70.3178