Portland, Maine based Allagash Brewing will debut their first ever cans this spring, starting with 16-ounce cans of Hoppy Table Beer.
Why not Allagash White?
When the brewery opened in 1995, founder Rob Tod only had one beer – White. It’s become an icon in craft beer, especially in the 17 states you can find Allagash. The brewery can thank their very stringent quality standards for their success.
Carrying over those same high standards of quality and flavor, Allagash has acquired a small can line and soon will branch out into aluminum.
As much as fans most assuredly want to sip tallboys of the famed White, Allagash has chosen Hoppy Table Beer for the maiden can voyage. HTB debuted as a year-round release in January of 2017. The lower alcohol by volume release boasts Chinook, Cascade, Comet, and Azacca hops, plus the brewery’s famous house yeast. The beer literally pairs with everything.
Initially, Allagash’s cans will be limited to the brewery. At least for now. There is no doubt the intention is to ensure the cans live up the brewery’s high standards before expanding production.
A date for the can debut has not been set.
Image: Allagash Brewing Company
Allagash James Bean has finally been bottled. The beer has been a draft-only offering in the past.
The base beer for Allagash James Bean is a Belgian-style strong ale with pure white cane sugar, that has been infused with cold pressed coffee after fermentation. The brewery chose Ethiopia Amaro Gayo beans for the brew, which boast flavors of blackberry and blueberry. The finishing touch on this big beer is the bourbon barrel aging.
Have you ever put bourbon in your coffee? If you do, drink this. If you don’t. Drink this. Coffee is bright and the bourbon a beautiful compliment to the boldness that James Bean is. Coffee, vanilla and bourbon dominate the aroma. Flavors of caramel, coffee, bourbon, and oak present themselves throughout this full-bodied beer. Think coffee, oak, caramel, and bourbon with a touch of berry. Start to finish.
Bean is further proof that coffee and bourbon work together (it’s been our breakfast of choice for years). Bourbon and coffee dominate this beer, but you can’t count out the Belgian-style golden ale base. Thats’s where the complexity really shines.
Allagash James Bean will be available 750 milliliter bottles debuted in early July at the brewery in Portland, Maine. Distribution has been slow and steady throughout the summer.
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft.
Bottle Debut: 7/2/16
Latest Return: April, 2017
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New for 2017, Allagash Hoppy Table Beer Is starting to ship this week. Expect this year-round from now on.
Low alcohol by volume Belgian-style beers are the inspiration for Allagash Hoppy Table Beer. High ABV doesn’t always mean the beer is better, as Allagash is about to prove to you.
The famous Allagash House Yeast (we think it deserves proper name treatment) fermented this beer, that boasts Chinook, Cascade, Comet, and Azacca hops. The dry-hop? More Comet and Azacca, plus a subtle addition of coriander. Combine the flavor of that House Yeast with that lineup of hops, and everything screams winner here.
A mildly hoppy aroma full of grapefruit springs from this straw-colored, light-bodied ale. Flavors of pine and stone fruit balance the beer’s clean, slightly bitter finish.
Allagash Hoppy Table Beer is a 12 ounce bottle and draft offering, year-round starting in January, 2017.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Year-round
Debut: January, 2017
Image: Mat Trogner, Allagash brewing
A winter sibling to the ever-changing Fluxus release, Allagash Hibernal Fluxus 2016 debuts this month.
For the winter season Allagash Hibernal Fluxus 2016 will start a new tradition beginning with this Belgian-style stout brewed with figs.
The taste of Hibernal Fluxus straddles the rift between roasty and sweet with notes of bitter baking chocolate, espresso, biscuit mall, and mocha a chewv creamy inauguration of a new tradition.
Allagash Hibernal Fluxus 2016 is a 750 milliliter bottle release. A portion of the proceeds from Fluxus will go to local groups helping Maine families keep their heat on during the winter. The beer debuts at the brewery on November 11th, with full distribution to follow shortly after.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Allagash Ghoulschip, a spontaneously fermented pumpkin beer, will be on sale again this weekend at the brewery in Portland, Maine.
Interesting thing to note about these bottles – they are from the 2015 batch. The 2016 edition just isn’t ready yet. Such is the downside of the fermentation and perfection of wild beer.
Allagash Ghoulschip is probably one of the most fun spontaneous beers the brewery has set out to create. The brew team gets to put fresh pumpkins in a woodchipper in order to check the chunks needed for the beer. Face it, Halloween demands pumpkins. The hot wort is sent to chill in the coolship over night, on Halloween night, where the spontaneous fermentation begins as the dead walk the earth again.
All in all, Allagash Ghoulschip is a blend of 1,2, and 3 year beer, brewed with pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, and a touch of molasses. The cellared edition will be available in the taproom in 12.7 ounce bottles.
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Allagash Emile will soon grace the Portland, Maine based brewery’s small bottle series. Another wild beer with a great backstory.
The American sour/wild ale has been aging in oak foudres that once held Pineau des Charentes, a French aperitif. The drink is essentially a fortified wine that is blended with a clear brandy and matured.
Allagash Emile (named for the man that proportedly created the sibling to cognac, is a fermented Allagash house yeast, then aged in foudres with Lactobacillus and Pediococcus.
The color of mature rosewood with ruby highlights, Emile carries the aroma of black currants and elderberries with hearty, earthy undertones. Notes of both dark chocolate and dates infuse the taste, making for a beer that’s part France, part Belgium, and all Maine.
Allagash Emile will be a 12.7 ounce bottle release. The brewery will announce a release date in the near future.
Availability: 12.7oz Bottes