Allagash Fluxus 2016 is ready for the public. The beer’s style changes annually, a commemoration of Allagash selling their first beer in 1995.
This year’s recipe is saison brewed with a plethora of Allagash base malt, including barley, rye, and wheat. After a heathy dosing of Noble hops, and ginger root, the beer was then partially aged in gin barrels. The barrels previously held Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin, made by Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, Vermont.
The result is a highly aromatic saison with overtones of ginger and botanicals, a hint of vanilla in the flavor, and a vibrant finish.
Allagash Fluxus 2016 is a part of the brewery’s Tribute Series, with the likes of Hugh Malone, Victor and Victoria.
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. One-Off.
Debut: July, 2016
Allagash Little Brett is hitting shelves across the brewery’s markets this month. Interestingly, this is Allagash’s first ever 12 ounce bottled Brett beer.
Little Brett was born into the brewery’s pilot program a few years ago. Besides the Mosaic hops used in this newbie, the house strain of Brettanomyces really the star here. If you ask us, this Allagash house strain is legendary. When you combine that yeast flavor with the tropical, fruity, Mosaic hops, you’ve really created a wild beer perfect for the coming warmer weather.
Allagash Little Brett is both hopped and dry hopped with 100% Mosaic hops and is completely fermented in stainless with our house strain of Brettanomyces yeast. Little Brett is a hazy, straw-colored beer featuring an aroma bursting with pineapple and notes of bread crust. Pineapple continues through the flavor with additional notes of fresh cut grass. A mild tartness in the finish is nicely balanced with a pleasant hop-bitterness.
Allagash Little Brett is a draft and 12 ounce bottle offering. Limited release this time around.
Style: American Wild Ale
Malts: 2 Row
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: May, 2016
Allagash Sixteen Counties is a new year-round beer from the Portland, Maine based brewery.
First, the name. Allagash Sixteen Counties is named for the sixteen counties the in the brewery’s home state.
The beer is amber in color, brewed with a 2-Row malt blend from Buck Farms in Mapleton, Maine, as well as caramel malt, biscuit, and brown malt. The hops are local as well, featuring Centennial, Cascade, and Mount Hood hops from the Hop Yard in Gotham, along with Aroostook hops from Westfield. Maine.
Per Allagash, the resulting flavor “…is bright amber in color and offers aromas of clove, sweet malt, and pine. The first sip opens with flavors of bread, malt, and caramel and finishes clean, dry, and with a lingering hop bitterness.:”
What to expect: A light Belgian-style ale, accented by the Allagash Brewery’s famous house yeast
Allagash Sixteen Counties will be available in 750 milliliter bottles, corked and caged starting May, 2016.
Style: Belgian-style Pale Ale
Hops: Centennial, Cascade, Mount Hood, Aroostook
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel, Biscuit, Brown
Release: April, 2016
New Belgium Fat Funk Ale
New Belgium celebrates 25 years of operation this year. That’s 25 years of brewing their flagship offering, Fat Tire as well. The Colorado based brewery marks the occasion with a 6-way collaboration.
New Belgium has tapped some longtime brewing friends to help, creating a their own spin on Fat Tire. Allagash, Avery Brewing, Firestone Walker, Hopworks Urban Brewery, and Rhinegeist are all involved, leaving their own fingerprint on the now 25 year old brew.
- Allagash Brewing is producing a version of Fat Tire using a Belgian yeast sourced form the Poperings region and a touch of the Allagash house Brettanomyces – expect notes of stone fruit, sweet tart and peppercorn.
- Avery Brewing will focus on a fruitier hop bill also with a dose of brett evoking notes of apricot and pineapple.
- Firestone Walker Brewing is creating a west coast interpretation of Fat Tire with an assertive hop profile and a light lager yeast.
- Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is creating a tart Fat Tire bringing in apple and lactobacillus to help highlight that beautiful green apple snap inherent to the original Fat Tire.
- Rhinegeist has transformed Fat Tire into a Belgian XPA, combining a fruity Belgian yeast strain with bready-sweet European and Colorado malts for a beer to please hopheads and wine drinkers alike.
This June, mixed 12 packs featuring two of each interpretation will be distributed, just prior to New Belgium’s 25th Anniversary. (Parties to be announced.)
Allagash St. Klippenstein, a new barrel aged stout, releases today at the brewery in Portland, Maine.
The base beer is a big 11% alcohol by volume imperial stout that has beer aged in bourbon barrels. Allagash St. Klippenstein is hopped with Chinook and Northern Brewer hops.
This beer has notes of vanilla, coconut and oak.
Allagash St. Klippenstein is named for one of the brewery’s favorite made up holidays. Apparently – that day is December 16th, which means free ham in the break room (day).
Available in 750 milliliter bottles starting February 1st at the brewery, and distribution later this month.
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Release: February 1, 2016
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Allagash Evora makes a return to the Allagash lineup on January 9th. The beer has been barrel-aging for the past year.
Allagash Evora starts as a Belgian strong dark ale, aged in stainless steel. It then spends the next year again in Portuguese brandy barrels with Brettanomyces yeast.
Evora is a golden hued ale with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, and spice. Citrus, oak, and earthiness dominate the flavor and give way to hints of bread crust. Malty and robust, this medium bodied beer finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart.
Allagash Evora is a 12.7 ounce offering. Returning to the tap room on Saturday. Distribution to follow shortly after.
Availability: 12.7 oz Bottles
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