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
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 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.)