Allagash just beer teased the world via Twitter a few minutes ago, when they mentioned Coolship Red is about go on sale. This beer has been 4 years in the making. A spontaneously fermented beer, brewed with raspberries.
Over 4 years ago, Allagash built a coolship – an open fermentation vessel on site in Portland.
In the summer of 2008, we decided to build a coolship at our brewery. A coolship is a large shallow pan used to cool wort overnight using outside air temperature. During the cooling process, naturally occuring yeast from the air innoculates the wort. In the morning, the cooled wort is transferred into barrels where the fermentation process begins. The beer is then aged for an undetermined amount of time, until we deem it “ready”. We have yet to sell any of these beers but have poured them at some special events and are planning to release them. Eventually.
Today we know. Bottle release is extremely limited, and only to the shop in Portland, Maine. $15. 400 bottles total.