The Beer Babe
Rum, Whiskey, Coffee, Cranberries… Allagash keeps us guessing (and happy)
Allagash Brewing Company is best known nationally for it’s flagship beer – White – that makes up a majority of its sales and allows the brewery to experiment in lesser-known styles. While the rest of the country may know Allagash for its accessible Belgian-style beers, locals know it as the producer of the funky, sour, barrel-aged and just downright interesting. There is usually a bit of a pattern to the releases of beers like Hugh Malone, Victor, Victoria, and the unforgettable Curieux.
After a successful expansion earlier last year, Allagash seems to have hit the ground running with a steady stream of interesting brews – some that have been fermenting for months and others that are fresh out of the brewery. In all honesty, I’m having a lot of trouble keeping up – and that’s a great thing.
What’s been going on? Well, since the holidays there have been more than a couple interesting beers popping up:
- Winslow, a tiny draught-only barrel aged beer, was released at Nosh Kitchen Bar last week. Described as a “dark wheat beer” it was aged for eight months in New England Distilling‘s rum barrels. Coming in at 13.5% ABV, this one is a great substitute for a hot alcoholic drink – it warms you from the inside out.
- James Bean (which should probably get nominated for “punniest” beer name) is going to be hitting taps soon as well. It starts out as Curieux (the delicious whiskey-barrel aged brew) and then becomes something completely different after cold-brewed coffee is added.
- Allagash has been teasing us with pictures of Oly’s Cranberry Stout (yep, you read “cranberry stout” correctly) since before Christmas. Recently they announced that it is being bottled for a brewery-only release scheduled for January 25th. The beer goes on sale at the brewery at 9am – if that’s not enough to get you out of the house they’ll also have free donuts and coffee.
- A departure from one-offs and barrel-aged brews is the Saision – which will be sold in four packs and become widely available very soon. A great follow-up to White, the Saison is an extremely approachable and classic – slightly dry, slightly fruity and spicy – and I’m sure that many will find that it works well at the dinner table.
That’s not even to mention the recent collaboration with Cantillion (no news on a release date for that yet) or the pictures seen on Facebook of all of the interesting pilot batches they’ve been playing around with lately. All I can hope for is that people keep drinking enough White to keep this unique stuff coming our way.