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Carla Jean Lauter

Carla Jean Lauter is a craft beer lover and investigator of all things beer. She started a craft beer website and blog thebeerbabe.com in 2007, sharing her thoughts as she explored what was new in beer, as well as brewery visits, trips and "beer adventures." Moving to Portland in 2009, she found herself surrounded by the Maine beer community and has been exploring it ever since. In her blog, Carla profiles craft beer (and some mead and cider, too) being brewed in Maine, as well as looks into the people, places and stories behind the beer that makes the community so vibrant. Join Carla on her beer adventures and advice on where to get the best, newest, and most interesting fermented drinks around. Carla can be contacted at askthebeerbabe [at] gmail.com or on twitter at @beerbabe. Subscribe: RSS Feed for The Beer Babe

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Posted: January 20, 2015

‘Wild Beer Round Up’ at Allagash featuring Emotional Honey on Saturday

If you’re at all a fan of wild beers (or even if you are not), you’re going to want to get in line for this one.

This Saturday, Jan. 24, Allagash Brewing Company will be hosting a beer release and event called the “Wild Beer Round Up” which will feature the release of Allagash’s newest beer, Emotional Honey.

Emotional Honey is a beer that’s been aged for two years in oak with two specialized “bugs” (pedicoccus and lactobacillus) to give it it’s sour characteristics. But Allagash didn’t stop there. After that, the beer was transferred into barrels that had previously aged mead (honey-based wine). Mead maker Atesano had used some Allagash barrels to age their own mead, and then sent the barrels back to Allagash to be re-used again. The beer then sat for eight more months until it was ready for release. The hope was that some of the sweet honey flavors would permeate and offset some of the inherent tartness.

If you are not well acquainted with sour beers, you may still want to try this one – for me, it hits all the right notes. It’s got a really great fruit and oak aroma, and doesn’t smell like some of the funkier brews that can seem a bit intimidating. Also, it’s beautiful. Emotional Honey-1

The best thing about this brew, however, is it’s balance. While this does have some definite strong tartness to it (think the “zing” that you get from a good sour candy or tart vinegar), it’s layered with other flavors including fruity and savory notes. My favorite is towards the end of the sip, where a small peek of the honey flavor stays with you, like you just had a fleeting drop of it on your tongue.

It’s rather amazing to think that this beer started its journey to maturity almost three years ago, and is now ready for your glass.

Wild Beer Round-Up

Emotional Honey and Friends-1Allagash will be opening at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 for the release of Emotional Honey, which will go on sale at 10 a.m. (limit 2 bottles/person). Allagash will also be bringing back a few from the “deep stash” including Old Hilt, Tiarna and my personal favorite, FV13.

The opening foyer to the brewery (just past the tasting room, where the tour officially begins) will be transformed and there will be several themed games for prizes, so it sounds like a good time is to be had at the Allagash “Saloon.”

(Photos courtesy of Allagash Brewing Company)

 

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