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Allagash Brewing Company

50 Industrial Way
207-878-5385

Allagash Brewing Company started in 1995, as a one-man operation in a small space on the outskirts of Portland, Maine. Founder Rob Tod had worked in a brewery setting before and recognized a void within the craft brewing movement. While both German and British styles had become prevalent throughout the U.S., the ever-creative Belgian-styles were very difficult to find. Through his travels, Tod had sampled many of these unique beers and felt that the flavors and traditions of Belgium needed to be shared with the American drinking public. He designed a small 15-barrel brewhouse, gathered the finest array of authentic raw materials and began his quest towards the production of traditional Belgian style ales. Rob sold his first batch of beer in the summer of 1995.

The first release from Allagash was Allagash White, modeled after the traditional "White" beers of Belgium. Also referred to as "wit" beers, they get their unique flavor from the use of wheat in place of barley, and the use of Curacao orange peel, coriander and other spices. Allagash combined these ingredients with their very own proprietary Belgian yeast strain to create the remarkably unique and refreshing beer that is today their flagship brand.

With the success of the first brand, Rob decided to venture further into the Belgian beer genre. He hired his first employee and soon released a second brew, Allagash Double Ale. Using the philosophy and techniques created by the Trappist Monks of Belgium centuries ago, they created this beer using seven different malts, a traditional sugar, and their own Belgian yeast strain. The result was another unique yet balanced beer crafted in the classic Belgian style.

In 2001, Rob and the Allagash crew wanted to continue to pay tribute to Belgian brewing traditions by delving into the world of cork and cage finished beers and bottle conditioning. At the time, almost no one was doing this here in the states, but Allagash knew the process was more than just a new look. Bottle conditioning is the process of adding sugar and yeast, just prior to bottling, to allow for natural carbonation of the beer. The resulting beer is softer and more complex than traditionally carbonated beers. This "live" beer also continues to develop flavors over time, enhancing the beer drinker's experience.

Today, Allagash has six year round beers in its portfolio, seven yearly releases and numerous one-offs and keg only releases. We continue to be successful by pushing the limits of beer and themselves. We have always strived to produce the finest Belgian inspired and experimental ales this side of the Atlantic. Allagash began as New England's original Belgian-Style brewery and have grown into one of the industry's most distinguished and well-respected brands.



Reviews

Kirsten Schaffert

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Sunday, July 8, 2018
We have visited Allagash every summer since 2012, and every experience is better than the last. Any time we come we do the FREE brewery tour, and every time we learn something new about the history and brewing process of this incredible brewery. The tour is really fun and informative, delicious (you get to taste 4 different Allagash beers), and FREE. Just make sure to sign up for a tour a few days ahead of time - they tend to fill up quickly. If you'd rather not take an hour to tour, you can get reasonably priced tastings of a variety of brewery-exclusive beers in their tasting room. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. Allagash quickly became a favorite for us because of the top quality of beer, friendly staff, and creativity in their ever-changing small batch recipes. We will continue to be regular customers and visitors of Allagash for as long as we can!! Highly recommend coming to visit the brewery, since they always have so many more cool choices than you can find in stores/restaurants.

Breana Beatrice

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Saturday, May 12, 2018
One of my favorite breweries! There’s a great space that can hold a larger capacity of people and bigger groups. Both indoor and outdoor bars. Great fuse of rustic and modern culture. Really like that it doesn’t smell like a brewery. They have a huge selection of beers to try too! Food trucks are also an option on weekends.

Caitlyn

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Monday, June 18, 2018
Favorite beer is Allagash White. Which is rare where I live, so when I came up to visit Portland of course I had to stop at the brewery! Did the tour, and our tour guide Mike was awesome! Enjoyed the sampling of the new beers, and left with a sweatshirt and a case of White! If you are in the area definitely stop, even just to hang out and drink. Outside area is dog friendly too!!!

Rachel Montgomery

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Sunday, April 15, 2018
Good option if you're looking for something to do. They offer brewery tours and they have a good variety of beer. A lot of fruity flavors. There is both indoor and outdoor seating. The atmosphere is very laid back. And there is plenty of parking. A flight is $4 so it's inexpensive. The flight is preselected but They also offer half pours if you want to try a variety.

David Swaciak

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Monday, July 9, 2018
Flights are pre selected and not very good. Florette was barely drinkable. The others were all very similar. Prices for beer to go were high. With so many other breweries around I wish I spent my time some where else.

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