For the first time since we started brewing it in 1995, Allagash White is going into a can. Four-packs of 16 oz. cans, to be more specific.
“If there’s one beer that defines us as a brewery, it’s Allagash White,” said Rob Tod, our founder/brewer. “The idea of enjoying this beer in a new way—on a boat, on the trail, even on the couch at home—has everyone at the brewery super excited.”
On top of that, we’re celebrating the arrival of a new year-round canned beer: River Trip—a Belgian-style session ale. River Trip is dry hopped for balanced notes of grapefruit, melon, and stone fruit. It’s also brewed with local pale malt and locally grown oats.
Beginning in February of this year, we’re initially distributing close to our home market. As the first wave of a phased rollout, cans will appear in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Western/Upstate New York.
If you’re near us in Portland, you can stop by the brewery for our can release day on February 10th. We’ll be celebrating with food, live music, and of course, beer.
“Both of these cans have been in the works for a good amount of time.” said Jason Perkins, our brewmaster. “We wanted to make absolutely sure these cans were up to the high quality standards of our kegged and bottled beer. We’re happy to say that they are.”
River Trip was inspired by a canoe trip taken by brewery employees to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. It’s brewed for a profile that’s both refreshing and full of hop-forward flavor. River Trip also comes in as the lowest-calorie beer in our year-round lineup—128 calories per 12 oz. serving (170 per 16 oz. can).
And we will be can conditioning both beers. Conditioning is a traditional Belgian method of carbonation, where a small amount of extra yeast and sugar is added to to the beer right before it is packaged. The beer then referments in the can, coming up to full carbonation while adding a bit of extra aroma and flavor.
We can’t wait to share a can with you.