For years, we’ve heard guests say that while they “don’t really like beer,” they love our flagship beer, Allagash White. If you’re thinking, “that sounds like me,” then we’d bet that there are probably plenty of other beers you’d like! One of the many wonderful things about beer is how varied it is. Ranging from dry to sweet, light to dark, even fruity or funky.
Finding a beer for someone who “doesn’t like beer” is actually one of our favorite activities at the brewery. It’s rare we don’t find at least one or two beers for them to enjoy. How we break it down is that we start with simple flavor and drink preference questions to help learn what someone does like. From there, we move into beers that we think fit that flavor profile.
Look below to see if we can’t find a beer you (or a non-beer-loving friend) might enjoy.
I LIKE COFFEE
In that case, you should try a porter or stout. Both styles use dark, roasted grains that provide a striking resemblance to the flavor of coffee. Our stout, North Sky has notes of raisin with rich flavors of coffee and dark chocolate. Or you could try a beer with actual coffee blended right into it. Barrel & Bean is another great option – this golden ale aged in bourbon barrels is blended with fresh, cold-brewed coffee for a unique flavor experience that includes notes of caramel, toffee, oak, and roasty coffee.
I LIKE FUNKY CHEESES, NATURAL WINES, AND/OR KOMBUCHA
Then wild beer may be just the thing for you. Wild or sour beers are brewed using unique strains of yeasts and bacteria to provide funky, fruity, and tart flavors. Often, we’ll also add fresh fruit to these beers as well.
Our wild and sour beer program is vast, but start by trying one of our Coolship beers. Coolship Resurgam is 100% naturally fermented from wild yeasts and bacterias native to Portland, Maine. It may sound unusual, but the flavor is totally approachable. Imagine aromas of apricot, lemon zest, and candied fruit. Notes of tropical fruit and flavors of funk lead to a clean, tart, and dry finish.
I LIKE WHITE WINE
Try a Belgian-style golden ale, or Tripel. Brewed in the tradition of monk-brewed Trappist style golden ales, these easy drinking beers are deceptively strong. Expect some similarities to Sauvignon blanc or Pinot Grigio with notes of citrus and pear. Our Tripel is a refreshingly dry beer with sweet-perceiving notes of passion fruit and honey. We also make a seasonal release called Two Lights which is actually brewed with the juice of Sauvignon Blanc grapes that’s an ultra-refreshing cross between wine spritzer and crisp lager. Or, if rosé is more your thing, try a sparkling session ale like those in our line of Little Grove beers.
I’M MORE OF A RED WINE PERSON
Then we bet you’d like a wine barrel-aged beer or one brewed with red fruits like cherries, raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. Give our wild ale I Believe in Love a try—it’s bursting with flavors of tart cranberry and raspberry. Or you could try Helena, our take on a wine barrel-aged Flemish Red ale with tart notes of apple, pear, and caramel.
I LIKE WHISKEY, BOURBON, AND OTHER SPIRITS
Barrel aged beers have the flavor of whatever spirit barrel it ages in, be it bourbon, scotch, rum, etc. These days there are a plethora of barrel-aged beers to try from so many breweries. They’re often noted with the abbreviation “BA” for “Barrel-aged.” There are even some great beers inspired by cocktails—like our beer World on a String, which takes its flavor profile from an Old Fashioned. Most often, when faced with someone who loves a good strong drink, we’ll suggest our most-loved barrel-aged beer: Allagash Curieux. To make it, we take our award-winning Tripel and age it in bourbon barrels for 7 weeks. The resulting rich, golden ale features smooth notes of coconut, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon.
We hope these suggestions can help you, or a friend, find a beer that they truly enjoy.