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Here Comes the Sun Drift

Allagash Sun drift four pack and chalice

As winter rolls on, we’re excited to announce a little ray of sunshine we’re calling Sun Drift. Sun Drift is brewed with lemon zest, fermented with Brettanomyces yeast, and then blended with black tea.

We’re releasing it in four-packs of 12 oz. bottles at the brewery on Saturday, February 2nd. On Monday, February 4th, the beer will start shipping out to our complete distribution footprint.

A lemon zester in Allagash brewing company

Zesting lemons for the brew day.

“This beer’s flavor goes beyond the sum of its ingredients,” says our Brewmaster Jason Perkins. Lemon zest imparts a slightly tart note that’s accompanied by the medley of funky tropical fruit flavors created by the Brettanomyces yeast. After brewing, the beer is blended with Fair Trade Yunnan Black tea from Little Red Cup, of Brunswick, ME. The result evokes the refreshing combination of lemonade and tea, all cruising on a layer of fruit-filled aromatics.

If it sounds like a summer-y beer, that’s because it kinda is. During more than a few long winters, we found ourselves wanting to enjoy a beer that’s light and refreshing. In fact, Mainers are well known for enjoying themselves despite the weather: think, surfing in winter. So we brewed Sun Drift with the idea that it would conjure a little taste of summer, no matter what it looked like outside.

“Whenever possible, we look for ingredients in Maine.” said Jason. “That means getting grain from Maine farmers and tea from a local company like Little Red Cup.”

Family owned since 2009, Little Red Cup sells tea that is certified organic by the USDA, and by Fair Trade USA. The company partners directly with the worker-owned cooperatives that grow and process the tea to reduce the number of steps from field to cup.

Sun Drift is made with local pale malt and local raw oats. It’s hopped with Cascade and Citra, then fermented on a combination of Saccharomyces and Brettanomyces Claussenii.

If you’re in our area of distribution, you can keep your eye out for Sun Drift using our beer locator.

Allagash Sun Drift 12 oz. bottles on the bottling line

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