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The Making of Map 40

Allagash Brewing Company Map 40

Map 40 is a Belgian-style stout blended with cold-brewed coffee. Which means that on top of brewing the beer, we have to make a whole boat-load of coffee. That being the case, we thought we’d take advantage of this extra, caffeinated step by giving you a look inside the process. Below, you’ll find a brief pictorial journey into how locally roasted coffee finds its way into a Belgian-style stout.

Allagash_Map 40 coffee beans Speckled Ax

Map 40 Mokha Java is made up of four different kinds of beans from two different origins.


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Matt, of Speckled Ax, roasts the beans to three different levels for more depth of flavor.


Map 40 blog mokha java beans

For this year’s brewing of Map 40, Matt sent us 430 lbs of coffee beans.

grinding beans for brewing and then adding to beer

430 lbs of coffee beans makes for a lot of grinding.


Allagash Map 40 blog beans in the grinder

After grinding, we cold-brewed around 20 barrels of coffee in one of our 60-barrel fermenters. That calculates to around 600 gallons of coffee.


Allagash Brewing Company Map 40

After brewing, fermentation, and blending, this was the wonderful moment when Map 40 rolled off the line.

Allagash Brewing Company Map 40

The end result in all its glory: a Belgian-style stout blended with cold-brewed coffee.

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