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What is a beer style?

By Blog, Inside Allagash, What About Beer?
Beer styles are meant to give you an idea of what you’re going to experience, before you experience it. Think of it like a genre of movie, but for beer. In the same way that you know, generally, what to expect when you hear action movie, rom-com, or drama, beer enthusiasts know what to expect when they hear biére de garde, California common, or wee heavy. Read More

A spread of grilled foods and beer courtesy of Allagash

The Allagash Grilling Guide: Beer Picks and Pairings

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Beer-pairing, recipes, and more
Working at a brewery tends to make one well aware of the wonderful pairing that is a cold beer and a hot grill. In this handy little guide, we’ll give you some beer styles that we find to be particularly refreshing, some specific beer-and-food pairings that we love, and a little surprise idea for grilling that has been the hit of our barbecues recently. Read More

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How to start building sustainability practices for any brewery

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Sustainability, B Corporation, Quality Control
If we’ve learned one thing about sustainability, it’s that many small choices add up to a large impact. Below, we’ve put together seven of the small(ish) decisions that we’ve made as we’ve grown as a brewery that have helped us to continue to brew more sustainably and efficiently—all in the hopes of helping other breweries implement more sustainable practices.
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Timber Point park on the water

Seven of our Favorite Parks in Maine

By Blog, Inside Allagash, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News

This post contributed by Betsy Cook, Maine State Director of The Trust for Public Land

We’re all spending more time outside these days. In fact, Maine State Parks had their busiest year on record in 2020. It’s a way to safely see friends and family and soak up the health benefits of nature. At The Trust for Public Land, we believe parks are a community superpower. Read More

Allagash White

2020 By the Numbers

By Blog, Inside Allagash, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News
In this post, we wanted to pause and take a look back at what 2020 meant for all of us at Allagash. The common thread was most definitely perseverance in the face of challenges: whether they were facing us as a brewery or our community as a whole. We feel lucky to be able to say that we found quite a few ways to give back where we could. We hope you enjoy this look through the numbers that made 2020 what it was. And thank you, as always, for your support, and for helping us make the most of a distinctly difficult year. Read More

2021 Allagash Beer Release Calendar

Allagash’s 2021 Beer Release Lineup

By Blog, Upcoming Releases, Inside Allagash, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News
Near the the top of the list of reasons why we’re looking forward to 2021 is this very list: our 2021 beer releases. We have our first-ever year-round organic beer, we have a saison brewed with turmeric, and we have the return of some fan (and staff) favorites—plus some updated looks and formats for beers we all know and love. The best part: all of these beers will be available across our entire distribution footprint. Read More

Allagash Black is Beautiful stout

Black is Beautiful – Giving Back with Beer

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News

December 2020 Update

Black is Beautiful, our imperial stout, has truly delivered some beautiful results. Thanks to your purchase of this beer, we’ve donated a total of $10,000 to the Indigo Arts Alliance and Maine Inside Out—both organizations working to increase racial equity and showcase the talents of Black members in our community. Read More

Updates in Our Tasting Room

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Beer Releases and Brewery News

UPDATE AS OF NOVEMBER 1st, 2020

We’ve made the difficult decision to remain closed for tours and sit-down tastings until spring. Although we miss our customers and friends—and very seriously and thoroughly considered re-opening our doors—we ultimately decided to err on the side of caution. The reality is that we are first and foremost a production facility. When we looked at the choice to not open our tasting room to guests through that lens, it became much simpler: we couldn’t confidently protect our employees and business while opening our tasting room and brewery to guests. 

Please know that we’re eagerly looking forward to re-opening and are continuously investigating how to do that safely and effectively this spring. We sincerely thank you for your patience and would still love to see you at the brewery this winter for grab-and-go beer service.

We miss you too, friends. Read More

Allagash Wilderness Waterway

Honoring the Heritage of our Name

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News
[Updated 10/8/21:]

As we look back upon the first year of our partnership with Nibezun, we’re excited by the progress we’ve made and look forward to continuing our support. In addition to the $2500 grant we donated last year, our tasting room staff selected them as our Charitable Partner of the Month last October, which resulted in an additional donation of $2,776. Both of these donations helped to fund their new roof, which is the first step in preparing Nibezun for their planned solar array in the coming months. This year, we’ve made an additional $2,500 grant and plan to donate the profits from two special beers we’ll have on draft in our tasting room to Nibezun. We’ve also selected them as our Charitable Partner of the Month for October again this year. As we mention in the post below, we continue to take these steps in anticipation of more to come.

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Today, October 12th, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Maine. This holiday is the result of important work by Maine’s Indigenous Wabanaki Confederacy and their fight for legislation to have this day officially recognized.  Read More

Allagash White Six-Pack

Allagash White – Now in 6-packs

By Blog, Inside Allagash, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News, Quality Control
For pretty much our entire history, if you weren’t at a bar or restaurant, you could only find Allagash White in a 4-pack of bottles. Four was just the right amount to break out for a special occasion. Sometimes people shared them. More often, those people would hide their 4-pack at the back of their fridge and save it for themselves. Read More

Allagash White Chalice

Crafted For All – Our Commitment

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News
We’re excited to announce that we’ve made the Crafted for All commitment. Meaning, we’ve dedicated ourselves to continuing to take specific, measurable steps toward improving inclusivity, justice, and equity within our brewery. Created by Dr. J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Crafted For All is a framework built to diversify and expand the craft beer community. Read More

The many colors of Allagash beer

Beer for people who think they don’t like beer

By Blog, Inside Allagash, What About Beer?
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. Read More

Allagash Along the Way a 25th anniversary wild ale

A look back at 25 Days of Giving

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, Beer Releases and Brewery News
Since all the way back in 1995, the Maine community has had our back. Even though they were initially (and understandably) perplexed by our hazy, citrusy witbier, they soon found a love for it that has only grown with time. Because our community has given us so much support, we wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary by giving back to them. So we created 25 Days of Giving. Read More

Allagash White 19.2 oz. cans on the production line

How to properly recycle beer cans, carriers, caps, and more.

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Sustainability, What About Beer?
Since the early days of Allagash, we’ve strived to be an environmentally and socially responsible community member. As the company gained employees, a group of sustainability-minded folks formed a “green team”. That team worked to educate customers and themselves on how to be more socially responsible. That included efforts to: support local farming, learn how to compost, reduce our water usage, and identify which materials we could and couldn’t recycle. Read More

Allagash Nowaday Blonde Ale

What makes a refreshing beer?

By Blog, Inside Allagash, What About Beer?
To us, beer has a wonderfully refreshing quality. It’s fizzy, flavorful, and just that perfect balance between light and full-bodied that almost requires a satisfied “ahhhhhh” after every sip. Of course, not every beer is perfect for a warm summer day. Some are better suited for winter evenings by the fire, others for pairing with dinner. But in this blog, we’re thinking of the lighter, fizzy beers—the Pilsners, the saisons, the witbiers—that perfectly complement a warm day. What exactly are the individual parts that make up a satisfying, flavorful, and refreshing beer? Read More

Taking a Stand Against Racial Injustice

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News

UPDATE – 6/9/2020

As part of our ongoing effort to be allies to the Black members of our community—and to raise funds for nonprofits fighting to make progress for racial justice—we’ll be donating 100% of profits from our online store all week (6/8-6/14) to BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and the Maine Community Foundation People of Color Fund.

We’ve dedicated ourselves as a brewery, and as people, to using beer as a force for good. As a way to bring people together. So as we watch tragedy and turmoil rip our country apart, it’s our obligation to use our platform to speak out. Read More

How we’re doing – an update from Rob, our founder

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News
May 11, 2020

I’ve been wanting to write a public update for about a month—to give our supporters and others in the beer industry a clear picture of how we’re weathering this crisis. But each time I considered it, it felt too early. So much was in flux that it would have been like writing about a baseball game after only the first inning. Now that there’s a little more clarity around our near future, I wanted to fill everyone in on how we’re doing at Allagash.  Read More

Allagash White in a can

The Allagash 2019 B Corp Report

By Blog, Inside Allagash, B Corporation

In 2019, we became a certified B Corp and the first benefit corporation in the state of Maine. Below, you’ll find our very first report. It details the various initiatives across our brewery aimed at improving the lives of our employees, the sustainability of our business, and the wellbeing of our community. Thanks for taking the time to learn a little more about us and the ways in which we’re striving to be a better brewery, every day.

Beer for the Front Lines

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News
UPDATE – 4/28/20 – PLEASE READ

Wow, thank you all for coming out. It turns out your enthusiasm for our “$1 beer for front line medical workers” offer was orders of magnitude beyond what we could have imagined. We’re sorry to say that we no longer have beer to provide. By the time we ran out, we had handed out over 11,400 cans of beer. Read More

Giving Back – Wherever and However we can

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Philanthropy, B Corporation, Beer Releases and Brewery News
[Updated: 4/20/20]

The situation we’re now all faced with has created immense challenges for us as a brewery, and for all of us as a society. At Allagash, we’ve been lucky to have the resources and support in place to weather this situation, while also finding ways to continue to help our community. Below, in order to give our team the kudos they properly deserve, we wanted to keep a running list of some of the positive contributions we’ve been able to make to our community. We’ve also added a section at the top of this list containing ways that you can help us in supporting our community. Thanks, in advance, for your help.

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What is Belgian Beer?

By Blog, Inside Allagash, What About Beer?
Sandwiched between France, Germany, and the Netherlands is a country that gained its independence in 1831. It’s known in the brewing world for its idiosyncratic traditions just as much for the world-class beer its brewers produce. We’re talking about Belgium, of course—and the brewing tradition that has inspired us since the beginning. Read More

Is there a right way to taste beer?

By Blog, Inside Allagash, B Corporation, What About Beer?, Quality Control
There is in our sensory program. Outside of sensory, we enjoy beers in all sorts of different ways—cans, bottles, glasses, you name it. At the brewery, however, we taste every batch of beer before it’s released. And to make sure the beer we release is consistent, the way we taste it also has to be consistent. Here’s the breakdown of how we taste beer.
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Sebago Lake on the water

Clean Water for our Future

By Inside Allagash, Sustainability, Beer Releases and Brewery News
As brewers, we have an intimate connection with water. We’re lucky to receive our water from nearby Sebago Lake, one of only fifty surface water supplies in America that is so clean it doesn’t even need to be filtered. We rely on the quality of our water source, since it directly affects the quality of our beer. More importantly, water impacts our community, and our health.
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Wood-fired grill

Grilling Tips from Allagash Brewing Co. and Noble Barbecue

By Blog, Recipes, Inside Allagash, Beer-pairing, recipes, and more
Given the love around our brewery for a good sizzling grill, we wanted to share some of our favorite tips. We also enlisted the help of our friends at Noble Barbecue, who know more than a thing or two about lighting up a grill. Below, you’ll find grilling tips sourced from us at Allagash as well as Noble Barbecue Co-owner Ryan Carey. Read More

Allagash beer and cheese

Beyond Beer Cheese — Pairing Beer and Cheese

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Beer-pairing, recipes, and more
One of our favorite food-and-beer pairings is beer and cheese. Both are versatile. Both are delicious. And the flavor combinations you can create between them are surprising and abundant. We love a good beer cheese dip, don’t get us wrong. But we wanted to approach this pairing from a much broader perspective than how the two melt together. Below, you’ll find pairing fundamentals, and a few suggested pairing examples, for beer and cheese. Read More

Canoe and two fishing rods

Enjoy Maine like a Local

By Blog, Inside Allagash, Beer Releases and Brewery News, Beer-pairing, recipes, and more
We’re lucky to have a plethora of sights, hikes, adventures, and bites all within our state’s limits. And now that we at Allagash are canning, our beer is able to go places it never could before. To celebrate, we asked our staff where they were excited to bring a can of Allagash White or River Trip. We’ve compiled a highlight of their responses below. Our advice, pick an adventure and bring a couple cans for once you’re done. Read More

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Please note that our tasting room will be opening at 3:30pm on Friday, 12/10, so our staff can attend a company-wide meeting. More Info
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