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a meal of grits, okra, fried fish, and Allagash and Crowns & Hops Cur-8

Recipe – Southern-Fried Fish Paired with Cur-8

By Blog, Recipes, Inside Allagash, Beer-pairing, recipes, and more
Words + Recipe: Stephanie Grant

Images: Ali Lamoureux


Fish fries are a staple in the Black community, going back as far as our first days on this continent. On Saturdays, enslaved people would work until noon, and some would spend the rest of the day fishing, bringing back whatever they caught for the rest of the community. That time-honored tradition still stands today, reaching across the country, gathering together friends and families for celebration and fellowship. Read More

Some Curieux with Allagash Curieux Gingerbread Cookies

Recipe – Curieux Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies

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Article and Recipe by Stephanie Grant

Images by Ali Lamoureux


My holiday season usually kicks off with the sound of Karen Carpenter, the Temptations, and Johnny Mathis. Next come decorations, holiday movies, and old Christmas episodes of favorite TV shows. My husband and I move through the season checking off this imaginary to-do list. Do we have hot chocolate in the pantry? What’s our budget for gifts? Are we finally going to get around to decorating the outside of our house like “real” grown ups? And perhaps my favorite—do we have enough butter and flour?  Read More

look at the golden goodness that is Allagash Tripel

Step-By-Step – How to Throw a Beer & Dinner Party

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Article by Stephanie Grant, Pictures by Ali Lamoureux

Even before I could throw dinner parties, I loved them. As a little girl, I would cuddle up with my mom’s tattered copy of the Joy of Cooking, which had an entire section on entertaining—from folding napkins to setting the table. That book sparked an excitement for hosting that hasn’t waned. And after hosting a few dinner parties over the years, I’ve learned a few tips to mitigate any potential stress you might encounter while planning your own. Read More

Allagash Haunted House truffles


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In more ways than one, Stephen King helped shape me into the person I am today. As a little girl, I’d grab a book from my mom’s collection—Cujo, The Shining, Pet Sematary—and happily disappear into a world of horror, gore, and terror. Admittedly, I was a little too young to dive into such spine-chilling stories, but it fostered my love of reading and eventually writing. It also gave me a love for horror, and its ultimate holiday—Halloween.  Read More

Bonfire with North Sky

Tips for Throwing the Best Bonfire Party

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Every year, my husband and I excitedly watch the temperature drop from the 100s to the 60s. We emerge from our summer shelter to breathe in the crisp, clean air—free of the oppressive weight of humidity. We spend most of our time outside during fall—sometimes it’s a quick and easy hang on the porch with a beer in hand. Other times we throw a few logs in the firepit and get lost in the beauty of the flames and conversation.  Read More

Allagash Sixteen Counties in the garden

Beer Pairings for Spring Activities

By Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Blog, Inside Allagash
There’s something magical about spring. After months of frigid temperatures, gray skies, and snow, nature transitions into a lush, verdant landscape that beckons us to abandon heavy layers and enjoy the outdoors in a new way. While there’s something I love about every season, spring is one of my favorites—there’s nothing like watching a tree go from bare to brimming with blooms. In honor of spring, here are four ways to make the most of the season. Read More

A spread of grilled foods and beer courtesy of Allagash

The Allagash Grilling Guide: Beer Picks and Pairings

By Inside Allagash, Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Blog
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

Allagash Little Grove and Little Leaf Lettuce

Beer Pairing – Little Grove and Soy Peach Glazed Salmon with Ginger Sesame Dressing

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The pairing of salad and beer is not a conventional one. But we’re here to report that, done right, it is indeed a delicious one. Below, you’ll find the recipe that we’ve been pairing with our Little Grove beers. They’re what we call sparkling fruited ales, and are brewed to be light, balanced, and refreshing (and only 100 calories per can). Read More

Maine the way Stargazing image - view of a fire tower

Viewing the North Sky – A How-To

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These tips and beautiful photography were all created by our friends at Maine the Way.

To set the stargazing scene…

Crunch. Crunch. Crunch.

The brittle surface crust of the snow gives way beneath my feet, sending each footfall several inches deeper than I expect. My headlamp beam bathes a spot about five feet ahead of me in blueish-hued LED light—the rest of the world is a dark void. Read More

Sushi and beer pairing with Allagash Brewing

How to Pair Sushi and Beer

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Sushi is a delicate food. Its portions, ingredients, and even the culture surrounding it all celebrate the power of simplicity. Because of that simplicity, every ingredient grows in importance. Overall, we recommend a beer that develops slowly across the palate, and won’t overwhelm the sushi or your taste buds. The sublime combination of rice, fish, soy sauce, and often nori (toasted seaweed) is what we’re trying to match our beer to.

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pairing burgers and beer

How to Pair Burgers and Beer

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The prevailing culinary wisdom here in America is that burgers pair best with hoppy beers. We don’t disagree. Hops are a nice way to cut through fat and bolder flavors in a burger’s toppings. But there’s more to consider when looking for a beer to enjoy with your burger. This blog is about getting the most out of this quintessentially American meal. Read More

The Best Oyster and Beer Pairings

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Oysters and beer are a remarkable pair. The brine from the oyster not only complements and highlights aspects of the beer, it’s washed clean by the beer’s crisp carbonation, inviting you to eat another oyster (and another oyster and another oyster and…). And if you go up and down the coast—even sometimes from different spots in the same river—each oyster has its own unique profile. This is due to what is known as merroir: the influence that the environment has on an oyster’s appearance and taste. Read More

Outdoor Movie Night 101: Everything you need to know to host the most epic outdoor movie night

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This guest post was put together by our excellent friend Jenn Bravo

Our favorite experiences during the Maine summers usually involve friends, Allagash White on draft, and golden hour. Now that we have two kids, we’ve found it a bit harder to make it out to those roof-top happy hours. But that doesn’t mean we can’t kick back with our friends and kids to enjoy the summer evenings together. Cue the outdoor movie night, a regular summer Sunday tradition that literally everyone looks forward to. Read More

Wood-fired grill

Grilling Tips from Allagash Brewing Co. and Noble Barbecue

By Recipes, Inside Allagash, Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Blog
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

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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

Smelting huts on a frozen river

How to: Go on a Smelting Trip

By Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Blog
If you’re looking for a winter activity that gets you outdoors, indoors, and fishing at the same time, we recommend going smelting. Imagine this: a hut warmed through with the fragrant heat of a log-fed stove. Friends around, sharing beer and stories. All the while, out of the corner of your eye, you’re watching a line that dives into flowing water beneath a foot of ice—waiting for a telltale tug. Read More

Gingerbread loaf with Allagash Curieux

Gingerbread with Orange-Scented Whipped Cream

By Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Recipes
For the holidays, our good friend Jennifer (@JennifahBravo) created a gingerbread loaf recipe to pair with Curieux—our bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style golden ale. Curieux’s aromas and notes of vanilla, coconut, and bourbon are a perfect accompaniment to the deep, rich molasses flavor of the gingerbread. The zesty orange-scented whipped cream really brings it to the next level. Highly recommended for your next holiday get-together. Read More

10 Portland Burgers We Love

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Allagash Burger Blog - Woodford FB
Patty. Bun. Toppings.

When it comes to making a burger, those three elements are pretty much all you have to work with. That’s what makes this list of some of our favorite burgers even more impressive. And with so many great restaurants and chefs around Portland, narrowing it down wasn’t easy. Certain chefs have opted for the tried-and-true. Others have grabbed the burger idea and run sideways. Whatever type of burger you prefer, something on this list will hit your particular spot.
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Allagash Oyster Shucking

How to Shuck an Oyster

By Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Blog
Facing down a whole oyster can be daunting. The thin hinge. The craggy shell. The foreboding, rock-like inanimate-ness. We understand.

However hard the process of shucking appears, the right technique and some hands-on experience will have you opening fresh oysters in no time. The steps below, and visual aids, will help you get your first oysters open. Read More

Bite Into Maine Lobster Roll

Thirteen Lobster Rolls We Love

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A real beaut from Bite Into Maine


We could go on about our love of lobster rolls for pages and pages, but really, we know that you just want to get to the list. To briefly disclaim: this list is not complete. There are nearly countless amazing lobster rolls across Maine. These are just some of our favorites—in no particular order or rank. We’d also encourage you to try pairing one or all of these with your Allagash beer of choice this summer (we prefer White with our lobster). We suspect you’ll be the opposite of disappointed.

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Sean’s Maine Lobster Boil: How to

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Allagash Lobster Boil
Want to hold a lobster boil that would make a true Mainah proud? Luckily, you don’t need to be thigh-deep in a snowbank on the rocky coast to pull off a Maine-style feast. Our favorite brewer/cook Sean prepared a truly memorable lobster boil with only a large pot and normal-sized grill. As we found, with some pretty minimal prep and the right ingredients, you can boil crustaceans and corn with the best of them.

Here’s what you’ll need for a meal that serves two (hungry people):

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Maine Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese Recipe

By Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Recipes
lobster mac n cheese
Our friends over at Maine Lobster came to us with a delicious recipe for Maine lobster Mac ‘n’ cheese. Naturally, our first inclination was to test it out with a cold bottle of Allagash White. Our resident chef/senior brewer, Sean Ellsworth, whipped up this recipe and it turned out to be just as delicious as it looks on paper (or screen). Plus, we were happy to discover that White’s notes citrus and spice complemented the savory creaminess of the cheese and subtle, briny flavor of the lobster.
You can find the recipe below.

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The Ultimate Whoopie Pie

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Allagash Whoopie pies
What we have here is a whoopie pie recipe that’s been passed down for generations. Only after obtaining the consent of her Great Aunt was Charli—our event coordinator extraordinaire—able to divulge this delicious recipe for “Black Moon” whoopie pies to the world. And we can say from personal (tasty, tasty) experience that these are serious pies: flavorful, moist, and powerfully chocolate-y in just the right ways.

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Allagash Trifle with Interlude Sabayon and Black Ginger Cake

By Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Recipes
Recently, we had an amazing beer dinner with our friends at Simon Pearce—turns out they’re just as masterful cooks as they are glassblowers. In fact, we had such a memorable time that we couldn’t help but ask them to create a recipe with our beer. The beer was Interlude, a tart, vinous beer that’s fermented with a blend of yeasts then aged in red wine barrels.

They came back with one better: a trifle that uses our Interlude in the sabayon—a light custard made from sugar, egg yolks and, traditionally, wine—and Allagash Black in their ginger cake. The short version: it blew our minds.

The recipe for this incredible dish is below.

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Curieux Doughnuts

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It’s obligatory to show the finished product first.

This summer, two of the fine chefs—Chef Justin and Chef Powder—from Earth at Hidden Pond developed a crazy-tasty recipe for Curieux Doughnuts. Since we’re big fans of enjoying Curieux in its liquid form, we were understandably excited to try it in doughnut form.  

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Sean’s Mixed Fruit Pie

By Beer-pairing, recipes, and more, Recipes
We found that fruit pies pair particularly well with Curieux, our bourbon barrel-aged ale. So we solicited Sean Ellsworth, a native Mainer, graduate of Johnson & Wales culinary school, lover of rhubarb, and brewer here at Allagash to give a lesson in pie making. We hope you enjoy his recipe as much as we did!



The first step to making a pie is creating the dough. This is much easier than you may initially think, and while you can certainly use store-bought dough, it just tastes, and feels, better knowing you made it yourself.

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