Allagash Brewing

Allagash Brewing

VERIFIED business since Apr 2015

Allagash Brewing Company was founded by Rob Tod in 1995, as a one man operation. Though Belgian style beers were scarcely heard of in the US at the time, Rob decided to focus his efforts on brewing high quality Belgian inspired beers. The first beer brewed was Allagash White, a spiced wheat beer and now the company flagship. Allagash White has been internationally recognized as one of the finest examples of the style, winning its first Gold Medal in 1998 at the World Beer Cup in Rio de Janeiro. Today, Allagash remains one of the few breweries in the country that is committed to the Belgian tradition, brewing only Belgian inspired beers. Allagash currently produces six year round beers, seven limited annual releases and never ending list of one-off and experimental beers allowing the brewer’s to constantly push the limits and definition of beer. In 2007, Allagash became the first brewery outside of Belgium to brew using a traditional coolship. The beers produced using a coolship are known as “spontaneously fermented” beers because they ferment using only yeast from the air. The Allagash Coolship beers have been very well received both nationally and internationally, culminating in Allagash being the first ever American brewery invited to participate in a Belgian brewers only festival held in Lennik, Belgium. Quality, innovation, passion and being an active community member have all helped propel Allagash to the forefront of the American craft beer scene. Allagash has been featured in numerous national magazines including Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Men’s Journal, GQ, The Wall Street Journal and Saveur. Wine Enthusiast magazine named Allagash Black (Stout) the number one beer in the country for 2010. Allagash has also been recognized repeatedly at The Great American Beer Festival, having won a total of 11 medals since 2002, including 4 gold. Likewise, at the bi-annual World Beer Cup, Allagash has won 10 medals since 1998, including both a gold and silver in 2012.

50 Industrial Way
Portland, ME 04103
United States

  • Community

    Spring 2013 Allagash Brewing Community Grant Program recipients: Wohelo Camp Started a scholarship to send an underprivileged local child to summer camp. Loon Echo Land Trust Specifically to help with the purchase of a land trust called Perley Mills Community Forest. It will be 1600 acres to be used for recreation and preservation located in the Sebago Lake area. Friends of Casco Bay Money will be used to support the Citizen Stewards Water Quality Monitoring Program where community members volunteer to minitor the water in certain areas of the Casco Bay. This will fund training for those people and equipment they may need. Seeds of Independence Operating support for all Seeds of Independence Programs (working with at risk youth) Rippleffect Support of their Outdoor Leadership Expeditions program at Mahoney Middle School in South Portland. Acorn Productions Supporting free community theater in Westbrook. Robbie Foundation General program support. They do amazing things. Check it out. Wayside Food Programs General support of the Food Rescue program which includes collecting and distributing food to 47 food pantries, soup kitchens and social service programs in Maine. Riverview Foundation Funds a service learning project for middle and high school kids to build a zero-discharge outhouse for the Riverview 162 acre outdoor facility. As you may imagine, we came up with a good (but slightly racy) name for this project. Dramatic Repertory Company Support of entire 2013 season. Amazing, inexpensive, local theater. If you like theater, we suggest you check out their shows. Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland General Operating Fund. We love animals and so do they. MS Plane Pull at Jetport June 29- an annual tradition.

  • Environment

    We try to do things responsibly, for the environment and for our local community. Here's a few things we do to help minimize our impact and help out. Allagash purchases renewable energy credits from the Steel Winds II wind farm in Lackawanna, NY to offset the electricity use and resulting emissions of brewery operations. In 2012, Allagash offset 92% of it's electricity use with renewable energy credits from First Wind's Lackawanna, NY wind farm, and the remaining 8% from other wind farms located around the country. For more information about the Steel Winds project, visit this website. With help from our friends at www.garbagetogarden.org, we are able to have a great composting program! As of March 2013, Allagash generates over 57 tons of spent (or used) grain a week. We give this grain to a local farmer who then takes it to use as cattle feed. Although most of the sugar is gone from the grain (that is what we need for brewing) there is still lots of protein, fiber and carbohydrates that the cows need. This also helps reduce the farmer's feed costs. Another by-product of brewing is used yeast. Rather than dump it to the drain, we harvest it and pay a local farmer to take it. He then uses it for land applied fertilizer for his fields and feed for his cattle. Anything that does go "down the drain" gets side-streamed into a holding tank, where we can monitor and adjust all process liquids to be within city of Portland specs. Our self monitoring puts less strain on the Portland Water District to maintain our great quality water. In 2008 we purchased a bailer so that we could recycle cardboard and plastic. In 2012, we recycled over 50,000 lbs of cardboard and over 11,000 lbs of LDPE plastic. We use a "Zero Sort" recycling container that collects the remaining recyclable materials generated through the production and packaging of beer. In 2012 we recycled over 25 tons of glass, paper and plastic. We are constantly striving to reduce our water usage. Making changes to our process, cleaning regimens and general mindfulness, have put our gallons of water used per gallon of beer produced, well below the national average. Green Team- a group of employees from all over the company to meet regularly, brainstorm green initiatives, and implement ideas. We also participate in a national effort called "Brewers for Clean Water," organized by the NRDC.

  • Social

    Allagash is a proud member of the Maine community. Our Tribute Series beers provide us a great way to give back to groups and organizations in our home state. For every bottle sold, Allagash contributes one dollar to local organizations that make a positive impact in our greater neighborhood. What's more, the Allagash Tribute Series lets us push the limits of beer. It is little twists of tradition that can suddenly blossom into a remarkably huge taste. All of these beers are brewed once a year in limited quantities. We also offer paid volunteer time for our employees to spend a day volunteering for a non-profit of their choice. There have been several trail work days with Portland Trails, beach clean up with Surf Rider Foundation and other environmental fundraisers.

  • Employees Culture

    -Steep discounts on products/merchandise -All employees are eligible for profit sharing, typically 6-7% of annual salary, paid in the first quarter on the following year. -Pinewood Derby in December -Lobster Bake in August -Adventure Club (hiking, stand up paddle boarding, snow shoeing, skiing) -CSA deliveries to the brewery -8 hours paid for volunteer work per year -Sales team have quarterly incentive bonuses for meeting specific goals. Bike to Work benefit -4-5 fitness events/races throughout the year are done by Allagash teams- entry fees are paid and custom shirts provided. All employees are eligible to participate. -One Year Jacket- on the anniversary of one year of employment, employees choose any jacket they want and we emblazon it with the Allagash logo of their choice. -After 5 years of employement, employees are taken on a 100% paid trip to Belguim with the brewmaster and founder of the company. -We do "Bagel Wednesdays" each week where emplpyees who are food enthusiasts make creative toppings for the bagels- company provides all the supplies. -Employees are able to use the tasting room after closing to enjoy each other's company. Local events are attended by large groups of employees, when our beers are featured at local bars and restuarants.

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