Monthly Archives: April 2013

Scenes from an Allagash Brewery Tour in Portland, Maine

Yesterday I spent the day in Portland, Maine, hitting up various beer nerd spots, including Allagash Brewing Co., where I took part in a tasting and a brewery tour.

If you’re ever in the Portland area, I definitely recommend a stop at Allagash. Even if you’ve never been to Maine and/or don’t plan on visiting any time soon, the following images give you an idea of what you’d see during a tour of one of New England’s, and America’s, best and most creative Belgian-inspired breweries.

The entrance to Allagash' brewery on a rainy day in Portland, ME

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Allagash Coolship Cerise and FV13 sour ale for sale in the retail store. Coolship bottles are only sold at the Allagash Brewery.

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Allagash beer and tshirts for sale in the retail store

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Allagash brewing and fermenting tanks

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Mini kegs of Allagash’s rare Coolship Resurgam in the barrel-aging room

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5 O’Clock on Friday is Rodenbach Time

Fuck Guinness Time. It’s five o’clock on Friday, and that’s Rodenbach time as far as I’m concerned. I’m about to crack a frosty Flemish red, and I thought I’d share this funky old vintage Rodenbach sign I recently found on the Belgian brewer’s Facebook page:

Rodenbach Time vintage sign

And here’s my very own Rodenbach Grand Cru:

Rodenbach Grand Cru bottle and glassware

This is the first beer I’ve had this week, so I’m really looking forward to it. Happy Friday, errybuddy. Cheers, sláinte, proost, santé and all that good stuff.

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The Beeriodic Table of Elements

While bottling a batch of my UBN Big Dipper Belgian-style double IPA (UBN BDIPA) last weekend at Barleycorn’s Craft Brew in Natick, Mass., I spotted this amusing “Beeriodic Table” poster. It’s a beery take on the scientific Periodic Table of Elements.

The Beeriodic Table

From Beeriodic.com, where you can purchase your own Beeriodic Table post for $11.50 (plus shipping):

“This authentic marriage of general chemistry and zymurgy (brewing) is intended to be delightfully entertaining. Even if you aren’t a science or beer drinking type, you might still find the poster intriguing. It serves as a classy addition to most any wall, and it could quite possibly be the perfect gift idea!

“Each of the 112 blocks comprising the poster showcases the ‘science’ (elemental information) along with the ‘suds’ (a beer’s information) by pairing a specific beer to a specific element.”

A Beeriodic Table poster could make a nice addition to man cave, barroom or other drinking spot. Something tells me my girl wouldn’t appreciate it if purchased one and hung it in our tiny apartment though.

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