Allagash Tap Take Over
April 23, 2012 § 1 Comment
Last week at Lucky’s Last Chance on Main St in Manayunk Allagash Brewing Company seized the small pub by storm. Allagash Brewing Company was founded in 1994 by Rob Tod and released it’s first beer in 1995. The company prides itself on exceptional quality and recreation of Belgian styles. All of their beers are bottle conditioned and unpasteurized. Their flagship is “White” a wit style brewed with wheat and a Belgian style proprietary yeast strain. However they have over 15 other styles not including their “coolship” series. You may be asking what a “coolship” beer is, I know I was wondering. Via Allagash’s website:
In the summer of 2008, we decided to build a coolship at our brewery. A coolship is a large shallow pan used to cool wort overnight using outside air temperature. During the cooling process, naturally occuring yeast from the air innoculates the wort. In the morning, the cooled wort is transferred into barrels where the fermentation process begins. The beer is then aged for an undertermined amount of time, until we deem it “ready”. We have yet to sell any of these beers but have poured them at some special events and are planning to release them. Eventually.
This is exceptionally interesting because brewers normally take so many precautions to avoid wild yeast. This series is sure to be limited and expensive but sure worth the wait.
At Lucky’s Jim, Michelle, and I tried a few very nice flagship styles:
Curieux: Allagash’s was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging Tripel Ale in Jim Beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh Tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon.
Tripel: This strong golden ale is marked by passion fruit and herbal notes in the aroma, with suggestions of banana and honey in the complex palate. The Tripel has a remarkably long and smooth finish.
Black: a Belgian style stout brewed with 2 Row barley, torrified wheat, oats, both roasted and chocolate malt and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar. The silky mouth feel is a great balance to the roasted character, coffee and dark chocolate notes expressed throughout this beer.
With Philly Beer Fest swiftly approaching look forward to big events. I will try to cover as much of the festival I can and will post a well rounded schedule for the event in the next few weeks.