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Allagash Brewing Company

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56 Beers
29,899 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 26
Visits: 244
Avg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

50 Industrial Way
Portland, Maine, 04103-1042
United States
phone: (800) 330-5385

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Reviews: 26 | Visits: 244
Photo of Drazdi
4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I've visited Allagash since around 1997 and their operation has always been very customer oriented. Their tour is worthwhile and the staff seem to really know their stuff. The beer is fantastic, particularly if you are interested in Belgian style beers. They have branched out in recent years and the selection has increased dramatically. The quality of the beer is outstanding if not phenomenal. I no longer live close to Allagash Brewing Company, however when I am in the area, I always stop in to say hello and pick up some beer. Can't be much better!

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Photo of chicagoish
4/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Room has a great layout and a great selection of beer to purchase. I purchased the Flexus 2015. The tour was insightful, we learned about their history and what their brewing process is like. At the end of the tour, there is a tasting in their barrel room! Four different brews. Nice explanation of their brewing process. Overall, a great time and a great place to visit!

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Photo of LeRose
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of our favorite stops in Maine. The staff has always been friendly and outgoing. Even when the room is packed it has always been service with a smile. When we've visited on slower days, the conversation is great as well. The people in the tasting room are knowledgeable about the beer. Sometimes the selection can be a little restrictive given the number of great beers Allagash has to offer, but that's a minor thing. Although the space is somewhat limited, there's the outdoor area and they seem to have taking care of the crowd down pretty well.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.89/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hard to complain about four free samples. They provide nice descriptions of each beer. They showcased the range of styles they offer in the four samples.

Sampling room is a bit bland.

Would return if in the area but not worth making a special trip.

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Photo of KingPurple
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The facility is beautiful and very welcoming. Outside is a patio area where my girlfriend, her family and I enjoyed a flight of dubbel and ate sandwiches from a food truck parked in their lot. The inside tasting room has a great layout and a great selection of beer to purchase. (I purchased the Golden Brett that day) The tour was insightful, we learned about their history and what their brewing process is like. At the end of the tour, there is a tasting in their barrel room! Overall, a great time and a great place to visit!

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Photo of MarkSansone
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Visited the brewery, took the tour. Better than the average tour. Only get 4 samples.and you can't get or buy more. Not much to do when the tour is done. Worth checking out though.

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Photo of Budlum
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

All about the beer with a great tour. All staff members were incredibly friendly and enthusiastic about eveything Allagash. A great guy poured a sample of the House Beer after seeing the look of disappointment on my face when I found out a case is the minimum purchase. Their barrel aging area for the special releases and the Curieux room were excellent. Definitely make reservations and take the tour. My only mild complaint was that I had hoped for more offerings for sale, but their products are so popular that it is understandable.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I've been to Maine twice now on beer trips, but 2015's WFB event was my first venture to both Portland and Allagash. As such, I didn't get the full "average day" experience at the brewery, but it's pretty obvious what they have going on here.

The place is huge, covering a large chunk of real estate. The main bar area is nice, spacious, and well-kept. I'm not sure if they open the rest of the brewery for tours or whatever on a normal day, but it's very interesting to see their brewing equipment and procedures, and of course, barrels and barrels everywhere.

The WFB event was honestly one of the most well-run beer events I've ever been to. What could have obviously been a total cluster**** ended up being very smoothly run, with all the employees on the top of their game, and all the costumers / consumers getting everything they needed with no issues and barely any lines. If you had a question, there was someone there to answer it.

Of course, the selection for the event was by most standards out of this world, but it seems like on a typical Allagash-only day, you would still get a good amount of options, and it would interesting to see what kind of brewery-only stuff pops up.

I hope to return to Allagash soon!

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.66/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

They offer free tasting flights of whatever the daily line up is (usually with some great brewery only offerings). The staff are sooooo friendly and nice and they always make you feel welcome when visiting the taproom.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.72/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The brewery tour was rad and they give you free beer... it's just weird that you can't buy beer at the brewery except in bottles.

I asked to see the coolship, and the tour guide obliged, which was really neat as I love wild beers.

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Photo of TheBungyo
3.5/5  rDev -21%

One does not simply walk into Allagash ... and expect to go on a tour!

No, these must be booked long in advance as they fill extremely fast. Luckily I knew this before I got there so I was resigned to just trying a sample flight and maybe grabbing some schwag. Based just on that it's an OK experience. The free sample flight is quite generous but certainly not worth a long trip if you're coming from far away.

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Photo of RichKent
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Incredible facility and a very nice tasting room. They serve free flights, so tough to argue with that! The rating is more for the location than their beers. I like Allagash, but prefer American style APAs and IPAs.

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Photo of Roguer
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Fantastic brewery, and a fantastic tour.

Allagash is a fairly large brewery overall, and their tour takes you through the entire operation, including their extensive barrel aging program.

They serve a great beer flight at the brewery, but alas, no food.

You can buy some of their great beer on the premises, including some options that are only available at the brewery itself, and others that are otherwise extremely limited in distro.

As to the quality of the beer itself, Allagash has made a name for itself as one of the pioneers of Belgian-style American craft beer scene. Their success makes them easy to overlook, but do so at your own loss; they are one of the very, very few brewers in North America who can legitimately claim to brew authentic, world-class Belgian-style ales (and are similarly one of the very few with a true coolship).

I cannot recommend their beer or their brewery tour well enough. One of the most informative, friendly, and yet not condescending tours I've been on to date.

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Photo of MtnSoup
5/5  rDev +12.9%

We loved the tour and the facility in general at Allagash. It was just what we expected - a beautiful farmhouse-style brewery located within incredible surroundings. The employees are awesome.

We don't get Allagash in Colorado, so it was a welcome surprise to see how much beer they had available in the tap room for sampling as well as bottle buying.

The tour is definitely recommended. Their coolship area and barrel-aged brewing facilities are incredible, and worth a look for anyone who enjoys wild and barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of KornWallace
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Allagash has by far the best brewery tour I've been on. It includes walking through they brewing, fermenting, bottling, and oak aging areas. The tour guide was fairly knowledgable about their operations and managed to slide Allagash's talking points in rather nicely. The headsets were a nice touch as several of the areas were rather noisy.
They had several bottles for purchase and at least one that could only be found at the brewery (Neddles).

They had tasting flights available but couldn't pull pints. Everything available to try was available on the tour.

Allagash didn't serve food but outside their was a food truck.

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Photo of Cherries
4.93/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Allagash is more than an outstanding brewery; it's a magical place you can actually visit! That every brew was unique and delicious would have been enough, but there was lots more to love as well! Above all, the expertise and warmth of our hosts Thaddeus and Nick made our visit unforgettable (special excursion to coolship bordered on religious experience). Also could not get over the idyllic grounds and gorgeous works of art everywhere made from spent barrels and bottles. Highly recommend planning a visit to see it for yourself. Looking forward to returning someday soon!

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Photo of sshulkosky
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

The staff is always upbeat and friendly. The newly redone retail space provides a pleasant atmosphere and welcome feeling. The new brew house is just amazing and the tours never disappoint. One of Maine's first and they truly care for their product and their customers.

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Photo of Sanchezrox23
4.12/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Late review from my trip up to Allagash. It was right after 7/4 and I think the tour guide was a bit hungover. He fought through it though and gave a great explanation of each beer during the sample and a very detailed description of each area during the tour. The only downside was not seeing the cooling ship. Everything else was on point. If you ever find yourself in Portland, visit Allagash. You deserve it.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I bicycled to the Allagash brewery and didn't have time to do the tour, just did the tastings, and it was a great experience. It was on a Saturday early afternoon, and the tour was packed. The young woman describing the beers was really great, very knowledgeable and friendly. The beers were great, of course. I wish I would have had time to do the tour and buy some beer but I had to cycle 30 miles back to Bowdoin College. When passing through Portland a stop at Allagash is an absolute requirement!

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Photo of maxk
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I've been here three times now and this is up there as one of my favorite tours and brewery experiences. The tour and tasting is free, so there's really little downside. The tour itself takes you through the brewing facility. They do have a pretty cool, state of the art brew system. The best part of the tour is the barrel room. They've got a pretty big barrel program at Allagash and you can see all of the quirky beers that are aging. All of the tour guides I've had have been very knowledgeable, talkative and friendly. The tasting is awesome. The tasting room is nice, features wooden tables, a bar, and ample seating. You get 4 sample glasses of their beers. All of the times I've been it's been White, Black, Curieux and FV13. Considering the price of FV13 and Curieux, it was nice to get to have some free (and the FV13 samples convinced me to snag a few bottles). They also make a house beer which you can only get on site. They've got a pretty standard selection of swag for sale. Overall, this is a great brewery with a great tour.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

The brewery is nestled in a cozy area in what I found to be the quiet and relaxed norm of Maine. In adopting this attitude and combining it with my own California calm, I was graciously welcomed by the tasting room employees. Reserving a spot on the tour, I decided to enjoy the complimentary sample flight of brew with a corresponding discussion of their style and profiles.

The tour itself was informative, to say the least, allowing visitors the opportunity to walk among the employees and brewing equipment asking questions. Stretching from initial fermentation to storage and then bottling, the whole operation seemed smaller than I had imagined. Apparently California is their largest market, though, so I figured my distributed access to their brew was the reason I felt this way.

The last part of the tour was the experimentation facility with connecting barrel room. This had to be my favorite part of the tour, being surrounded by so much amazing beer. I even saw some barrels of Coolship! (Although, I sadly didn’t get to try any.)

This is a very friendly place with passionate people who know a lot about beer. Highly recommend!

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Photo of mokler
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3

The tour is amazing and free. It does require reservations so go to the website. The 4 beer flight before or after the tour is also free! The only downside is there are only 4 at one time and there are no options to get pints on premise. Still doesn't stop me from going as much as possible.

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Photo of craft_shannie
4.83/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

visited Tuesday (9/3) and arrived early for the noon tour, which allowed us to sample prior to the tour. staff was EXCELLENT in describing the beers & really employed a sense of the passion that is felt/seen throughout the brewery. sampled white, house beer, saison rye, curieux, and bourbon barrel black. each one was really well-done. space is industrial - but cozy as the ceiling is lower in the bar area & wood is used throughout the tasting area. swag is scattered throughout the indoor space, and bottles are available for purchase at the most competitive price I saw while in New England. picked up a mix 6 of 750 ml.

the tour was great. after being on 25+ tours now, more seem to be the same - but Allagash was definitely one of the best & unique. not to sound cheesy or repetitive, but you can really sense the passion for the craft. Behind one of the large slide doors capturing, "Innovation: Continually pushing the limits of beer and ourselves," we were able to witness & smell barrels after barrels of curieux aging. we also were led to an older space that houses even more aging barrels of Vic, cerise, tyranny, respect your elderberries, etc.

prior to my visit, I was very limited on my exposure w. Allagash, as it is not available in the Midwest outside of Chicago. I must say - I'm a fan, now. A big fan. Rob Tod and crew are doing it right - producing great, distinct beers & having fun experimenting w. their coolship series.

One of my favorite brewery stops, by far.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3

a staple of the maine beer scene for as long as I can remember, it was a total realization to finally visit this mecca of fine Belgian ales. the place is quite large, an industrial looking campus with nicely manicured property and some tanks outside. inside its packed, everyone with a four beer flight of delicious ales. these pours, quite generous, I learn, are FREE! no charge at all to sit and drink for fantastic beers. how cool is that. cant buy a pint though, it looks like they are working on that, but for now its just tasters, big ones. beer for sale, and an awesome cookbook in the shop is worth the 35 bucks I paid for it. visible barrels in the background where the magic happens and a chattery pub makes a cool atmosphere. service is as good as it can be for how busy it is, and the price does not get any better. the golden brett, curieux, and fluxus were special treats. this place is the bomb and so is their beer!

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Photo of kob424
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

They have just recently updated their brewery to be able to produce more and it is beautiful inside. The knowledgeable staff showed us around inside the brewery and over to their separate building which holds their experiments. Sample at the end with four of their beers that change based on whats newly brewed.

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Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, ME
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