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Allagash Brewing Company

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Based on:
56 Beers
30,383 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 31
Visits: 255
Avg: 4.42
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: 31 | Visits: 255
Photo of LloydDobler
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Nice, clean place. Large selection of brews and swag. The sour program here is on point, for sure! Super friendly staff too. Free beer flight to see what you might like.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of my planned main stops on my Portland beer safari, and really glad I went...and took the tour. Tour guide (Paul) was just the perfect combo of knowledge, humor, raconteur...and ringmaster of the tour horde. That and some very tasty beers (White; Tiarna; Black and interlude) made for solid learning experience, nice behind the scenes lore about Allagash and a chance to mingle and make some new beer friends both during the tour...and then after when a sub-set of us ended up at Foundation across the road. One of the best tours I've taken.
Overall main room is very roomy but very crowded. Good big bar area...but again busy. Don't get me wrong...great place, but more bar and fun than place to talk and sip a few. And despite the craziness...everyone was happy to help, friendly...very good service.
Happy Halloween fun going on...and very nice lady walking around with free doughnuts. Unsure but might be from the cup cake food truck outside.
Can't say it's a downside because all the beers are good. But would have been nice to have more than 5 beers on tap.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Interior is really nice, clean, and the tour is super intensive and a great time.
You can sample beers just walking in and its free, get 4 samples that are decent sized, basically a free beer. Cool merch too. Staff are all friendly and relaxed as well.
Definately worth it if you are in the area, just make sure to schedule with the brewery in advance, I think you need reservations for the tour.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited and took a tour on a Saturday afternoon. Brewery was understandably busy and quite loud. Service was slightly overwhelmed, but friendly when finally flagged down.

Highlight of visit was the very impressive tour. I've visited/toured a dozen breweries from small to large, and this was probably tied for first. The guide was knowledgable and engaging. He answered my and everyone else's questions well. We saw the recently expanded brewhouse, the older two brewhouses, fermenters, bottling and kegging lines, and ended in the barrel aging room. Spending those last 15 minutes sampling their beers, asking questions and gawking at the barreled goodness was too much beergeeky fun.

The taproom only has 5 taplines, so it is somewhat limited and the pours are small, but they are giving out free beer so can't legitimately complain. They have a patio with tables, heaters (I hear it gets cold in Maine), and cornhole for those inclined to partake. Selection of beers for sale was good, though a tad limited given their size. Everything is incredibly fresh though and I suppose they just sell them too quickly.

I recommend stopping by if you're anywhere near them, and definitely do the tour.

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Photo of mirish72
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited after a day or cruising around Portland and Southern Maine. Really gorgeous facility with plenty of parking and very easy to find. Found the staff to be a bit off putting and not that friendly. Nothing awful, just kind of standoffish and bored. Willing to chalk it up to someone having a bad day and would still recommend a visit if you are up there.

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Photo of Drazdi
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -9.5%
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 -1.4%
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%
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 +10%
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%
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 +7%
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 -5.4%
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 +5.4%
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 +6.8%
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 -20.8%

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 +13.1%

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 +1.8%

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 +13.1%

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 +13.1%

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 +11.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -6.8%
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 +0.7%
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 -0.5%
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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Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, ME
96 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.