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Allagash Brewing Company

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4.09/5
Allagash Brewing CompanyAllagash Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar

50 Industrial Way
Portland, Maine, 04103-1042
United States

(800) 330-5385 | map
www.allagash.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
95
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
298
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
3.7%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 298
Photo of mynie
3.54/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A gorgeous facility. In an industrial park, but wooded, and they pay a decent amount of attention to architecture and landscaping. The tour was a tour. A dry tour, unfortunately (oh for the glory days of most-likely-illegal midwest tours that would stop several times through so the host could go grab more pitchers). But, like I said, the building is really glit and pretty and the barrel aging sections are nice.

This one is hard to rate, however, because there really isn't a bar. You get some tasting samples with the tour (4 per person, I think), and you can buy retail beer. But you can't get full pours or otherwise hang around. They're pretty consistently busy, with new tours coming in constantly, so they kinda push you along.

Also, the retail shop is a little overpriced, even by the typically overpriced standards of other brewery shops. And you can't get anything there that's not easy to find in other beers stores in New England.

So... I dunno. In a way, it's a worth a visit. You got a couple other excellently breweries within 2 blocks, and both of those have full pours and beergardens, so you can make Allagash a part of a bigger beer trip. They're also a world class brewery that has done much to help build the east coast craft scene, as well as to raise awareness of Belgian style beers in the US. So there's all that. But that type of cultural import really isn't reflected in the tour, which while pleasant enough isn't particularly unique or informative.

Final verdict: if they're open, stop by. If you get there and they're closed, you're not missing all that much by going straight to Foundation or Bissell. And, again, the tour is dry and you're only given a few samples, so you might want to stop by one of the other breweries beforehand, just to work up a buzz.

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Photo of JoKo
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited this brewery while vacationing up in Maine. Informative tour, got to view both the "old brewery" which still produces a lot of their experimental small batch stuff, and the "new brewery" which handles the majority of their distribution. Had some great beers, their "16 Counties" and "Black/Belgian Stout" were both very good brews.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Albeit in an industrial parkway, they have a fairly nice spot, with a mostly wood-centric interior. It gets quite loud and boisterous in there, not just from the throngs of people that randomly appear for their free samples, but also because the brewing process is in no way hidden from the patrons and can become very loud even in the tasting room.

Tastings are free, service is prompt and concise, but you are only allowed four 4 ounce tasters, with a quick rundown of everything you're experiencing that day. You can not buy a full pour. You can be patient for your tasting by going on a tour, or just get straight to the beer. It's a nice way to get a quick intro to some brews you may not have had. However, for me, the main focus of coming here is to snag some of their rarer bottles, which at the time was Coolship Cerise, and they had plenty of it in stock.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

One of the rare opportunities to see a mid-size craft brewery. Impressive production facility. The taproom is high quality. Nice wood work. A number of seating options including a large patio with bean bag set. Staff was helpful, fast, and courteous. The free 4 beer flight is fantastic and includes more than just typical shelf beers. It'd be great to sample some of their wild or coolship offerings in some way, which is really the only knock on the facility.

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Photo of happyreefer
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Awesome location, super friendly people, and good parking. Would be nice if there were food offerings someday, as the patio area would be great for a beer and sandwich.

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Photo of manchild03
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Allagash Brewing became a favorite of mine and my wife's while being in Maine. Some of the best domestic interpretations of Belgium styles and experimental styles.

The brewery tour was something we would bring visiting friends and family to see, not just for the tastings, since it seemed to show their passion for great beer and seeing the cask room is different from most breweries. I would say, though, having done one nearer to the simpler times of Allagash was more familial and personal than the latest I attended. But that's with most fast growing business. Inevitable.

Either way, the product is what's important. Barring any internal catastrophe, this brewery ought to be putting out consistent quality runs and provide an enjoyable experience on campus or from the bottle.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Is a must stop when in Portland. It's right across the street from Foundation and formerly Bissell Bros so can kill 2 birds with one stone. Free flight of 4 beers makes it a no brainer to drop in. Last time I was in there my flight included Curieux.

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Photo of Gavage
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

One of the main stops of any Portland beer tour. Parking lot helps but on the weekend it fills up quickly. Everyone seems to get ID'd no matter their age, and get handed a wooden coin. I wasn't doing the tour, but they said I still get a free taster. A large weirdly shaped bar can seat about 15 and there are a few hi tops too. Medals from beer festivals adorn the walls. On the side is a big refrigerator with beers to go. Large outdoor seating area. Plenty of other swag for sale too. Traded my coin in for four 4 oz tasters that are automatically chosen for you, and only one I didn't have before. Cool place and worthy of the short drive from downtown Portland.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited Allagash December 2015. Upon walking up to the door I was greeted by a gentleman who asked for an ID and advised that there was a free tour that included a tasting - tour guide was great. We were lucky enough to be there on a day when there was on production, so we could see an extended tour. The tasting was wonderful.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -1.8%
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 +2.3%
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
4.46/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | 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 -5.3%
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 +10.6%
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 -7.6%
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 +0.7%
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 -10.2%
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
5/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 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 -8.1%
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 +9.2%
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 -3.5%
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 +7.6%
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 DavidSomers
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Allagash is a must-visit destination. This is a classy operation and they provide an exceptional beer experience. There is ample free parking. 4 Free taster-samples - always great stuff. Easy sales line. Clean bathrooms. Nice tables. Outdoor seating. Even on brewery release days they keep things civil and pleasant.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.72/5  rDev +9%
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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