Allagash Brewing Company Releases James Bean 2018

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by Jason, Mar 6, 2018.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,163) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    (Portland, ME – March 5, 2018) Coffee + Tripel + bourbon barrels = James Bean. James Bean - Allagash Brewing Company’s Belgian-style golden ale that’s aged in bourbon barrels and blended with cold-brewed coffee from local roaster, Speckled Ax - is now shipping. It features a balance of caramel, oak, bourbon, and coffee notes. For its 2018 release, the beer will reach Allagash’s full distribution footprint in 750 mL bottles and 5.17 gallon kegs.

    “James Bean was actually the first beer we collaborated on with Matt, of Speckled Ax,” said Jason Perkins, Brewmaster at Allagash. “We told him what we were looking for and he gave us 7-8 different varieties of coffee to start. Among them, there was one he predicted would work best. After trying out the blends in a blind taste panel, we discovered that most didn't blend well with the base beer at all. But, the one that Matt suggested as his choice just blew us away.”

    James Bean uses naturally processed Ethiopian beans, known for their stone fruit and dark berry flavors. While the beer rested in bourbon barrels, Allagash ground about 400 lbs of coffee and then put it in a fermenter with filtered water to steep. Once the beer was complete, Perkins and his team blended it back with the beer at a precise amount, to ensure balance among the ingredients. In the end result, complex coffee flavors mix with notes of caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, that the beer gains from its stay in barrels.

    Founded in Portland, Maine, by Rob Tod, Allagash Brewing Company is dedicated to crafting the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world. Since 1995, Allagash has focused on giving back to the community—and state—that has supported them along the way.
    Ranbot likes this.
  2. djtothemoney

    djtothemoney Initiate (145) Nov 30, 2015 Ohio

    Clever name, hopefully ole Jim doesn't get upset. Sounds really good. Too bad I don't get Allagash in Ohio.
  3. rypkr

    rypkr Champion (814) Nov 19, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I don't usually buy tripels, but this one has me intrigued. Too bad I'm not in their distro.
  4. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,443) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
    Premium Trader

    It’s been a few years since I’ve had this beer. Looking forward to grabbing a bottle.
  5. PatrickCT

    PatrickCT Poo-Bah (1,761) Feb 18, 2015 Connecticut

    This may have been the first beer I had that was blended with coffee and it was quite nice. I am looking forward to grabbing a bottle as it has been several years since I have had this beer.
    TheGent likes this.

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,280) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
    Premium Trader

    This sounds fantastic. Unfortunately Ohio does not get Allagash distro. :confused:
    djtothemoney likes this.
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.