Allagash Brewing update: Saison Mihm, Old HLT, expansion

Allagash Old HLT Ale

(Portland, ME) – The latest edition of Yankee Brew News is now available at your favorite retailers and bars. In this edition, some info on a couple upcoming Allagash Brewing beers…

Portland’s Allagash Brewing is steadily growing staff and investing in brewery expansions in order to reach back to markets from which it temporarily departed [ed. note: Washington and Texas?]. Brewing operations ceased for two weeks at the end of December to complete a 5,000 sq. foot brewery expansion, increasing overall space by 38 percent.

As part of the renovations, four towering 240-barrel fermentation tanks were installed. The new tanks, twice the size of the existing tanks, ascend from a bunker where only the bottom cone portions are housed. The bunker is the first of its kind in Maine.

In store for February, is the release of a new draft-only release, Saison Mihm (8% ABV), brewed with local honey from Overland Apiaries, a sustainable beekeeping operation in Maine owned by Allagash’s controller, Erin Forbes. Brewer, Ryan Mihm, created the recipe, adding botanical hints of lemongrass and juniper berries.

Brewer, Dee Dee Germain, announced plans to release a new limited-release sour ale sometime in the spring. Old HLT is named for the stainless hot liquor tank in which it was aged. “Roughly 30 barrels of the base beer sat in the tank for just around two years, with 2,000 pounds of Michigan cherries,” Germain said. The draft release will be followed by a brewery store-only release of 375ml bottles.

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