This is the last painting I did live at a brewery while I was traveling around New England. White Beer was painted en plein air at Allagash Brewing Company’s taproom on my last day in Portland, Maine. Allagash was founded in 1995. Founder, Rob Tod, noticed that, although there were many American and English style beers available in the United States at the time, there was a dramatic shortage of Belgian ales. So he started making some really awesome Belgian-style beers in Portland, Maine. I have wanted to visit Maine ever since I wrote a five-page report about it in fifth grade. Well, I finally got to visit, but for an entirely different reason than a fifth-grader would expect – to drink beer! The Allagash White Beer is a great brew made with wheat, and spiced with Curacao orange peels, coriander, and a secret ingredient! In my opinion there are only a few other Belgian white beers that compare to this great brew. The tasting room staff was very tight-lipped about the secret ingredient, but some folks on the Internet think it may be Chamomile. I find it strange that breweries are not required to disclose ingredients on beer labels in this day and age when there are so many allergies.
I was lucky to arrive during a rainstorm on a Monday morning when the tasting room wasn’t too busy. The staff was really helpful and brought me everything I needed. Special thanks to Annie and Matt for being so welcoming! The craziest thing is another Alaskan was at the brewery, Jason Bullen, who is the brewer of 49th State Brewing Company in Healy, Alaska. Meeting another Alaskan so far from home was really great, especially one who makes tasty beer!
Cheers to Maine’s beer, and to Allagash Brewing! Keep brewing great Belgians, and hopefully I will get to drink some of your beer soon. Keep up the good work!