Thursday, June 2, 2011
Last night we were able to attend our first pre-Savor event, an Allagash Brewing Company tasting at Fireworks Pizza Arlington. Founder Rob Tod was on hand for a while as several Allagash brews were tapped. The Portland Maine based brewery is known for their Belgium styled ales, which suits are palates perfectly. I settled on a sampler of the Allagash Oddyssey, Victoria Ale, Victor Ale, Allagash White, Allagash Tripel. The White was my favorite, perhaps because its my favorite Belgium style, but the Victor and Victoria Ales were very interested. Brewed with Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay grapes respectively, these beers were lighter forms of the Dogfish Head Midas Touch. The grape flavors were prevalent but balanced between malt, grapes, and spice. Very interested indeed. Another brewery attending Savor, the Nebraska Brewing Company, will be pouring a similar styled beer - the Chardonnay French Oak Hop God. The is a Belgian-Style IPA, matured for 6 month in French Oak Chardonnay Barrels. Meet me at the Allagash and NBC booths.