What is #FlagshipFebruary? It’s about trying great beers

Great Beers to Try or Remember for Flagship February

 

As more beers enter the crowded marketplace and beer shelves, it’s easy to get lost in all of the hazy IPA, fruited sours, and light beers, losing sight of some of the beers that blazed a trail for today’s local, regional, and national craft brewers.

Flagship February was thought up by Canadian beer author Stephen Beaumont and beer writer Jay Brooks. The pair began with a simple question: in a world of special releases and one-off limited beers, what about all those great beers that changed so many minds about craft beer?  The goal of #FlagshipFebruary, both the hashtag and the idea, is to encourage everyone who enjoys craft beer to stop and consider the great beers that may have been overlooked in favor of a limited, a seasonal, or just the latest and greatest.

This is a month for the beers that brought so many people into the world of good beer, and the good news is that they’re still as awesome as they used to be. And the best news is that if given the opportunity, they can continue to do change minds and open hearts to the world of great beer – all they need is a sympathetic ear for their story and an open-minded drinker.

 

Here are a few beers to try out for Flagship February and beyond:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

 

 

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA: The beer that needed a new piece of equipment and a new hop to make it. When Sierra Nevada Brewing realized that the time-honored method for dry-hopping beer wasn’t the most efficient one, they designed a piece of equipment to revolutionize the process, and the Hop Torpedo and this beer were born! One of the first uses of the much-beloved Citra hop is this hoppy beast of a beer.

Allagash White Ale

 

Allagash White: The first beer that Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine ever brewed – this homage to the classic wheat beers of Belgium was just the favorite of brewery owner Rob Tod. Rob began trying to sell this beer and he never knew just how far it would go. Now Allagash is a Top 50 craft brewer in the U.S. and Allagash has just re-entered the Florida market, so this beer should be available in beer stores, bars, and restaurants again!

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Bottle 2019

 

Samuel Adams Boston Lager: Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch used to travel the country looking for distributors for his Boston Lager with a briefcase full of ingredients in baby food jars to explain to distributors who were used to selling beers from Budweiser and Miller about using different ingredients from the light lagers everyone was used to. Simply seeing the beer poured from a bottle or tap let drinkers know that they were in for a different experience. Today, the beer tastes just as good as it did when Jim first sold it – only the beer landscape has changed.

Swamp Head Big Nose Can

 

Swamp Head Brewing Big Nose IPA: Gainesville’s first craft brewery built their reputation on the back of high-quality, innovative beer available anytime, but especially on an incredibly aromatic and hop-forward IPA called Big Nose. While the beer itself has not changed, many of the beers around it have. The good news is that Big Nose is still available anytime and anywhere Swamp Head’s beers are sold, and while the brewery has found a love of hazy IPAs, their anchor is still clear and malty with the same hop bite you remember.

New Belgium Brewing Fat Tire Amber Ale

 

New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale: Born from a love of Belgian beer after a fateful bike trip across Europe, it’s easy to forget that Fat Tire began in the founder’s basement and slowly grew in popularity until there was a fever pitch for the brewery to enter distribution in all 50 states. With so many Belgian-inspired beers in the market, it’s possible to forget this biscuity and slightly fruity amber ale that made New Belgium a household name. The great news is that Fat Tire is still available and still has the aroma and flavor that turned your head when you first tried it.

 

To find any of these great beers, head over to our Beer Finder to see where you can get your hands on these fine ales and lager!

 

What beer are you most excited about revisiting for Flagship February?

Repeal Day celebrates America’s right to beer

Celebrate Repeal Day with a beer

Today’s Repeal Day marks 84 years since the 21st Amendment became the law of the land and sales of alcohol became legal once more.

Dumping liquor Repeal Day
Treasury Agents would dump any illegal alcohol they found.

Since the early 1800s, groups of people had been lobbying Congress to pass a law outlawing the sale of alcohol.  By the turn of the century, these groups had become a force in American politics and continued to gain momentum until Congress proposed and passed the Volstead Act on October 19, 1919 over the veto of President Woodrow Wilson.  After the Volstead Act was passed, special agents from the Treasury Department began destroying almost any forms of alcohol they found.

On this day in 1933, Utah became the 36th state in the United States to ratify the 21st Amendment, bringing an end to the era of national Prohibition.  This day became known as Repeal Day and is celebrated throughout the United States as the day when alcohol was made legal again for the entire country.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had campaigned on the issue of repealing Prohibition, famously said, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

This Repeal Day, here are a few beers that commemorate the spirit of American entrepreneurship and moxy in fermented form.  Check out one today and see how far American brewers have come since Repeal Day.

Allagash White Ale

 

Allagash Brewing White Ale (5.2% ABV): One of the most recent craft brewers to partner with Team Cone, Allagash Brewing’s history goes back to 1995 when Belgian beer enthusiast Rob Tod opened a brewery in Portland, Maine. Rob welded together a 15-barrel brewing system and began brewing one beer only: Allagash White. In 1999, Rob hired brewer Jason Perkins to direct Allagash’s brewing beyond just White, and Jason added more Belgian-inspired beers, a barrel-aging program, and one of the first sour beer programs in the United States. You can still taste Rob’s (and all of Allagash Brewing’s) passion for Belgian beer in every pint of Allagash White. Try one to toast Repeal Day and enjoy the beer that built Allagash.

Dogfish Head Brewery SeaQuench

 

 

Dogfish Head Brewery SeaQuench Session Sour Ale (4.9% ABV): A recent innovation, Dogfish Head Brewery classifies SeaQuench Ale as a “session sour,” which is a great way of saying that is an approachable delight that is for sour lovers and sour skeptics alike!  This beer has been a phenomenon lately, garnering attention for both its purported health benefits and for its thirst-quenching powers.  The beer itself combines the light body of a kolsch-style ale with the salt character of a gose-style ale all the while sharing the tartness of a Berliner weisse.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

 

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (5.6% ABV) in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing’s founder Ken Grossman create a beer loaded with Cascade hops, named for the mountain range. The beer has continued to grow and has developed a devout following in the forty years following. Sierra Nevada Brewing has grown to be one of the largest craft breweries in the United States and Pale Ale, in all its hoppy goodness, is the beer that has led many to fall in love with craft beer. And at a moderate 5.6% ABV, it’s possible to raise two Pale Ales in honor of Repeal Day.

 

All of these beers, and the innovations that caused them, have been made possible by American craft brewers inventing new recipes and pushing the boundaries of beer, but would not have been possible without Repeal Day and the freedom that the 21st Amendment granted.  Enjoy that freedom today by going to our Beer Finder and celebrating Repeal Day with your next favorite beer.

Allagash Brewing returns to Florida, signs distribution with Team Cone

Beer from one of the nation’s most celebrated breweries will now be available, year-round, to beer lovers in Florida. Today, award-winning Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company announced it would once again distribute its beer across Florida beginning in mid-October. Allagash’s offerings will be anchored in its flagship beer Allagash White, with an array of formats including draft, 4 packs of 16 ounce cans, 12 packs of 12 ounce cans, and 19.2 ounce cans available throughout the state. River Trip and other specialty beers will follow in the coming months.Allagash-White-Chalice

Allagash Brewing - Coming soon!

“Since we left Florida nearly a decade ago, our fans there have been constantly asking us to come back,” said Rob Tod, founder, Allagash. “We’re happy to finally make that happen, bringing my favorite beer, Allagash White, to our friends in Florida.”

Heralded as “one of the top 25 most important Craft Beers in America,” and “one of the most consistently perfect beers ever brewed on American soil”, Allagash White is revered around the world, earning coveted awards and accolades. In 2020, Allagash White took home the gold for Belgian-style witbier in the Great American Beer Festival–the fourth time it received that honor.

Allagash first started distributing in Florida in 2002, but pulled out of the state in 2010 in order to meet demands in other markets. The brewery made a return in May 2020, with a one-time drop throughout the state.

“Florida is the state we get the most requests from fans to return to, and we were able to successfully pilot a test return to the market last year,” said Naomi Neville, sales director, Allagash Brewing Company. “We’re thrilled to be able to expand in the state and work with our distribution partners to meet the demand there for our beer.”

With its expansion to Florida, Allagash now distributes in 19 states plus D.C. To learn more and locate Allagash beer, visit allagash.com.

 

 

 

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ABOUT ALLAGASH BREWING COMPANY
Allagash Brewing Company is a Certified B Corp founded in Portland, Maine, by Rob Tod—winner of the 2019 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional. Since 1995, the brewery has been dedicated to crafting the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world, all while giving back to the community that has supported them along the way. Earning coveted Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, and European Beer Star Awards, Allagash has been deemed one of the best American Breweries of the decade by Paste Magazine and one of the best breweries in America by Gear Patrol. Allagash is available in CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, Chicagoland, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT, and WI. Learn more on allagash.com and connect with us on our Webby-honored social channels: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. From Maine, with love.