Last September, Dan and I headed up to Portland, Maine to experience all the buzz from Vacationland’s biggest city. We had already experienced the breathtaking Cape Neddick Lighthouse in York, the Wiggly Bridge, ate at Bull Feeney’s in Portland, and discovered yet another famous lighthouse, the Portland Head Light. On the last day, we knew we had to take advantage of Allagash Brewing Company‘s free tour and tasting.
Portland, Maine has the most craft breweries per capita in the country, which is a pretty impressive feat for this quiet corner of the U.S. According to TripAdvisor, the number one recommended thing to do in Portland is to tour Allagash Brewing Company, where they craft the best Belgian-inspired beers in the world.
We arrived about 15 minutes early for the tour and were welcomed with a glass of their famous Allagash White, the beer that started it all. We enjoyed our glass while perusing through their t-shirts for sale and other knick-knacks. Keep in mind that they do not sell food at the brewery so if you want to eat something, you’ll have to bring it in from elsewhere. There were several indoor tables as well as picnic tables outside where you can chill, eat and down a flight of beer over some yard games like corn hole.
Once the tour officially started, we were given yet another beer as seen below. Beer count thus far, TWO. Allagash, you rock!
Upon entering the facility, we were given noise-canceling headphones and safety goggles. And trust me, you need them. The tour guide spoke into a microphone that went straight in our headphones, so we could hear everything loud and clear. The tour was super informative and they frequently asked if we had any questions.
The following are some behind-the-scenes photos, although I am not at all equipped to tell you what is going on here, so you will have to book a free tour for yourself to get the dirty deets!
I hope I’m not revealing any brewery secrets by taking these photos!
At the end of our tour, we met up in their freezer for a complimentary flight, which brings our beer count up to FIVE. Clearly, Allagash knows what we’re here for and they deliver exactly that. On the menu was the Hoppy Table Beer, Confluence, and James Bean. The James Bean tasted like coffee and reminded us of the Stout Beer at Stony Creek Brewery, which we toured earlier this summer. Although a true beer connoisseur would probably say otherwise.
Tips for Visiting Allagash Brewery
- My biggest recommendation would be to book your Allagash Brewery tour ahead of time online. The tour is completely free and repeats several times a day, so there’s options. Plus, it feels pretty special when they already know your name at the door. True VIP status right there! We booked our tour a few days in advance and ended up getting the very last slot that weekend. The tour groups were about 15 people total when filled.
- Use the restroom before the tour starts. Being the tiny girl that I am, my bladder was ready to burst throughout the tour and I couldn’t fully enjoy the free flight at the very end. After the tour, all the ladies made a beeline for the bathroom, so it wasn’t just me!
- Kids can come along the tour, but I wouldn’t personally recommend it. Luckily, kids DO get apple juice instead of beer and a smaller set of safety goggles, although if I were a kid, I would get super bored in this place and wouldn’t appreciate all the work, time and money that goes into making the beer. Also, there’s a lot of standing around!
- Allagash Brewery is about 15 minutes north of all the action in Downtown Portland, so you will want to plan out your departure ahead of time. There’s ample parking on site.
Thanks for reading about our experience at the Allagash Brewery Tour! This was certainly a change in pace from our usual activities. Our life at home had been all about me, me, me lately, so we wanted to make sure we did something enjoyable for Dan too!
Have you been to Portland, Maine before?
If you enjoyed this post, you’ll love reading about the Stony Creek Brewery Tour.