3 Maine Beers Make ‘The Best Beers Of 2017′ List
Vinepair, a website all about beer and wine and other adult drinks, just came out with their list of the 50 best beers of 2017, and Maine made the list not once, but three times!
Topping their list at #1 is the ever popular Allagash Brewing Coolship Red.
Vinepair says Spontaneously fermented by wild Maine yeast in a shallow pan, or coolship, Allagash’s Coolship series is a beer we come back to again and again. Souring bacteria (the good kind) interact with the wort, drawing out the best flavors the pilsner malt and raw wheat have to offer. After fermenting and aging in French oak wine barrels for two years, raspberries are thrown into the mix. The end result is a transformative, lightly sour beer with dark fruit balanced by oak notes and a dry finish. It’s a sour that won’t pucker your face up, and it’s our top beer of 2017.
Next on their list at #6 is Portland's own Lone Pine Brewing Company's Tessellation.
According to Vinepair This big, hazy, New England-style double IPA stands out in a crowded field of upstart NEIPAs. The Portland, Maine, brewery can make you change your mind about what a NEIPA should taste like. It’s thick, juicy, aromatic and fruity. It’s beer, yes; but it’s also a meal unto itself. If you’re anything like us, you won’t be able help but keep on drinking it — and you’ll be craving it for months after you crush the last can.
The 3rd and final Maine beer on their list is from Peak Brewing Company. Their Fresh Cut Pilsner checks in at #17.
Vinepair describes this beer as dry-hopped with Chinook, Citra, and Centennial hops that make it citrusy and grassy, as well as crisp and sessionable.
Check out the full list from Vinepair here.