I discovered craft beer about a decade ago when a local bottle shop opened near my apartment. During those formative years, I had no idea which beer I liked, so I would just indiscriminately pluck random bottles of all different styles from the shelves to create a random mixed six.
One of the first beers that left a strong impression on my then young palate was White from Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company. I loved it so much that White would almost always end up as part of my not-quite-as-random sixer from then after. That’s why I was really excited to hear that the brewery recently decided to distribute White along with a Belgian-style session ale, called River Trip, in 16 oz. cans.
Before I get to the reviews, I just want to profess my love for all things Allagash. If it wasn’t for Allagash, and former coworker, good friend, and now Allagash employee Mike E. (I am proof that he succeeds at his job description), I would not have discovered my love for Belgian ales especially barrel-aged and spontaneously fermented wild ales.
Anyway, back to the reviews …
White is a Belgian-style wheat beer that put the brewery on the map. When founder Rob Tod first brewed the beer in 1995, it stood out from most of the other fizzy, yellow, and crystal-clear beers served in American bars because of its hazy appearance. It’s the ORIGINAL New England haze bomb!
To get its looks, the beer is brewed with oats, malted wheat, unmalted raw wheat. It’s also spiced with coriander and Curaçao orange peel—so no orange slices needed with this tasty wheat. It’s so refreshing and crushable at 5.2% ABV.
River Trip is a Belgian-style table beer, lightly dry-hopped to impart notes of grapefruit, melon, and stone fruit. It’s also brewed with coriander for a touch of spice. Like White, it’s just super refreshing, crushable, and light, with an even-lower ABV of 4.8%.
Both White and River Trip are so delicious and easy-drinking that I’m planning to load up for the warmer weather. But seeing that both beers are year-round releases, stockpiling these beauties might carryover to colder nights too.