Regular readers know me to be an ardent craft beer lover and one of the reasons I love craft beer, beyond enjoying beer with actual taste and structure, is that small brewers are good for the country. Craft brewers have an under appreciated positive affect on the economy, but also generally are comprised of people who want to do good and give back.
Case in point, Allagash Brewing is holding an October 8th beer event in our nation’s capital that will benefit the George Washington University School of Nursing.
Allagash has teamed up with Tonic Restaurant, located at 2036 G St NW, in Washington D.C., to celebrate the brewery’s 20th anniversary with a special ‘Fluxus’ brew event on October 8th, 2015, beginning at 4 pm.
The Maine-based brewing company’s annual ‘Fluxus’ release will be available on tap, with $1 from each glass served being donated to the George Washington University School of Nursing for nursing scholarships.
Since 2007, Fluxus has been brewed every year to commemorate the anniversary of the company’s first beer sold in July 1995, and $1 from every bottle of Fluxus beer sold has been donated to a scholarship fund for pediatric nurses at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. To date, Allagash has raised more than $160,000 for the hospital and donated more than $840,000 over that same period to local Maine charities.
The name Fluxus is Latin for continuous change, and every year Fluxus is brewed with a different recipe. This year’s Fluxus is Strong Golden Ale brewed with a simple malt bill of Pilsner malt and – for the first time ever at Allagash – a large portion of maple syrup added to the kettle. The beer features aromas of strawberry, pineapple and lime, while the finish is balanced with a dry malty character.
After fermentation with a Belgian-style yeast strain, it is dry hopped with two experimental hops that owner Rob Tod discovered while selecting hops from the 2014 harvest the Yakima Valley region of Washington State. “I fell in love with those strawberry and lime aromas,” said Tod.
For those who may not know them, Allagash was founded by Rob Tod in 1995, and has grown from a one-man operation into one of the Top 50 Craft Breweries in U.S. (by sales volume) and a spot on Maine’s Best Places to Work list for two years running.
Allagash brews Belgian inspired beers and is best known for its flagship beer, Allagash White, one of my favorite Belgian-style white beers. I am not alone in this adoration for their beer, as Allagash has won many national and international awards in its 20 years, and is viewed as a leader of innovative brewing techniques in the craft beer world.
In addition to the charitable work mentioned above, environmental and social responsibility is one of the company’s stated core values, and they are constantly working to lessen the environmental impact of their operations.
As I said, small businesses like Allagash represent the good news stories that we long to hear about, but so seldom do.
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