Countdown to Philly Beer Week, T-minus 17 days: Allagash Interlude

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

Maine’s Allagash is one of the finest brewers of Belgian-style beers in the country. Their Allagash White is a mainstay at better bars everywhere, but where minds are really blown is in their special releases. Interlude is one of them. This beer takes a long journey to get to you, spending time aging in barrels once used for Merlot and being refermented with Brett yeast to give it some wildness. Funky like a musty, mushroom-dappled basement with hints of gentle sourness, it’s the red wine and oak cutting through the yeast and funk that really steals the show. Soft fruitiness, hints of barnyard and vineyard, and a snap at the finish lend this beer astonishing complexity that justifies its steep price. Try it while you can at The Greeks Next Door and Bru Craft & Wurst.
 

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