Lone Pine Brewing Co. at Allagash Brewing Co. took home two gold medals at the prestigious Great American Beer Festival in Denver this week.
Portland breweries have won top prizes for “world-class beer that accurately reflects the specified style, showing a proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance,” according to the festival standard for gold medals .
Allagash won gold for its signature “White,” a Belgian-style witbier described by beer as “the color of pale straw,” containing a “silky, almost cushioned texture.”
Lone Pine received a gold medal for “Cuvee De Funk,”; a sour beer with wood and a barrel. And the beer also snagged a silver medal for “Choco Tuesday,” an experimental beer offered in its Gorham tasting room with aromas of “vanilla bean ice cream, peanut brittle, pizza pizzelle, bakers chocolate, and… coffee bean. “
Founded in 1982, the Great American Beer Festival describes itself as “the premier US beer festival and competition.” This year’s events have moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic, which runs from late September to this Saturday, October 17th.
Breweries from across the US, from Utah to Georgia, recorded 272 gold, silver and bronze medals this year.
Recent years have also seen awards for Maine at the festival. In 2019, Lone Pine won a bronze with “Chaos Emeralds,” an imperial IPA, and in 2018, Allagash White won another medal, a bronze. There were no winners in Maine in 2017, according to the festival’s website, but in 2016 Allagash won a gold medal for the Allagash Tripel, a Belgian-style triple – a strong, golden pale ale.
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