This weekend, Allagash Brewing Co. is releasing the latest incarnation of a beer brewed with honey from its own beehives.
As with the debut release last year, Hive 56 is a 9.2 percent ABV dark ale brewed Munich malt, chocolate wheat, midnight wheat, and roasted barley as well as Cascade and Northern Brewer hops. The ale was then transferred to a foudre with brettanomyces bruxellensis and fresh honey the Allagash beehives, where it aged for 18 months before being bottled.
Our beehives have been abuzz with excitement over the release of Hive 56: a dark, tart beer made with honey from our own hives. This full-distro bottle release kicks off at 11:00 AM this Saturday in our tasting room with no-limit bottles. Brettanomyces bruxellensis imparts this dark, roasty beer’s nose with hints of tropical fruit. Hive 56 is a dark sour ale aged with honey in an oak foudre. Notes of dark chocolate, raspberries, and figs are followed by lingering tartness. See you Saturday.
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According to a post on Allagash’s Facebook page, hive 56 will be packaged in corked and caged 375ml bottles and is scheduled to be released at the brewery on Sept. 2 with no purchase limit. Bottles will then be sent across Allagash’s distribution footprint following the release event.