Allagash Brewing has added Sixteen Counties to its year-round bottling line.
This is not the first time the beer has been released, even in bottles. It originally went on sale in draft in 2014 as a a 6.2 percent ABV ale brewed with grains grown at Mapleton, Maine-based Buck Farms and wet-hopped with Cascade, centennial and Mt. Hood hops.
It was then released in bottles at the Portland, Maine-based brewery last year. However, the original draft version used brettanomyces, while the first bottle release did not. It’s unclear whether this release will incorporate brettanomyces, but the beer is most certainly a bit different this time.
The new version clocks in at 7.3 percent ABV and uses centennial, chinook and Jarrylo hops.
A first look at our newest year-round beer on the bottling line. Sixteen Counties will ship this spring. Woohoo! pic.twitter.com/tX14885r84
“This release it will be an entirely new beer without wet hops. Previous years we used fresh or wet hops right from the field.”, Allagash Brewing noted on their Facebook page. “Sixteen Counties has a bright copper hue with aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and candied grapefruit.”
Sixteen Counties was named in honor of the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine.
It will be available year-round in 750ml bottles and will debut this spring, although an exact date is not yet available.