THE BEER: Coolship Resurgam from Allagash Brewing Company.
THE PLACE: My hotel room.
HOW’S THAT? I visited Allagash, you see, but arrived too late for a tour… and that means no on-site samples. So I snagged a bottle of one of the more interesting brews. A trip to the ice machine plus a few minutes of chilling, and here we are.
WHAT IS IT? It’s a gueuze, which is a Belgian style. This particular fellow is a blend of two-year-old, eighteen-month-old, and six-month-old brews. It’s got an ABV of 6.6%, and it’s corked. Opening it made me feel supercool.
HOW IS IT? Fantastic, though I like sour beers. If you don’t, you probably wouldn’t have picked up this beer anyway. It pours golden and cloudy, and the flavor is tart, even a bit dry. There’s even a mildly oaky taste in there. With all of those flavors, it’s still dangerously easy to drink. I wish I had more.
DEEP THOUGHTS: If I had it to do over again, I would have scheduled a tour at Allagash. It’s a cool little place, and it just smelled good – that funky bready smell that makes breweries so appealing. This beer was a delightful taste of what they do. If you see it, grab it.