Over 100 craft brewers poured their wares at the Portland stop of Sierra Nevada's epic beer festival. We dove deep into the local Portland beers and found that, with a few exceptions, our favorites tended to fall into one of two categories: rustic, low alcohol quaffers, and massively hoppy pale ales and IPAs. Here are 10 that stood out from the pack.
Allagash Brewing Company: Coolship
The Brewery: Allagash Brewing Company, a brewery in Portland, Maine, focuses on beers in the Belgian tradition. While they're best known for their approachable Belgian White they're also making some of the most challenging and complex spontaneously fermented beers in the world. Even the Belgians recognize the talent as Allagash is the only American producer of wild ales invited to Belgium's Night of Great Thirst Festival.
The Beer: Resurgam
Tasting Notes: The latest beer in Allagash's Coolship series of spontaneously fermented beers is also a culmination of sorts. Resurgam is a blend of one, two and three year old beers spontaneously fermented and barrel aged. In Belgium they'd call this a gueuze. Look for lots of fresh hay and horse blanket aromas with a level of lactic sourness that puckers the lips, but doesn't overpower you.