Sunday, April 20, 2014
Portland's own Allagash Brewing Company has one of the top 10 most popular brewery tours in the United States, according to the travel site TripAdvisor.
The Allagash tour was No. 2 on the list, just after top choice New Belgium Brewing, which is located in Fort Collins, CO. And it beat out the Big Boys: Anheuser Busch in St. Louis clocked in at No. 3.
"Thirsty travelers can take a free, hour-long tour of this coastal brew house while enjoying a refreshing taste of their seasonal specialties or year-round brews," TripAdvisor noted.
Allagash's "coastal brew house" is actually located at 50 Industrial Way in Portland, hardly "coastal" for those who may be expecting an ocean view from that description. But it is a very popular tour.
Tours run five times a day, Monday through Saturday. All five tours this Saturday, Oct. 6, are already sold out, and the 11 a.m. tour on the 13th is sold out. (Saturdays are the most popular days for tours.)
If you go to see what all the fuss is about, Allagash recommends that you arrive a few minutes early and wear closed-toe shoes. According to the brewery's website, IDs are required for everyone who wants to sample, "even you Nana and Pop Pop." No pets are allowed on the tours, but they are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
To reserve a spot on a tour, go to the Allagash website to schedule a time on their calendar.
Rounding out the TripAdvisor list was:
#4 Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston
#5 Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico, CA.
#6 Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva, N.C.
#7 New South Brewing in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
#8 Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City
#9 D.G. Yuengling and SOn Brewery in Pottsville, PA.
#10 Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. in Chippewa Falls, WI.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.