When Allagash Brewing announces the release of a limited-edition specialty brew, beer lovers often line up outside the brewery the night before in order to be at the front of the line when the beer goes on sale the next morning. They needn’t have bothered, had they been at Bayside Bowl in Portland on April 4th, when Friends of Casco Bay staff, board, and friends were on hand to sample a new Allagash brew called Vrienden (Flemish for Friends) and receive a donation $7,500 from the brewer. In addition, Bayside Bowl is donating 5% of its proceeds for the day to the environmental organization.
Allagash teamed up with New Belgian Brewing in Colorado to brew a “collaboration” beer, using similar recipes. The Maine version incorporated dandelion greens and local elderberries. They decided to call it Vrienden to celebrate the friendship that had evolved between the two Belgian-inspired breweries. Both brewers donated a portion of the profits to support the work of their local Waterkeeper groups.