So you’ve taken the tour at Allagash and stopped into Foundation Brewery for some tasters… what now? The third stop on this mini brewery crawl is hiding on the backside of Foundation: Austin Street Brewery. The first time I came to Allagash and Foundation, I missed Austin Street and kicked myself everyday watching their Instagrams. Their beer just looked SO good! This time, this was a must try.
Austin Street is a great stop, especially in the summer as it has the outdoor seating with giant Jenga. Hopefully, beers are the only things you’ll be knocking back. Though, I usually knock it down soberly anyways. If you get lucky, one of Portland’s best food trucks will be parked outside on any given day.
Patina, the America Pale Ale, was a light, crisp beer that anyone could enjoy. It’s a little hoppy but nothing compared to the DDH Patina. As the name suggests, it’s the double hopped version of the tame Patina. This was one of the hoppiest beers that I have ever had. Good, but don’t think I could have a couple of them in a sitting. The Florens reminded me of one of my newest favorite beers, Allagash’s Little Brett. Made with similar Mosaic hops, this brew has a bite and a little spice. Full of flavor!
My idea of a great Saturday, or Sunday Funday, is doing this little brewery crawl down Industrial Way then heading into town. Don’t make the same mistake I did the first time; don’t forget Austin Street Brewery! It may be small, but their beers are top-notch. As there weren’t many options on tap, I’m excited to go back and taste what else Austin Street is brewing!
Austin Street Brewery
1 Industrial Way, Suite 8
Friday, Saturday 12p.m.-7p.m.