Allagash Brewing Company
After graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont with a major in Geology, Rob thought that his track would lead him back to academia. But before going right back to school, he took a job washing barrels at Otter Creek Brewery in Vermont. While there, he happened upon the beers of Belgium. In these inventive and surprising brews, Rob saw an opportunity to give American beer drinkers an experience they’d never had before. So he left steady pay and founded Allagash Brewing Company in 1995.
In keeping with his goal of wanting to give people a unique experience with beer, Rob chose to make Allagash’s flagship beer a Belgian Wit—a little-known style in American at the time. In the early days of the brewery, selling a hazy, Belgian-style wheat beer proved to be less than easy. The public would see the cloudy beer, smell its citrusy, complex aroma, and ask what was wrong with it. However, thanks to Rob’s persistence and the hard work and dedication of everyone at the brewery, Allagash White has since become a Maine staple.
The brewery now holds a spot as one of the Top 50 Craft Breweries in the U.S. (by sales volume) and has earned recognition as one of Maine’s Best Places to Work list for four years running. Outside of the brewery, Allagash loves to support the Maine community that has supported it. The brewery is currently involved with various Maine-based organizations such as: the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Maine Grain Alliance, Window Dressers, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, as well as many more.
Rob has been nominated as a James Beard Award semi-finalist for the past four years, and is currently the Chair of the Brewers Association trade group.