Recognized as the best beer bar in the US by USA Today and as the best in PA three years running at the annual Great American Beer Bars competition conducted by CraftBeer.com, The Bulls Head Public House in Lititz knows a thing or two about beer. So it should come as no surprise that the beverage director of such an awarded establishment, Carson Kegerreis, would suggest a beer that is just as notable to be rediscovered: Allagash White.
True to its roots, this traditional Belgian-style wheat beer has just the right amount of citrus and spice. “I’m not even a Belgian witbier fan, but not only is this beer refreshing and balanced, it’s perfectly executed to the style,” Kegerreis explains. Allagash White’s numerous medals from World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival are a testament to this. “And if you’re one of those people who relies solely on what BeerAdvocate says, it’s their highest-rated Belgian witbier.”
Since Allagash became available in Lancaster County earlier this year, White has been on tap at Bulls Head at least once a week, if not more. Kegerreis plans on bringing in the 16 oz. cans once they reopen after the pandemic, just in time for summer and a seasonal menu change. “I would pair it with most of our salads and lighter appetizers. Personally, I would drink it with a cheese plate all the live-long day,” Kegerreis says.
White isn’t the only beer Allagash knocks out of the park; their portfolio of mostly Belgian-style or Belgian-inspired beers has earned dozens of awards since they started brewing in 1995. “I can’t think of any beer they’ve made that I’d say was just ok,” Kegerreis acknowledges. We don’t know exactly what the future holds for the next 25 years of brewing at Allagash, but there is no doubt that it will be nothing short of fantastic.