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DC’s First Black-Owned Brewery Produces Beer at Allagash

When Woven in Time is released–the collaborative beer Allagash Brewing Co. and Sankofa Beer Co. brewed– it will be the first time a DC brewery has made beer at Maine’s largest brewery.

Kofi Brewhouse

According to Allagash, the forthcoming beer, Woven in Time, is “an expressive and balanced dark ale brewed with millet and smoked maple syrup.” The beer was brewed for the Barrel & Flow Fest whose founder, Day Bracey, connected Sankofa and Allagash. Barrel and Flow is a festival intended to celebrate Black arts and artists, specifically with music and the visual and culinary arts, including beer. The Allagash/Sankofa collaboration will be poured at SouthSide Works in Pittsburgh, PA, from September 10 to 12, 2021 for what the festival organizers are hoping will be the best and most welcoming festival across the nation. Sankofa is DC’s first all-Black owned brewery.

Kofi Millet
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According to Sankofa founder Kofi Meroe, “[w]e wanted to find a way to bring their Belgian influence to complement what we like to do, which is push the boundary with our West African influences.” Elements of that influence can be found in beers like Cocoa Coast, a chocolate milk stout, which is an homage to West African nations specializing in vast cocoa cultivation. Last July, Sankofa brewed a black lager featuring Ethiopian coffee & West African honey. This release came from Saints Row, who also produced All Gold Everything.

While Allagash were partners in a tripartite Bluejacket collaboration back in 2013, that beer was made at the Peekskill Brewery in New York. Sankofa becomes the newest DC brewery to have their logo appear on the Allagash beer, canned in Maine.

According to Meroe, the beer will be available via Tavour as part of their festival pack for Barrel & Flow. He also believes the beer will be available in 25 states, so keep your eyes peeled if you’ve always wanted to try Sankofa Beer Co. but haven’t been to DC to taste.

Kofi Syrup

The label description for the 5.7% ABV beer reads, “By weaving together our collective influences and experiences, Allagash and Sankofa created this expressive and balanced dark ale. Brewed with millet and smoked maple syrup, this beer abounds with easy drinking notes of chocolate, cola, burnt sugar, and hints of dried fruit.”

We at DCBeer are eager to try this beer as we continue to support the District’s talented Black-owned breweries.

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