Allagash Brewing Founder Rob Tod Wins James Beard Award
Rob Tod, the founder of Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine, has done a lot in his nearly 25 years in craft brewing. This week, he adds another title to his name as a James Beard Award winner.
Monday night, Rob Tod was named the 2019 Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer at the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards in Chicago.
Tod started the brewery in 1995 and was intensely focused on a Belgian-style wheat beer, Allagash White. In 1998, Allagash White won its first gold medal at the World Beer Cup.
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to “celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.” Over the last 15 years, the foundation has embraced the work of small and independent craft brewers as part of that culinary culture. He joins fellow well-known craft brewers as winners in the category. Dogfish Head CEO Sam Calagione was honored by the James Beard Foundation at the 2017 awards and Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver in 2014. Fritz Maytag III won two James Beard Awards for his leadership at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Co. (2003 and 2008). Rob Tod had been nominated in the category twice before.
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Allagash Brewing tweeted, “Everyone at Allagash agrees, Rob Tod is super cool. From literally welding together our brewery in 1995, to creating Allagash White, to inspiring us every day, we agree that he’s earned this @beardfoundation award. Congrats, Rob!”
Everyone at Allagash agrees, Rob Tod is super cool. From literally welding together our brewery in 1995, to creating Allagash White, to inspiring us every day, we agree that he’s earned this @beardfoundation award. Congrats, Rob! https://t.co/IZFdY0cCI0 pic.twitter.com/p5xeOohQSq
— Allagash Brewing Co (@AllagashBrewing) May 6, 2019
We second that. Congrats to Rob for the recognition!