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Updated: July 25, 2023

Cheers! Allagash Brewing raises B Corp score in recertification

Allagash employees in brewery Photo / Courtesy Allagash Brewing Allagash Brewing Co., which employs 145 people, boosted its B Corp score by 20 points in its recertification.

Already one of Maine’s largest certified Benefit Corporations, Allagash Brewing Co. has boosted its B Corp score the second time around.

Maine’s largest brewer said it earned an overall impact score of 104.0 in its recertification, more than 20 points above its initial 83.8 score in 2019.

The improved number also outshines the median score of 50.9 for other businesses who apply for B Corp status, a certification that allows consumers and employees to make values-aligned decisions about what they buy and where they work, Allagash said.

Allagash was the first brewery in Maine, and 14th nationwide, to attain B Corp status. The designation is given to businesses for meeting high standards of verified performance, accountability and transparency on factors from employee benefits and charitable giving to supply chain practices and input materials.

Rob Tod in front of barrels
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Allagash founder Rob Tod

“I’m so proud of the entire Allagash team for the strides we’ve made across the board,” said Allagash founder Rob Tod, winner of a James Beard Award in 2019. "Our recertification and new score exemplifies the Allagash team’s rigorous commitment to our core values, and the actions we’ve taken to continue to use beer as a force for good.”

'On the right track'

Allagash, with 145 employees in total, was ranked No. 3 among Maine’s largest certified benefit corporations in a recent Mainebiz list. Rankings were based on the number of Maine employees, led by Androscoggin Bank and Luke’s Lobster at No. 1 and 2, respectively.

Allagash said its ongoing dedication to environmental stewardship played an important role in its B Corp recertification, with efforts that include recycling more than 40 tons last year, investing in clean water conservation, and brewing with more over 1.5 million pounds of Maine-grown grain annually. Allagash said it expects the grain input number to reach two million pounds by the end of this year. 

The company has also undertaken a three-year-plus carbon accounting project with the guidance of Fosterra LLC, a Saratoga Spring, N.Y.-based environmental consulting firm.

Allagash created a full-time sustainability manager position in 2022, hiring Zoe Malia for the role after four years as a tasting room associate with the company in Portland.

Malia said the B Corp recertification and higher score "is a welcome acknowledgement that we're on the right track."

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