Allagash Brewing Co. founder Rob Tod (left) with Vinnie Cilurzo, founder of Russian River Brewing Co. (Photo courtesy Allagash Brewing Co.)

In the latest episode of After Two Beers, John Holl sits down with Rob Tod, founder of Allagash Brewing Co.

The two discuss how Tod moved from keg washer to brewery owner, and how he came to appreciate and brew beers in the Belgian tradition. Tod talks about some of the beers that influenced him along the way, including one in particular that inspired him to brew Allagash White, a beer that now accounts for around 75 percent of the brewery’s production.

Tod explains why he continues to draw inspiration from Belgium, a country every Allagash employee who reaches the five-year mark gets to visit. These visits help to create a culture of innovation at Allagash, not just for brewers but for all of its 120 employees.

Tod discusses the necessity of such innovation, as well as one of the biggest issues facing today’s small and independent breweries.

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