PORTLAND, Maine — The founder of Allagash Brewing Company is one of just five producers of beer, wine or spirits nationwide nominated for a 2019 James Beard Award.
Tod, who made last month's list of semifinalists, is a nominee for this year's James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer.
He'll take on Corison Winery's Cathy Corison of St. Helena, Calif.; High Wire Distilling Co.'s Ann Marshall and Scott Blackwell of Charleston, S.C.; Matthiasson Wines' Steve Matthiasson of Napa, Calif.; and St. George Spirits' Lance Winters of Alameda, Calif.
According to the award's description, those nominated "demonstrate consistency and exceptional skill in his or her craft."
Tod founded Allagash in 1995. The Portland-based brewery is now an iconic staple and institution for the state's trendy beer scene. Allagash is not only acclaimed for its wide popularity, which stretches far beyond the region, but its ability to somewhat incubate fellow breweries nearby on Industrial Way.
Winners will be announced during a gala on May 6 in Chicago.