Allagash Brewing Co. Staff Safe After Brussels Attacks

Ten employees were headed back to Maine after a week in Belgium.

Allagash founder Rob Tod and some of his employees arrived at the Brussels airport during the chaos there this morning, brewmaster Jason Perkins tweeted, but all are safe and accounted for.

Tod, Perkins, and eight others were wrapping up a six-day stay in Belgium, Allagash shared on Facebook. They arrived at the Zaventem airport shortly after two explosions rocked the travel hub. As the news spread across the world of the apparent terrorist attack, Tod tweeted that he and five others were “drinking beer for breakfast and getting out of the Brussels airport,” the Portland Press Herald reported.

Tod started his Belgian-inspired brewery more than 20 years ago with a lemony witbier, and the founder recently earned a nod from the James Beard Foundation for his contribution to the beer industry. The Belgium trip was for staffers who have been with the Portland brewery for at least five years, with stops at Orval, Cantillon, De La Senne, and other Belgian breweries and brasseries.

While the Allagash crew is safely away from the airport, they are still in Europe and “scrambling to get a Paris flight back,” Tod wrote in an email to the Press Herald. “Things are a little hectic.”

The two explosions at the airport were followed, about an hour later, with a blast at the Maelbeek metro station in the Belgian capital city. At least 26 people were killed and 80 injured, with that list expected to grow.