Another article flagged by Michele is a 1997 PPH piece containing very similar concerns as the article cited above. And, though it seems articles zeroing in on Mainers' longtime love affair with Allen's usually possess too many juicy pull-quotes to choose just one, here's a sampling:
At Raena's Pub in the northern city of Bangor,
bartender Carrie Smith said she can easily spot the brandy drinkers.
"Bleached-blonde, teased hair. . . They always play the 'Redneck Woman'
song" on the jukebox, she said, describing the typical drinker who orders a
"sombrero," or Allen's mixed with milk. Smith said she once saw a woman dump her
cocktail on the head of a beer-drinking man who referred to the drink by its
nickname, "fat ass in a glass."
About six months ago, [Sanford detective Randy]- John C.L. Morgan
White spotted some graffiti on an old mill wall that confirmed Allen's
popularity among the town's teens. Sandwiched between a marijuana leaf and a
peace sign on the red-brick wall was a white spray-painted outline of a
three-foot-tall bottle. Inside the bottle, someone had scrawled the words:
Allen's Coffee Brandy. ''I wasn't surprised,'' White says. ''There are a
lot of people that worship that particular kind of brandy.''