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  1. I tried a Rite-Aid six-pack of Flying Dog Brewery's "Bloodline Blood Orange Ale,"; and given my personal distaste for American IPAs, I find the blood orange undertones to be a welcome undercurrent to the noticeable hops in this ale. This is absolutely nothing like a "pumpkin ale" - its finish is primarily sour, with just enough hint of blood orange flavor to keep it from creeping into Baby Gueuze territory. I didn't think I'd like (or, should I say, "not dislike") this beer to the extent which I do - it's okay, and if you find yourself in a drug store, you can do a lot worse. The nose is my favorite aspect, and if you're drinking it from a bottle, one snoot full is all you'll need if you don't mind using a single nostril.
  2. Earlier this month, Flying Dog Brewery withdrew their membership in the Brewers Association. This is on the heels of the Brewers Association recent prohibition/suggestions that breweries refrain from issuing marketing that is “sexually explicit, lewd, or demeaning brand names, language, text, graphics, photos, video, or other images.” It will be interesting to see if anyone else follows suit. Prior to Flying Dog's withdrawal, I had the opportunity to ask Jim Caruso, FD's CEO what he thought about the change. He totally went off and became animated. I certainly struck a cord with my question. Jim and Flying Dog sued the Michigan Alcohol Board (and ultimately won) when Raging Bitch, their very good Belgian style IPA was banned from sale in the state.
  3. Old Bay can be found in almost every house in Maryland. It is ubiquitous. Many think of it as a seasoning for crabs. It is much more than that. I use it on almost EVERYTHING I eat. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Eggs, salad, steaks, chicken, etc. This beer catches the essence of old bay perfectly, much more than the standard Dead Rise. For me, Old Bay is about celery seed and some heat. The celery seed is prominent throughout, with a rising heat at the end. The heat is not over-the-top, but is in balance with the other flavors present. The relatively high alcohol is well hidden, and not noticeable. This beer is good by itself but would pair very well with almost anything that Old Bay pairs with, which is almost everything. It is a limited production beer, only available on draft. It is in distribution now. If you like old bay and see this on tap TRY IT. Don't hesitate.
  4. So it is no secret that I am in Flying Dog's Junto Society beer club, which means that I go there once a month and get to sample whatever they happen to have on tap at the moment, some of which never make it outside of the brewery tasting room. Last night they showcased their Naughty (Belgian Dark Ale) and Nice (Belgian Blonde Ale). Nice is a pretty solid "Belgian Strong Ale" clocking in 8.3% abv. It is a pretty good representation of the style with the yeast front and center as the star. It drinks very well, with the alcohol well hidden with a good amount of sweetness (but not too sweet). Naughty is the really the star of the duo though. It pours an almost mahogany color, and hits you in the face with a strong anise aroma and some smoke/roast from the dark malt used. The initial taste is very similar to the aroma. Once you get past the initial taste though this beer catches on fire with a really intense hot pepper heat that you can feel in the back of your throat. I have never had a beer like this before. I am not going to say it is good or bad, certainly an experience, and one I would try again, but you certainly can't power through a six-pack in one sitting (both because of the heat and the 9% abv). I have a six pack and I am going to put it in the cellar to get some age on it. I want to revisit it in about a year to see how it develops. Matt Brophy, brewmaster at Flying Dog said that Naughty is kicking off their new "heat series" as the strongest in the series. Look for 4 more heat beers from Flying Dog in 2016.
  5. Has anyone tried this? Like many that grew up here, I have a soft spot in my heart for anything with Old Bay, but beer? It's pretty good as it turns out. Not great, but a fine beer from a brewery that is making some good stuff, I think. It's 5.6% ABV, so not too big, but some kick for a summer beer that is not an IPA. It's basically a light ale brewed with some wheat, with a low IBU (25), but some nice hop flavor. I didn't get the Old Bay at all until the end where it popped up on the finish and lingered a bit. Not overpowering at all; pleasant. I don't think I'd go for more than one or two, but I really don't ever go for beers that have 'outside' flavors added--fruit, spice, etc. Like all FD stuff, the labeling is awesome. There is an additional component as well that I think is contributing to the fact that is selling like crazy here at SK. They are donating proceeds to True Blue, a Bay advocacy program. There's been discussion about this org elsewhere on the board, and I know nothing about it, so I won't dare speak to its merits. I just know that people specifically tell me that is a selling point for the beer. I've had people coming in asking for this beer far more than any other limited release product we have ever had. Uncanny, really. The name, by the way, comes from a deadrise boat which is the name of the boats you see everywhere on the Bay (well, less these days). And, like all FD stuff, they have as much a way with names as they do with labels. I mean, Raging Bitch??? Instantly iconic. Next month they are doing a Blood Orange IPA that my Bar Manager tasted and really liked. I think the bitterness of a Blood Orange could go great with some citrusy hops. I am already wanting to smell the beer. I expect to carry it when it comes in.
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