Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

Flying Dog Brewery was gracious enough to send us a bottle of their Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale for us to sample, and I must say that my expectations were pretty mixed. Old Bay? Great! Beer? Awesome! Together? Wait...what??

I'll tell you what, this really shouldn't work at all, but it does! It really, really does! I mentioned in my previous post that Flying Dog and Old Bay worked on this beer for 6 months, and it really shows. It's just delicious in so many ways.

First of all, look at how bad ass this label is. I don't know why, but the funny little crab guy had me cracking up for a good minute. Once I stopped laughing, I was ready to taste.

When I cracked the bottle open, I first got a bright, hoppy nose with a slight Old Bay aroma. I love that I could see right away that it's unfiltered, and it had a nice creamy head that hung around for a while. The taste was initially crisp and hoppy, with some citrus notes developing toward the end, grapefruit I think. The finish was my favorite part. The hops finish really quickly, as they do with most blonde ales, and as the grapefruit then tapers off, this really surprising briny, spice flavor creeps up and then BAM! Old Bay. The Old Bay isn't super strong, but you definitely know it's there. As I drank through the rest of the bottle, I started getting the saltiness and Old Bay flavor earlier, and it melded so so well with the hops and the citrusy notes.

Not only was this beer pretty exceptional, but there's something else that really adds to its charm. It invokes memories buried deep in every East-coaster's psyche of crab boils, picnic tables covered in newspaper, and hours with friends and family on warm summer evenings spent cracking and clubbing those delicious Blue Claws long into the night. I don't know about any of you bitches, but that's definitely among my top 5 happy places.


Proceeds from Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale will benefit True Blue, a certification program that assures restaurant goers they are getting true Maryland crabs.



According to the brewery, this beer is in much higher demand than they anticipated, so getting it up to our area has been a challenge. Sit tight though, because I was assured that we would be seeing this beer in the area soon, and when it gets here, you'd better snatch it up quick. This is NOT a beer to miss!



Stay drunk, bitches!

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