I don’t think there has ever been a local beer as anticipated as Flying Dog’s Dead Rise. Countless publications have written about its release over the past few months. That’s put craft beer drinkers in a frenzy to get their hands on it.
We were one of the lucky few stores to be able to get some of the first shipment.
It pours a slightly hazy, straw color with moderate carbonation and one finger of white head. Old Bay is readily apparent on the nose, but not overpowering.
I didn’t get much Old Bay on the palate, more so notes of white pepper and some citrus, which was much better than drinking straight Old Bay. It finishes clean with a little bit of a bite, leaving you wanting another sip. This beer pairs absolutely perfectly with Maryland blue crab, most other seafood and all the fun that comes with summer on the shore.
At first, I was a little disappointed about the actual amount of Old Bay. I love Old Bay and salty foods. I wouldn’t have minded an Old Bay bomb in the beer.
Then, I thought about what that much Old Bay would mean. You wouldn’t be able to drink more than one or two.
The more I drink this brew, the more it grows on me. Flying Dog hit a homerun with this summer beer. It’s a great beer that helps a great cause. (Proceeds benefit True Blue, a program that advocates on behalf of Chesapeake Bay’s 5,500 watermen.)
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