Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

Craft breweries are constantly evolving and becoming increasingly collaborative. Many breweries are actively seeking innovative ingredients that would never have been considered for a beer in the past and brewing new beers with other craft breweries and non-brewery partners.

This summer, Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland has done both by teaming up with Old Bay–the classic Maryland spice mix–to create a new summer beer, brewed with Old Bay. The result is Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale. It is a very drinkable ale with hints of spice on the nose (from the old bay), mild ale hoppiness, and a spicy finish that pairs well with food.

Food makes a big difference with the beer. The first time I tried it alone and it had a spicy aftertaste. The second time, I had it with a burger. It was much smoother and less spicy paired with food. Either way you consume it, you should try it. (Very Good)

This brew goes for about $8.99 for a six pack of 12 ounce bottles. Read more at

Moody June American Dry Gin

Moody June GinThe mercury is high—nearly 90 degrees.

So a gin and tonic with a fat wedge of lime sounds right.

We nosed Moody June next to Gordon’s London Dry Gin—Moody June is lemony and light on juniper while Gordon’s has a grapefruit aroma and firm pine.  One can easily sip this neat.

While visiting New Orleans, we saw this 84 proof gin in a number of high end restaurants and bars. No wonder—the packaging is slick, and the product is impressive. (Rating: Very Good)

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The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Milk Stout

Duck-Rabbit Milk StoutDuck-Rabbit? Milk stout?  Yes, really.

Although the beer geeks at adore  it, this brew is not for everyone. Duck-Rabbit is a milk stout, which, as explained here, is a stout is made with “sweet and unfermentable lactose.” (Lactose=milk sugar.)

Which is to say the flavor is peculiar. Sure, Duck-Rabbit shows familiar stout notes—chocolate, coffee, and roast. But there’s another flavor that suffuses it that is difficult to place, and which throws the palate for a loop. For sure, it is sufficiently flavorful that a single 12-ounce bottle exhausts the palate. (has anyone ever downed a six-pack? The mind boggles at the thought.) The head on this stout is huge—you need to pour it very slowly. For anyone looking to expand their beer experiences, the Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is worth a try. (Rating: Very Good)