Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale

Source: FlyingDogBrewery.com
Source: FlyingDogBrewery.com
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 http://flyingdogbrewery.com/beers/dead-rise/.
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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)

Read more at http://bonespirits.com/, and you can try to order a bottle via InternetWines.com.

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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 RateBeer.com 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)

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