Flying Dog has been producing acclaimed craft brews since 1990. Becoming part of the Maryland landscape in 2008, Flying Dog was quickly accepted by Marylander’s as a local staple. Another well known staple in Maryland is Old Bay seasoning. While found just about everywhere in Maryland, there is not a restaurant in the Chesapeake Bay area that doesn’t have Old Bay on the table. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Old Bay seemed to be the perfect ingredient to add to the perfect summertime beer, and who better to pull off this crazy concoction then Flying Dog!
The beer pours a hazy light straw color. The one finger fluffy white head shows decent retention and leaves behind a light lacing.
Aromas of Old Bay hit right off the bat. The celery salt is the most well define aroma within the Old Bay profile but red and black pepper are definitely notable. Bright notes of coriander play off the salinity and spice of the Old Bay perfectly. Citrus notes of lemon zest with a touch grapefruit hide in the background along with a kiss of sweet malt.
The palate is very similar to the bouquet. The Old Bay is noticeable from the beginning but is perfectly balanced and not overpowering. Citrus notes of lemon and bright coriander are the perfect balancing agents to the salty spice of the Old Bay. A refreshing and crisp malt note restrains the flavors and makes this a quaffable brew.
A lot could have gone wrong with adding such a potent spice to a beer. Flying Dog’s expertise ensured a perfectly balanced and absolutely delicious summer beer. If you like Old Bay seasoning then this beer is a MUST TRY! Pair this one with a creamy Havarti, crab cake slider or lemon sponge cake with a spicy glaze.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.5 Pints out of 5
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