Washington Post: Flying Dog Releases a aRaritiesa Collection

From The Washington Post:

An omen that shelves and tap towers are going to get even more overpopulated in 2012: Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick has announced 10 new releases under its recently unveiled “Brewhouse Rarities” series.

According to brewmaster and chief operating officer Matt Brophy, Flying Dog asked each member of its production team to submit an idea for a limited-edition beer. The first, Imperial Hefeweizen, debuted Jan. 5 at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. Brophy describes it as pale in color, measuring 7.3 percent alcohol by volume, with “a nice bit of spice” from a mixed fermentation with German and Belgian wheat beer yeasts.

The Brewhouse Rarities will be available only in what Brophy calls “our backyard,” encompassing Maryland, Washington and Virginia. Most will be draft-only, but Brophy’s pet project, an abbey dubbel due out in April, will also be sold in 750-mililiter bottles.

Looking ahead to summer, Flying Dog plans to release two German-style sour ales fermented with a lactobacillus. One is a gose, a traditional Leipziger tipple flavored with coriander and salt. (Brewer Kevin Blodger of the Rockville Gordon Biersch drew a lot of praise for his version last summer. He intends to repeat the recipe, so maybe you’ll be able to sample two takes on this uncommon style with a minimum of travel.)

Flying Dog also intends to do its own interpretation of a Berliner weisse, a tart, pale, low-alcohol wheat beer. Half of the batch will be brewed according to standard procedures, says Brophy, and half will undergo a secondary fermentation with sweet cherries “to balance out the sourness.”


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