I received an email last week from Eve Butt, Director of Public Relations for Flying Dog Brewery. Eve wrote to let me know that Flying Dog is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of Dead Rise, the only beer in America brewed with Old Bay seasoning. As I read Eve’s email, I remembered the first time I featured Dead Rise on this Craft Beer on The Bay feature and it took me back to a simpler time. It was April 10, 2015 and I had enjoyed my first Dead Rise recently at an Oriole’s game, so I wrote and talked about craft beers that were featured at Oriole Park at Camden Yards that summer; one of which was Flying Dog Brewery’s Dead Rise Summer Ale, brewed with Old Bay.
That was then and this is now. As part of the 5-year anniversary for Dead Rise, the beer has a new recipe, a new bottle design and even more Old Bay! I wrote back to Eve at Flying Dog and asked if she could send me a bottle so I could share my flavor experience with 100.7 The Bay listeners. On Monday when I got to the radio station, I found a box from Flying Dog with a freshly brewed Dead Rise… gose… inside. As I read through the press release sent along with the bottle of Dead Rise… gose, I learned that while the beer was a blonde ale for its first four years—and a really good one at that—it was originally envisioned to be a gose. The gose and sour styles have surged in popularity over the last two years, so the timing is perfect for Flying Dog. And after enjoying that bottle of Dead Rise Wednesday night, the change makes sense… and fits.
The 5th Anniversary of Dead Rise is refreshing and very drinkable. It’s slightly tart, with light hints of Old Bay in the nose. As I drank it, I tasted lemon, salt and subtle notes of Old Bay, all exceptionally balanced. It is really a masterpiece. Flying Dog’s brewing team came up with a recipe where Dead Rise remains true to the gose style, yet gives us all a little of Maryland’s Old Bay seasoning. And at 5.7% ABV, it’s a beer where it’s easy to have more than one.
In addition to making a great beer, Flying Dog is taking a portion of their proceeds and giving it to the Maryland Department of Resources True Blue Program, an annual program benefiting the Maryland crabbing industry. Very cool.
It’s summertime! Celebrate life this weekend and quench your thirst with the new 2020 version of Flying Dog Brewery’s Dead Rise!
The Craft Beer Guy