A friend and I took the hour ride out (from where we currently stay for work) to Flyingdog in Fredrick Maryland to catch a tour. On our way their it started to rain heavily, and apparently Maryland drivers can't hack it. With slow moving traffic, and marginal GPS directions, we got there a little late. And although they let us sign up for a tour, that tour never took place.
That's OK though, we still managed to hang out for a couple of hours, try some tasty brews and spoke with Adam, one of the guys who gives the tours. When Adam found out we were military guys, he was very cool and invited us back urging us to bring some more of the troops with us. He even said no charge next time. Here's how it works...
When you get to Flyingdog you dish out $5 and you get a company logo emblazoned pint glass for sampling and for a keepsake. Unlike some breweries, there are no tokens to exchange for beer, nor are there any limits to the amount of samples you can enjoy. (Within reason I'm sure...)
The tasting room offers the full array of Flyingdog Ales available as well as the beers from Wild Goose.
The crowd was larger than I've seen at other breweries, and for the most part, they were younger and perhaps a bit more trendy. Don't get me wrong, there were plenty of "middle aged folks" that bellied up to the bar too. They also had an outdoor patio, which remained popular for the smokers despite the rain.
The tasting room is large with one side festooned with framed prints of Ralph Steadman's beer label artwork, and the other side consisting of large nearly floor to cieling windows.
Beers of note from the tasting were as follows:
- Snake Dog IPA - An overall solid IPA...
- In-Heat Wheat Hefeweizen - Interesting aroma/flavor. Jesse decided it smelled/tasted a little bit like BBQ sauce. And now that he mentioned it, I think I agree. How odd... Probably the banna and clove translated into something else in our minds.
- Double Dog Double Pale Ale - Good but not for the faint of heart. Hoppy...