Flying Dog Trip

I had the awesome opportunity to visit Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Maryland recently. This included a tour, tastings, and a great stop off at a local restaurant that specialized in some great beers in cans and bottles, to include Flying Dog of course. Flying Dog moved from Colorado to Maryland a few years ago when they decided that their most demanding market was on the East Coast. We started off arriving early to our tour and were told to check out AKA Frisco’s around the corner. We drove over for a quick bite and were greeted at the kitchen island, situated at the center of the restaurant. We were given complementary tastes of their chicken chili. We loved it and ordered a bowl along with some exploded potatoes. I also had a bottle of the Anchor Bock. Man that was a good pairing. Spicy, chunky, chili to be followed by a sticky sweet springtime bock. We hurried back to Flying Dog to make our tour appointment, which was part of a Living Social deal we took advantage of that included a hotel nearby the brewery.

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Wild and Wonderful Beer

My wife and I were on our way home from a camping trip out in West Virginia recently and I happened to stumble upon the prettiest sight that wasn’t a beautiful mountain side or bubbling river. While traversing through the one-lane road through Wardensville, WV, I noticed a sign for Lost River Brewing. We stopped in a little after 12pm, which was when they opened that Sunday. I sat down, said my hello to the bartender, and continued to ask what was on tap. Amongst a couple of craft breweries (Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch and Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye to note a few) was the only brew the place had on tap, a Black Ale. Lost River had just recently, as in a couple of weeks prior to my visit, received their license to sell their own brewed beer onsite. So I was excited to jump in on this freshness. But much to my dismay after the bartender had poured half my beer into a glass, she realized that she could serve me the beer. West Virginia law states that no alcoholic beverages will be sold prior to 1pm. I cried a little.

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Craft Beer in Naples, Florida

You never know where you’ll find good beer. This was exactly what I was saying while I sat at Citrus, a restaurant on upscale 5th Avenue in Naples, Florida with my wife and her grandparents. It was at Citrus, where we were introduced to Paula Powell [proprietor], Jay [Paula’s devoted husband], and Dave Koch [sommelier extraordinaire and Canadian import]. During dinner, I enjoyed a Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale [Tampa, FL] to go with my blackened fish tacos and finished with a Belgian Palm Ale. Dave asked more questions about what I thought of the beer than what I thought of the food. The guy loves the food at Citrus, but also appreciates a fellow beer lover. Just in case I didn’t say it enough to you already Dave, the Maduro was filled with a ridiculous amount of smooth roasted malts and subtle notes of chocolate. At the end of the night, Dave introduced me to the folks a couple patios over at Avenue Wine Café to see their beer list. After seeing the extensive and impressive list, I promised the bartender I would be back the following day.

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