Baltimore, Your Prayers Have Been Answered: Old Bay Beer Now Exists

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Just in time for summer, Flying Dog Brewery has announced a special Old Bay Summer Ale in honor of the beloved crab seasoning’s 75th anniversary.

According to Flying Dog, “will highlight the indelible character of OLD BAY through bright and refreshing citrus hop character and a crisp, tart finish. OLD BAY is added to the whirlpool imparting a bold aroma followed by hints of flavor throughout the beer. The finish is dry, snappy, and perfect for our hot and humid summers.” The label’s red, blue, and yellow color scheme echoes Old Bay’s iconic metal tins, and also features artwork by Ralph Steadman (who illustrates most of Flying Dog’s labels).

So how exactly do you make beer taste like Old Bay? According to Gothamist, the brewers spent six months working with Old Bay’s “spice experts” to get the blend just right.

The beer is due to appear in mid-Atlantic stores starting on Memorial Day, and lasting through Labor Day.  Proceeds from the Old Bay beer will benefit True Blue, a restaurant certification and consumer awareness program that promotes sustainably harvested Maryland Blue Crab and rewards restaurants that serve Maryland crabmeat. Cheers!

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