Flying Dog Ales resumed public tours of their Frederick brewery in June for the first time in over a year and a half.
And it seems they're going over well with the beer's fans. Ben Savage, a spokesman for the company, said public tours are booked solid through September. Reservations will open up again in October.
In holding the tours, Flying Dog becomes the fourth Maryland brewery to hold public tours, after Heavy Seas, DuClaw, and on the smaller side of things, Brewer's Art.
They're something of a vindication for the Frederick-based brewery, which had suspended the tours to protest a Maryland sampling law that many brewers disliked and lobbied to change.
That law was eventually amended by Governor Martin O'Malley and went into effect July 1, allowing brewery visitors to purchase up to 288 ounces of beer to go and the tours to come back.
The Frederick brewery has tours four times a week, between 4 - 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and at noon and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
The tour includes a presentation on the history of the company, a detailed look at the brewhouse, fermentation hall, filtration and quality assurance lab, and the filter, bottling and packaging lines.
The tours, which usually accomodate between 18 and 20 people, are led by trained tour guides, but CEO Jim Caruso and brewmaster Matt Brophy sometimes lead it as well.
Tickets cost $5 and include a commemorative tasting glass.Reservations can be made by calling the brewery directly or visiting the company's website.
By Maryland law, guests are now allowed to buy up to one case of beer, in 12-ounce bottles or growlers.
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