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Frederick's Flying Dog announced last week that it has teamed up with Jefferson's Distillery Lane Ciderworks and Purcellville, Va.'s Breaux Vineyards for two small-batch beers. The Orchard Ale was made with fresh-pressed apple juice from Distillery Lane, and the Vineyard Blonde — a Belgian-inspired ale — was made with Vidal Blanc grape juice from Breaux Vineyards, according to Flying Dog's director of communications, Erin Weston.
The Orchard Ale will be released on Tuesday, and the Vineyard Blonde will arrive in November. The two beers will be available on draft only in the mid-Atlantic region, Weston said.
Brewed with 1,000 gallons of apple juice, the Orchard Ale combines the Belgian yeast strain El Diablo, which Flying Dog uses in its Raging Bitch IPA. The Vineyard Blonde utilizes the yeast strain used in Flying Dog's limited-edition Belgian Devil. Five-hundred gallons of grape juice were used in the fermentation process of Vineyard Blonde. Both beers are the latest editions to Flying Dog's Brewhouse Rarities series.
Flying Dog will release Orchard Ale on Tuesday at its Frederick brewery taproom (4607 Wedgewood Blvd.) and The Pig (1320 14th St. NW) in Washington (5-7 p.m. at both locations).
Weston said Flying Dog does not yet know the exact Baltimore-area bars receiving the beers, but we will update this post once we receive more information.