In honor of Old Bay's 75th anniversary, Frederick-based Flying Dog Brewery collaborated with the Maryland seasoning company to create Dead Rise Summer Ale. The seasonal beer is available now until Labor Day.
The beer, which has an alcohol by volume measurement of 5.6 percent, is named after a type of boat designed for travel on the Chesapeake Bay, according to director of communications Erin Weston. A portion of proceeds will be donated to True Blue, a group that advocates on behalf of the Bay's watermen and promotes sustainably harvested local blue crabs.
The brewery also created an Old Bay-focused cookbook with the input of celebrity chefs, including Spike Gjerde and Bryan Voltaggio. "The Dead Rise Cookbook" can be purchased online here and at the Frederick brewery's gift shop.
Dead Rise is available in the area now. It was at The Wine Source on Wednesday and due to be back on tap at Max's Taphouse today. There is a chance that it could be at Camden Yards when the Orioles take on the Houston Astros this weekend, too.
"One spot where you absolutely know it will be is at [City Paper's] Brew Fest" on Saturday, said Flying Dog's chief marketing officer Ben Savage.
Flying Dog is not the first alcohol company to be inspired by the flavor of Old Bay. The Bay, a vodka with "traditional Chesapeake Bay seasoning," made its debut last summer.
Additional reporting by Richard Gorelick.