Doing a little something different for today’s beer review. Thanks to the good folks of Baltimore we received a couple of All-American summertime beers just perfect for your Fourth of July festivities. No better day than the 4th itself to get these beer reviews posted!
Union Craft Brewing Anthem Golden Ale was original brewed to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s penning of the Star Spangled Banner. The can itself is about as All-American as you can get! Red, white and blue with a design that is a throwback to the early post-prohibition style. The beer is a bit classic too. Crisp and a bit doughy, with some grain and a little yeast and hops. Easy to drink and rather enjoyable, this would fit right in with any back yard BBQ or celebration.
Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale is one of the more unique summer seasonals I’ve had in quite a while. The base is a fairly standard German-Style Wheat Ale, with an “Old bay” kick. It apparently took six months of development to create the Old Bay flavor. I was a tad worried about how this would come out, but it has just the right amount of spice that is undeniably Old Bay. Maybe a bit too much to sit and session, but it would pair perfectly seafood.
Have a safe and happy 4th of July!