Welcome to Summer Sessions. We’re looking forward to having you here at the brewery, drinking good beer, catching an amazing live show and enjoying a life-changing experience. With all that in mind, we anticipated your questions and have provided you with our best answers.
Q. Mom says she has to cut my hair before she lets me out of the house. What is the timeline for Saturday?
A. Is she still just putting the bowl over your head and cutting along the line? That’s rough. Get here right when doors open and we’ll see if we can help. Here is schedule of events:
- 5:30 pm Doors open
- 6:30 pm People’s Blues of Richmond kick off the show
- 7:45 pm Galactic takes the stage
Q. I plan on having more than two drinks at this shindig, but I need to eat so I don’t miss the end of the show again. What is the food situation?
A. A good base and the constant addition of food based calories is also on our to do list for the day. We don’t want any impromptu verses of Temple of The Dog’s Hunger Strike ruining the show so we asked some of our food truck friends to join the party including:
Q. If the tasting room isn’t open during the show, how are we supposed to get beer?
A. We bring the beer to you of course. What kind of sick brewery invites 1,200 friends over and doesn’t serve beer? Here is what we are hawking on the lawn:
- Draft: Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale, Fever Dream Mango Habanero IPA, Sawbones Ginger Table Beer, Heat Series Ancho Lime Paradise Lager
- Cans: Easy IPA, Bloodline Blood Orange Ale, Snake Dog IPA, Numero Uno Agave Cerveza
- Firkins: Snake Dog with extra columbus hops, Doggie Style Pale Ale with lemon, ginger and cardamon, Bloodline with cocoa and vanilla
Q. Someone super soaked me last time I tried to light up at the brewery. Are you making a smoking exception for this event?
A. To preserve the quality of your sensory experience, the event is smoke-free and there is no re-entry once you’re inside of our magical gates. You leave the smokes and vapes at home and we’ll leave the Super Soakers at home.
Q. My dog Beethoven loves Galactic and People’s Blues even more than me. Can he come to the show?
A. Charles Grodin is that you again? You know the deal, no pooches at Summer Sessions. We only have enough space to accommodate the beer drinking humans that will be on the lawn.
A. She sounds like a saint, and while we would love to oblige just to see her handy work, we didn’t book Kenny G for a reason. We want you up and moving, getting that blood flowing and meeting your neighbors. That’s what its all about. Whoever coined that business about the Hokey Pokey was a liar.
Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point first opened its doors in 1986. In the early days it was known as Max’s on Broadway, a live music venue that hosted (among countless others) The Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon and Dr. Gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson. Closing the stage in 1994, owner Ron Furman gave Max’s a facelift and turned the attention to the real stars of the show: Beer. Since then, Max’s has become the benchmark of what a great beer bar can be. With a stock of over 1,000+ bottles, 100+ tap lines and a steady rotation of 5 casks, it is consistently rated one of the best bars in the world. This month Max’s is turning thirty and we’re commemorating the occasion with Thirty Year War.
Thirty Year War, an imperial oatmeal porter that’s teeming with chocolate, coffee and caramel, is a robust 8.0% and is anchored by Maris Otter malt with a generous addition of “Golden Naked Oats” which give this beer a fullness that satisfies.
You can only get your hands and mouth on these 750ml bottles at Max’s Taphouse. Fret not, we have a schedule of the release, stick to this and you’ll do just fine:
- July 19 – Thirty Year War Bottle and Draft Release at 5 pm*
- July 20 – Thirty Year War Pint Night at 5 pm
- July 21 – Thirty Year War Cask (five to be exact) night at 5 pm
- July 22 – Thirty Year War 32-oz Drafts at 5 pm
*750 ml bottles of Thirty Year War are $20 and there’s a three-bottle-per-customer limit.
Inspiration comes from within; that’s our mantra and we’re sticking to it. This summer, as we have for the last five years, we made our way to a secluded mountain retreat for a day of bonding, beer drinking and Brewhouse Rarities pitches. Anyone in the Flying Dog tribe – from accounting to sales, packaging to our brewers themselves – can pitch a concept at this annual retreat that is then considered for the next year’s lineup.
Our ambitious team dreamed up a record ONE HUNDRED AND SIX concepts and the powers that be had the almost-impossible task of narrowing the list down to 6 beers. So without further ado and self-love, our 2017 Brewhouse Rarities include:
- Salt and Pepper Trippel
- Tamarind Ale
- Honey Paloma Beer
- Sunflower Pils
- Peach Cobbler Ale
- Snake Oil Black Lager
With one-hundred concepts still on the table, the selection team added a new twist and decided to brew an additional six pitches from the lineup to make available in our Sub Rosa series. The Sub Rosa series showcases small-batch, experimental beers brewed on our 15-barrel pilot brewery and served exclusively in our tasting room.
Our 2017 Sub Rosa Rarities include:
- Dark & Stormy Ale
- Lactose IPA
- Negroni IPA
- Apricot Sour
- Mustard IPA
- Smoked Sour
Can’t wait? Get your anxious hands on our current Brewhouse Rarities release, Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler, which is on shelves and on tap now. Then, mark your calendar for the Rarities still to come in 2016 including White Peach Saison, Bee Beer and Sea Salt Caramel Brown.