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.
During the height of the Civil War, our hometown of Frederick was given the nickname “One Vast Hospital.” With Maryland smack dab in the middle of the Union and Confederacy, patients often outnumbered residents. To this day, if you stand on a quiet street after sunset, you can still hear them singing “Hard Tack Come Again No More.”
Despite pioneering a good bit of modern medicine, doctors were dubbed “saw bones.” While the literal sometimes occurred for those on the wrong end of a musket, Saw Bones were also revered for hand-made elixirs in which the cure-all nature of both ginger and lemon were common.
To pay homage to the hard-working people on Mercy Street, we enlisted the National Museum of Civil War Medicine to bring you a new Saw Bones in the form of a Belgian-style table beer with ginger and lemon. Crisp and clean on the palette with bold citrus, spice and malt character, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Set up camp and enjoy Saw Bones all summer long:
- Saturday, June 4 – (sneak preview) Brew Fest at Stillpoint Farm
- Friday, June 10 – Flying Dog tasting room release
- Wednesday, June 15 – JoJo’s Taphouse Saw Bones party
- Friday, June 24 – Strong Mansion Cigar & Whiskey Night
- Monday, July 4 – Frederick’s 4th at Baker Park
Saw Bones is available exclusively in Frederick. If you can’t make it out to one of these events, scout yourself a take-home case using our Beer Finder.
Brewhouse Rarities Hall Of Fame Inductees 2016 Speech
Esteemed colleagues, brewing brethren, Mom: I’d like to wish you all a good evening.
Good is not a word we take lightly at Flying Dog. “Good beer, no shit” is a slogan we have brewed by for longer than anyone at the brewery can remember. In fairness, who has a great memory after a couple of Double Dogs?
[Pause for laughter.]
Good beer is exactly what this evening, like most that we enjoy, is all about. Good beer and the good people who brew it.
To prove this point, our pack of just over 100 strong slides on our hiking Chucks and heads to the top of a mountain every summer where we all weigh in on what we should brew in the coming year’s Brewhouse Rarities series.
In these past few months, you have already experienced the fruit of this labor in Tropical Stout, Cold-Press Coffee Porter, Mint Julep Ale and Berliner Weisse, and we’ll have four more treats for you before the ball drops again. While the beers typically have a limited release window and footprint, there have been several occasions where your demands for more of the liquid were stronger than our will to say no. Let the record show that this decision was due entirely to the fact that the beer was too delicious to never have the opportunity to shake your hand again.
[Pause for laughter.]
We’d now like to take a minute to honor these greats by welcoming them into the Brewhouse Rarities Hall of Fame.
Our first honoree, Easy IPA, was a Brewhouse Rarity in May 2013 under the same name. You may remember it from your favorite tailgate. Perhaps it was the first thing you craved after mowing the lawn. Or, its subtle spice and grapefruit hop bite made you weak in the knees. As a result, Easy IPA moved up to the big leagues where it has been racking up web-gems in the form of check-ins ever since. We can always count on Easy to be the first beer out of the cooler on the course and the last beer in hand after a night of barbecuing and embellishing with friends.
Our second inductee, Numero Uno, was first pitched in 2013 as a craft alternative to the south-of-the-border light lagers. It was innovative in combing flaked maize, agave and lime all in one, which not only checked 0ff the “crushability” box, but also saved you a trip down the produce aisle.
[Pause for some mm-hmm’s.]
Originally titled Brewhouse Rarities Agave Cerveza, we were muy felize it was given a new name along with its lease on life. Olé.
Our final inductee, Fever Dream, is also the newest member of our year round lineup. First released in February 2014 as Brewhouse Rarities Mango Habanero IPA, its balance of spicy and sweet was once again expertly dialed in when it returned to our roster earlier this year. If you haven’t had the chance to try it, we wish you the best of luck in crawling out from under that rock in the near future.
[Pause for some oh, snap’s.]
Congratulations to each of this years Brewhouse Rarities Hall of Fame Inductees.
[Applause. Lots of applause.]
Let this year’s offerings be a reminder that anything is possible, especially if you work at Flying Dog.
[Throw both hands in the air with matching peace signs.]